Nyanda

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Nyanda
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Background information
Birth name Nyanda Janelle Thorbourne
Born (1978-04-15) 15 April 1978 (age 40)
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Dancehall, Reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Tropic Electric, BlackLion Music, Pink Scorpion
Associated acts Brick & Lace, The Kemist, Akon, Wisin & Yandel, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Arash, F.eU
Website www.officialnyanda.com

Nyanda Janelle Thorbourne, better known by her stage name/mononym Nyanda is a Jamaican-American recording artist and songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. Nyanda is a member of the R&B/reggae duo Brick & Lace whose debut album, Love Is Wicked, was released through Geffen / Kon Live in 2007 and featured the chart-topping single "Love Is Wicked".

In February 2013, Nyanda released her first promotional single, "Trouble",[1] after announcing that she would be pursuing a solo career in music.[2] Her first official single, "Slippery When Wet", was released in September 2013.

Early life[edit]

Nyanda Thorbourne was born to a Jamaican father and an American mother in Kingston, Jamaica.[3] She has 3 sisters, Tasha, Nailah and Candace Thorbourne.[4] Nyanda went to Campion College High School during which time her group Brick & Lace was formed. After graduating High School Nyanda studied Marketing at Miami Dade College and then Advertising & Theater at the University of Miami.[3]

Career[edit]

Brick & Lace (2006-2012)[edit]

Nyanda's career in music started as a member of the pop/reggae group Brick & Lace. In 2006 Akon signed the group to Konvict Muzik[5] / Geffen Records and released their debut album, Love Is Wicked in 2007. The album spawned four charting singles – "Never Never", "Get That Clear", "Bad to di Bone" and their biggest hit, "Love Is Wicked", which was listed for 97 weeks in 7 different charts.[6]

Solo career (2013-present)[edit]

February 2013 marked the launch of Nyanda's career as a solo artist with the release of her promotional single, "Trouble".[1][2] Produced by Black Lion, "Trouble" is a remix of Taylor Swift's multi-platinum single "I Knew You Were Trouble" which fuses reggae, dancehall and pop music.[7] "Trouble" entered UK Music Week's Top 30 Urban Club Charts in Week 7 (2013) [8] and remained in the charts for 7 Weeks,[9][10] peaking at #15.[11]

Nyanda's first official single, "Slippery When Wet", was initially released as a free download through SoundCloud on 8 March 2013.[12] "Slippery When Wet" entered UK Music Week's Urban Club Charts in Week 27 (2013) [13] and remained in the Top 30 for 5 weeks,[14] peaking at #13.[15] It was licensed and officially released later in the year by Cloud 9 (Benelux), Magic Records (Poland & Bulgaria) and Tropic Electric / InGrooves (Rest of the World). "Slippery When Wet" Won the Award for Best Reggae Song at the 2014 Lipstick Radio's Indie Music Awards.[16]

In August 2013, Nyanda released the electro fueled house track,[17] "Cool & Deadly" [18] with South African DJs Euphonik and Fresh. "Cool & Deadly" was considered a South African Summer Anthem in 2013 [19] as it climbed to #28 on South Africa Airplay Charts and reached #1 on 5FM's Top 40. The music video for "Cool & Deadly" [20] was done documentary style, with all footage being taken from Split Seconds, a 5-part TV series on Channel O showcasing the fast-paced look at Fresh and Euphonik in Miami during 2013's Winter Music Conference.[21][22]

Bloodline[edit]

In 2010, Nyanda and her sisters formed the songwriting team Bloodline. They have written songs for Kelly Rowland,[23] Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, Leah LaBelle and Arash. In 2012, she co-wrote the gold-certified, chart topping single "Follow the Leader" by Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez.

Philanthropy[edit]

Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU)[edit]

In February 2014, Nyanda was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for REACH A HAND UGANDA.[24]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As Lead Artist[edit]

Year Single Album
2017 "Rodeo Wine" Single
2017 "Young & Alive" (with Dj LBR) Single
2016 "Keep Me Up All Night" (with Ripstar) Single
2015 "The Way U Love" Single
2015 "All My Love" Single
2015 "Put It On Me" Single
2014 "I Love Sax" (with Black Lion) EP[25]
2013 "Slippery When Wet" EP
2013 "Cool & Deadly" (with Fresh and Euphonik as F.eU) EP[26]
2013 "Trouble" [1] Promotional single

As Featured Artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
BEL
[27]
SPA
[28]
2013 "Your Ways" (Nyanda & GNL, Ray Signature, Irene Ntale, Big Tril, Maurice Hasa)[29] N/A
2013 "You Got Me Good (Tu Es Ma Go)" (Muss feat. Nyanda)[30] N/A
2013 "Je Dis Oui" (Barbara Kanam feat. Nyanda)[31] N/A
2013 "Boom & Rave" (Black Lion feat. Mr. Vegas & Nyanda)[32] Boom & Rave - EP
2013 "Like A Pro" (The Wizard feat. Nyanda & Chedda) Like A Pro - EP [33]
2014 "Blazin" (ChildsPlay feat. The Kemist & Nyanda)
2014 "Mash It Up" (Black Lion & The Wizard feat. Kat Dahlia, Nyanda & The Kemist) Black Lion Reggae Invasion Vol. 1
2014 "Run Away"
(Ian Thomas featuring Nyanda)
25 28 Gametime
2015 "Kikute" (Leila Kayondo feat. Nyanda) N/A
"Outta Control" (Admiral C4C feat. Nyanda)
2016 "Dancing Kizomba (The Kemist Remix)" (Alx Veliz feat. Nyanda) Dancing Kizomba (The Kemist Remix - Single) [34]
"Touch Me" (Jessy Matador feat. Nyanda) Touch Me - Single [35]
"No Apologies.(The Kemist Remix)" (JoJo feat. Wiz Khalifa & Nyanda) No Apologies.(Tropical Remix) [36]
2018 "Wokie Wokie[37]" (Mr. P feat. Nyanda) - - Wokie Wokie - Single

Non-Singles[edit]

As Lead Artist[edit]

Year Song Album
2015 "Cinnamon Roll" (feat. Dionne Renée) [38] Black Lion Reggae Invasion Vol. 1
"One More Time" (with The Kemist) [39]
"Footprints" (feat. Assassin) [40]
2014 "I Won't Take You Back" Xleration Riddim - Single [41]

As Featured Artist[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2015 "Mine Tonight" Burna Boy (feat. Nyanda) On A Spaceship
"Dangerous" Pachanga (feat. Nyanda) La Era Positivo
2014 "Superman" Arash (feat. Nyanda) Superman
"Ma Bala"
2018 "Wokie Wokie" Mr P (feat. Nyanda) Wokie Wokie Single

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2013 "Club Saved My Life" Wally Lopez featuring Brick & Lace and J Balvin Follow Me! [42]
"Shot Gun" Brian Cross featuring Leah LaBelle Pop Star - The Album [43][44]
2012 "Follow the Leader" Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez Líderes
"Around the World" Christina Aguilera Lotus
"Grenade" Vincenzo featuring Brick & Lace La Matrice [45]
2011 "Say Yes" Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love
"This Time" (Sidney Samson Remix) Kizzo featuring Bloodline N/A [46]
2009 "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger Doll Domination
"Swat" Brick & Lace Birch - Military Riddim [47]
2007 "Get That Clear (Hold Up)" Love Is Wicked
"Never Never"
"Don't Stop"
"Take Me Back"
"Why'd You Lie"
"Love is Wicked"
"Boyfriend"
"Push It Up"
"Buss A Shot"
"Mr. Officer"
"My Apple"
"U and Me"
2006 "Move Tonight" Detrimental Riddim [48]
"Nice 2 Meet U" Frank n Dank featuring Brick & Lace Nice 2 Meet U ('06 Version) 12" [49]
2005 "Tonight" Brick & Lace Bionic Ras Riddim [50]
"Make Me Wanna Get Naughty" Blink Riddim [51]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2015 "All My Love" [52] Alex Ceausu
"Put It On Me" [53] Alex Ceausu
2014 "Run Away" [54] Peter Muls / Debbie Rowe
"Trouble" [55] Eric Christian King
"I Love Sax" [56] Damian Fyffe
"Mash It Up" [57] The Governor
"You Got Me Good" [58] Muss
"Your Ways" [59] Dayo Atarodo
2013 "Slippery When Wet" [60] Muss
"Like A Pro" [61] Igreco
"Cool & Deadly" [20]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "You Got Me Good (feat. Nyanda) [Tu es ma go] - Single by Muss on Apple Music". iTunes.
  31. ^ "Je Dis Oui by Barbara Kanam feat Nyanda". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  32. ^ "Boom & Rave (feat. Mr. Vegas, Nyanda)- Single by Black Lion on Apple Music". iTunes.
  33. ^ "Like A Pro by The Wizard feat Nyanda & Chedda". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  34. ^ "Dancing Kizomba (The Kemist Remix) - Single by Alx Veliz feat Nyanda". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  35. ^ "Touch Me [Radio Edit] - Single by Jessy Matador feat Nyanda". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  36. ^ "No Apologies. (Tropical Remix) - Single by JoJo". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
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