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Country Tanzania Genres pop urban Website Festival Sauti za Busara 2006
Lady Jaydee is possibly Tanzania's most popular singer. Her electrifying lyrics, sing- along melodies and a dash of true African womanhood gives her a well-deserved recognition throughout East Africa and beyond.
Born Judith Wambura, nicknamed Jaydee, started shining at the age of seven when she was singing in a church choir in Shinyanga. After completing her secondary education she joined Tanzania's most popular radio station Clouds FM as a presenter. In the beginning of year 2000 whilst still working as a radio presenter, Lady Jaydee released her first single "Nakupenda" which hit No.1 spot in chart shows of various radio stations in Tanzania, followed by another hit single "Mpenzi Wangu".
Jaydee gave up radio presenting in order to become a full time musician and the gamble paid off well when she released "Machozi" (Tears) – soul food to many of her music fans. In 2000 she was the first Tanzanian female artist to launch a solo album and subsequently spent two busy years performing, touring and enjoying success.
Early in 2003 Lady Jaydee made a comeback with two controversial hit singles "Usiusemee Moyo" & "Wanaume Kama Mabinti". She soon launched her second album "Binti" (Daughter) containing twelve new compositions including another smash hit "Siri Yangu". In 2005 Lady Jaydee released her third and most successful album to date, "Moto" (Fire), featuring a stellar line up of guest artists including Samba Mapangala (DRC), TID (Tz) and Titi (Uganda). She spent 14 months recording 18 songs and of the ten that made it to the album is included "Rafiki Wa Mashaka", a true-life story about betrayals among friends and a tabloid that spoils a woman's name. "Distance", a song in which she sings in seven languages (Kiswahili, English, Zulu, Lingala, French, Chinyarwanda and Chiganda) spent almost a year on radio and TV rotation and remains one of her best-loved hits. Jaydee's albums continue selling extremely well and she is recognized as the top selling artist in Tanzania (GMC Distributors).
Lady Jaydee Highlights & Achievements
Performed in Kora Designers Competition in South Africa in 2001.
Winner of M-Net Where U @? Awards 2001 for Best Female Artist in Tanzania
Winner of two Tanzania Music Awards 2001/02 for Best Female Artist and Best Video
Winner of Youth Achievements Awards 2003 for Best Song and Best Video
Nominee for Kora Music Awards 2003 as Most Promising Female Artist in Africa
Winner of Channel O's Reel Music Video Awards 2003
Winner of Tanzania Music Awards 2004 for Best R'n'B Album
Nominee for Kora Music Awards 2004 for Best Female East African Artist.
Winner of Channel O's Awards 2005 for Best Female in East Africa and Best Collaboration Song in Africa
Nominee for Kora Awards 2005 for Best Female East African Artist