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Mitchy Dalen: Urban planner on paper, passionate about singing

Mitchy says much as band music exposes you, it does not pay as much. PHOTOS /COURTESY/AGANDY & A KA DOPE STARS

Crossing over: From attaining an Urban Planning degree to finding her footing in band music, Mitchy Dalen is now itching to go solo

SOULFUL SOUNDS:  When Mitchy serenades you, you will not imagine that her speciality is in creating and implementing plans for the development of cities, towns, and urban areas. Her fruitless quest to find a job led her to rediscover herself and start a music career. Mitchy, a back-up artiste and band vocalist, is now on a journey to embark on a solo career, writes Gabriel Buule.

Before joining university, Michelle Esther Tumuhaise, alias Mitchy, was a choralist in a church choir in her home area in Bunamwaaya, a Kampala suburb. She never saw herself as a fully-fledged musician, even when Joshua K. Mugabi later recruited her to the Uganda Martyrs Choir, an all-girls Christian choir.

Her dream was to become an urban planner, a profession she pursued at Makerere University, earning herself a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2020.

She shares that during her initial time at the university, she applied for several jobs within her profession, but she was never successful, a situation that prompted her to reignite her career in music.

Mitchy says her attempt at music came with instant money after getting recruited into band music.

“I immediately started earning and I started funding part of my bills at the university,” she explains.

As a girl, she recalls performing in schools and church, which prepared her for a future in music. She shares that her passion for music led her to participate in the famous Coca-Cola Rated Next, a TV talent search show aimed at developing the local music industry in Uganda.

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