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.
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.
Singles and studio albums
|2002||"Ninanoki" (Amani featuring Nameless)|
|2006||"Missing My Baby"|
|2008||"Usiwe Mbali Nami" (Amani featuring AY)||TBA|
|2013||"Kiboko Changu" (Amani featuring Radio & Weasel)|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|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|
- Pure and Natural Most Inspiring Young Woman 2010.
- Pearl of Africa Music Award-Best Female Artist 2010
- ^ The Standard, Pulse Magazine, May 5, 2006: The chosen few
- ^ Kisima Awards - Winners 2006
- Musicuganda.com: PAM 2006 nominees
- Kisima Awards - Winners 2007 Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Museke: Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards 2007 winners - Uganda
- Tanzania Music Awards - 2007 Nominees
- Tanzania Music Awards - 2008 Nominees
- ^ Music Industry Online: 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards Nominees
- ^ Museke: 2009 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards nominees
- Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2009 winners
- "Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 2014-04-17.