Kenya’s pop queen Amani real names Cecilia Wairimu is set to stage shows in Kigali for the first time on August 22nd and 23rd this year.
The MTV Africa music best female award winner will share the stage with East African music heavy weight Jose Chameleon from Uganda alongside local musicians at Serena hotel and Expo grounds Gikondo.
Amani is introduced to Rwanda by Konka Group that deals in electronic equipments like flat screens and mobile phones in Rwanda.
Born 1980 in Kenya, she went to Bishop Gatimu Gandu girls high school, where she was part of the accapella group Sobriety.
Amani 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.
Her first single “Move on” was a radio hit, and was followed by hits single “Tahidi” and “Papii” in 2001followed by collaborations with Nameless ‘Ninanoki’ and her single ‘Missing’ my baby which became a big hit radio song.
In 2010 she was signed to Sony Music under Rockstar 4000 and worked on a ground breaking song with International R n B singer R. Kelly alongside top African stars i.e. 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 Rwanda Amani is famous for her collabo song dubbed Kiboko Chagu featuring Uganda’s finest music duo Radio and Weasel and the song was nominated in 2014 MTV Africa music awards in best collaboration category.
She is currently the brand Ambassador for Airtel Kenya.