George: How come you can write songs for other musicians?
I write songs because God gave me the talent. A talent is a gift from God. I can write good songs because I am a good story teller. I write what I see, hear, feel, smell and taste. Many people
I write songs because God gave me the talent. A talent is a gift from God. I can write good songs because I am a good story teller. I write what I see, hear, feel, smell and taste. Many people can not write songs because they do not believe that they can do it. You have to have faith in yourself first.
Hawa: When did you begin singing?
I do not remember when I began singing. It is like asking me when I began walking. That said, I began singing professionally in 1999. I released my first music album called Ekyasa Kya Bakyala in 2000.
Rita: Is it true that you are Bobi Wineâ€™s brother?
No. Bobi Wine and I share the same surname but we are not brothers. In Buganda however, we are brothers because we come from the same clan and we have the same totem.
Ibrahim: Why do you sing only gospel music?
It is true that I am a born again Christian, but I sing both gospel and secular music. My first song Ekyasa Kya Bakyala was not gospel. It was about the emancipation of women. I mostly sing about issues because I want my music to inspire and educate people.
George: How many albums and awards do you have?
I have seven albums and I have won five music awards. I have three Pam Awards and two Viga awards
Rita: How many kids do you have?
I have two sons called Harvey Zion and Harold Ethanael Kyagulanyi. Harvey is five years old, while Harold is two and a half.
Hawa: Where did you grow up from and which schools did you go to?
I grew up in Kireka. When I was young, I told my father that I wanted to be a priest. He took me to Nswagire Junior Seminary from P.5 to P.7. I then went to Kisubi Minor Seminary but I did not want to be a priest anymore. I went to St Charles Lwanga Kasasa for secondary school studies and then to Makerere University for my degree.
Ibrahim: How come you do not fight in public like other Ugandan musicians?
I have never fought with other musicians because it is not my nature to fight. When people fight, it means they have failed to agree. They also do not have the discipline to sit down and forgive each other. I am of a different character.
George: Will you ever come to our school and sing with our choir?
I will come and sing with your school choir after your school and I have agreed on a few things.
Rita: Apart from singing, is there anything else you do?
I am an author. I have written a book called The First Black American President which is about the US President, Barack Obama. I am going to launch another book called If love is good then why does it hurt?
Hawa: Which musicians did you admire when you were young?
I loved listening to the late Elly Wamala and Jimmy Katumbaâ€™s songs. They were my mentors.
Ibrahim: Which is your favorite musical instrument and why?
I love the guitar and I can play it anytime. I learnt how to play it while in the seminary. The guitar is my best friend
Rita: What important message do you have for the children in Uganda?
Children should learn some music because the world of music is very beautiful. They should also know that music is a discipline. Do not get out of school because of music but go to school because of music, then they can be great.
Compiled by Rehema Aanyu
Kids meet Silver Kyagulanyi