Watch: Sonia Singh releases Nilikupenda

Rwandan singer and songwriter Sonia Singh drops her new single, ‘Nilikupenda’ on 19 June.

‘Nilikupenda’ is produced by Y´Mix from Lagos, Nigeria and the video was shot on location in Kenya by Lance Productions. The song is a timeless piece filled with metaphors and life’s poetry driven by Singh’s powerful voice.

Singh has worked with various artists that include BANTU, Jan Delay, Frank Popp, Frank Farian, founder and voice of the famous 1970s pop group Bonny M. She said ”Nilikupenda (‘I love you’ in Swahili) is an emotional message to a loved one lost, a farewell letter that sparks memories of who we are and where we come from.” The song hits the listener with a bluesy vibe, wrapped in Afropop and a mix of R&B delivered from East Africa to the world.

Born to a Rwandese mother and an Indian father in Kenya, Sonia Singh developed a passion for singing from a young age, her major influences include Miriam Makeba, Otis Redding, Prince, Mariah Carey, Bob Marley, Lata Mangeshkar, Brandy and Aaliyah. She refined her musical skills in the burgeoning music scene in Mombasa, Kenya. She moved to Germany in 1996 where she kicked off her singing career as a professional.

Singh is active in the European live music circuit where she collaborated with various artists to form a charity project (Brother’s and sister’s keepers) against racism and discrimination in Germany, they recorded and released the song ‘Liebe und Verstand’ (Love and Understanding) which reached the top 40 of the German single charts in 2001. Her previous releases, ‘Mine‘ and ‘I Don’t Like You‘ on the Ajazco Records label are still banging hot and gaining rave reviews with fans.

Label: Ajazco Records

Genre: Afropop