This is the biography of Tamara Dey, born Tamarack’s Nathalie Atzeni. She is a South African singer, songwriter and dancer. She has made a significant impact in the country’s entertainment industry. Her versatile musical style and ability to transcend age, cultural, and language barriers have earned her widespread recognition.
Tamara Dey Age
She was born on the 23rd of September, 1979. As of 2024, she is 45 years old.
Early Life and Education
Tamara Dey was born in Knokke Heist, Belgium, to an Italian father and a South African mother. However, she spent her childhood in Centurion, Pretoria. She attended Irene Primary School for her primary education and later enrolled at Lyttelton Manor High School, where she completed her high school education. Afterwards, she pursued a three-year diploma program in Musical Theatre at Pretoria Tech.
Tamara Dey Career
Tamara Dey’s musical career took off in 2000 when she was discovered by DJ Pepsi, who introduced her to Oscar Mdlongwa and Bruce Sebitlo of Brothers of Peace. This opportunity led to a collaboration that resulted in the track “Thathi’ Mphahlayakho,” which marked the official launch of Dey’s career. In 2001, she released her debut album titled “The First Lady,” featuring collaborations with musicians Thembi, Lebo Mathosa, and Thandiswa Mazwai.
The success of her debut album led to three South African Music Award nominations in 2002, including Best Pop Album, Best Dance Album, and Best Newcomer. Tamara Dey continued to work on her second album, “The First Lady And The Boys,” which showcased a mix of jazz, pop, rock, funk, and Kwaito influences. The album was released in 2003.
Throughout her career, Tamara Dey has achieved remarkable success and recognition. She has performed in various countries, including a televised tour performance in Egypt in collaboration with the South African government. In 2004, the second single from her album “The First Lady And The Boys” reached number one on South African radio, and the album received a nomination for Best Dance Album at the South African Music Awards. She has also shared the stage with international artists such as Enrique Iglesias during his South African tour.
In 2005, Tamara Dey formed the dance outfit Flash Republic with DJs Ryan Dent and Craig Massiv. As the lead singer of the band, she contributed to their debut album “Time Is Now,” which achieved success with hit singles like “Emergency” and “Robot.”
Throughout her career, Tamara Dey has made appearances on television and radio shows, as well as in the print media. Her singing skills, resonating with audiences across South Africa regardless of language or culture, have earned her recognition. Critics have described her songs as the “unofficial language that celebrates the heart and soul of South Africa.”
Tamara Dey has not only carved a name for herself in the music industry but has also earned recognition as a style icon. She has been appointed as a brand ambassador for several prestigious brands, including Safilo (Dior Eyewear), Emporio Armani, Armani Collezione, Carlton Hair – David Guilson (Celebrity Hairstylist), and Michelangelo handbags (Milan). Her association with these brands highlights her influence and recognition not only as a talented singer but also as a fashion-forward personality.
Tamara Dey Awards and Nominations
Tamara Dey has received several awards and nominations throughout her career. In 2002, she received three South African Music Award nominations for her debut album. She has also been nominated for awards such as Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Awesome Women of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year at the Metro FM Awards, and the Viewers Choice edition of eTV’s Nite Life. She has been recognized for her style, receiving nominations for Most Stylish Female Singer in a Music Video at the Elle Magazine Style Awards.
Tamara Dey has released several albums throughout her career. Her solo albums include “The First Lady And The Boys” and “Dey L’afrique.” She has also collaborated with Flash Republic on albums such as “Danger” and “Killer Moves.”
Tamara Dey was previously in a relationship with Ningi Mhinga, the son of South African songwriter and singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The couple has a daughter together named Lalabella.
In 2019, Tamara Dey made headlines when she filed a lawsuit against her baby daddy Ningi Mhinga. She sought an increase in monthly child support payments. Tamara Dey requested an increase from R10,000 to R20,000 per month for the support of their daughter. Ningi Mhinga refuted the demands, stating that he already provides for their child’s essentials and spends regular time with her.