Iryn Namubiru is one of Uganda’s top female singers who started music way back in Namasagali College after teaming with friend Juliana Kanyomozi with whom they formed the R&B all-girl group called I-Jay. She has always had a passion for singing since her childhood and has strived to make this talent a bigger part of her life. Her hard work and persistence has propelled her to become one of the best in the country and she is still going strong.
Chano8 had a chat with the singer and this is how it went down.
Do you mind sharing some photos of you and your children with the public? Yes, I do mind. I do not want to put them out there in the lime light all the time. And just because I do not expose their lives does not mean they do not have things going on in their lives. Once in a while I share though.
Chano8: A lot of new fresh talent has since emerged in the music industry and competition is stiff. What is your take and how do you plan to stay relevant?
There will always be new talent and people will always be unique in their own ways. Every single artist has their chance to shine just like every artist at one point will hit a low. I do not see it as competition and I embrace new sounds and genres as a lover of music. I only stay true to my passion and sing what I like.
Chano8: You have been part of the struggle that has brought the Ugandan music industry to this level where artistes are being given international recognition inform of nominations, awards and concerts. What is your take?
It always feels good to be recognised for the work we do, for our efforts and to see how many souls we touch. But that said, we all do not sing for awards. Otherwise, many great artists would be out of the industry by now.
Chano8: It is believed that many Artists make money but rarely invest, have you any investments you would like to share with us?
How much do you know about their lives, responsibilities, investments to come that conclusion? That is always the talk and I hate it. I am not here to tell people where and how I invest because that’s my business and nobody else’s. How about everybody starts telling me about theirs.
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