KEENIATTA Creative Page

Singer, songrwiter, recording artist and performer from South Africa (now based in Italy)

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Born in South Africa, “KEENIATTA” started singing from a very young age. She remembers when together with her sisters they would grow listening and imitating famous singers & Divas. With her voice ranging from Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklyn, Patti Labelle to Tina Turner and Diana Ross, when just a young teen, KEENIATTA entered S. Africa’s biggest talent show winning the 1st price: a record deal with RPM which led to five records and signed the beginning of her songwriting career. After recording her last album in South Africa, she based herself abroad and spent most of her time in the United States, Europe and Middle East astounding people with her voice and her high impact live performances. Latest release in South Africa is the Album “Round and Round”, under the artistic alias “KEENIA” (published by Gallo Music and distributed by POLYGRAM S.A. - now UNIVERSAL S.A.) and while the single “Blue light” went 3rd on the charts, the title track “Round and Round” was nominated at the S.A.M.A. (South African Music Awards) for the “Best Contemporary Dance Music Performance”. In Italy, where she mostly lives when not performing around the world, she won the 1st price of the TV Contest "Momenti di Gloria" (show aired by Mediaset) and also co-wrote and recorded the song “Everybody Come On” (SONY - S4) which was chosen as signature track for the TV format “Pop Star” and the Italian female band “Lollypop” did a cover of it, reaching the top ten of the Italian Top10 Chart. Very famous is her cover of E. Clapton’s “Change the World” (©CSR-Teal Rec.). Newest Album “REWIND”, her Neo-Psychedelic-Rock Project has just been released.


- performs for the first time in public, when she was only three years old, as new talent at KING SOBHUZA III ’s birthday, at the city stadium of ‘MBABANE (Swaziland) in front of thousands of people
· participating as DESIREE BAIRD she won the first price at the National Singing Contest “SHELL ROAD TO FAME” appearing in numerous TV transmissions and on the most important press nationwide
- signs a recording contract with RPM releasing four LP distributed all around South Africa and performing live throughout the nation; she initially uses DESIREE and then DESSI B as artistic alias

- enters the acting cast for the outstanding DES & DANN LINBERG musical production KING AFRICA starring the late H. CELE and MARA LOUW
- signs a new recording contract with the record label CSR
- releases several CDs as session artist and tours, with her band around South Africa and appears very often on several Radio and TV programs on the most important national Networks and specialized magazines
- chooses KEENIA as her artistic alias to co-write and records the R&B Album ROUND & ROUND, released, marketed and licensed by POLYGRAM-SOUTH AFRICA and published by Gallo Music, which single SLOW DOWN reaches the R&B Top10
- makes a success with audience and critics taking part to the RAND SHOW and then performs for the American superstar CHAKA KHAN during her tour in South Africa
- nominated at the South African Music Awards with her song ROUND & ROUND for the cat. BEST CONTEMPORARY DANCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

    in the USA

- (Las Vegas - NV) performs for LIONEL RICHIE at the MGM GRAND
- (Providence - RI) sings for the First Lady H. CLINTON in the private party thrown in occasion of the Half Time elections;
- (Santa Monica - CA) performs a show at the famous RICK’S PLACE where she meets with TONY RENIS
- (Pasadena - CA) performs a show at KEVIN COSTNER & CINDY CRAWFORD’s Club restaurant TWIN PALMS
- (Malibu - CA) performs for DAVE FOSTER & TONY RENIS by Foster’s residence

- (Washington - DC) sings for BARBARA SINATRA at her birthday party, in occasion of the N.I.A.F. (National Italian American Foundation) Celebration winning the press appreciation (WASHINGTON POST- Font: The reliable source)
- (Washington - DC) sings for ANDREA BOCELLI, at Villa Franco
- (Washington - DC) performs for BEN JOHNSON (BET President) at his Club Restaurant Bet on Jazz
- (Washington - DC) introduced on stage by the President of the AMERICAN MOTION PICTURE Mr. JACK VALENTI she performs, as guest artist, at the presentation of ANN HAND’s perfume POWER
- (Washington - DC) performs at the private party for NIAF held at Cafe Milano
- (Washington - DC) successfully performs at the fund-raise party entitled FIGHT NIGHT (to aid unprivileged children) among the veterans boxe world champions JACK LA MOTTA, JOE FRASIER and many others
- (Washington - DC) performs with and for Superstar PATTI LA BELLE, in occasion of her being awarded at the BET WALK OF FAME

- (Washington - DC) performs, as the attraction, at Café Milano where the private dinner of the Living Legend STEVIE WONDER was held, in occasion of the BET WALK OF FAME he was awarded in honour to his career
- (Washington - DC) performs for the famous NBA  SUPERSTAR MICHAEL JORDAN
- (Washington - DC) performs as attraction at the N.I.A.F welcoming gala for the honouree Movie Director LINA WERTMULLER and Hollywood Superstar SOFIA LOREN
- (Washington - DC) performs for the QUEEN OF THAILAND for her exclusive birthday party held at Cafe Milano, during her Official Visit to the U.S. Capitol City
- (Washington - DC) performs at the 1st official party opening the Celebration for the Inauguration of US President Barack Obama

    in ITALY

- (Porretta Terme - BO) performs as solo singer in M. TORPEDINE Personal Band at the “PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL” ahring the stage with MACEO PARKER, FONTELLA BASS, THE BLUES BROTHER BAND, EDDIE FLOYD, LITTLE JIMMY KING and several other big names of the R&B/SOUL music scene

- (Capri -NA) performs at famous movie producer DINO DE LAURENTIIS 80th birthday party with multi-awarded writer ROBERT HARRIS among the many VIP guests
- (Capri -NA) sings with and for the italian famous singer RENATO ZERO, TV News Director EMILIO FEDE and actress/producer EDWIGE FENECH at the EUROPA PALACE HOTEL in AnaCapri
- (Bologna - BO) performs as special guest at the BOLOGNA EUROPEAN SOUL FESTIVAL
- (Bologna - BO) records two songs on Sax player PIERO ODORICI’s CD for MT BLUES Prod. By MICHELE TORPEDINE
- (Milano - MI) wins the TV contest MOMENTI DI GLORIA aired by CAN5 (MEDIASET-ITALY)
- (Milano - MI) chooses “KEENIATTA” as her new artistic alias and co-writes and records the song EVERYBODY COME ON (WANNA BE A POP STAR) also signature tune of the successful TV program “POP STAR” aired by national tv channel ITA1 (MEDIASET-ITALY) and supported by WEA
KEENIATTA has also being performing worldwide as Guest Artist on major cruise lines, gala events, private parties, music festivals, clubs and 5 star Sheraton Hotels in Egypt and Jordan.

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Updated:  January 19, 2010

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