Our Reporter Allan Gumizamu who is in Nairobi Kenya caught up with Jackie Chandiru.
Xclusive UG: The Music industry globally has been looking forward to your comeback, putting aside the past, what inspired you to get back to the studio?
Chandiru: I didn’t want to go down as someone defeated by a problem yet I always stated I was a strong woman! Music is my passion and I hadn’t fulfilled my musical dream. Also my fans wanted to see me stand up again! Many also questioned my capability for audio and visually. I wanted to shut that down!
Xclusive UG: Currently who is helping you write your music?
Chandiru: I write my work. Because only I believe I can express my innermost feelings. Though I am looking for a writer to match my imagination..
Xclusive UG:What music label are you under now?
Chandiru: I’m not under any label currently. I do have 6 offers but am still fine flying solo. Perhaps I’ll work in charge and under my own label
Xclusive UG: You’re based in Nairobi, how has it been easy for you to adjust to new environment?
Chandiru: It hasn’t been easy. I originally had no intention of trying it here but Covid got me bored and I missed music like hell!! So I said why not let me try it in Nairobi and see how this goes! On top of that. I like a good challenge! New market and start was a huge, big and difficult challenge but I wanted to do this. I set myself up
Xclusive UG: How easy is it to penetrate into Kenyan audience?
Chandiru: It was beyond difficult. Remember Kenyans love their people, they’re very patriotic. However, they loved gold digger songs so I took advantage of that. Then I hooked up with their talented Kenyan singer Mr. Lover man and Arrowbwoy!
Xclusive UG: Ugandan fans still want you to hear you sing in Luganda, any new projects in Luganda or it is purely Swahili?
Chandiru: Ofcourse something in Luganda is coming up but not full Luganda! It will have luganda, lugbara,Swahili and English..I love languages so much.
Xclusive UG: How do you compare Kenyan music competition to Uganda?
Chandiru: Ho! It’s harder here! People literally release music every 3 weeks. In Uganda you release a song, it hits and peeps remember you for over 8 months!! Here, Youneed to keep fresh in people’s minds.
Xclusive UG: Who is currently producing most of your songs
Chandiru: The famous Eazypro, Vickypondis, Ilogos music and logos…
Xclusive UG: You’re the queen of stage performance, when do you plan a mega concert?
Chandiru: Sooner than you can expect! Actually, I am planning two big concerts.
Xclusive UG: And where would you wish to hold your first public concert after the music break you’ve been into.
Chandiru: Back in Uganda at Serena, then definitely Arua.
Xclusive UG: That Quarantine song, what’s the message behind that?
Chandiru: I doubt you want to know the real message behind that! The video says it all. All that can happen in quarantine and lockdown with your lover!
Xclusive UG: We can’t go away without asking about love, is it true you’re now engaged to a loaded Kenyan man?
Chandiru: Ha-ha. I am a happy woman. That is it for now.
Xclusive UG: You once posted a ring on your Facebook, what was the message behind the post?
Chandiru: Even in sad times, good things can happen. That was the message.
Xclusive UG: In your recent interview you talked about how family dug a grave for you before death, who were these people?
Chandiru: I didn’t say family. I said people I considered close.
Xclusive UG: Do you still talk to lawyer Caleb Alaka despite the endless fights with his wife Namuli?
Chandiru: Not often however after the break up we would chat once in a while though it took a while for us to start talking again.
Xclusive UG: Any regrets ever getting involved with Alaka?
Chandiru: I try my best not to regret decisions I make. So meeting him or dating him isn’t something I regret.
Xclusive UG: What is the truth about your marriage with your Nol Vliet? Is it true he still sponsors your lifestyle financially?
Chandiru: We divorced but we remained close and spoke. He supported me for a while. Now he doesn’t support me financially but he’s my friend and we do speak oftenly.
Xclusive UG: The last time you’re in Uganda, Balaam paraded you before Ug media for financial help, was it your initiative?
Chandiru: It was purely his but I know Balaam whatever he does or did is because he cares about me.
Xclusive UG: Lastly, what is your message for your music, especially Ugandan based.
Chandiru: Nothing is impossible. A fall can be your biggest resurrection and sometimes your fall will take you to greater heights. Our God is an awesome God!!