Cinderella Sanyu (professionally known as Cindy or Cindy Sanyu) is a Ugandan musician. She was one of the original members of Blu*3 which also consisted of Lilian Mbabazi and Jackie Chandiru. She has performed with P-Square, Wahu, Beenie Man, Ne-Yo, Tiwa savage , Bobi Wine, Shaggy, Chameleon, Bebe Cool, Davido, Mr. G and Radio & Weasel.
Early life and career
Cindy was born on 28 August 1985 in Kampala, Uganda but hails from Mbale district.
Cindy started singing when she was 6 in her local church at a small town called Ntinda. She took part in “Capital Radio All Stars talent search” when she was 16 years old. She took third place. She worked with producer Steve Jean who made sure she participated in the “Coca-Cola Pop Stars” contest, which led to the formation of Blu3 in 2003. With Blu3, Cindy found music success winning the Best Artist/Group from Uganda & Best Music Video from Uganda in the 2005 Kisima Music Awards, Video of the Year (“Hitaji”) in the 2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – and Video of the Year (“Burrn”) in the 2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards and getting nominated for best East African Group in the 2005 Kora Awards, Best East African Album (Hitaji) in the 2005 Tanzania Music Awards- Best East African video (“Frisky”) in the 2006 Channel O Music Video Awards, Best Group & Best Performer in the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards and Best East African Song (‘Where you are’ with Radio & Weasel) in the 2010 Tanzania music awards.
Cindy was dropped from the group and, in 2008, she embarked on a solo career. Her debu solo album ‘Ayokyayokya'(2009) topped charts all over East Africa with hits like “Mbikooye” and “Nawewe”, “Ayokyayokya”, and “One and Only”. She has had more successful songs like “Selekta”.
Cindy got her debut film acting role in a Ugandan musical drama film Bella in which she played Bella in a lead role. Her performance earned her nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Young Actor, Africa Lead Role In Film (Non Nigerian) at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Best Actress at Uganda Film Festival Awards, all in 2018. She later worked on another film November Tear that was released in 2019.
- Female artiste of the year in the DIVA awards, 2009
- Teenies’ dancehall artiste in Buzz teenies awards, 2010
- Best female artiste of the year in Buzz teenies awards, 2010
- Afrima awards best female artiste (East Africa) 2016
- Bingwa awards best artiste from Uganda 2016
Husband and family
Cinderella Sanyu was in a relationship with Mario Brunetti and the relationship produced a daughter, Amani. She got engaged to actor, producer and film director Joel Okuyo Prynce in March 2020 in Kampala. She married Joel Okuyo Prynce on 11th December 2021.
A source close to the singer reveals to us that the former Blu*3 singer is now a mother to three beautiful children after giving birth at around 11 am on Sunday, on 23rd April 2023.
This is the second baby between Cindy Sanyu and Prynce Okuyo Joel Atiku with whom she got married in December 2021.
Cinderella Sanyu was involved in a relationship with Ken Muyisa. On leaving Blu*3, her fellow band members, Jackie Chandiru and Lillian Mbabazi claimed that “she was not candid” about her reasons for leaving. It was not long till Cindy embarked on a solo career with her hit single Mbikooye and wrote more hits like Ayokyayokya, Amateeka, Party, Selecta, Ndi mukodo, Run this city etc.
Cindy Sanyu has an estimated net worth of around $800, 000 – $1.5 million.
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