Shaa whose birth name is Sarah won the East Africa Coca-Cola Popstars forming the trio Wakilisha in 2004. They debuted with their hit single “Hoi” which validated their place in the East Africa Music Scene. However, in 2005 Shaa left the group and went to USA for further her studies. It was during this time that she started working on her solo career with Wakilisha’s former manager Daniel Kiondo of Kiondo Communications International.
In October 2008 Shaa's solo career finally kicked off when she landed herself a major record deal with a prominent record label in Tanzania, MJ Under MJ Records, Shaa has managed to record and release many hits such as Zamu Yangu (meaning My Turn), Pambazuka, a track that also featured AY, Shoga (meaning My Friend), Crazyand many more. As a result Shaa earned her first Tanzania Music AwardsNominations for best R&B artist in 2008, Best Female Vocalist and Best Female Artist in 2010 and Best Female Performer in 2011. She also earned herself her very first MAMA (MTV Base) Awards Nomination in the Best New Act Category in 2009 and a Channel O Music Awards Nomination in the Best East African Act Category in 2010 and the Best Afro-Pop Act in 2011 where she went head to head with acts such as J-Martins and Mr.Flavour from Nigeria. Although she didn’t manage to grab any of the awards her hard work finally paid off in late 2011 when her then hit “Shoga” won the Best Afro-Pop song in the MUSEKEAwards beating out some of Africa’s best such as D’banj and 2Face Idibia.
Shaa comes from a musical family, the brother sings reggae and the sister is one of the best bass guitarist in Tanzania. Her father and brother influenced her choice of music, as she grew up listening to Jim Reeves, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley and Lucky Dube. Shaa is a born again Christian, her routine before going on stage is to say a prayer “Thank you Lord Jesus, this is what l was born to do and am going to do, Amen. “She says, “My Family is my most prized possession. I love my family we have been through so much and they have remained constant in my ups and down. Shaa has been in a 10 year relationship and on marriage she says “Why not?”