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Birthday
6, 1979
Birthplace
Champaign, IL
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
6, 1979 (age 40)
Birthplace
Champaign, IL

About

Singer and cellist known for the innovative musical style she dubbed "New African Jazz." She found success with her albums If The Rains Come First and The Lagos Music Salon.

Before Fame

She moved between Illinois and Zambia growing up, eventually settling Illinois, where she attended high school and college. She attended graduate school at NYU.

Trivia

She's been named a TED fellow and is the founder of the non-profit New Africa Live.

Family Life

She grew up in immigrant parents from Rwanda and Uganda. Her father spent time working for the World Health Organization.

Associated With

She featured Angelique Kidjo on her album The Lagos Music Salon.