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Linda Blessing: From nurse to doing music

 

Briefly tell us about yourself?
My name is Linda Blessing Kwagala, I was born and raised in Kimanya Village, Masaka Municipality. I am a nurse by profession but juggling with music.

When and how did you start to sing?
I have always had a passion for music and I used to sing back in the school choir but my music journey kicked off at my elder brother’s wedding in October 2017. I had composed three songs to perform on his day and the guests were so surprised when I sang.

How many songs do you have?
So far I have five songs, including Nkwagala, Ndikubererawo, Ntegedde, Mummy and Tundula. I have shot videos for two songs.

Who records your music?
I use different producers; JJ Brian, Josh Wander and Danien for audios. One of my videos was shot in Dubai by Texmore Konto and the other was done by Arkmez.

What type of music do you do?
I want to be versatile, I do not want to stick to one genre but most of my music is categorised as band.

Who is your role model?
My grandmother, Mary Kankwanzi because she is a strong woman. She moulded me so well. I ove her to the moon and back.
Whom do you look up to in the industry?
I do not specifically have anyone I look up to in music. I always look up to anyone with good music because we have so many good people in the industry.

Away from music, what else do you do?
Currently, it is like I left the medicine profession because it was not really bringing in good money. So I do farming in Masaka as well as run an online business. I import perfumes, bags, jeans, shoes, among other items, depending on the orders at hand.

Who composes your songs?
I use different songwriters. Nkwagala was written by Lyto Boss, Ndikubererawo and Ntegedde were written by Jamie Culture and my current song Tundula was written by Robert Rota.

How do you balance music, business and farming?
I love my business for income and since it is an online business, I can make three to four deliveries a day and then have time for music rehearsals. I am passionate about music.
I love farming, although it has not yet started giving me money. I usually check on my farm during weekends if I do not have any function to attend.

Any awards so far?
I have not won any award as of now but my song Ntegedde was nominated for a Hipipo award under best song in southern region category. So I urge my fans to vote for me.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am an outgoing person who loves swimming.

Any achievements since you started singing?
I have a strong feeling that I am already living my dream and have also networked with different people, including influential and beneficial friends whom I had never dreamt of meeting.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I believe I will be among the top five musicians in the country because people have really showed me love in this one year.
Five years from now, more effort will be put in establishing Linda Blessing as a brand. I want to be international.

Any advice to youth who wish to join music?
In life, I believe in three things; trust God, be faithful and have discipline.

Any fond childhood memory?
I remember I was so stubborn, I did not want to do any domestic work. I would go to the neighborhood and play with other children but I feared being beaten and sometimes my grandmother would get pissed and cane me.

Tell me about your education background.
I went to Kimanya Primary School for my primary, Masaka Senior Secondary School for O-Level and later joined Kitovu Hospital in Masaka for a course in nursing.

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