Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania

This Tanzanian media personality turned songstress is no stranger to the airwaves. A successful MTV Base Africa VJ and Choice FM Tanzania DJ – Vee Money as her friends and fans call her packs a mean punch.

Vanessa has become one of the country’s biggest musical stars. Seen clearly with the release of her solo single “Closer”, which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times. A feature achieved by no other Tanzanian artist. Vanessa is considered a breath of fresh air in a male dominated industry in Tanzania.

Vanessa has a true passion for helping others. Her charitable works includes representing MTV at the 2011 UNAIDS Mali Youth Summit in Bamako and the subsequent High Level meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, and co-founded (along with M. K. Asante) STANDWITH, under the UNAIDS umbrella. In 2012 Vanessa was recognized the by the GAVI Alliance for her support in the initiation of free vaccinations for Tanzanian children. Mdee officially became a GAVI Ambassador and an active voice against cervical cancer.