The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Nantongo Returns With Kagiiko

Hajjat Sophie Nantongo will this Friday launch her sixth album, after Binyuma, Ekisanja, Wansumulula, Amaggwa and Akamasu.

Despite being in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, she is confident she will defy all odds to pull off a fantastic and memorable show on that day. Nantongo has been in papers over her new lover Sam Simbwa, the man she dedicated her song Love Super to.

Muslims have accused her of falling in love with a non-Muslim but Sophie says despite being in love with Simbwa, she has never left Islam and no one has the power to declare her a deserter.

"I have a contract with my God and no one has the power to declare me a deserter except Allah. It's on that day that I am going to show critics that I am a Muslim and I will always be," said Nantongo, who was responding to Sheik Nuhu Muzaata who has always made her a topic on the pulpit.

"Nkyali Hajjat pakalast [I am still a Hajjat till the end]."

She has been silent since the saga, but came out with a new song Kagiiko Nattabula that has become a hit, but she is quick to explain the absence.

"I had to give music a break and perform some motherly duties when I gave birth; mere words cannot intimidate me into leaving music," she said.

She says her fans should expect the best because she has prepared well.

The album

The album to be launched has five love songs. In Kagiiko Nattabula, she sings about a man who runs her crazy with his absence. Then there is Love Super, inspired by her love interest, Simbwa.

"I sang this song for my prince who had just shown me the true definition of the word love," she says.

Other songs on the album are Kituukiridde, Twaala and Chapter Mpya.

The launch

The show slated to take place at Hotel Equatoria parking lot will start at 7pm with Bebe Cool, Mesach Ssemakula, Catherine Kusasira, Angela Kalule, Dr Tee, Maureen Nantume, Eddie Kenzo and David Lutalo accompanying her.

"I will sing close to 15 songs. I will pick my fans' favourite from each album and at the end of the show everyone will be contented," said Nantongo.

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