He's half Kenyan half Tanzanian.
Sixteen year old Sanni M. Mairura who's lived in Texas for probably his whole life has a Tanzanian mom and a Kenyan dad can even speak some Kiswahili.
He made it to the auditions and even managed to impress Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj both judges on the show, making it past stage one singing Michael Jackson's 'Who's Loving You'. Check it out;
Sanni is guaranteed to make a big name for himself in Africa even if he doesn't win that –which he hope he does.
Tip by SwahiliVilla blog