Fusion soul from Uganda
Award-winning singer, songwriter, Sandra Nankoma fuses traditional Soul, alternative sound, Jazz ballads and African rhythms with a distinctive identity that takes you on a journey of curiosity. Influenced by Motown and Kadongo Kamu (Ugandan traditional pop from the 60’s)
Sandra paints beautiful emotions of empathy, colors of roots and acceptance, mixed with her mother tongues Luganda, Lugwere and English. With the profound and sensual voice of a soul diva, reminiscent of Farida Sonko, Miriam Makeba, Anita Baker and Erykah Badu, she sings about the fight for survival, the powerlessness of Ugandan politics and, in “Kaddugala”, the discrimination against black women which pushes them to bleach their skin.
An advocate of self-love, women empowerment and education, Sandra believes that music has the power to transform, elevate and educate our societies' opinions on delicate matters i.e: colorism, gender equality, women empowerment, peace, and love. In 2017, Nankoma was awarded Best Artist out of Africa and the Caribbean for the acclaimed “Visa Pour la Creation” and spent a three-month residency in Paris developing her debut album Ye’nze.
In 2018, she was double nominated in the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA for “Best
Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music” and “Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa” for her song “Kaddugala.” The anthem for dark skinned girls to love their skin tone and reject skin
Bleaching, she took home the continental award for “Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music.”
Convinced that music is the vehicle of social change, she engages her art in order to contribute to her society, especially to the cause of women and girls. Her commitment against discrimination and xenophobia is particularly evident through the listening of her first solo album Ye’nze and through her "Kaddugala" Campaign to fight against Bleaching and Colorism.
Sandra Is currently recording her second studio Album called “The Black Dame” a tribute to the African Women that have paved the way in the music industry for many but have not been celebrated or archived in the Entertainment world.
Sandra believes that "it's an Artist Duty to Reflect the times"- Nina Simone
“Sandra Nankoma, may not be popular yet, but is brimming with raw talent.”
— The Observer
- Best Female Artist in African Inspirational Music winner- AFRIMA Awards (2018)
- Visa Pour la Creation award winner- Institut Français (2017)
- nominated for Best Female Eastern Africa nominee- AFRIMA Awards (2018)
- selected for Visa for Music (2019)