Newcomer Nansambu Keeps The POA Dream Alive

POA star Finalists performing an emotional cover of their Hope song, which they composed as a challenge during the POAstar semi-finals.

By Our reporter

After breaking into the music industry in 2021 through Pearl of Africa Star Search, Sandra Nansambu, the teenager who won the first edition of the talent search proved a success at the monthly Akatuuti sessions hosted at Alliance Française de Kampala. Akatuuti is a program that aims to provide a platform for emerging creators in Uganda to develop their skills and visibility and this month’s edition featured the Pearl of Africa Star Search finalists including Nansambu Sandra, Carsten Yesuanjagala, Ebrahim Soul’ O,Tracy Melon, Agami Tony and Bruce Dickson.

Sandra, who is in her senior year of high school, put on a tremendous 90-minute performance with fellow POA star finalists. The show kicked off with Sandra in a Kiganda dance, escorted by a troupe of female dancers after which her fellow POA star Finalists joined in, performing an emotional cover of their Hope song, which they composed as a challenge during the POA star semi-finals.


Carsten Yesuanjagala, who was the first runner-up in the competition, captivated the crowd with his exuberant performance with exhilarating dance moves and vocal prowess, doing his yet to be released “Pearl of Africa Anthem”. The Finalists then performed a cover of “Oh Uganda” and “Mwijje”, songs that were originally done by the Northern and Western Regional Stars respectively.

After the ensemble performance, the audience was treated to a female duet between Tracy Melon and Sandra who performed “Green,” a song that supports climate change and was performed in honor of World Earth Day that was celebrated the day before (April 22nd). Ebrahim Soul’O subsequently struck the crowd with “Don’t tell me you love me,” a poetic narration which began with what sounded like a couple’s dispute and ended with a beautiful composition that, just like the previous performance encouraged environmental conservation.

Sandra, then sang her debut single, “Kitandika Nawe,” an empowering song urging everyone to pursue their ambitions, which got the audience singing along to the chorus “You can make it, you can do it, you can.” Just like it started, her performance was climaxed with a Kiganda dance.

By the end of the 90 Minute production, we see Sandra, a Senior Six student with a limb impairment, who oozes confidence of an international icon, taking over the stage like she was born for it. Sandra Nansambu’s music is available on all music streaming platforms and is available for booking, interviews, humanitarian, and promotional campaigns through Talent Africa Group.

The event was directed by Brian Aliddeki and Mckenzie Brian and executive produced by Aly Allibhai. Akatuuti, The Pearl of Africa Star edition was sponsored by Talent Africa Group, Alliance Française Kampala, the French Embassy, and Total Energies.


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