She’s East Africa’s most stylish trendsetter. The Tanzanian sweetheart is the undisputed queen of the East African hustle. The MTV VJ has released a string of successful singles including Hawajui and Nobody But Me featuring South African rapper K.O. Her songs enjoy massive airplay across Africa. Vanessa is the true embodiment of one of the reasons to believe in Africa – she’s a powerful career woman in music entertainment while at the same time involved in various social projects. She’s currently Tanzania’s top female artist and one of the most loved and followed African celebrities. Her energy and shine is inimitable. What drives her passion remains a mystique. Find out more on Coke Studio this season.

Vanessa Hau Mdee also known as Vee Money is a singer, songwriter, rapper, TV presenter and Radio host from Tanzania. She is a contemporary R&B, Hip hop and Bongo Flava artist. Vanessa was the first Tanzanian MTV VJ in 2007. Vanessa has been nominated for Best African R&B and Soul and won Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa at the All African Music Awards in 2014.

Before she started singing, Vanessa was a TV and radio personality. Vanessa broke into the music scene after doing a collaboration with Tanzania’s A.Y on the single “Money”. She later came up with her single “Closer” which was an instant hit.

Vanessa advices the youth that their dreams are valid and that anything is achievable.


Vanessa is cosmopolitan as she has lived in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Arusha.
Vanessa is an activist who holds health care dear to her heart due to a personal experience. She has been involved in campaigns such as that of getting young women to get screened and vaccinated against cervical cancer.