Ugandan Songstress Jackie Akello is an Afro-soul singer. She has performed in many major concerts curtain raising for big stars and also at parties. Her mellow sweet voice has won her many fans and is scheduled to perform at the 13th edition of Blankets and Wine this weekend. A Lot is expected from the young lady but first we bring you a one on on interview with her where she tells us about her life and music career.
Q: Tell us briefly about Jackie Akello?
A: Akello is an artist in the African contemporary style, driven by the need to tell a story bound to change our continent for better, in a language we all understand which is music. I believe music is the one tool that has the utmost power to reach even the most impenetrable soul of mankind.
Q: What genre of music do you play?
A: The genre of music I play is called Afro Contemporary.
Q: Do you have an album/mixtape/videos out?
A: A: I have one video out of the gospel single “Samanya”. I will be releasing my first album this August 27th 2016 at the Pyramids Casino Kampala. Don’t miss, it’s going to be memorable.
Q: How many languages are you fluent enough to sing in and how many songs do you have in differing languages?
A: I am fluent in three languages: Acholi proudly being my mother tongue, luganda and English. Most of my songs are multi-lingually written.
Q: What are some of your most popular songs?
Amari..which means I love you in Acholi.
Wan Wilobo..a song dedicated to all the women in northern Uganda
Samanya which is a huge gospel hit
Q: Do your songs surround a specific theme/cause or does it depend on the mood and experiences encountered?
A: I’m a story teller through my music, true some songs do surround a specific theme, for example my album that is coming out this august called “I am Akello” is dedicated to mostly the women and children. However some songs still r written depending on the mood.
Q: Where can people find your music online?
A: People can find my music on Sound cloud. I am also on Twitter @akellomuzik Facebook @jackie Akello or fun page @Akello Instagram @akellomuzik or @jackieakello
Q: Who are some of your musical inspirations- local and foreign?
A: I must admit, I’m a versatile person when it comes to choice of who to listen to. I love to learn but always admired our African world music greats like Geofrey Oryema, Angelic Kidjo, Yousou Ndour, Brenda Fassie and Asa. Locally I admire Susan Kerunen, Racheal Magoola, Irene Namubiru, Phiona Mukasa and Kaweesa Richard.
Q: Have you had any local or international collaborations?
A: Locally I was honored to collaborate in a few songs like Black Yellow Red an all-star project with artist like Cindy, Irene Ntale, Micheal Ross, Viboyo, Nick Nola. Samanya the gospel hit single with levixone, Ffena Awamu with Mun.G and T-Bro. Internationally, I got to participate in the Singing wells projects/ Abubilla Music which is U.K based.
Q: If you had a chance, who would you like to do a song with or share a stage performing alongside?
- I would love to share a stage with Asa or Angelic Kidjo.
Q: As a key performer for the upcoming Tusker Malt Blankets and Wine 13th edition, might you have performed at other stages like this?
A: I’ve been performing on different stages both local and international but blankets and wines is different cause it’s one of those events where u r given a shot to create a milestone so it is only courteous for me to express my utter gratitude towards the team behind the event for giving my team and I that slot.
Q: What should we expect to receive from your performance at Tusker Malt Blankets and Wine?
A: For Blankets and Wines 13th edition, I intend on giving a hint of my debut album, most importantly, we hope to have a great time, enjoy good music with friends and family.