Nyota Ndogo


Nyota Ndogo (real name Mwanaisha Abdalla, born 1981) is a musician from Kenya who performs taarab-influenced pop music.
Ndogo is from the coastal city of Mombasa. She was a school drop-out who worked as a house help. Her father Abdala Atib was a musician with a local band, but Nyota Ndogo did not take up music until she got inspired by the hip hop group K-South's lyrics.
She was discovered by Andrew Burchell, a Mombasa-based producer.

Nyota Ndogo has released three albums: 'Chereko', 'Nimetoka Mbali' and 'Mpenzi.' She won the Kisima Award for 'Best Taarab Singer' in 2003 and 'Best Female Singer' in 2005, among other awards. Her song 'Watu na Viatu' was nominated for the 'Best East African Song' at the 2007 Tanzania Music Awards.

Her song 'Take Care' is featured on the international World 2003 compilation album, while 'Chereko' is on the Rough Guide to the Music of Kenya compilation. The same track was also featured on the Rough Guides - Off the Beaten Track compilation.

She has collaborated with Nonini on the track 'Nibebe' and with Necessary Noize on their track 'Nataka Toa.'


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KEMombasa, Kenya


Mwanaisha Abdalla
Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 13 Jun 2014
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