Roberto Banda Biography: Age, Early Life, Education, Marriage, Career, Awards & Nominations, Business, Net Worth

He's Zambia's biggest 'Superstar'.

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Zambian singer Roberto was nicknamed Superstar by his late sister and he has indeed lived up to that name and not disappointed.

He was born and raised in Chipata and over the years he's achieved much success not only in Zambia, but right across the African continent. 

For him, music is all about sharing positives messages and help build a community. Roberto said that the Zambian music industry can only thrive if artists work together. 

Here's a look at how he rose to fame. 

Roberto Age

Roberto was born on the 17th of December.

Roberto Early Life

Roberto was born in Chipata in a family of nine and he's the last born. He was born in a very supportive family and he's always viewed his mother as his pillar of strength and biggest fan.

His brother, David Banda is the one who inspired him to pursue music. Ever since he showed interest in music, David always looked out for Roberto and giving him sound and solid advice about the music industry. Roberto listened to his brother, but he did not want to be known as General Ozzy’s brother, he wanted to make his own mark in the industry.

Despite that, the two continued working together and they released the single 'African Woman'.

Roberto Education

Roberto attended his school in Johannesburg and this was the time when he had his first experience with the music industry. He was renting a studio where he managed to write and record a total of 7 songs and he managed to sell five of them.

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Roberto Marriage

In 2020, Roberto and his wife, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary and Roberto had the most beautiful words to share with her.

'On this day, I unveiled a whole new world, a world filled with Love, passion, brilliance, the embodiment of a total package, FULL PACKAGE 😍 nothing but beauty inside out. Umani panga iwe ka gelo 🀩🀩😍😍❀❀ Yours for keeps, even in the next life. Happy 5th πŸ’πŸ’ Anniversary to us. Love you so much. πŸ“Έ @tiptronicmedia #5thanniversary'

Roberto Career

From the beginning of his career, Roberto knew that he had to work very hard to attain success in the music industry.

β€œI was very lucky to have early exposure to an advanced music industry in South Africa. Realising that nothing was going to be handed over to me for free in my career was a significant lesson that has impacted my work ethic and pursuit to be the best I can be,”.

Upon returning to Zambia and because things were done differently as compared to South Africa, he quickly realised that he had to fit in. This was the that he met B'Flow and they started working together. This helped Roberto find his place in the industry and he released his single 'Operator'.

The song that propelled him to stardom was 'Amarulah' and Roberto was even shocked by the great reception that the song received.

β€œIt was really meant to be a club song and it’s amazing that it turned out to be but I never expected that it would become a worldwide sensation or even appeal to people from all walks of life,” Roberto explained during his interview with Nkwanzi Online.

His single 'Vitamin U' where he featured Vanessa Mdee is one that took the industry by storm and having over 200 000 views on YouTube. #

Roberto went on further to release greats grits such as Contolola on which he has teamed up with Nigerian reggae-dancehall artiste, Patoranking. The song was on his 'Superstar' album and each artist recorded his part of the song in their respective countries.

With his music prowess, Roberto released 'Kwasa' in 2018, a song that was produced by Jazzy Boy of Sugah Sounds Entertainment. Roberto said the song was a success and he had help from Young Riko of Brotherhood Music and Browen of XYZ who wrote the song with him.

In 2019, he released his first for the year that he titled 'Beautiful' and he said the song was inspired by real life events. He is also a good friend of OC Osiliation and they often promote each other's music.

He also had the opportunity to feature in one of Macky 2's songs titled, 'Ma Lucky'.

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Roberto Awards & Nominations

Roberto is one artist that stepped into the music and became an unforgettable figure. His music has seen him perform across the continent and even internationally.

Below is a list of some of the awards and nominations he's scooped over the years: 

2016 - Song of the Year at the Zambia Music Awards (Won)
2016 - Pan African Song of the Year at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) (Won)
2016 - Artiste of the Year at the Pan African Awards (Won)
2017 - Best Male Southern Africa at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) (Nominated)
2018 - African Song of the Year at the HiPipo Awards (Won)
2018 - Best Song in Southern Africa 'Into You' at the HiPipo Awards (Won)
2018 - Best African Song at the HiPipo Awards (Nominated)
2018 - Best Southern African Song of the Year at the HiPipo Awards (Nominated)
2019 - International Achievement at the Kwacha Music Awards (Won)

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Roberto Business

Always wanting to be the best version of himself and help upcoming artists in the country, Roberto decided to contribute in his own way. Together with his brother, David, they co-own a record label called 'BrathaHood Music', where they've signed on artists such as Young Rico, Mandela, Kaufela.

Roberto shared why they started the record label; 

β€œWe didn’t understand why there was so much red tape to give aspiring musicians a chance. BrathaHood Music is a platform that allows artists to shine in their own right without being tied to severe contracts,”.

Roberto Net Worth

Roberto gets paid about k15,000 for a show and k25,000 for international shows. Roberto is one of Zambia’s richest top international artists loved in most African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana and Namibia. 

He is reported to have a net worth estimated at $6 million. 

From what he set for himself from the beginning, Roberto has always worked hard and dedication has put him him where he is today in the music industry. In all his success he's always acknowledged the support that his fans have always showed towards him.

β€œFor 12 years, my journey has had all kinds of challenges, I can safely say in the 12 years, all my music videos have been sponsored by none other than myself and I am thankful to everybody who has been a part of all of them,”.

He's recorded and released a lot of great hits that many people still enjoy even today. Surely his career is far from over and fans can only wait to see what he has instore next.

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