MANDIE THE AMAZING AMANDA
Let's talk about energy and vibe. Let's talk about unmatched talent. If the pointers are to point out outstanding art. They will definitely point you to the finest Reggae/Dancehall Princess whose reign remains unchallenged. It can only be Bulawayo's own Mandie Mae.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Mandie Mae was born as Nomagugu Amanda Nkomo in
Chipinge on the 18th of July in 2001. She is a former student of Moray Primary School as well as Founders High school. Apart from being the popular Reggae/ Dancehall singer songwriter; she is a dancer, presenter and actress. She caught the public attention through her songs, 'Mash up di place' , 'What did I say' and the '99%' which featured Acquillah K.
Mandie comes from her second name Amanda while 'Mae' is a mixture of her best childhood nicknames.
"I chose reggae because I grew up listening to it. I have always been a devoted fan of the Jamaican culture since the childhood days."
WHAT HAS SHE BEEN UP TO?
"I have 5 singles and a 5 track EP. Some of my tracks feature Fab G, Mshanakagogo, Fish F Ndaramu, The Dawg , Msizkay, Mawiza and The Black Orient."
HER MOST JOYFUL MOMENTS
"Performing at the Bulawayo Arts Festival alongside big names like Holy Ten, Madlela and the Travellers band was a great joy."
WHAT DOES SHE VALUE MOST IN HER LIFE?
"I value my culture. I have learnt that respecting yourself is what makes other people respect you. If you don't respect yourself and your roots no one will."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A YOUNG LADY IN A MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY?
"It means a lot to me because it's hard to challenge men in their area of expertise. Thus, when it works out well just like how it is in my case, I gain more confidence in my work and I get motivated to push higher."
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MANDIE
"I will be the choreographer for the upcoming Phumula Royal Arts Community Awards.
I feel excited about it because I will finally get to showcase my dancing talent and choreographic skills, I am also working on a single to wrap up 2021 for 2022. I intend to 'WOW' people."