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Hanson returns to rock UG airwaves

Gospel singer Hanson Baliruno (R)


Hi Hanson. Please tell me more about yourself
I am a 30-year-old Ugandan songwriter, performer and recording artiste. I was born in Nsambya but was raised in Kasubi. I started singing at the age of 12 in our church choir and at 15, I released a song called Luno Olunaku, which touched many people’s lives in church.

Was this your breakthrough song?
Having been a gospel artiste, my audience was limited so I cannot say this was my breakthrough song but it was my song Counselling that exposed me to Judith Babirye, who invited me to be part of her band and I later became her lead backup singer. She tutored me in vocals, how to handle my career and so much. I would say this was my breakthrough moment.
Are you still doing gospel music?
I am a versatile musician which means I do all styles. If you listen to my music, you will find a touch of everything.

You have just started hearing about your music, should we consider you an upcoming artiste?
I am not an upcoming artiste but it is just that I have not been around that much. I had travelled to Sweden and that is where I have been for close to six years.

What had you gone to do in Sweden?
I left in 2013 to study. I studied Theology and while there, I never stopped singing as well.

When such opportunities come to most people, they never return. Why did you come back?
After spending six years in Sweden, working while singing, I gained a large fanbase but kept tabs on the Ugandan music industry. When I saw that it had grown, I decided to return and establish my career back home.

Tell us about your music experience abroad?
It was mind-blowing because I had a powerful manager, Mathias. It was through him that I performed on some huge platforms. He changed my life because it would have taken me so many years to reach that kind of international audience. I became famous among the Ugandan community living abroad and other African communities that lived in Scandinavian countries.

Was what you found back home what you expected when you returned?
Yes. The Ugandan music industry has greatly evolved beyond what I can even explain. There is a lot of maturity now, people are shooting quality videos, there is competition, and everyone is now professional.

How did you catch up that fast?
It was not that hard because I officially began working with my management team immediately I returned. They were on ground and would keep me posted, they linked me to the right people and that is why it was easy for me.

Which team is this?
It is called Stars Empire and it is an artiste management company,

What are some of your songs?
I have songs such as Njaga, Kandanda, Die Hard and Akatambala with Saida Karooli, among others. I have two more projects with Saida Karooli.

Every artiste who gets some hits thinks of doing a concert. Are you planning one anytime soon?
[Laughs]. Actually, my team and I are in preparations for a concert this year. I believe I am in the right shape and mindset for it. I have the songs, I have the fans and my team is in high gear.

Are you married?
No. I am strongly searching for the right person. If I ever get her, I will introduce her to my friends.


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