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I think Sanaipei Tande is among the most underrated Kenyan female artists of all time. They say a prophet is never recognized in their own home, no, it is actually written. In the case of this woman, I really couldn’t agree more.

Natasha Sanaipei Tande (born 22 March 1985), professionally known as Sana, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, karaoke host, radio personality and entertainer. Born and raised in Mombasa and later on in Ngong, she gained prominence after winning the 2004 East Africa Coca Cola Popstars Talent Search together with two other band mates. Thereafter she had a short stint at Capital FM. In 2007 she joined Kiss 100 and thereafter Easy FM in 2013 (now known as Nation FM), where her daily mid-morning show garnered the station’s highest listener-ship.

Facts aside, now let’s get into why she is royalty. Sana has been in music for more than a decade, although not very constant in terms of releasing new music or albums, when she does, we all agree that it is worth the wait. Her music is unmatched. She covers a unique niche that tells Kenyan stories while showcasing our Swahili speaking culture.

#IndustryNite @galileoloungeke thank you for an amazing platform! Totally enjoyed this! Till next time!!!

A post shared by Sanaipei Tande (@sanaipeitande) on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:06pm PST

A complaining nation, as we are, quickly pointing out how much our music doesn’t have original content, if you belong to that demographic I urge you to give Sanaipei Tande a listen. Her debut song as a solo artist “Najuta“, I don’t think there’s anybody who really doesn’t know it. Word after word, showing and expressing her tales of love gone sour in proper Swahili. If you see nothing to love about Sana, how about her Swahili diction? Huh? I mean, that must score like 100%.

Her collaborations with big names in the industry, Jua Kali, Kidum, Big Pin to name a few bringing forth singles like ‘Kwaheri” ” Mulika Mwizi” “You” respectively shows her contribution to the industry as a whole. Sanaipei’s other solo projects included “Mtoto wa geti kali” “Mfalme wa Mapenzi” (which we all remember because of how much uproar it caused, singing about such a taboo topic!! ah Kenyan’s) “Ankula Huu” and “Rasta Man”.

From all her music, what is most outstanding is her range and its diverse nature. I mean, Sanaipei can sing a sad song, followed by a club banger with a kapuka feel, then a reggae song quite effortlessly. If you have been in Music or you understand the nature of the same, you would understand why this deserves some level of admiration.

Mi nataka mucheke siku ya mwisho, siwe mpweke mi bado niko nashukuru Mola kwa keep, nasema Amina ~ AMINA #BrandNewFor2017 thankyou @chegechigunda and team for the awesome artwork & support in Tz!

A post shared by Sanaipei Tande (@sanaipeitande) on Mar 28, 2017 at 1:45am PDT

Now, to the most exciting part of it all, SANAIPEI HAS A GOSPEL SONG OUT!!! This song is angelic. Honestly, I am not exaggerating. Her vocals are o so beautiful, her voice glides over the beat, over the music, her words articulate and in perfect Swahili and the chorus, it has depth, it has content, it has melody, it speaks. I think this is one of those things you really should check out for yourself. In a country where our definition of gospel is a sorry excuse of a song that chants the name of the most high somewhere in the middle of some tacky lyrics, this song will definitely change your mind.

That day when you’re getting ready to wear your crown!! #HairUp #FeelingGreat #TheExperiment #CelebratingRealWomen Photography by @emmanueljambo

A post shared by Sanaipei Tande (@sanaipeitande) on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:22pm PDT

Sanaipei’s beauty is unmatched, and as much as I hate to include this here, because I belong to the “I am not my hair, I am not this skin” group of people, for the purposes of meeting the attention of my Kenyan audience, she has mad sex appeal. That coupled with the fact that she has a golden voice, and music that is full of content makes her the most underrated female artist in Kenya. Her minimal controversy in as long she has been in the Industry, lack of stories of who she is seeing, sleeping with of faking to be pregnant with while producing effortlessly beautiful music makes her royalty. She raises the bar for aspiring female emcees, the writing on the wall being, you don’t need to conform to be beautiful or accepted. Just do you the best way you can and the spoils will surely follow you.

All hail the queen, Sanaipei Tande.

Source of image: Instagram @sanaipeitande

 

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