Nandy (singer)

Picture of Nandy
Nandy on stage at the Fiesta Concert in Dodoma, Tanzania, 2017
Background information
Birth nameFaustina Charles Mfinanga
Born(1992-11-09)November 9, 1992 (age 29)
Mawenzi, Moshi, 23px Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania
Years active2013–present
Musical career
  • Epic Tanzania

Faustina Charles Mfinanga (born November 9, 1992), popularly known by her stage name Nandy is a Tanzanian actress, singer and songwriter of Pare heritage, she was born and raised in the city of Moshi in Kilimanjaro Region. She won the All Africa Music Awards twice in the best female artist in East Africa category in 2017[1][2] and 2020. [3] Nandy she is regarded one of the best and successful artists in Tanzania of all time.

Early life

Nandy was born in Moshi, Tanzania to Mary Charles, a tailor and Charles Mfinanga, a mechanic. The name Nandy is shortened from her real name Nandera. She started performing at a very tender age. At 5 years of age, she was an active member of her Sunday school choir at KKKT Lutheran church in Moshi. She attended Mawenzi Primary School and later joined Lomwe High School where she became the head of School choir. After high school, she joined College of Business Education (CBE), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



Her career in music kicked off when a common friend introduced her to Ruge Mutahaba, CEO of Tanzania House of Talent (THT). This is where she met Emma the Boy, who produced her first mainstream single, Nagusagusa.The song became a huge hit within a week of its release.

In early 2016 she participated in a singing competition Tecno own the stage. The contest featured contestants from all over Africa and during the finals in Lagos, Nigeria, Nandy emerged as the first runner-up. The competition groomed her well music wise, as she gained performance confidence, and also acquired essential knowledge of the music industry from the musical tutors and mentors such as chocolate City's M.I Abaga, Yemi Alade and Bien of Sauti Sol.[4][5]

In 2017 she released her hit single One Day which spearheaded her career and gave her a couple of opportunities as she was one of the few artists who participated in Coke Studio Africa in 2017 and later the same year she was nominated in the All Africa Music Awards as best female eastern Africa and won.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


Nandy played herself in Huba, a series aired on Maisha Magic Bongo.

Goodwill Ambassador

She is currently Tanzania's Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene programme (WASH) that works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. The programme focuses on providing people with clean water and basic toilets.


In April 2018, Nandy and fellow Tanzanian singer, Bill nass were briefly detained by the Tanzanian authorities for sharing what they considered as being indecent or obscene content online.[12]




  • I'm Confident (2013)
  • Nagusa gusa (2017)
  • One Day (2017)[14]
  • Wasikudanganye (2017)
  • Kivuruge (2017)[15]
  • Ninogeshe (2018)[16]
  • Aibu (2018)
  • Hazipo(2019)
  • Halleluya(2019)
  • Kiza Kinene(2019)
  • Kata (2020)
  • Na Nusu
  • Acha Lizame ft Harmonize
  • Dozi
  • Do me ft Bill Nass
  • Nibakishie ft (alikiba)
  • number one ft joeboy
  • Leo Leo ft koffi olomide
  • nimekuzoea
  • Yuda
  • kunjani ft show madjozi
  • kufuli ft mariootz

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
2017 All Africa Music Awards[1][2] Best Female Artist East Africa Nandy Won
2018 AMI Awards Afrika[17] Best Female Newcomer Nandy Won
2020 2020 African Entertainment Awards USA[18] Best Female Artist Herself Won


  1. ^ a b "AFRIMA 2017: Full list of winners". Music in Africa. November 13, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Azaniapost. "Bongo Flava: Ali Kiba, Nandy win awards at AFRIMA in Nigeria". Azaniapost (in Turkish). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Check out full list of winners at the 2020 AFRIMMA Awards". Pulse Live Kenya. November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "29-year-old wins $25K, recording deal". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tanzania: Heartbreak for Tanzania's Nandy in Lagos". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "MEET THE AFRICAN PRINCESS". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Nandy: Mane Fitsum (Cover) – Coke Studio Africa". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Aslay – Subalkheri Mpenzi Ft Nandy". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Coke Studio Africa 2017 Officially Launches in Ethiopia". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nandy and AliKiba shine at Afrima". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Nandy atamani kuwa kama Beyonce". (in Swahili). Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Popular Tanzanian singer arrested in latest internet crackdown". Sunday Times (Johannesburg). Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Nandy – Wanibariki EP (Mp3 Download) | GospelFountain". Archived from the original on March 5, 2021.
  14. ^ "Nandy – One Day". February 20, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "New Music: Nandy – Kivuruge". (in Swahili). Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "Nandy – Ninogeshe". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  17. ^ "AMI Awards Afrika 2018 full nominee list". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Llado, Lucy (December 22, 2020). "Africa Entertainment Awards USA 2020: All the winners | Music In Africa". Music In Africa.

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