Connect
To Top

Katatumba using music to change lives

katatumba

Angella Katatumba with her fan Mike Mukiisa whom she shared with about her projects. Photo by Isaac Ssejjombwe

Fighting for mulago: She may seem like she is off the scene, but don’t be deceived. Angella Katatumba is still active on the music scene, only that her focus is on creating awareness, especially about the condition on Mulago hospital. She met her fan Mike Mukiisa.

You are not so active in the music industry these days. Where are you putting your effort?
Music is my first love and will always be, but at the moment, my charity work is extremely demanding. It is a little hard to sing mindlessly about love when for example, the situation in Mulago hospital is alarming. I would rather put my music efforts into singing about Mulago hence the Mulago Yaffe song to raise awareness about the situation.

What inspired you to join the music industry?
Since I was a little girl, I have always been interested in singing. I joined the school choir and I would also watch and mimic Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton. I learned everything they did vocally. My parents noticed my love for singing, so when I went to Canada for high school, my father paid $40 (about Shs100,000) an hour for my vocal lessons.

How do you call your style of music?
Afro Soul.

Besides music, what else do you do?
I run an NGO called the Angella Katatumba Development Foundation (AKDF). Under this NGO I run a number of projects, including ‘For You Gulu’, ‘Let’s Go Green’, Supernatural Girl and ‘Mulago Yaffe’. I mainly use my music to promote awareness about these projects. I am also the managing director of Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga.

Among the collaborations you have, which is your best and why?
I equally love and I am proud of all my collaborations with Bebe Cool, Radio and Weasel, Butchaman, Navio and Keko. But the most significant was Let’s Go Green featuring Keko, because the British Council had appointed me climate change ambassador and part of the job was to record a song and video which was Let’s Go Green. The song and video were huge hits. On top of that, I was flown to Cancun Mexico for the Global Climate Change Summit where my song was one of the theme songs at the summit and I got to perform it on an international level for heads of states, ministers and distinguished guests.

What do you think of the music industry in Uganda?
I think it is growing slowly, but surely.

We heard that you donated Shs10m to Mulago hospital. What is the project all about and why did you get involved?
I unfortunately had an aunt and uncle who recently passed away at Mulago. When I went with family to visit them, we found the situation awful.
The hallways were highly congested with patients sitting and sleeping in the corridors, it was almost impossible for us to see our patients and when we did get to them, they were in rooms that seemed to have been bathrooms.
It was that experience that made me decide to do something about the problem. So I decided to personally donate Shs10m through AKDF for the hospital’s most urgent need at the time, which was the Special Care Unit.
I started the ‘Mulago Yaffe’ campaign and recorded a song called Mulago Yaffe to help raise awareness about the situation in Mulago hospital.

Which kind of patients are benefiting from this cause?
My donation was made to the Special Care Unit where the premature babies are. So the Shs10m was used to buy a phototherapy machine and a syringe pump that save the lives of 60 premature babies every week in Mulago. But the Mulago Yaffe campaign is geared to raising awareness and help any urgent needs at Mulago hospital. Our next donation will be to the cancer institute.

You recently became the ambassador of the Uganda Bikers. Why did they have to choose you?
The Uganda Bikers saw my donation to Mulago hospital and were inspired and that is why they approached me to join the Mulago Yaffe campaign and to further appoint me their ambassador.
What do you know about bikes and have you ever owned one?
Unfortunately, I have no clue about motorbikes and I even fear them. But I am sure the Uganda Bikers won’t accept that excuse and will teach me everything about bikes in no time, and wipe away all my fears.

MEET YOUR CELEB: E-mail sqoop@ug.nationmedia.com and tell us the celebrity you want to meet and we shall make it happen. Don’t forget to include your telephone contact.

Leave a comment

More in Features

  • Kulumba: A man of many talents

    The Lockdown Life: Kulumba taught himself to be a flexible, multi-talented, adaptable, multi tasker, who gained discipline and learnt how to...

    sqoopadminSeptember 17, 2021
  • CELEBRITY STYLE: GNL Zamba, HipHop Artiste

    When choosing what to wear in the morning, I put into consideration… My mood dictates what I wear, I am quite...

    sqoopadminSeptember 17, 2021
  • Y+ beauty pageant returns

    By David S Mukooza Young people living with HIV under their umbrella organisation, Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/Aids...

    sqoopadminSeptember 13, 2021
  • First Hit experience

    Masters of their musical fate:  Every artiste’s dream is to get a hit. Some come sooner than others in the course...

    Isaac SsejjombweSeptember 10, 2021
  • Danny Kay, the lyrical doctor from Mubende

    REPRESENTING: We don’t have many artistes from Mubende but Daniel Karumuna commonly known as Danny Kay says he’s the best there...

    Isaac SsejjombweSeptember 10, 2021
  • Every day is a bad hair day – Tendo

      It has always been music. She announced her arrival with “Hajjati wa Hajji” and in a very short time, had...

    sqoopadminSeptember 5, 2021
  • I have got the sound of legends in my head- Axon

    Master craft:  Producer Axon is the mastermind behind club bangers such as John Blaq’s Tip, Sheebah’s Boy fire and Fik Fameica’s...

    sqoopadminSeptember 3, 2021
  • Celebrity style: Irene Ntale, Artiste

    When choosing what to wear in the morning, I put into consideration… The weather and my mood that morning. The item...

    sqoopadminSeptember 3, 2021
  • There is a ray of hope for fashion – Joram Muzira

    The entertainment industry is one of the sectors that has suffered more because of this lockdown. At least some sectors have...

    Isaac SsejjombweSeptember 1, 2021