Sheeba Karungi has been on the scene for quite some time, since the time of the Obsessions. She has since gone solo, but is more like the queen bee of Team No Sleep.
She’s taken the music scene by storm. A day can’t go by without many a radio station playing her song and an evening out is not complete if some of her songs aren’t played. Sheeba Karungi has been on the scene for quite some time, since the time of the Obsessions. She has since gone solo, but is more like the queen bee of Team No Sleep.
Ahmed Khalil Muto had a chat with her
Who is Sheeba Karungi?
I’m a loyal, loving and simple person. I love people, music and movies.
What is your secret to coming up with these club bangers?
There no secret except working hard and better management. Plus, I’ve been around for a while. I didn’t just come out of the blue.
Who do you attribute your success to?
Everything I’ve done in my life is the foundation for what I am today. Even being a dancer. My first song is the reason I have a second. Everything in my career, producers I’ve worked with, The Obsessions and TNS, are all an important part of the journey.
Are you dating?
Tell me about you and Keko
I’m tired of that question; I’ve answered it several times. The public should concentrate on the music because it’s what I’ve come to deliver. Whatever I do with my personal life is none of their business.
Do you live for love or bucks?
For love because I make my own money, I am an independent woman. Definitely for love.
Who is your ideal man?
Loyal, supportive, understanding and he has to be black.
Was your song Jordan really about Jeff Kiwa?
Like I said, everything apart from music is my business. Let’s keep this interview to my music.
Being a Muslim, can you be a second or third wife to a guy?
Never thought of being a wife so can’t be a second or third. I can’t answer the question.
Maybe in five years, you never know.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry?
Very many. Being despised, judged, the media ‘throwing stones’ at me, disappointment. Hate, the lack of professionalism and too much politics.
So there is politics in the music industry?
It’s everywhere. The music industry does not operate like a retail shop where you can just buy matchbox at sh100. It’s a tricky business.
How do you come up with ideas for your videos?
I’m very visual. If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be behind a camera or a director.
Every time I’m in the studio after recording, I visualise what the video should be like. Of course, the videographer brings in the a concept, but I also have to portray my character.
What’s that chemistry between you and Pallaso?
Every song you do together just takes the airwaves by storm.
The first time I met him I realised we were both down to earth. We know each other’s weaknesses. I think he’s at a level of professionalism that the other artistes that I’ve worked with before lacked. I like working with him. He is also playful.
How does it feel being the only chic among guys at Team No Sleep?
It’s wonderful. I love working with men.
They are fast and they don’t sleep on the job, like women. I don’t think I will ever work with women again. The guys at TNS support me every time I am in the studio. They write some of my songs. Working with them makes me feel like I’m part of a big musical family.
Who is your role model?
They are many. Rihanna since her first album Unfaithful. I understand her style and we are almost of the same age.
Beyoncé especially because of her stage performances, Patra, Lady G, Brenda Fasie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Chance Nalubega.
Is there any international collaboration in the making?
The sky is the limit. I mean Shaggy recently said Go Down Low is one of the biggest songs at the moment. I didn’t know I would be where I am today. I would love to have a collabo with an international artiste.
What’s your swagg?
Simple, comfortable, I love big hair, big shirts and T-shirts.
Message to the underdogs?
Work very hard. It’s like a jungle out here with many animals. Be patient and believe in yourself. People are going to be harsh to you, saying you can’t make it, but you have to be disciplined and humble. Research about music if you really love it.
I have never thought of being a wife - Sheeba