Sandra Nankoma vocals cover the musical baselines of jazz and soul ballads with a distinctive identity and air that breaks the codes of the traditional African soul.
A graduate of fine arts, the author, composer, and performer, made her stage debut at Bayimba Festival before sharing stage with notable artists such as Skyler Jett, Goefrey Oryema, Kareyce Fotso, Maurice Kirya, Joel Sebunjo, Jackie Akello, amongst others.
In 2017, Nankoma was awarded Best African Artist for the acclaimed Visa Pour la Creation and spent a three-month residency in Paris developing her debut album, Ye’nze. While in Paris, Nankoma also collaborated with French artists like L’Artiste and Davd Felgerros and performed at events such as Cite des Arts International and MaMa Festival.
In 2018, Nankoma 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 took home the continental award for “Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music.” Sandra runs a Melanin campaign (KADDUGALA) against skin bleaching. She believes everyone should be comfortable in their skin, especially dark girls.
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.