Vanessa Mdee is a Tanzanian singer, rapper, television personality, and radio host. Her full name is Vanessa Hau Mdee. She is the first Tanzanian MTV Base VJ.
She hosted shows like Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume Challenge for ITV Tanzania. She has been privileged to interview big artists like Rick Ross, and Ludacris among others.
Real name: Vanessa Hau Mdee
Occupation: Television personality, Singer, Rapper, Radio host
Birthday: 7 June 1988
Star sign: Gemini
Birth place: Arusha, Tanzania
Children: Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho
Net Worth: $6 million
She was born on 7 June 1988 in Arusha, Tanzania. Her father Sammy Mdee was a journalist but later changed occupation to be a diplomat. Her mother is Sophia Mdee.
Her sisters are Marianne Namshali Mdee popularly known as Mimi Mars and Nancy Namtero Tero Mdee.
Juu hitmaker went to Arusha Modern High School and later joined the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) for a law degree.
Before venturing into music, she hosted TV and Award shows at MTV Base VJ in 2007. Her shows included Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume Challenge.
In 2008, she worked with the Staying Alive Foundation and also joined their Z!nduka Campaign, a campaign aimed at the eradication of malaria.
While as a TV host, she was able to visit countries like Kenya, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola.
In 2012, she ventured in music where she worked with A.Y and Ommy Dimples on the song ‘Me and You’.
In 2013, she released a single ‘closer’ Which topped the charts for 13 weeks and won four nominations at the Tanzania Music Awards including R&B Song of the year.
In 2014, she took part in the Coke Studio Africa season 2 where she collaborated with Nigerian artist Burna Boy.
In 2017, she signed by the international music distributor Universal Music Group (UMG) as the first African.
In 2018, she launched her first album ‘Money Mondays’ with 18 tracks including ‘Cash Madame’, ‘Money Mondays’, ‘The Hustle’, ‘Kisela’ amongst others.
In 2019, she released ‘That’s For Me’ featuring South African duo Distruction Boyz under Universal Music Group.
In 2020, she quit music and said she would produce music but not consider herself part of the industry.
She is married to a fellow artist Rotimi. The two met in 2019 at the ESSENCE Festivals. They are blessed with a baby boy named Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho and she is expecting her second born.
Vanessa and Juma Jux dated for 6 years before going their separate ways. Vanessa was accused of cheating on jux after pictures of her hugging Trey Songs surfaced the internet.
House & Cars
She drives a brand new black Range Rover 2021 model gifted to her by her Nigerian hubby Rotimi.
Her house is located in Florida, near Disney World.
Awards & Recognitions
2013 -Nominated as Best New Artist at the Tanzania Music Award
2013 – Won Best AfroPop at the Tanzania Music Awards
2013 – Won Best Collaboration at the Tanzania Music Awards
2014 -Nominated as the Female Artist of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards2014 -Nominated R&B Song of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards 2014 -Nominated as the Female Performer of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards
2014 – Won R&B Song of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards
2014 -Won Best Collaboration Award and Best Francophone at the MTV Africa Music Awards2014 – Nominated as the Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa at the AFRIM Awards
2014 – Nominated Best African RNB & Soul at the AFRIM Awards
2014 – Won the Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa at the AFRIM Awards
2015 – Won the Female Artist of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Music Awards
2015 – Won Female Entertainer of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Music Awards
2015 – Won Afropop Song of the Year at the Kilimanjaro Music Awards
2015 – Nominated Favourite Female Artist at Tanzania’s People’s Choice Awards
2015 – Female Artist of the Year at the KTMA Awards
2015 – Best Female Entertainer at the KTMA Awards
2016 – Nominated Best Female Artist at the Africa Entertainment Awards (USA)
2016 – Nominated Best Female at the MTV Africa Music Awards
2016 – Won Most Stylish Female Artiste (East Africa)
2016 – Won Best Female Artist (Non Nigerian) at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Below are some of her songs;
- The Way Yu Are
- Come Over
- Never Ever
- Un follow
- African hustle
- Scratch my back
- Beautiful Jesus
- Kwangu Njoo
Social Media Accounts
Facebook: Vanessa Mdee
YouTube: Vanessa Mdee