About Sauda

Born in the foothills of the ‘Rooftop of Africa’, Tanzania’s majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Sauda Jasmine Simba’s love for music began in her early years, avidly listening to the likes of legendary African American artists Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

While studying in Ireland in her early 20’s, Sauda gravitated to jazz and blues, a logical progression in hindsight. Unknown to her at the time, jazz was to become her real passion. One of the major influences on Sauda was Billie Holiday, whose music and history had a profound impact on her and led to the formation of the jazz band Cheza.

As Cheza’s vocalist, she performed at a range of venues throughout Dublin, she was described by an admirer as “the sort of girl who kept Billie Holiday alive”. In a review in After Hours, Sauda was described as ‘a singer who sang with an ease, a confidence and a joy”. Selected to perform at the National Concert Hall with the Irish Jazz Youth Orchestra, The Irish Times described her rendition of Summertime as “lightly sang, clearer than most bells”.

Having spent a number of years abroad, Sauda returned to her beloved homeland and Tanzania’s sea side city of Dar es Salaam. Now a successful career woman and mother of daughter Maya, Sauda’s enduring empathy for jazz has thankfully evolved into “Simply Jazzmin”.

In the way South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and West Africa’s Angelique Kidjo have made their mark as first class African female vocalists, Sauda Jazzmin emerges as East Africa’s irresistible response. Immerse your senses in a voice of unparalleled depth and emotion…. simply enjoy.

Such were the CD Liner Notes for Sauda’s first release, Simply Jazzmin...

Sauda has completed recording her next CD which will be called Sauti ya Sauda. These new tracks take Sauda into a new direction with their exciting mix of Kiswahili and English lyrics, and music which pushes the envelope of the Afro/World music so far produced in Tanzania and Kenya.

The new CD, to be released at the end of 2009, features a mix of styles and genres including reggae, spoken word and soul to mention only a few. The album was produced by Ambrose “Dunga” Akwabi of Mandugu Digital and features fellow Tanzanian artists, Enika, Ashimba and Johannes Lister and Msafiri Zawose on ilimba and zeze. Rounding out the collaborating musicians are Shaky of Mandugu Digital and conscious Kenyan rapper Kamau of Kalamashaka fame.

Sauda Jazzmin