Cinderella Sanyu

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Cinderella Sanyu
Born (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 33)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, Dance
Years active2003–present
  • African Creativity
  • Talent Africa
Associated acts

Cinderella Sanyu (professionally known as Cindy) is a Ugandan musician.[1] She was one of the original members of Blu*3 which also consisted of Lilian Mbabazi and Jackie Chandiru.[2] She has performed with Davido, Mr. G, and Radio & Weasel.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cindy was born on 28 August 1985 in Kampala, Uganda [4] but hails from Mbale district[5].


Cindy started singing when she was young. She took part in "Capital Radio All Stars talent search" when she was 15 years old.[6] She took third place. She worked with producer Steve Jean who made sure she participated in the "Coca Cola Pop Stars" contest, which led to the formation of Blu*3 in 2003.[4] With Blu*3, Cindy found music success winning the Best Artist/Group from Uganda & Best Music Video from Uganda in the 2005 Kisima Music Awards, Video of the Year ("Hitaji") in the 2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards[7]- and Video of the Year ("Burrn") in the 2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards[8] and getting nominated for best East African Group in the 2005 Kora Awards,[9] Best East African Album (Hitaji) in the 2005 Tanzania Music Awards -,[10] Best East African video ("Frisky") in the 2006 Channel O Music Video Awards,[11] Best Group & Best Performer in the 2009 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards -[12] and Best East African Song ('Where you are' with Radio & Weasel) in the 2010 Tanzania music awards.

Cindy was dropped from the group and, in 2008,[13] she embarked on a solo career. Her debu solo album 'Ayokyayokya'(2009) topped charts all over East Africa with hits like "Mbikooye" and "Nawewe", "Ayokyayokya", and "One and Only".[14] She has had more successful songs like "Selekta".

Personal Life[edit]

Cinderella Sanyu was in a relationship with Mario Brunetti and the relationship produced a daughter ,Mya[15].


Cinderella Sanyu was involved in a relationship with Ken Muyisa

On leaving the girl group ,Blu3,her fellow band members ,Jackie Chandiru and Lillian Mbabazi claimed that "she was not candid"[16] about her reasons for leaving.



  • Nawewe
  • One and only
  • Selekta
  • Tempo remix


  • Ayokyayokya, 2009

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Female artiste of the year in the DIVA awards, 2009[17]
  • Teenies' dancehall artiste in Buzz teenies awards, 2010[citation needed]
  • Best female artiste of the year in Buzz teenies awards, 2010[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Cindy speaks out". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ "BLU*3 - AFRICAN MUSICIAN". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Cindy, Davido fire up Kigali". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "I almost committed suicide – Cindy". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ Editorial, BigEye ug (2013-07-31). "Ugandan Music Artistes and Their Districts of Origin:". BigEye.UG. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ "Rated Next back for second season". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ PAM Awards: 2005 Winners & Nominees
  8. ^ Museke: Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards 2007 winners - Uganda
  9. ^ Kora Awards: Kora Awards 2005 nominees
  10. ^ Tanzania Music Awards - Nominees 2005
  11. ^ Channel O Award nominees released
  12. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2009 nominees
  13. ^ "Cinderella Sanyu: How Cindy Left Blu 3". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  14. ^ "2010 Review; Cindy Consolidated Her Achievements". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Mario didn't want marriage, so I left". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  16. ^ joomlasupport. "'Cindy was not candid'". The Observer - Uganda. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  17. ^ "And the Diva of 2009 is... Cindy". Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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