Tanzanian singer and songwriter Nandy joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “Nimeuzoea.”
She also discusses exploring a range of sounds from bongo flava to amapiano on her latest EP, Taste, working with her childhood hero Koffi Olamide on “Leo Leo,” how cross-border collaborations with other African artists expose her to new fans, and the biggest career lesson she’s learnt.
Nandy on the power of cross-continent collaborations such as her own with Joeboy
When you talk about Joeboy, he’s a Nigerian artist, and I’m a Tanzanian artist. I’m trying to see new fans, to get new fans. [For] us to collaborate together to bring our African music to the world.
Nandy on why collaborating with Koffi Olomide was a dream come true
“Leo Leo” with Koffi Olomide – he’s a legend. I respect him. I used to listen to Koffi Olomide since I was just a kid. And that was my dream because I was just seeing my dad dancing his songs. And then now I just see Koffi Olomide, like, “Can I do something with him? It would be a dream to me and my family.” And then we made it.
Nandy on the soundscape on “Nimekuzoea”
The day that we just created the song, we wanted a different sound. People just like amapiano nowadays, and we didn’t want to forget that I’m a bongo flava artist, so we just decided to mix bongo flava and a little bit amapiano in the beat so that we can get something good, and anyone can listen.
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