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My sweet voice has taken me places

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th November 2010 03:00 AM

IT was merely a hobby when she discovered it could earn her a bursary. Brenda Nankinga, one of Uganda’s contestants in the 4th season of Tusker Project Fame, has always treasured singing, right from childhood.

IT was merely a hobby when she discovered it could earn her a bursary. Brenda Nankinga, one of Uganda’s contestants in the 4th season of Tusker Project Fame, has always treasured singing, right from childhood.

By Vicky Wandawa

IT was merely a hobby when she discovered it could earn her a bursary. Brenda Nankinga, one of Uganda’s contestants in the 4th season of Tusker Project Fame, has always treasured singing, right from childhood.

Whenever her family couldn’t trace her, they knew just where to look, the Sunday school choir grounds.

“I have sung since childhood and I have no idea where this love for music originated because no one else in my family sings!” Nankinga exclaims.

Following her primary studies, she joined Luweero Secondary School and discovered that her musical talent was actually a goldmine.

“I was told that if I excelled in singing, the school would foot my school fees so I worked hard at my singing with my eyes unwavering on the reward.”

Now at university, pursuing a BBA course, Nankinga still cherishes singing and auditioned for the ongoing Tusker Project Fame’s season four.

“Right from the first season, I wanted to participate but I was in high school and could not join but when season four was announced I knew it was my turn to sing and shine, it would be great exposure because I would acquire more skills and sing better.”

Her inspiration to try out for the auditions partially arose from her family who were optimistic that she would make it.

“My family knew I always loved to sing so they supported me and were very excited when I made the decision to audition. They said it would be a great opportunity for me.

She made it past the audition but has been voted out. Nonetheless, she took the disappointment with courage and didn’t lose heart.

“I was voted out during the gala night and it really felt bad but I went into the competition knowing well that there would be losers and a winner.

The other contenders in the house were really good. So since we were all good, someone had to leave and unfortunately, it was me,” Nankinga recounts.

Nonetheless, she is appreciative of the opportunity of having participated in the project and says it enhanced her singing as well as the importance of teamwork.

What I gained from Project Fame
I was taught different things I could do with my vocals that have made me a better singer. The project also helped me learn how to work in a group despite the fact that we were in a competition.

I used to be so afraid of performing by myself but now, I am very confident.
I may have lost in the Tusker Project Fame but one thing is sure; I will become a musician.
I look up to Iryn Namubiru in the Uganda music industry; I think she is really unique and creative with her voice. I would also love to sing with Weasel and Moze, those interesting boys!”

Although I missed out on winning Project Fame, I am bent on realising my dream. Like me, everybody should take a chance at what their heart desires because life is all about risks.

It also helps if you believe in yourself, in whatever you do.

My sweet voice has taken me places

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