Her singing career catapulted her to fame in the early 2000s and released her debut album TAMANI in 2006. In 2009, she won the MAMA award for Best Female Artist and got a nomination for the Channel O Music Video Awards in three categories for her video “Tonight”. In 2014, she was nominated in the Best Collaboration category at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) for the single “Kiboko Changu”, featuring Ugandan artists Radio and Weasel. But that was before she saw the light! We are in 2018 and Amani is now a new creature.
In an exclusive interview first published on the Sunday Nation newspaper,the songstress shared her new life and future plans in her gospel ministry.
I just got tired and it is something that I had been thinking about for a very long time. The whole thing – going for shows, getting home late – started overwhelming me and I started questioning myself; if I was truly happy as a secular artiste.
She told interviewer Lilys Njeru on her calling to Christ.
In the interview, the singer talks on how she tried to renew her relationship with God but it became very tricky; seeking a new path but still in the limelight. Interestingly, even as a secular artiste, she wouldn’t start her shows without saying a prayer, a routine she had mastered so well.
She also revealed the reason she decided to take a musical hiatus saying that she started thinking about it in 2011 but still continued doing secular music. In 2016, she called it quits. She enrolled in a Bible School because she really yearned for a deep relationship with God.
She holds a degree in International Business Administration with a major in marketing from the United States International University (USIU). A very instrumental lesson stemmed from the marketing course, a lesson that she has applied in her music career and her braid business. “Away from music, I have been enjoying my life as a business woman. I have a hair brand – Diva Luxury – which specializes in crotchet hair extensions. I am very passionate about the African woman’s hair.”
Amani intends to start writing and singing gospels songs but she can’t really tell how long it will take. It is one of those things that she wants to go about as led by the Holy Spirit.
Upon been asked whether she misses anything from the secular world – “I miss nothing… absolutely nothing!” she answers firmly.
On her marriage, the singer opens up about her discreet wedding back in 2017, she is very secretive and that was intentional. After being in the limelight for too long, she says she felt that there are some things she needed to keep to herself especially those that are dear to her.
“When you make your marriage public, there are families involved – his family and my family, I don’t want to put them out there. That’s just me though!” She concluded.