Eritrean-born German singer, Senait Ghebrehiwet Mehari who is professionally known by her single name “Senait” was born in Asmera, Eritrea, on 3rd December, 1974 to an Eritrean father and Ethiopian mother.
At the age of six, her father sent her and her two elder half-sisters to the Eritrean Liberation Front as “Students of the Revolution”. Three years later her uncle took the three girls to Sudan, where they lived with him for three years. When Senait was twelve years old, she and her sisters when to live with their father in Hamburg, Germany. There Seniat began writing songs. She also wrote a sequel, Wüstenlied („Desert Song”), about her visit to Eritrea. It was published in May 2006.
Seniat had previously worked as a songwriter and background singer before launching her own career.
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She released her first album, Mein Weg („My Way”) on November 11, 2005. The first single Hey Du („Hey, You”) is a romantic song. The theme of the album is autobiographical –the song Wenn die Nacht („When the Night”)- is about her dead grandmother; Kap Gheza is about a child who feels unloved, and Libbey is a love story.
In February 2007, at the ‘Zapp’ TV show on Germany’s NDR channel Senait was accused of fabricating some of the contents of her bestselling “Feuerherz” book, notably that she served as a child soldier in Eritrea which she denied.
Her singles Leben/Aura became big hits in Germany in 2001. Her other album, Aura, was re-released early 2005 in new versions. Her song Herz aus Eis (“Heart of Ice”) placed fourth in the German preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest of 2003.
She also featured in the movie titled “Heart of Fire”.