Natasha Sanaipei Tande (born on 22 March 1985) commonly known as Sana, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, actress, karaoke host, radio personality and entertainer.
Born and raised in Mombasa, Natasha attended Loreto Convent Mombasa, Mama Ngina High school and Aga Khan High School.
When she was 16, her family relocated to Matasia Ngong near Nairobi where she transferred to St Lucy Kiriri Girls, Nairobi and cleared her high school. Despite being admitted to study Pharmacy at the Kenya Medical Training College, she decided to defer to temporarily pursue a career in music.
She gained attention in the media industry after she won the 2004 East Africa Coca-Cola Popstars Talent Search together with two other bandmates. Thereafter she had a short stint at Capital FM.
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In 2007 she joined Kiss 100 and later on, in 2013, she joined Easy FM now Nation FM, with her daily mid-morning show making the station’s highest listenership.
In 2004, at 19 years of age, she joined the reality competition East Africa Coca-Cola Popstars Talent Search after coaxing from her family.
She and her two ‘Sema’ bandmates Kevin ‘Kev’ Waweru and Pam Waithaka emerged victoriously. The trio released their debut single Leta Wimbo, and a seventeen-track album, championing them into the limelight. Unfortunately, in 2005, the group split, after which Sana embarked on a solo career.
After the disintegration, Tande collaborated with Jua Cali, Big Pin, Madtraxx, K-Denk, Dan Aceda and Kidum, releasing a number of singles like “Najuta”, “Niwe Wako”, “Kwaheri”, “Big Shot Remix”, “I am here”, “Mulika Mwizi” and “Mtoto wa Geti Kali”.
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In 2006, she joined Kiss 100 after working with Eve D’Souza on Hits not Homework on Capital FM. She also began hosting karaoke at various bars and clubs across Nairobi.
She later joined Nation FM in 2013, co-presenting with Edward Kwach on the drive show. In the same year, she injected new energy into her music career, releasing “I wish”, closely followed by “Mfalme wa Mapenzi”.
She then joined comedian Obinna Ike Igwe on the mid-morning show and later presented solo on the same show.
In June 2014, Sana released the video for her single, Mfalme wa Mapenzi, creating attention due to what some describe as its “raunchy” nature. She released Ankula Huu, the video, in March 2015 and it was well-received.
She is also into acting and taking a leading role in the local Swahili drama Aziza. She currently stars in a local drama on Maisha Magic Plus.