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Jemimah Sanyu

Jemimah Sanyu

Ugandan musician
The basics
Occupations Singer
Countries Uganda
Gender female
Birth March 25, 1986
Education Makerere University
The details

Jemimah Sanyu, also known as the Stage Gladiator, is a Ugandan musician, performer, producer, and voice coach. She has a commanding stage presence with a very strong voice. Sanyu has met people like President Yoweri Museveni while singing at the I am a Ugandan album premier. She has shared a stage with top African stars like Habib Koite, Navio, Joanita Kawalya of Afrigo Band, and Juliana Kanyomozi. and many other African stars.

Sanyu peaked at #4 on the HiPipo charts with her hit single Ziba Amaaso in the fifth week of 2012. Her other charting hits included I am a Ugandan peaking at #8 and Kankusute at #17, both on the HiPipo charts in 2011. All of her charting songs gained good radio air play.


Sanyu, a two-time Diva Awards nominee, started doing music professionally in 2007 when she joined Grayce Records. Sanyu experienced a meteoric rise as a music star of Afro pop melodies and dance music mostly because of her strong and wild live performances and her voice. She hosts a music night dubbed Jemimah Talks at Jazzville Bugolobi every Thursday accompanied by her band UNIT 446.

Sanyu was one of the divas chosen to perform at the Serena Hotel the Qwela Junction, dubbed the "Divas' Junction", alongside veteran singer and one of Afrigo Band’s lead vocalists Rachael Magoola, Solome, Rita Sabiiti, Naava Grey, Maureen Rutabingwa, and Sandra Suubi. She mesmerized the audience by dancing atop tables, a stunt known as a Bebe after Bebe Cool did it at a Miss Uganda beauty pageant event.


Sanyu has performed live all across Africa, including festivals and corporate events. She has also recorded an eight track studio album Amaaso go googera, which immediately ensured her status as a star on East Africa’s music scene.


  • Amaaso go googera


The songs include;

  • Ziba amaaso
  • Sitya
  • I am a Ugandan
  • This Love
  • Yakubedha
  • Amaaso go googera

Live performances

Sanyu has performed on many stages to entertaine people. She has performed all across Africa, including but not limited to Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Sanyu was selected to perform on World Music Day 2015 in Uganda alongside Undercover Brothers Ug, Sandy Soul, and Ruyonga.

Sanyu has performed at:

  • DoaDoa
  • Selam Festival Ethiopia
  • Bayimba Festival Uganda 2014
  • World Music Day Uganda 2015
  • Sondeka (Kenya)
  • Visa for Music

Nominations and awards

Year Award Category Result Citation
2011 Diva Music Awards Uganda Rising Diva Nominated
2010 Afro-beat Diva "I am a Ugandan" Nominated
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