KANUNGU: Baron Nats, real name Baron Natukunda, started singing at his local home church and scripture union at school but sadly dropped out of school in S.6 due to financial challenges. Although he is a successful businessman now, the music never stopped. He talks to Rajab Mukombozi.
When and how did you start doing music?
I started doing music in secondary school while at Bishop Comboni College, Kambuga where I was a member of the school choir but I was also part of the church choir back home. To start recording, however, was in 2019.
How many songs have you released so far?
So far I have released 10 songs, five with videos and others are audios. These include “Nyembembera”, “Gumisiriza”, “Gumananye” ft Peterson, “Orinkahi Yesu”, “Abantu Beitima”, “Munywani Wangye” and “Nowamani Yesu” ft Ann Mirembe. I do Gospel and inspirational music because as a preacher, I believe it draws people closer to God.
What keeps you moving?
Consistency and quality music. Also, through music I have cultivated relationships with people of all walks of life, including the elderly. These have become part of my strength and encouragement. My fans too as well as my music getting airplay in the media, especially at national level.
How do you balance business and music?
It has been challenging. I try to divide my responsibilities carefully. At times I delegate my business responsibilities to make sure there is no gap in client satisfaction and business growth.
What are some of the things you have achieved since you joined music?
A number of people have given testimonies of how my music has changed their hearts, especially drawing closer to God. Preaching the word of God has so far been my biggest achievement. I have not yet earned good money because I re-invest the little I get. My music getting airplay on TVs such as Spark, NTV, NBS, Bukedde and many others is not a mean achievement.
There is no money in music and also balancing music and business is hard.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I want to see my music changing people’s lives and restoring hope.
Any advice for your fans?
Don’t kill your talent because you are not earning from it, it may have been given to you to serve like gospel music. God can reward you in other aspects such as business if you use your talent to serve him. Love, trustworthiness and respect are some of the virtues that have got me here.