The honey-voiced ballad singer Nandy is at the helm of the list of top Tanzanian divas in music with her anticipated album “The African Princess”, which came out in 2018. Known for tracks such as “One Day”, “Nagusa Gusa”, “Aibu”, “Njiwa” with Willy Paul and “Ninogeshe”; the 2017 winner of Best Female Artist East Africa at the AFRIMMA awards is booming past the East African music scene. Nandy collaborated with Ethiopian songbird Betty G on her 2017 debut on Coke Studio Africa. She makes her return on the 2019 edition of the show, paired with Nigerian hit maker Skales, and with their collaborations produced by GospelOnDeBeatz (Nigeria).
Nandy started her music career in 2010 with the recording of her first three singles. She later joined one of Tanzania’s leading bands: B Band, performing alongside Banana Zorro for a couple of years. Her venture into the limelight came after taking part in the Tecno-Own-the-Stage competition in 2015/2016. Even though she came in second place, receiving positive acclaim beyond Tanzania, as the show was filmed and aired in Nigeria, Nandy was propelled into stardom. Following this success, she joined Tanzania’s leading record label THT MEDIA and released her hit single “Bye” (My Ex).
Nandy’s songs perform exceptionally well on Tanzanian radio and TV thanks to her growing fan base. In fact, both “Kivuruge” and “Ninogeshe” have so far garnered over 6 Million views on YouTube. Nandy has collaborated with some of Tanzania’s top artists including Aslay on “Subalkheri”, Chege on “Kelele za Chura” and Ice Boy on “Binadamu”. Nandy is also a businesswoman and owns a company that sells beauty and fashion products: Nandy Beauty Products and Nandi African Prints, respectively.
Nandy was born Faustina Charles Mfinaga in 1992 to Maria Charles Mfinaga and Charles Wilfred Mfinaga in Moshi, northern Tanzania. She attended Julius Kambarage Nyerere Primary school and later joined Lomwe High School. Nandy studied at the CBE College of Business Education in Dar es Salaam. At the age of six, Nandy was already singing in church and joined the school choir at 15 years of age, where she worked to nurture her music.