The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take Five - Juliana Kanyomozi, Uganda's Music Diva

Juliana Kanyomozi, Uganda's music diva, took five with Celine Kihunde.

What's your greatest fear in life?

My greatest fear in life is failure and disappointment. Naturally, I love perfection. Whatever I lay my hands on, I want it to succeed or turn out exactly the way I want it.

What do you have to say about Nince Henry's accusations that you stole his song?

Nince Henry's issue wasn't such a big deal to me. He wanted to sell a song to me. I went to the studio and did a demo to see if it had the spark that I look for in music. Unfortunately, it didn't sound so good for me. I returned the song and the demo. I even told him I won't take it but if he writes other good songs, he should look for me.

What is your greatest regret in your life?

I don't have regrets. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad. If I do something and it goes wrong, I take it as a challenge from which I must learn just like the Nince Henry's story taught me to be careful who I deal with.

What do you have to say about the growing gay and lesbian community in Uganda?

Jesus didn't judge the prostitute, who am I to judge them? I look at them as normal people and leave judgment to their creator. However, they should be ready to deal with the consequences of their choices [and] they should never force anyone to join them, especially the young ones.

Why do you think most musicians get conflicts with their managers?

Most musicians choose managers whom they like [instead of choosing them for] ethical reasons. An ethical manager will never mix work and pleasure. I took time before I chose mine [and] I didn't go wrong.

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