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Winnie Monie: Cultural dancer turned hit maker

Winnie Monie, real name Winniefred Tumuhairwe, started her musical journey as as a cultural dancer, aged 11 during her P7 vacation. She has since not looked back, majorly performing as a cultural dancer who has also released a number of captivating songs.

Who is Winnie Monie?

I am Winniefred Tumuhairwe. Winnie Monie’ is my stage name. I am 20 years  old. I am the daughter of Cosma Muheirwe and Dinnavance Bashemereirwe of Rwanyangwe, Kashongi in Kiruhura district. I went to Rwanyangwe Primary School and Mbarara Army school for O’ and A’level.

What inspired you to join music?

My parents. My mother used to sing in a community group of women at functions including parties and weddings. My father was a church choir leader at Nyamitanga parish, Mbarara diocese. I grew to admire what they were doing but I also had passion for music.

When and how did you start?

I started on my Primary Seven vacation. I was 11 years old. My brother-in-law has a cultural group-Ankole Cultural Group in which my sister, his wife, is also a member. So they initiated me into this group as a cultural dancer. That was my opening to join music and dancing. When I joined secondary school, I was part of a music dance and drama group,. It was here that I started writing songs, I had a book full of songs I composed. I recorded my first song in Senior Six.    

What kind of music do you bring out and how many songs have you so far released?

I do urban- secular music but I also intend to try gospel music. I have released six songs and these include Tubagane, So Ready and Sweet Love.

What keeps you moving?

I love music, there is no way I can hide from it; it’s part of my life. It also gives me an opportunity to communicate to a larger audience and impact on society. For example my music is mainly on love which I think is key for a just society.

Any person who could have rendered a hand in your music journey?

There are many but I can say it has been the will of God. I have never walked to someone but I have been identified, sponsored to produce my music. People like Okello Brian, Dizzy Beals, U-Turn Fahad, Ankole Cultural Group and my parents have been key in this journey.

What are some of the achievements since you joined music?

I get gigs for parties and functions, and earn some money. I have made friends and gained exposure.    

What are some challenges, and where do we see in five years?

Some people mistake your personality and what you bring out. When they see you in music they tend to relate you with other things like drugs and being destroyed, and at times want to use you.

In the next five years I want to have created a competitive music brand not only in Uganda but across East Africa.

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