BBC Swahili yahojiana na mwongoza muziki wa 'classical' Tanzania, Hekima Raymond

Classical Musician Nominated for Top BBC Award

Dar es Salaam — Tanzanian classical musician Hekima Raymond has been nominated among 50 other inspirational individuals for a broadcasting award of a BBC flagship programme, according to the British broadcaster.

According to the announcement made earlier this week, Raymond, a self-taught pianist and conductor, joins other 49 nominees from all over the world whose work has been recognised as inspiring.

Of the 50 nominees, three people chosen as 'Outlook Inspirations' will be revealed by a panel of judges and honoured at a special event on July 4, 2016.

On receiving the news of his nomination, Mr Raymond, whose journey into music started when he was just 11 years old, said: "I am deeply honoured, and grateful to those who have recognised my work... this will definitely inspire me to do better."

Much of Mr Raymond's work has been with the Dar Choral Society, which he revived some few years back.

Earlier this year, the US Department of State recognised his work, awarding him the Promotional Social Change through the Arts award for his impressive work. He is currently in the United States of America to receive the award. [Story by The Citizen, Tanzania]