Vanessa Mdee: “It’s Tough to Be a Female Artist, You Have to Work Five Times Harder Than the Men”

The Tanzanian star opens up about the inner workings of the music industry, her desire to push East African music, looking up to Miriam Makeba and much more in this exclusive interview I had with her.

In July of 2018, Universal Music Group (UMG) announced that Tanzanian star Vanessa Mdee would be joining its global artist family. She was joining the music giant alongside her top African talents Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Stonebwoy (Ghana), and Tekno (Nigeria).

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Meet Mmuso Maxwell, the South African design duo who styled Beyoncé at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival

South African fashion design duo MmusoMaxwell made headlines last December when one of their designs was worn by American pop star, Beyoncé. This is not the first time that they’ve been in the spotlight, though.

They have appeared on various reputable fashion publications, including Vogue, True Love MagazineMarie Claire South AfricaElle South Africai-D Vice Magazine among others because of their great work.

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Exclusive Interview: Former Cover Drive lead singer Amanda Reifer reveals why her music has gotten darker

The year is 2012. I am on the 7th floor of a plaza in the Central Business District of Nairobi, Kenya’s high octane capital. It is a bustling city that according to many, shapes you to live anywhere around the world.

My low-quality earphones are buzzing with “Twilight” by Cover Drive, a hit song that is on constant replay on radio stations. The song is a few months old and I cannot get enough of it. I am in an office, balancing emotions between a recent heartbreak, a new crush who’s showing me mixed signals and my very first job which is super demanding.

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