NEXT: Saidah Nairobi

By on January 10, 2017
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Saidah Nairobi is a multi talented artist who is eager to share her gifts with the world. You may recognize her as a highly sought after dancer who has toured the world with R&B superstars Usher, Ciara and most recently, Beyonce.

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Born in Queens, NY and raised in Atlanta, Ga, Saidah Nairobi’s career as a professional dancer has been the story of faith-driven success and inspiring ambition. With no formal dance training but an exceptional rawness and passion to perform, Saidah’s experiences can be best described as exciting, adventurous, and profound in blessings.

Since 2008, Saidah has danced back-up for music heavyweights including Beyonce (I Am World Tour, Formation World Tour), Usher (OMG World Tour), Ciara, and Ne-Yo. In addition to hitting the stage globally, Saidah has also performed on a number of music award shows and television shows including the Grammys, BET Awards, MTV VMAs, American Music Awards, Good Morning America, EMPIRE, Ellen, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. She has performed at the Superbowl twice, most recently with BeyonceBruno Mars, and Coldplay for Superbowl 50, as well as in 2011 with Usher and Black Eyed Peas for Superbowl XLV.

With the release of her debut project, We Are, the talented Saidah is looking forward to showing fans that she’s just as talented as a singer as she is a dancer. EssentialLyfe.com caught up with the budding starlet to discuss her up coming book as well as her debut single…

EL: Saidah, thanks for joining us, let’s jump right in! Tell us a little bit about We Are, your debut single. Did you write it? What was the inspiration behind it?

SN: Thanks so much for having me! I’m so excited to share with you about my debut single, We Are! We released it December 21st and it’s been getting such a great response. The song came about after listening to the African artist Fela Kuti with my husband. We were inspired by the horns and the energy of his music and wanted to make a song that affirmed who “We Are” as a people; we’re strong, we’re resilient, we’re survivors. There’s a lot of music out today that sounds good, has a good groove or beat but when you listen to the lyrics you realize this isn’t who we are. We need music that awakens us. no distractions, pure good vibes. I hope that’s what listeners feel when they haer We Are.”

EL: What made you venture out on your own?

SN: Well dancing is my passion, I love it but I felt I wasn’t really living up to my full potential without giving music a chance. I went to a performing arts high school so music and singing has always been a part of my life, I’m ready to just get out there and share it.

EL: Did traveling with greats like Usher and Beyonce prepare you for this solo endeavor?

SN: Absolutely! I learned so much about artistry from all of the singers I’ve been blessed to dance with. Working with Beyonce in particular taught me to pay attention to details. She is consumed with details; from the microphones to wardrobe, the singers, the crew, there’s so much that goes into being an artist. I’m glad I’ve had a chance to learn from some of the best.

EL: What can fans expect from you in 2017?

SN: My full EP will be out soon as well as the video for “We are.” Also I’ll be releasing my memoir which will share my journey as a dancer touring with the greats. It will also have advice and just really share my testimony. God saw me through it all and I hope to inspire people through my story.

EL: Oh yes, 2017 will keep you busy! Where can our readers keep abreast of everything you’ve got going on?

SN: My website is www.saidahnairobi.com and all social media is Saidah Nairobi.

Be sure to visit Saidah and check out her single, WE ARE in digital music stores everywhere. In the meantime check out the preview of the accompanying visual to We Are.

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