The Star (Nairobi)

8 February 2013

Kenya: Meet Kenya's Balladeer On American Idol

Half Kenyan, half Tanzanian teen singer, Sanni M'mairura made it to the next stage of this year's American Idols reality TV show.

The young crooner told Word Is via an email interview that his goal is to "to win American Idol and then I hope to get enough exposure to launch a solid career in music. I want to tour widely and as I have said before, I would also like to teach dance and choreography as I tour. I feel ecstatic. This is an incredible feeling and a great experience all wrapped in one."

Sanni who impressed the judges especially Nicki Minaj said that his secret charm was his "deep faith. God does it all for me."

Beside his magical performance on American Idol, Sanni regularly post his clips on YouTube on his renditions of various artistes, especially Justin Bieber.

"Well, I hope you saw my covers on Boyz 2 Men, Rihana, Adele, Neo and Chris Brown as well. All great singers, but I'm also inspired by Justin Bieber. His hard work and motivation at such a young age lead me to believe I can do it too. If I can do half of what he has done by the time I'm 18, I'll be off to a good start," he said.

His entertainment background stems from his deep roots in church. He said, "My performances are at church and church outreaches within my city. My church is huge so my audience is usually huge too. I have also performed at World of Dance where my dance crew Riot Squad was champion last year. Yes I have worked hard on my dancing too."

Sanni has been to both Kenya and Tanzania, severally. "I love both countries. The people are exceptional. I have family in both countries and I look forward to my next trip there though I don't exactly when that would be."

Asked if he follows the entertainment industry in Kenya or Tanzania? He said, "I grew up listening to African music as you can imagine - still do, but I can't say that I'm an ardent follower of the industry in EA. The music from that region is really good though."

You can keep up to date on Sanni's by following him on Twitter @SaNnMmairura and watch videos of his performances on his YouTube, MmairuraSaNni.

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