The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Nanteza Braves Rough Music Industry

Some have argued that the music industry in Uganda is rather crowded, but if truth be told, it has created a platform for many young artistes to develop their talents. Heather Nanteza is one such outstanding artiste, who also doubles as a presenter at 97.7FM, Record radio, on the Campus Vibe programme. She confesses she has always wanted to be a musician.

"I used to sing in the school choir at Katikamu SDA SS, because I loved music with all my heart," Nanteza said in a recent interview. "I love Toni Braxton's songs."

She said her first time in the studio was after a friend introduced her to Didi, a producer. It was a blessing in disguise because in 2010 she released her first song, Sembera. The following year, she released Gungigijja written by Denis Rackla. This earned rotational airplay on several radio stations. Recently she released her latest single, Njagala Kwatula, with a video in collaboration with Yoyo.

Nevertheless, the music industry is no bed of roses. Nanteza said it is too hard to penetrate the industry, because of the expenses. It doesn't stop at only going to the studio and sing, but it also requires mass marketing, time and lots of networking. One wonders how Nanteza manages to sail the rough waters.

"I finance my music career and my family is so supportive," she said. "They have always been there for me and encouraged me."

She encourages young musicians not to give up, despite the naysayers: "Follow your heart and be persistent; you will make it." Nanteza is soon releasing another song, Mbuulira, produced by Didi.

"I promise all my fans great tracks and music videos this year!" said Nanteza.

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