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Amani (musician)

Amani (musician)

Kenyan pop musician
The basics
About
Occupations Singer
Countries Kenya
Gender female
Birth January 1, 1980 (Thika)
The details
Biography

Cecilia Wairimu (born 28 November 1980), better known by her stage name Amani, is a Kenyan pop, R&B singer-songwriter. Her contributions to the Kenyan music industry have earned her several coveted accolades, including the Best Female category at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, Pearl of Africa Music Awards, Kisima Awards and Chaguo La Teeniez Awards. She released her debut album in 2006.

Career

Beginnings

Amani went to Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School, where she was part of the accapella group Sobriety. She signed to Ogopa Deejays in 1999, soon after graduating from high school. In 2000 she joined United States International University to study International Business Administration.

Career breakthrough: 2000–06; Tamani

Her first single "Move on" was a radio hit, and was followed by hits single "Tahidi" and "Papii" in 2001 Her 2002 collaboration with Nameless 'Ninanoki', was a major national hit. Her later singles include "Talk to You" (featuring Patonee and Big Pin), "Bad Boy" (featuring Nyashinski of Kleptomaniax), Usiwe Mbali (featuring AY), "Tamani", "Missing My Baby" and "Tonight".

She is currently the brand Ambassador for Airtel Kenya.

Her debut album Tamani was released in 2006. She has toured in the United States, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and performed in Dubai, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Liberia and Djibouti.

2010–present: Grand comeback to music industry

Amani signed with Sony Music under Rockstar 4000 (2010). She recently worked on a song with R n B singer R. Kelly alongside artists like Ali Kiba, Navio, Fally Ipupa, 2face Idibia, JK, 4*4 and Movazeleine. The song titled "Hands Across the World" made it to the billboard 100 and had over 1 million downloads in Africa.

In 2013, she paired with Uganda's dancehall duo Radio & Weasel in the making of the single "Kiboko Changu", the lead sing-off for her latest album. In 2015, she released the single, "Kizungu Zungu". In July 2015 she dropped yet another audio, "Heartbreaker". It is mainly tuned with reggae and dancehall influences. The video was officially released on 8 September 2015. The video was shot in Nairobi's Garden Estate.

Discography

Singles and studio albums

Year Single Album Ref(s)
2000 "Move On" Tamani
2001 "Tahidi"
"Papii"
2002 "Ninanoki" (Amani featuring Nameless)
2006 "Missing My Baby"
2008 "Usiwe Mbali Nami" (Amani featuring AY) TBA
2009 "Tonight"
2013 "Kiboko Changu" (Amani featuring Radio & Weasel)
2015 "Kizungu Zungu"
"Heartbreaker"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Award Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2002 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards Best Female Artist
Nominated
2006 2006 Kisima Music Awards Female Artiste of the year Won
Collabo of the year "Bad Boy" with Nyashiski Won
CHAT Awards Favourite Female Artiste
Won
Favourite Song Won
Favourite Collabo Won
Pearl of Africa Music Awards Best Kenyan Female Artiste Nominated
2007 2007 Kisima Music Awards Boomba Female Won
Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) Best Female Artist (Kenya) Won
Tanzania Music Awards Best East African Song "Bad Boy" Won
2008 Tanzania Music Awards Best East African Song "Missing My Baby" Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Best R&B video in Africa Nominated
Best East African Song Nominated
2009 Channel O Music Video Awards Best Female Video "Tonight" Nominated
Best R&B video Nominated
Best East African
Video of the Year
MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 Best Female
Won
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Collaboration "Kiboko Changu" featuring Radio and Weasel Nominated

Recognitions

  • Pure and Natural Most Inspiring Young Woman 2010.
  • Pearl of Africa Music Award-Best Female Artist 2010

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