Kenyan Sensation Maandy Revealed As Spotify’s Equal Artist For May 2023
Maandy’s music has been described as “witty, edgy, and will make you dance.”
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Kabaya, a Sheng word for the baddie, sings in Sheng and Kiswahili, including club bangers like her latest single, Tena. May has come, and Maandy has been named the month’s EQUAL Africa ambassador by music provider Spotify.
Her music is sure to get you moving and is now receiving much playing on the radio and in clubs. Maandy is an accomplished multi-genre artist. Her initial albums, Frisky and Kabaya, alternate between fast-paced Trap, Hip-Hop roughness, and exuberant Dance Hall sounds, demonstrating her passion for her work.
Maandy joins other Kenyan musical legends, including Muthoni DQ, Nikita Kering’, and Xeniah Manasseh, who have previously served as Spotify EQUAL ambassadors.
Maandy began her musical career in 2016, releasing daring and high-quality tracks while progressively expanding her fan base. Since then, fan favorites have included ‘Sirudi Home,’ ‘Shash na Lipgloss,’ and ‘BTW.
“Being a part of the EQUAL program means a lot to me. I feel seen and appreciated for my work as a woman in the music industry. Navigating a male dominated industry requires composure and a lot of resilience. As intimidating as it might get sometimes, one has to realise they have just as much right to occupy these spaces as the men,” says Maandy
EQUAL Africa strives to highlight and promote the voices of African female musicians breaking down boundaries and creating waves in the music industry. Furthermore, it broadens its audience by presenting its collection to a global audience.
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