When Covid-19 hit, Emmy Wine did not suffer from having no concerts because he was prepared. The engineer shared with Suzan Nanjala the joys of doing music and of course the challenges that come with it.
Who is Emmy Wine?
My real name is Emmanuel Emiru. I am 28 years old and from Serere District. I am a singer signed to Good Music Entertainer.
What motivated you to join music?
I used to like composing music in primary school, because it is my God-given talent and it was the fastest way for me to gain popularity.
In 2009, I started the journey but I was on and off because of school and became active in 2012 with Mighty Bony King, Clever Spider and Ronezy, who encouraged me to show off my talent.
How would you describe the kind of music you create?
My music is food for the soul, and it is usually reggae, dancehall and afro dancehall.
What are your favourite songs?
“Jealousy”, “Emergency” and “Dangerous”.
Is there anything special about those songs?
Yes. Some people were not happy with me when I started my music career and some went as far as saying I had gone under water (illuminati), so I wanted to convey a message to them that jealousy is wrong.
I remember some parents would stop their children from associating with me, so I got to them through music.
How did 2020 affect you as a musician?
My music career was very affected but thank God my other side job worked for me. I tile and roof houses. There is no money in music now but that does not call for me to surrender but prepare for the best.
How do you keep yourself relevant to your fans?
I interact with my fans but not all the time because I also have a life to live and I need my privacy, otherwise I am always in touch and listen to them. I share with them on social media and on other platforms.
Are there anything you would like to change in the entertainment industry?
The perception people have about musicians but all I can say is do not do what I do, but what I say. There is nothing easy but anyone who wants to do music and has the talent should be given a chance. Not everyone is destined to do the same things, we need to respect each other’s talents and views.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
On the same level as Chameleone, Fik Fameica and Lydia Jazmine because they sing my type of music. I also see myself helping other upcoming musicians and producing songs that will take me places.
What would you advise people who want to follow your footsteps?
Believe in yourself and do not do drugs.
What are some of the challenges you face as an upcountry musician?
I do not have a permanent manager and those I get do not stick around now that there is no business.
What have you achieved from music?
I have been able to buy three cows, four goats, and 23 chicken and I have also managed to pay my rent on time. I have also gained adoration from people.
Tell us briefly about your education background?
I went to Pioneer Primary School, Serere Secondary School for O-Level and St Kizito Vocational School for my certificate in Construction Engineering.