Amani (musician)

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Cecilia Wairimu (born 1980 in Thika), better known by her stage name Amani, is a pop musician from Kenya. She has won various awards, including the Best Female category at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.


She went to Bishop Gatimu Ngandu 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 2001 [1][2] Her 2002 collaboration with Nameless 'Ninanoki', was a major national hit.[1] Her later singles include "Talk to You" (featuring Patonee and Big Pin), "Bad Boy" (featuring Nyashinski of Kleptomaniax), Usiwe Mbali (featuring AY), "Tamani", "Missing My Baby" and "Tonight".[1]

She has recently been signed to Sony Music under Rockstar 4000 (2010). She recently 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.

She is currently the brand Ambassador for Airtel Kenya.

Her debut album Tamani was released in 2006 .[3] She has toured in the United States, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and performed in Dubai, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Liberia and Djibouti. .[3]

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