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Cindy Sanyu


Cinderella Sanyu (born August 28th, 1985) popularly known by mononym “Cindy” or “Cindy Sanyu” by the media and fans is a celebrated Ugandan Afro-pop and reggae dancehall singer, actress, song writer and entertainer.

Her rise to fame was when she joined the all-girls group Blu*3 after she was one of the top 3 winners of the Coca-Cola Popstars completion that ran 2005.


She is a former member of Blu*3, a girl trio that was formed in

2005 by comprised of Cindy herself alongside Lillian Mbabazi and Jackie Chandiru (Under Fenon Records) upon winning the 2005 Coca Cola Pop Stars competition in Kampala-Uganda.

As Blu*3, they recorded Studio albums namely; ‘Hitaji’ in 2005 which had sensational songs like Frisky, Kanchachanche, Fly Away, Nkooye, Don’t Say, Woah, Katika, Best Friend, Nkulowozako, He Reigns etc. And Burrn’, had songs like Ndibera Naawe, Tomalako, Alone and Frightened, Strong Woman and Mutima Gwange.

Blu*3 went on to become Africa’s biggest female group and toured countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and many others.

Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, Cindy had to leave the group in 2007 which saw embarking on her solo career.


Her debut solo Mbikooye was released about two months after her exit from Blu*3 in 2007 and was received with open arms by the Ugandan

Music revellers as a massive hit that was followed by Nawewe then Ayokyayokya which was well received by the media stations, clubs and neither would car radios get enough of. Still determined to satisfy her ever growing fan base she released One and Only in 2009 that became a big hit and saw her being referred to as the “Africa’s Lady Gaga by BBC”.

From here on, the sky was the Limit for Cindy as she went on to do “You & Me”, a Collaboration with the Nigerian dynamic duo P-square; a song which greatly boosted her East African Tour.

Cindy is also remembered to headline the Airtel International Women’s Day Concert on 08th February 2014 at Garden City Roof Top Kampala featuring Jamaican star Nyanda.


Cindy has had a very impressive fan base reception towards her audio and music video presentations like;

Selekta, Still Standing, Bwasalawo, Party, Hot, Bintabula, Nakupenda, Longtime No See, Kwekunyakunya Rmx, Tick, You and Me, Ndi Mukodo, Samo Dat, Number One, Dilemma, One and Only, Nawewe, Tempo Remix, Run Dis City, Bukolomoni, Maama etc


She has a record of distinctive collaborative approach towards fellow musicians, Not limited to;

P Square, Nyanda, Davido, Mr G, Bebe Cool, Radio & Weasel,

Nyanda, Bobi Wine, Navio, P Square, Juliana Kanyomozi, Wahu,

Dufla Diligon, Micki Wine, Peter Miles, Mr Mosh Ssendi, Chagga Godfrey, Just Jose, Keko, Vampino, Rabadaba and Nutty Neithan.



Female artiste of the year

2009/10 Buzz Teeniez Awards

Female Artiste of the year

2010 Buzz Teeniez Awards

Best Dancehall Artiste of the year


Winner; Best East African Female Artiste

Nominee; Best Dancehall Artiste, Africa

2016 BINGWA AWARDS (Kenya)

Winner; Best Ugandan Artiste


Winner; Best Use Of Technology Video category (Yeye Ft. Wahu.)

2017 ZZINA AWARDS (Uganda)

Only female nominee; Best Dancehall Artiste


Nominee; Best Collaboration (Sam O Dat Feat. Oteya)