Yo maps biography/Background, Career path
Elton Mulenga (Born 29th of November 1994), better known by his stage name Yo Maps’ is a Singer, Songwriter and Record producer from Kabwe, Zambia.
He developed interest in music in 2008 while at Chibombo high school. His father Muyunda Mundia, known as Papa Mundia in music circles inspired him to develop interest in music. After years of hustling and recording junk music, the kabwe based artist finally got a break through song titled Finally featuring Macky 2.
Yo Maps released his debut track in October 2018 titled “Finally” featuring Macky 2. This opportunity gave Yo Maps the recognition in the music industry and he would go on to release his second single in January 2019 titled “Kaleza”. This gave critics something to talk about, as Yo Maps was proving himself to a house hold name and a force to reckon with.
In August 2019 Yo Maps went on to release his biggest song in his career titled “Season Yanga”. This song went on to prove that Yo Maps is here to stay, topping all the local radio station for more than Ten Weeks conservatively. In 2019 he went on to win four awards at the Kwacha Music Awards, the only artist to win that many awards at a go at the kwacha awards in Zambia. He also picked up Song of the year at the Ngoma Awards in Zambia in the same year. Yo Maps also won an international award at the Mosi lager monde international awards in Rome Italy in 2019.
Critics and music industry influencers have described his style and sound as smooth and catchy, yet still a like-able style, an identity that not many can hold and match up to, the way Yo Maps does.
Yo Maps has managed to win the hearts of the ladies and urban community that vibe to his music with his sweet smooth style. This has definitely given him credibility and honor. He has proven to be one to look out for having been able to lyrically body every song he records and features on.
On the 5h June 2020, Yo Maps released the first single of his debut album, after signing a distribution Africori Music Group titled “One Day” featuring Towela.
In 2021, Yo Maps song ‘’PICK IT UP’’ became the first Zambian song to hit 2million views on youtube within a short period of 6weeks.
Yo Maps is the most followed artist in Zambia with 1.1M followers on facebook.
Yo maps ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2020 Yo Maps signed a one year deal with Zambia’s biggest recording and music promotion company Kalandanya Music Promotion(KMP), that saw him become the highest paid and most earned and hired artist in Zambia and he was appointed as the Creative director for KMP.
In 2021 Yo Maps became the most expensive artist.
In 2021 Yo Maps got endoresments from Infinity group of companies,Airtel,Aluvion Perfume and Tecno mobile services.
Yo Maps released his first and long awaited about album dubbed “ KOMANDO’’ on 30th October, 2021. In this album Yo Maps featured the Malawian songwriter and singer Dr. Patience Namadingo and Temi From Namibia.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
§ Won: Kwacha Music Awards ‘Best Artist Central Province
§ Won: Kwacha Music Awards ‘Best Male Newcomer
§ Won: Kwacha Music Awards ‘Best Mainstream (Pop) song
§ Won: Kwacha Music Awards ‘Song of the year’ – Finally
§ Won: Ngoma Awards ‘Song of the year’ – Finally
§ Won: The Mosi Larger Monde International Awards