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Ugandan song, WOMAN a suitable anthem for International Women's Day
By Robbin Whachell, Editor, The Bahamas Weekly
Mar 7, 2015 - 6:22:23 PM

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Ugandan singing sensation, Juliana Kanyomozi (Photo: Giulio Molfese)

Juliana Kanyomozi is one of the most popular contemporary musical artists in East Africa today and her latest song, WOMAN could very well be the theme song of International Women's Day!

Aside from being extremely beautiful herself (she was named 'most stylish female celebrity 2014' at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards) the video shows the beauty of the many faces / facets a 'woman', and depicts her love, care, hard work and guidance - from mother, caregiver, worker, and on. It definitely speaks volumes, stirs emotions, and will warm your heart.

"This song shares the pride I have for women,"  Juliana told TheBahamasWeekly.com.  "How they are able to triumph against many odds... and how they don't let life's struggles and adversities stop them from striving." And yes, a woman often has to fight for her rights and for her family.

The female anthem is said to be her comeback song after losing her only child. "She went through a lot thinking about what to sing about most, especially after what happened to her last year. Composing a club banger was the last thing on her mind," reported UgandaOnline.com.

"I'm celebrating  the warrior woman," said Juliana.

The music video what shot in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda the artist, who has been described as a goddess of joy by her Rwandese fans,  stands proudly against a Ugandan sky at dusk wearing a stunning white gown made by designer Tina Byaruhanga.

More than just a singing sensation, Juliana is actively involved in works of charity within Uganda, and is a patron of ‘I AM CHILDREN’S ORPHANAGE’, a centre for orphans located in Lungujja in Kampala. She is also a member of the Musicians Club, and is involved in activities that discover and nurture talent in Uganda, as well as being a vigilant artist on issues of copy right law in Uganda. That definitely seems like a warrior!

Looking towards her future, the artist said, "I have plans to take my music out there to the world. I'd like to work with different artists and producers across the globe. I'm excited about my future."

Her song is doing well on social media, and has surpassed a million views on Facebook after being released in early February.  It can be viewed on Youtube here.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has taken time to listen to WOMAN. Personally it speaks to my soul as I've been through my own share of trials, struggles and also triumphed in many things as a female artist. I hope WOMAN inspires all women out there who get to hear it," said Juliana.

"WOMAN" lyrics:

Verse 1
We don't know how she always finds her way.
The mystery of a woman
A saviour in a time of need
The bravery of a woman
In your time of need she does the deed
The magic of a woman

Chorus
Woman woman
A warrior is a woman
Woman woman
A saviour is a woman ×2

Yeaa eeehh ×3

Verse 2
When a man will cry a woman smiles
Her shoes have walked a thousand miles  The sticks of stone can't break her bones
She welcomes all her friends and foes
When her spirit's down she has no time to frown
A warrior is a woman

Chorus

Bountiful wonderful
Is her frame of mine
Beautiful colourful
Style is one of a kind 
Her womanhood and her motherhood
Are her strength and pride
Her warmth and grace
She cannot hide
The wonders of a woman

Chorus

By Juliana
Produced by D King at Neutriq Town
Video by Savy Filmz
Directed by Sasha Vybes


More about the multi-awardwinning artist:

Juliana started professional singing in the early 2000’s. Throughout her career she has recorded ground-breaking hits that have included: Say It, Mama Mbire, Taata Wa Baana, Nabikoowa, Kibaluma, Usiende Mbali and the pivotal rendition of Philly Lutaaya’s Diana.

She is the reigning East African female artist of the year 2012/2013, Best female Musician – East Africa - Kora Awards – 2012/2013, Best International Afro Beat Act – BEFTA Awards – UK – 2012/2013, Warid Woman of Substance Award – 2012/2013 for Entertainment category.

In her quest to achieve her musical dreams, she teamed up with Uganda’s biggest music producer, Steve Jean who wrote and produced her first solo single, ‘Say it;, The single soared to the top of every music chart in the country, and suddenly it was a hit in all Uganda’s night clubs and entertainment spots, and by the time her second single ‘ Seven days’ was released; Juliana was already a sought after artist at concerts and events in and around Uganda including curtain raising for big names like Youssou Ndour. This song earned her Best R&B artist at Pearl of Africa music Awards in 2004.

Her first Local Language [Luganda] duet, ‘ Taata wa Abaana’ with Bobbi wine was another monster hit that further catapulted Juliana to the summit of Music in Uganda, All Radio music research by independent media houses showed that it was the most played song on Radio stations in Uganda in 2004.She recorded another single with Bobbi wine, ‘ Mama mbire’, a tribute to all Ugandan mothers. It was pronounced song of the year at Pearl of Africa Music Awards in 2005.

Juliana soon embarked on her debut album. She again teamed up with Steve jean, Sylver Kyagulanyi and together, they crafted an eight track album, - ‘ Nabikoowa’, which was also the name of the hit single. ‘ Nabikoowa’ was a story of a mistreated woman in a relationship who thought that enough damage had been done and rose up to tell the man off!!, and this struck a chord with many women and male fans alike in Uganda. At the 2005 PAM awards, Juliana swept the event with 4 awards including female artist of the year, song of the year, best R&B single and best R&B artist.

In the same year, Juliana embarked on a musical tour that brought her closer to her fans, an estimated 10 Million people have seen Juliana perform on stage in Uganda at several concerts and events country wide, apart from Uganda, Juliana has performed in UK, Sweden, Kenya, Holland, UAE - Dubai. Juliana has performed in U.S.A, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Burundi.

After that success that came along with her first debut album –‘ Nabikoowa’.  Juliana tactfully got off the music scene and for the whole of 2006, Juliana was on the drawing board, and in October 2007, Juliana dropped a hot album that made many believe and endorse her as Uganda’s most respected, talented and mature Musician.

Her album – ‘ Kanyimbe’ – let me sing, was the most selling album in Uganda’s CD music stores, and it won her best R&B artist at Pam awards 2007. With hit singles like ‘ Usiende Mbali,Mundeke,Diana, Sirina Mulala’, Alive again, give it to me,Eddiba,lib ‘e sanyu, Omutima Oguluma, Kantambule nawe, sanyu lyange, mpita njia etc that have constantly maintained number one spots at all Uganda’s respected Music chart shows on local Fm Radio stations, Juliana is among the best Musicians/Artists standing in Uganda today.’ Kibaluma, Nabikoowa, Kanyimbe, Usiende Mbaali and Haturudi nyuma, mpita njia are still huge songs in Kigali – Rwanda and Tanzania.

Aside from her country Juliana has performed in the UK, Sweden, Kenya, Holland, UAE - Dubai, the U.S.A, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Burundi.

AWARDS: Female Artist of the year: East African Music Awards 2011/2012; East African Artist of the year: Kora Awards 2012/2013; Warid Woman of Substance: Warid Woman of Substance award 2012/2013; Airtel Woman of Substance: Airtel Woman of Substance award 2014; Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards: Most Stylish female celebrity 2014.

Juliana Kanyomozi on Facebook


 


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