SEIF KABELELE ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW WITH BEAUTIFUL UGANDAN JULIANA KANYOMOZI

Juliana Kanyomozi is a Ugandan female musician, entertainer and actress. Who rose to fame in the late 1990s as one half of the all-girl duo I-Jay, with Iryn Namubiru?Kanyomozi has also collaborated with Bobi Wine Sweet Kid and with Klear Kut in Uganda on the song "All I Wanna Know".In Bongo she has performed with Tanzanian artist, Bushoke on "Usiende Mbali". In 2008, she was voted "Uganda's Fashion Icon". Seif Kabelele 2011 caught up with her and this is how the interview went
SEIF KABELELE: Briefly tell us about yourself?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I was born in Kampala, on the 27th of November 1980 and I am the 2nd last born in my family.
SEIF KABELELE: If you were given a chance to start afresh, what would you do differently?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I would work like crazy. The problem with most of us here is that we have become so comfortable with our own audience; we don’t even want to explore other avenues. This is making us miss the big African platform. We need to improve our audio and video production. Even our management and promotion must change. We must step up our game if we are to penetrate Africa.
SEIF KABELELE: Given a chance, which Tanzanian artist would you work with?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I’d love to work with Lady Jay Dee.
SEIF KABELELE: Which do you prefer being on stage or being in the studio?
JULIANA KAYOMOZI: I love being on stage
SEIF KABELELE: Who inspires you in your music?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: The likes of Mariah Carrey and Whitney Houston really inspired me. I really liked their songs and they got amazing voices.
SEIF KABELELE: How many albums have you released so far?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I have released two albums, Nabikoowa in 2005 and Kanyimbe produced in 2007 though I’ve worked on a number of singles with various artists. At the moment, I am working on my NEXT album
SEIF KABELELE:  Who are you working with on your new project?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I am working with a lot of producers on my new album. Alive again was Produced by R.Kay; a renown Kenyan producer who has produced for  the likes of Nameless, Wahu, Kidumu and so many other artists. I am   also working with Steve Jean, Kiwuuwa, Rinex; the new kid on the block, Benon and Just Jose of Swangz. They are all working on my new album.
SEIF KABELELE: Which is your favorite song of all times?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I’d say Nabikoowa
SEIF KABELELE: Tell us something that we don’t know about Julianna?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: Hardworking, goal oriented, funny, And charming. Someone who didn’t do music for the sake of Entertainment but someone who did music to give people inspiration.
SEIF KABELELE: Back then in 2000, we remember you were in a music group called I-JAY. What happened to the group?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I and Iryn were friends from school and we all had the same passion for Music.  We used to perform at a Pub, one thing led to another after a producer saw our talent. We started minting songs which people liked and come up with   I-JAY name.  Though later Iryn had to Travel to France and I was doing my studies plus I trying to see that I come out as a solo artist. There was nothing like breaking up or misunderstanding between us.
SEIF KABELELE: You’re one of the few female artists in Uganda that have been around for a while and can compete favorably with the top male artists. How have you managed to maintain your fan base and your name despite the stiff competition?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I can say that the fans have kept me moving. The great team of people I work with;   from the music producers, song writers and my whole management, though the most important thing is   the way you carry yourself. It matters a lot. I love what I do passionately. I don’t even mind doing it for money or not, I just love doing music.
SEIF KABELELE: What is your take on the Ugandan music industry? Beefing has become a culture. What advice can you give?
JULIANA KANYOMOZI: I can say different artists have different strategies or ways they market themselves. As for me, I don’t think beef is the best way to market a musician. For how long will you beef?  I believe artists should try to leave music to speak for them, than always hating on each other.



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