She is a multi talented Ugandan singer Zani aka Lady Chocolate. Zani original names Susan Basemera is a musician, model and film actress based in Hollywood California. She was born and raised from Uganda but later moved to United States of America in search for a better life. She is commonly known or identified by her hit song ‘Ndoowa’ which was a popular downloaded ring tone. Lady Zani will be among the featured artists at this year Diaspora Social Networking Gala.
But some might ask who exactly is Lady Zani?
At the age of eight, Zani started performing in her school choir, youth centres and church choir. Her love for music at such an early age was inspired by her elder brother Shanks Gumaras a.k.a Shanks Vivie D; The legendary Dance hall and Hip-hop singer. In 1995, Zani was invited by the late Amigo Wawawa and Amos Agaba of Schweppes Uganda to join the famous Waka Waka band. At Waka Waka, Zani recorded her first singles Sam Twonjiwanga and Yimirira awo. This was her big break through musically.
In 1997, she released more big songs such as Nakoowa and Basemera which went on to become overnight hits. This earned Zani the chance to perform at Sheraton Hotel as a lead singer on several theme nights. During one of her performances at Sheraton Hotel a visiting producer and talent agent Thomas Posa watched her perform and he was amused by this new talent.
Thomas Posa included Zani on his team and traveled with her to the United States of America were she would mature as a great performer. Thomas’s venture has been widely successful as Zani has grown into a respected singer, model and film actress.
For all her time in the States, Zani has worked with several producers and artistes including Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jean Louis, Nelly, King Nat Jr, Ogopa DJs, Longombas, and Jerry Jackson. Zani has also appeared in several movies such as India sleeper and Hit back yard. She has featured in a number of videos, T.V shows, and TV commercials plus playing cover girl in magazines such as Immigrant, Trends and African Vibes.
The Uganda Diaspora Network is a forum aimed at bringing together Ugandans who live and work abroad by celebrating their contributions overseas and also encouraging them to give of their time, talents, ideas and expertise whilst inspiring the next generation of Ugandan leaders.
Every year the Ugandan Diaspora Network will organize an annual Social Networking Gala and will also produce a quarterly publication highlighting the successes of the various Ugandans residing overseas. Please send us those inspirational stories and philanthropic work involving Ugandans abroad. We shall share these stories using this platform that is rapidly growing and expanding. The Next Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be Held on 30th December 2016 at The Kampala Serena Hotel.