Who is Juliana Kanyomozi? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, early life, Age, family, children, husband and music of a Ugandan female musician.
Juliana Kanyomozi is popularly known as Juliana. She is a Ugandan female musician, actress, businesswoman, an entertainer, celebrated and one of the best musicians’ in East Africa.
Kanyomozi is a multiple award-winning Ugandan pop musician, an R&B and Afro Beat Singer. A musician with adorable vocals, she was once rated one of the most beautiful Ugandan woman of all times by the Big Eye Magazine in 2013.
Juliana Kanyomozi – Early life and Education
Juliana Kanyomozi was born on 27 November 1981, in Toro Fort Portal in Western Uganda. She’s a cousin to King Oyo Rukidi IV of Toro Kingdom. Kanyomozi’s father and King Oyo’s father are biological brothers and that she is a princess of the Toro Kingdom as well.
She comes from a family of six, 2 girls and 4 boys, unfortunately, one of her brothers David passed away some time back, and one of her sisters is actress Laura Kahunde. Juliana is a Mutooro by tribe and the 2nd last born in the family.
Her father was a drummer and her grandmother was a vocalist, this clearly states that she inherited her talent from her grandmother.
Juliana grew up in a normal family with loving parents, her parents were always around, her mum was a stay home mother while dad went to work, and they could take them to church on Sundays because it was a God-fearing family.
Kanyomozi attended City Primary School current Arya Primary School for her primary school after she joined Bugema Secondary School for her O-Level education and then Namasagali College in Kamuli District for her A-Level class.
Juliana Kanyomozi – Work and Experience
Juliana Kanyomozi is one of the most gifted East African vocalists; she rose to fame in the late 1990s as one half of the all-girl duo I-Jay, with Iryn Namubiru. The group’s single titled Vive La Vie was a popular record on Ugandan radio stations at that time.
After the duo disbanded, Juliana Kanyomozi launched a solo career. She started singing professionally in the late 1990s when she was part of the millennium song that featured so many other Ugandan artists.
She started her music in the late 1990s as a karaoke singer at Hope Mukasa’s Sabrina’s pub. She then started to record her music mainly English songs. Juliana later switched from English to Luganda and her real stardom started the day she began recording Luganda songs.
Her breakthrough songs were two collaborations with Ghetto President current Kyadondo East legislator and aspiring presidential candidate Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine titled Maama Wa Baana Ya Ani and Maama Mbiire.
She recorded her first song and that time she used to perform at Sabrina’s back then in 2000. Her first album was Nabikoowa which was released in 2005 and the second Kanyimbe which was released in 2007.
In 2008, she made history as the first female artist to win the PAM Awards, Artiste of the Year accolade beating competition from Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone.
Juliana’s inspiration is Moses Matovu, given all the knowledge, experience, success and respect he has earned, he is the most humble human being she has ever met.
“When I met him to record ‘Guttuke’ I didn’t know what to say to him or how to say it. And then he made it so easy with his humility. He does not look down on people. He’s a great example for us.”
Juliana in her music journey has worked with some of the most talented people in the country, for example, Silver Kyagulanyi who wrote some of her songs, very talented songwriter called Oscar Muwonge also wrote some.
She worked with several talented producers like Steve Jean from Fenon Records, Henry Kiwuwa from No-End Entertainment, Ayde and Pato from Good-Enuff and Travis Kazibwe from Khan Records.
Juliana Kanyomozi was among the judges’ panel at Tusker Project Fame (TPF), an East African talent show and the leading singing competition in the region, from 2009 to 2013. She was also one of the selected African musicians to represent in Coke Studio Africa.
Her judging skills have been extremely appreciated by fans in the region.
She is the soft-spoken judge, full of smiles and kind remarks to the contestants on the popular Tusker Project Fame (TPF) Show. She is one of the very few female musicians who can compete favourably with Uganda’s top male musicians. She is adored across East Africa.
Her role as a judge on TPF evoked mixed reactions from the public. While some thought she was well suited for the position, others wondered if other than singing, she had any other qualification that made her eligible for the role.
Of all the negative and positive comments, Kanyomozi says, “In the first season, I had a lot of negativity around me but I never at any point took it seriously because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some only knew me as a singer, so this had to grow on them, but I have been able to prove myself with God’s blessings.”
Juliana’s experience as a TPF Judge
Juliana says her character as the judge was not planned either did she favour anyone; she only stood in the contestant’s position.
“It was a beautiful experience that availed me with the opportunity to meet a lot of people, widen my fan base and have the chance to guide talented people to the right path. I neither had favourites, nor did the judges plan on whom to say what, or comment in a particular way. We never knew what the contestants were going to sing and perform because the comments had to come naturally. I would try as hard to put myself in the contestants’ shoes and even when one made an annoying mistake, I tried to comment softly, in a sensitive way, because I aimed to guide them to the right path, not put them down.”
While in March 2014, she signed with international cosmetics company Oriflame to be one of their East African brand ambassadors together with lady JayDee of Tanzania and Jamila Mbugua of Kenya.
Film and Television
In the year 2008, Kanyomozi made her film debut in Henry Ssali’s Kiwani: a Ugandan crime thriller film, The Movie alongside Flavia Tumusiime, Hanington Bugingo and Allan Tumusiime.
She acted as Judith Pam’s (Flavia Tumusiime) Auntie, Cooperate lonely and victim of online dating scam.
Radio and Television series
2009-2013, Tusker Project Fame as a Judge. At one time, Juliana hosted a morning radio program on Capital FM Radio in Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country.
She has won at least ten Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM); she was the first female musician to win the Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) ‘Artist of the Year’ accolade.
In the year 2014, Kanyomozi won the ASFA Award in the category of Best Dressed Female Celebrity.
Still, in the same year, she won the Airtel Women of Substance Award in the category of Music Category.
Again in 2014, Kanyomozi won an Award as the Best Female Afro-Beat Song-Eddiba, in the HiPipo Music Awards. including Warid Women of Substance Award in the Entertainment Awards.
In 2013, Kanyomozi won the Warid Women of Substance Award in the category Entertainment Award.
And still, in the same year, Kanyomozi won the Kora Awards in the category of the Best Female Artist East Africa “I Am Ugandan”.
And again in the same year, she won the Super Talent Awards, Uganda in the category of Most Gifted Artist, including the BEFFTA Awards, the UK in the category of Best International Afrobeats Act.
In 2012, Kanyomozi won the HiPipo Charts Award as the Best Afro Beat Act – “Sanyu Lyange” and the HiPipo Charts Award in the Best Video Act – “Sanyu Lyange” category.
In 2011, Kanyomozi won the East African Music Awards in the category of Best Female Artist – “Alive Again”.
In the same year again she won the Diva Music Award Uganda in the category of Afrobeat Diva – “Sanyu Lyange”.
In 2010, Kanyomozi received an Award in the 2010 Tanzania Music Awards, in the category of Best East African Song – “Haturudi Nyuma” with Kidum.
In 2009, Kanyomozi won the Pearl of Africa Music Award, in the category Artist of the Year & Best RnB Artist/Group & Best Family Artist.
In 2007, she took home the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, in the category of the Best RnB Artist/Group. She still holds the record of having won the Artist of the year award for two consecutive years 2008 and 2009.
In 2006, Kanyomozi won the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, in the category Best RnB Artist/group. And in the same again she won the Tanzania Music Awards, in the category Best Ugandan Song (“mama mbire”).
In 2005, Kanyomozi won the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, in the category Best RnB Artists and Best Female, Most Inspiring Song, Best RnB Single, Best Female artiste and Song of the Year for her song Mama Mbire.
In 2004 she won Best RnB Artiste. And in 2008 she was voted Uganda’s Fashion Icon.
In 2014, Juliana Kanyomozi was nominated in the Best Female Artist, Best Female Afromix Song and Best Artist on Social Media in the HiPipo Music Awards.
In 2013, Kanyomozi was nominated the Best Female Artist, Best Artist on Social Media, Best Zouk Song and Best RnB Song in the HiPipo Music Awards.
In 2012, Kanyomozi was nominated in the Kisima Awards, Best East African Collaboration – “Mpita Njia” category.
In 2011, Kanyomozi was nominated in the East African Music Awards, Best East African Collaboration – “Haturudi Nyuma” category. She was also nominated in the Diva Music Awards Uganda, category Exceptional Video – “Sanyu Lyange”, Exceptional Song – “Omutima”, RnB Diva – “Libe’esanyu” and Best East African.
Kanyomozi in the same year was also nominated in the Kisima Awards, Song of The Year – “Haturudi Nyuma” category.
And again in the same year, she was nominated in the Museke Online African Music Awards New York, in the category of Best Female Artist, Best Soul/RnB Artist and Best East African Act.
And the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, in the category of Pan African Artists – “Alive Again” category. Again, Juliana was nominated in the Pan Africa Artist or Group category at that year’s Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA).
In 2010, Kanyomozi was nominated for Diva Awards Uganda in the category of the Best RnB Artist – “Kantambule Naawe”. Still, in the same year, she was nominated in the Africa Music Awards, category Pan African Artist – “Haturudi Nyuma”.
She has nominated again in the Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) Awards, in the Female Artist – “Kantambule Naawe” category.
In 2009, Kanyomozi was nominated in the African Awards, in the category Best Female Act, Best East African Act. In 2008, she was nominated in the Kisima Music Awards, in the category of the Ugandan Song of the Year; (a) Afrobeat Song – “Diana”; Best Collaboration – Usiende Mbali.
In 2007, Kanyomozi was nominated in the Teenz Awards, in the Female Artist – “Kibaluma” category.
Juliana Kanyomozi – Singles
Some of Kanyomozi’s most popular songs include the following:
- I’m Still Here
- Malaika Wange
- Wesigame Kunze
- Yiga Empisa
- Right Here
- Enkwanzi Yange
- Tombowa Mukwano
- Malaika Wange
- Don’t Wanna Cry
- Ondage Omukwano
- Sayi It Juliana
- Seven Days among others
- Usiende Mbali
- Mpita Njia
- Omutima Guluma
- Sanyu Lyange
- Love You Better
- Juliana ft. Bobi Wine in Taata Wa Baana Yani and Maama Mbiire
- Juliana ft. Sweet Kid in Sirinaayo Mulala
- Juliana ft. Klear Kut in All I Wanna Know.
- Juliana ft. Bushoke a Tanzania Artist in Usiende Mbali
- Juliana ft. Radio and Weasel in Engule
- Juliana ft. GNL Zamba in Wololo
- Juliana ft. Jay Gharter in Love You
- Juliana ft. Hope Mukasa in Ensonga Semasonga
- Juliana ft. Kidum in Hatutrudi Nyuma
- Juliana ft. Vampino and Cindy in Kwe Kunya Kunya
Juliana who had a couple of interesting collabos with Bushoke, Kidum and Vamposs among others, says she never plans any of this but when she meets and connects with any talented artiste, they are bound to come up with a plan.
She is also quite ambitious and ready to go international, especially since her primary goal of targeting people at home has been accomplished so far.
- Nabikoowa 2009
- Kanyimbe 2011
- Uganda Yaffe (The Renaissance)
- Bits and Pieces 2018
Juliana style in music is that she doesn’t release albums as quick as the other musicians do; she takes a while to release another song. In her explanation, she needs to give her fans time to enjoy and appreciate her music, which might be hard if they are fed with so much at a go.
Juliana Kanyomozi – Family, husband and children
Juliana Kanyomozi had a son, Keron Raphael Kabugo, who died in late July 2014 with her long-time boyfriend Amon Lukwago. Her son was asthmatic. However, the cause of death of the son was not published.
Also in 2006, Kanyomozi had a temporary romantic relationship with the United States-based Ugandan boxer Kassim Ouma.
She was once linked to having a romantic relationship with Bobi Wine.
In 2020, Juliana Kanyomozi, a popular Ugandan singer got another motherhood chance. Six years after her only son’s death, the 39-year-old singer gave birth to a baby boy.
On Wednesday evening (13 May 20), the elated Juliana announced the news through social media. In the post, the newborn son she revealed was named Taj and born Tuesday, 12-05-2020.
As far as style goes, Kanyomozi loves to try out anything from formal to informal style, as long as they are sexy and classy.
And in case you are wondering if she is the extravagant type, she says she’s not that bad when it comes to savings although once in a while, she spends on items like clothes, bags, shoes and hair when in the mood of spoiling herself.
Her concluding advice to the young generation out there is “Stay focussed and know, what you want. Never let any negative energy put you down. As long as you know what you want, mark it as the beginning of getting to the top.”
- Juliana is fun-loving
- Likes singing