Vanessa Hau Mdee (born 7 June 1988 in Arusha, Tanzania), is a Tanzanian singer, songwriter, rapper, youth activist, television personality and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first-ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume CHallenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B'Hits Music Group in late 2012. After joining B'Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper A.Y. on a record '’Money'’ and Ommy Dimpoz, a Bongo Flava artist on a record Me and You that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards. She received an even bigger buzz with the release of her first solo single "Closer", which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times, a feat achieved by no other Tanzanian artist. "Closer" remained on the charts for over 13 weeks. Vanessa has had the chance to interview many artists, such as K'Naan, Kelly Rowland, French Montana, Trey Songs, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts. In 2015 and 2016 she released three singles Nobody But Me, Never Ever, and Niroge which were also received well. In July 2018, she was signed to Universal Music Group.
As a child, we’ve all had an adult tell us at one point, “be nice!” Be nice or play nicem, but what if you’re being nice isn’t actually helping anyone? What if it’s even hurting you? On a one on one with Vanessa, she breaks down why you and this world need to stop being nice and start being kind. Is there a difference between the two? Yes, and it's massive. There is nothing to lose when being honest, and Vanessa gives direct examples from her life performing at an international festival and even her music to show you a new way to evaluate yourself and your life. We are all trying to make ourselves better one day at a time, and today the thought is being nice versus being kind. God is love, enjoy!A Jam Street Media Production.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Part two to help you evaluate and find your excellence with Pearl Thusi jumps right into the ceilings you make for yourself and how that can be a powerful tool to also break them! Pearl reveals her personal goal of trailblazing and hard moments that would put anyone down, but she came back up. The ladies break down what it feels like to stand up for yourself for the first time and how to be honest with yourself, because it's going to affect your success. The people you have around you are also contributing and it can be hard to find real ones, but don’t fret this too is picked to uplift you today. It’s yours, you got yourself here, own that achievement, live in love.Here’s an example outline:03:00 – Guest Interview with Pearl ThusiQueen SonoQuanticoMac Make upWebsiteInstagramA Jam Street Media Production.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa talks to the star of Netflix’s new hit show Queen Sono, Pearl Thusi! We get a little update on how Pearl has been handling the coronavirus lockdowns. Pearl walks us through her mourning process after losing a loved one. Pearl also gives us some highlights from her career and some of the most influential people she’s met. She also talks about how filming in New York before returning to Africa gave her a renewed sense of pride and determination in being an African woman. And of course they also talk about some behind the scenes experiences from Pearl’s time shooting Queen Sono! This conversation is part 1 of 2! Come back next week for the conclusion!:45 Intros2:10 Coronavirus update 4:10 Pearl’s coping with her father’s passing 7:55 Fame can be addicting 10:50 Best lessons from the stillness of the times14:00 Vanessa’s favorite memory with Pearl15:00 Pearl’s most cherished moment of her career18:20 One person who Pearl never expected to change her life22:50 How does the public see us?25:20 Fighting for your ancestors’ dreams27:40 Returning to Africa with a renewed sense of perseverance and African pride31:00 You can become a worldwide celebrity without leaving Africa33:00 Preparing for Queen SonoA Jam Street Media Production.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
The entire world is changing right now! We are all feeling the pressure of where to go for our future, but life pivoriting, career changes and finding happiness within yourself are as common as birthdays. Rotimi drops in on his experience, and Vanessa brings Elle Miss Belle, a beloved family member who grew up with her; a mom, a muse, practically her sister, the perfect person to discuss career expectations in the natural light of pivoting. Elle went from college to beauty school to now follow her calling as a doula and did it all with fear, nerves and ferocity. Vanessa’s story covers her personal career changes from going to law school, becoming a sensational artist, to now being a successful podcaster. The ladies get honest about college for everyone and how scary it can be to jump into an entirely new direction. Don’t worry, your previous experiences only add to what your future holds and in fact you might be surprised how it affects the people around you. Be brave, step out and if you need to borrow some confidence for your next move, listen in as much as needed! 01:40 – Vanessa’s pivotal career changes in her life.05:45 – Rotimi’s experience with pivoting career choices/ college major changes.14:20 – Guest interview Intro - Elle 21:09 – Elle’s career changes: Beauty school vs being a scholar. 23:50 – Knowing what you want is most important when thinking of career changes.27:55 – Elle’s moment of change in life - work, family, and daily routines.34:50 – Vanessa talks about going against your grain, doing the unpopular to find happiness for yourself and career.44:30 – Elle’s biggest worry at this time while she pivots.Elle’s Social Media: Jam Street Media Production.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jun 7th, 1988
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7 hours, 47 minutes
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