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No Worries: Nancy Naterval’s music career may have been halted by the Covid-19 situation but that has not stopped her from putting food on her table as she tells Olivier Mukaaya.

Who is Nancy Naterval?
I am a 23-year-old Gospel artiste based in Budaka District. I went to Mary Reparatrix S.S Entebbe, Trinity College Nabingo and later joined Uganda Christianity University for a Bachelor’s degree in Law. I am, however, originally from Masaka.

When did you join the music industry?
After my Senior Six vacation when I visited my parents in Nairobi and went through Heart of Watoto Foundation music industry in 2018.

What makes you different from other female gospel artistes?
I write and sing at the same time. My song “Tuwondoke Twende Mbinguni” made me popular in a short time and it was because of it that I was called to the US to sing for the Kenyan ambassador and his team.

How many songs have you produced?
So far I have produced three songs, “Tuwondoke Twende Mbinguni”, “My Gentleman” and “Affectionate”.

How are you coping with this Covid-19 lockdown as an artiste?
I am using this time to compose songs that I will produce after the lockdown and I am also operating a poultry farm, which has kept me busy and expanded my source of income.

Which kind of music do you do?
I do both gospel and afro music.

What should artistes do in this period when they have no concerts?
They should use the little they made before lockdown to start up small business the way I did so that they do not ask for food like some artistes I see on TV asking for food.

Any achievements so far since you joined the industry?
I have been to the US where I got the spirit to start up an organisation called Save the Girlchild and I have been able to supply sanitary towels to some girls in villages such as Kyibabo, Mityana and Masaka.

What else do you do apart from music?
I am a script writer, actress and also a play director. I have so far written two plays and directed one skit titled Because I am A Girl.

Where do you see your music/self in the next five years?
Musically, my goal is to grow into the best version of myself professionally. The kind of opportunities I seek are those that expose me to activities that will develop my skills further and increase my technical knowledge in the music industry.

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