Vanessa Mdee is an award winning musical sensation, businesswoman and philanthropist. From a successful media personality to one of Africa’s biggest pop stars, Vanessa’s definite cultural reach places her as one of Africa’s most powerful women despite her young age.

Born Vanessa Hau Mdee, to a Tanzanian diplomat and beauty queen, Vanessa grew up in different cities around the world, from Paris to Nairobi, New York to Arusha; an experience that made her into what she calls; a global African.

“ Its hard to separate my upbringing from my art. I am versatile; I can shift from a Bongo Flava sound to a global R&B radio tune. Being a global African translates into all I do.” Says Vanessa, who describes her music as Progressive Afro-pop.

Even though Vanessa first came to the spotlight as an on-air personality and MTV VJ, Music was always in her. “ I have memories of my dad playing all this world music, from Miriam Makeba to old school R & B. Music was always there, I just never really found the time to push it out. ” says Vanessa.


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