Rapper turned singer/songwriter turned sultry dancehall powerhouse Ruth Ronnie has been making waves since 2014. A Zambian native, her versatility sees her style range between dancehall, Reggae, Afropop, Afro Soul and R&B. Having always been inspired to create music from a young age and having years of performing under her belt, Ruth Ronnie’s domination has lead her to being named the Queen of the Dancehall in Zambia.
Having made a splash right at the beginning of her career, the dancehall singer won Upcoming Female Artist for her single “It’s Okay” at the 2014 Born & Bred Awards. Working with a band to bring stellar live performances and several Zambian collaborations under her belt, Ruth founded “The Vibes Band”. Developing her business and music skills as an independent artist, she managed to leverage this band and her talent to perform at corporate functions and live music events. After a long journey of being an independent artist, Ruth recently signed to Nexus Music. “It is going well so far,” she said to AfrilandEnt. “And it’s definitely very helpful to have a team backing your career”.
Ruth’s most recent win has come when she was selected as one of Empawa’s Top 10 artists. Empawa, an incubator for independent artists that hopes to spark a movement in African music, was created by popular Afrobeat’s artist Mr Eazi. Of the 100 talent artists chosen by Empawa’s inaugural campaign, the top 10 artists have been chosen for a 3-week workshop in South Africa. Working with global superstar talent like mega-producer Diplo, artists write, record, and gain production and marketing knowledge. Ruth’s excitement can’t be contained, “It feels so amazing and I’m so grateful to Mr Eazi and Empawa, I am very excited and cannot wait to learn and work. This is a big platform and huge stepping stone in my career”
Ruth’s opportunity has lead to the release of several singles, and she is also planning to release an EP this year. As every artist has the desire to collaborate with others that inspire them, Ruth dreams of working
with Mr Eazi, Wizkid, and her favorite artist Rihanna. Africa’s music industry has been on the rise, lead by the global surge in Afrobeat’s popularity. Ruth believes the fast pace can only bring more global recognition to artists in the near future.
Woman empowerment and giving the youth a voice is a goal that Ruth wants to convey with her music.Not one to forget about the community, by using her platform “I want to reach out to several organizations to help and reach out to underprivileged youth.” With Ruth having a lot of projects in the works, she is ready to bring more collaborations and good music for the world to hear.
By Yussuf Yanni