Nyota Ndogo’s Sister Finds Her Pace in Music
Tatu Abdalla was born in 1992 as the last born child to a musical family. Sister to celebrated songstress Nyota Ndogo and legendary Jazz man Juma Tutu.
Bred in the Coastal town of Mombasa, Tatu went to Concordia Academy and Blessed Hand high school. On completion of her Secondary education, Tatu started her musical journey as a backup vocalist with the Tutu band in 2010 under the mentorship of her elder brother, Juma Tutu.
Together they performed at social and corporate events across Kenya giving Tatu experience and high proficiency as a performing artist. In the year 2011 she was contracted by Safaricom limited as a backup vocalist for the Niko Na Safaricom project. She had the privilege to perform as a backup vocalist for the likes of Jaguar, Camp Mulla, Jimmy Gait, alongside other high profile artists in Kenya. Tatu retained the position of back up vocalist in 2012 and 2013 and performed with more artists like Octopizzo, Mercy Myra, Esther Wahome and Kidum.
In 2013 she was promoted to lead singer of the Tutu Band which had then rebranded to Swahili Jazz Band. Together with the Swahili Jazz Band Tatu embarked on creation of their own musical compositions, this has been a successful venture since they were nominated as the only Kenyan representative for the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2015, due to the authenticity of their sound.
The songs Lazaro and Makande featuring Jimmy Dludlu which Tatu leads are timeless and get very positive response and feedback whenever they perform. Tatu is at the moment working on her first album to be released early 2016.
- Niko Na Safaricom Live 2011-2013
- Mashujaa Day State House celebration 2014 (Performed for President Uhuru Kenyatta at state house gardens)
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 10th Anniversary
- German Ambassador’s residence in 2014
- Rift Valley Festival 2013
- Koroga Festival 2015
- Blankets and Wine July 2013
- Safaricom International Jazz Festival December 2014 and February 2015
- Safaricom Doya Awards 2015
- Barclays Bank AGM 2015