Airtel Trace Music Star 2016 winner releases new single


Tiwamyenji Phiri aka Tiwah Hillz, has released a long awaited and brand new rst single with mentor and US R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Keri Hilson.

Titled “Beautiful”, the new song by the African and the American songstresses, is about women seeing past their imperfections and loving the skin they’re in. Hilson, who’s become something of an inspiration and mentor to the competition winner, wrote the single. “My experience of working with her was something one can only dream of. The delivery that was put into the song was outstanding; it all turned out beautiful – just like the song title,” Tiwah Hillz says.

Born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1992, Tiwah Hillz, as she’s now known, was already composing her own songs at the tender age of 13. She continued to pursue her passion as she grew, ultimately entering a music competition that would push her into the spotlight and onto our television screens.

With over 2.7 million registered calls last year, Airtel TRACE Music Star proved to be the biggest competition in Africa. The nale that occurred in Lagos, Nigeria, was a star-studded a air, which saw Tiwah Hillz being crowned the continent’s next top talent by industry heavyweights that included the DRC’s Fally Ipupa.

Olivier Laouchez, CEO, Chairman and co-founder of TRACE is excited to see the release of ‘Beautiful’: “There are few things as exciting as unearthing new talent and being able to contribute to that development. This is a great milestone for us all.” Tiwah Hillz prize included mentorship for a year with Keri Hilson as well as worldwide media exposure through various TRACE platforms.

“My journey after winning the competition has been amazing. This experience has opened so many doors for me. I thank TRACE Music Stars for helping me make all my dreams come true,” Tiwah Hillz closes.

Be sure to catch Tiwah Hillz and Keri Hilson’s latest video, ‘Beautiful’, exclusively on TRACE Urban, TRACE Naija and TRACE Africa on 28 July. The single will drop through Zone 4 label/Mosley Music Group on 28 July  as well on all digital platforms.


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