The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take 5 - Rony Stamina

Rony Julian, a.k.a Rony Stamina, came onto the public scene when he featured in Eddy Kenzo's Stamina hit.

These days, Julian is popular for his dance moves and his hairstyle, and an overgrown Mohawk. He filed five questions with Joseph Kimbowa.

Are you cooking anything special for us this year?

This year I want to do as much music as I do dancing. We have already released two songs this year, Ekibe Zankalewa and Machette with Elie Cham. I want our fans to stay hooked and I promise them more of the Rony voice.

Can you imagine yourself without your popular hairstyle?

My hairstyle is my brand; people have come to know me through this style. People even come to our salon (Leoner's Salon) in Nakulabye for the hairstyle. I can style it differently but I cannot imagine myself with a clean shave - that would not be me.

What is your greatest achievement so far?

There is nothing as beautiful as a dancer rubbing shoulders with the president of the country. I think no dancer has impressed President Museveni except Rony Stamina - and I'm proud of that. But that came with my breakthrough when I featured in Stamina.

I had been in the background but that song brought me in the limelight.

You started with Stamina, moved to Empele and now Sankalewa. Where do you get these dance moves from?

I grew up as a very creative boy; even in school, I would want to standout with a unique stroke. I create my own moves and now that I have the platform, I'm always scratching my head to come up with something that will move people.

How do you maintain that flexible body?

It's all about good feeding. People always associate beans and posho with schools, but this is what I take. I make sure that I balance my diet to keep a healthy and energetic body.

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