Jacinta Diana is a dynamic singer who started out as back up vocalist for different artists such as Maurice kirya, Aziz Azion, Rachael Magoola, Lilian Mbabazi, Juliana Kanyomozi and many more. Recently she started up her own band that plays every Friday at Bugolobi-based bar Gatto Matto. We caught up with her where we had a wonderful conversation.
Please tell us about yourself and what you do?
My name is Jacinta and I’m a singer, songwriter and recording artist. I was born on 26th February a dynamic singer based in Uganda specializing in Afro- Fusion, Soul, and Reggae and RnB.
Tell us about your education background
I started from Naguru infant school for my kindergarten; I then went to Kiswa primary school, Kitante Hill School and finally MUBs.
When did you start doing music professionally?
I started doing Music professionally in late 2009. I started off as a backup vocalist for different artists such as Maurice Kirya, Aziz azion, Rachael Magoola, Lilian Mbabazi, Juliana Kanyomozi and many more. But also I sang in bands such as code9, BandAroma, Janzi, the Sundowners and many more.
Have you recorded any songs so far?
At the moment I have my own band and we perform at Gatto Matto in Bugolobi on Fridays. I have recorded quite a number of songs but released a few. My first release and single is called ‘Osobola’, followed by ‘Malayika’, ‘Guba Mutima’ and the latest called ‘Something Amazing’.
Are you married, dating or single and searching?
Hahah, I am not married. I am single and not searching. I am being searched though.
So how do you balance your music career and love life?
I concentrate more on my Music career since I am not in love for now. Maybe later when I finally fall in love, we shall then talk about how to balance the two.
Have you done any collabos?
Yes, I have done collabos and the latest being with TheMith, the rapper who featured on ‘Something Amazing’.
What are some of the challenges you face as a musician?
The biggest challenge at the moment is that, new talent comes up every single day. Which is not a bad thing but now everyone has to work even harder to stand out. And for artists such as me that don’t have a big budget to back up our careers, it’s almost hard to get our music its deserved airplay on radios and Tv stations.
What are your future plans for the next five years?
My future plans are basically to do an album or songs that will earn me positive and international recognition. Much as I do music for the love of it, I also want it to inspire and change someone’s life and also encourage and give them hope.
Do you have any advice for upcoming musicians?
My advice for upcoming musicians is that they should be themselves and also try to create music for themselves. That’s the only way we are going to get unique and original art. And that’s the only way we can define Uganda’s sound as opposed to copying already existing sounds.