Ugandan Music Industry Lacks Definitive Structures – Fyonna Nsubuga

Do you still remember the UK based Ugandan songstress who was the lead singer of the Uganda national anthem at Namboole stadium in a game where Uganda walloped Congo Brazzaville four goals to nil? 

UK based Ugandan Singer Fyonna Nsubuga
UK based Ugandan Singer Fyonna Nsubuga

It was not by accident that she was chosen to lead the national anthem; great vocal talent was the main factor.

Fyonna Nsubuga is a great vocalist and singer who has supplemented her talent with a degree in Music Industry Management & Artistic development from Bucks New University, United Kingdom.

Red Pepper Online team had a talk with the singer as she took us through her music journey.

Who is Fyonna Nsubuga?

I am a UK made artist who arrived on the Ugandan music scene last year.

I was born in Uganda but partly grew up and studied in London. I have a Diploma in Popular Music Practice from City of Islington in North London, a degree in Music Industry Management & Artistic development from Bucks New University. Currently I am studying a Bsc. in Nursing at Bucks New University.

Being a confident person who enjoys making friends, music has always been my life as I grew up around music.

Music lifts up my inner spirit and keeps me going. I listen to all music genres, and do not have a favorite style of music

How did you start singing?

Having grown up in a musical house, I developed a test of song writing during my music training sessions at college. I became part of the College band as a lead vocalist and later joined North London Tab Impala Band as a backing vocalist until when I turned solo.

What are your achievements so far in music?

Singing both National anthems for Uganda and Congo Brazzaville at Namboole Stadium and Uganda Cranes actually winning 4-0 was beyond my dreams.

I felt honored by performing at Simba FM’s Ekigunda in 2012 while struggling for recognition.

My song was number one on BBC radio one, nine weeks at number one on Collage radio city and Islington 2007.

I was the winner of the year at Bucks New University with Chalfont Angels Group in 2009.

I scooped EMNA award nominations and later became the first runner up in the category of female artist and video of the year 2011.

Of recent, I was recognized as the best artist 2013 by the Ugandans in the Diaspora at Hipipo awards.

Do you have any inspirations both on the local and international scenes?

Yes I am inspired by people and groups that have been consistent in their fields like the Ebonies, and Afrigo Band in Uganda.

Internationally my music is influence and inspired by Beyonce Knowles’ style and attitude.

Fyonna is inspired by groups that have a legacy Like the Ebonies and Afrigo Band
Fyonna is inspired by groups that have a legacy Like the Ebonies and Afrigo Band

How many albums do you have and what type of music do you sing?

I have one album which was released this year titled Ndikulinda.

The Album has 10 songs and they can be downloaded from my website www.fyonna.com

I sing all genres of music.

Do you have any collabos with some artists in Uganda?

I have a duet with gospel artist Judith Babirye called Yamanyi Mukama and another one with a dancehall artist Killer Finger titled Show Time.

What challenges have you met during your break through here in Uganda?

It is tough because the music industry lacks a definitive structure which makes it so hard for new talents to breakthrough.

Everyone passes opinion and judgment to new music and new styles about what works and what does not.

Where do you see your music in the next five years to come?

As a passionate musician I want to go places around the world and become a major force. Become a role model who will inspire others.

I understand that music trends change all the time so I hope be adapt with what unifies all nations.

Tell me about your social life?

I like being in the company of people and making new friends.

I like being and living a normal life. I like partying as it brings the best out of me which enables me to connect with fans.

Fyonna bashed the Uganda music industry by saying that they lack definitive structures.
Fyonna bashed the Uganda music industry by saying that they lack definitive structures.

Are you planning any Launch or concert in the near future?

Yes very soon I will be launching for my fans and music lovers in Kampala and there after plan to tour all regions in Uganda to reach out to all music fans.

What advice do you have for young musicians?

They should have faith and belief in what they do. A Music career is a journey that requires patience and humbleness when building a fan base.

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