rachel k biography
Who is Rachel Kay?

Who is Rachel Kay? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, husband, songs, Education and Background, and music of Rachel Kiwanuka.

Professionally Rachel K or Rachel Kay, born Rachel Kiwanuka is a Ugandan multi-talented musician. 

Rachel Kay has recorded several successful albums, collaborated with both local and international artists as well as touring widely throughout the region.

Besides music, Kiwanuka has also worked as a comedian and television host which made her appearances on these mainstream broadcasts as Jam Agenda and Tusker Project Fame.

Early life and Education

Rachel Kiwanuka alias Kay or K was born on 1 November 1986 to legendary Ugandan musician Halima Namakula in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA. Rachel K is the youngest girl among the family of four children. 

She was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma till 1997 when she moved to Los Angeles, California. Kiwanuka was born gifted with a natural talent of singing and dancing. 

At 7years of age, she had her first song that set off her voice talent by Whitney Houston dubbed “I’ll always Love You”. Her performance of the song was so stunning whereby her mother, Halima Namakula immediately took her in a music school to improve her voice more.

In 2005, she auditioned for American Idol and she didn’t make it but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams. 

Rachel K said, “That was a great experience which made me work harder and realized that there are other ways to make it successfully.”

February 2006, Rachel K moved to Kampala, Uganda to focus on her future as a student and an artist.

Television 

Rachel Kay alias Rachel K was a Television host on Top 8 Video Television show based in Los Angeles, California with her brother Hemdee. 

She later moved to Uganda and continued to present on the popular Television show Jam Agenda on WBS Television. She became the best TV personality according to Teeniez Buzz Awards where she won the award 2 years in a row.

Kiwanuka was also part of the Tusker Project Fame season 3 Judges together with Sanyu FM presenter Crystal Newman, artist Matthew Nabwiso who is the lead vocalist with the Misty Jazz Band and Soul Beat Africa Band. 

She also hosted MultiChoice standup comedy Uganda in 2009.

rachel k and mother halima namakula
Rachel K, was discovered by her mother, also a popular Ugandan artist Halima Namakula.

Dancer

Rachel Kay also Rachel K has been a dancer for 11 years and she’s one of East Africa’s best dancer from contemporary African to hip hop. 

As a senior, Rachel holds dance sessions at Hotel Africana and offers private lessons in choreography. She also trains Halima Namakula’s dancers for every show performance.

Events host/MC

The British Council chose Rachel K to host the WAPI event that is held once a month at Hotel Africana People’s Space where young talents showcase through words and pictures. 

Rachel was appointed to host the Arapapa Fashion week attended by children.

Film career

She has acted in many schools plays for High school in the USA. She has also played a role in musical Ugandan play, Dawn of the Pearl at National Theatre featuring Annet Nandujja and Halima Namakula.

Music career

Rachel Kiwanuka, on stage commonly known as Rachel K, was discovered by her mother, also a popular Ugandan artist Halima Namakula who also signed her to her first record deal under her record label called No-End Studios.

Under this record label, Rachel recorded her first single “Every Time” produced by Henry Kiwuwa and Deno. Rachel K performed with fellow artist Iryn Namubiru in 2006 during her unplugged performance at Club Silk Lounge. 

She also collaborated with Rwandese famous RnB musician Tom Close and also had hit-songs that had major airplay on MTV Base ‘Every Time’ and ‘I Love the way’. 

Rachel Kay was also part of the group that recorded Pepsi’s World Cup theme song “Oh Africa” in 2010 featuring Keri, Hilson, Akon and Soweto Gospel Choir. The theme song was written by the Hip hop duo Rocky City and produced by Prettiboifresh.

Pepsi launched “Oh Africa” in the same year 2010 at Club F1 in Uganda. It was in 2011 when Rachel K gave a farewell concert when she decided to go back to college in Fine Arts. And in 2012, she tried out for American Idol and made it past the first round.

She has featured artists like Young Nick, Radio and Weasel, Cindy, Bobi wine, Unique, Karyn and Iryn Namubiru.

Awards 

  • 2010 Diva Awards – International Female Artist of the year (‘Oh Africa’ song ft Akon and Keri Hilson)
  • 2010 Diva Awards – Video of the year
  • 2008 Buzz Teeniez Award – Teens Best TV Personality of the year.
  • 2007 Buzz Teeniez Awards – Teens fresh/breakthrough artist of the year
  • 2007 Buzz Teeniez Awards – Teens Best TV Personality of the year.

Nominations 

  • 2011 Museke Online Africa Music Awards (MOAMA) – Voters Choice for ‘Feel Me’
  • 2012 EWorld Music Awards – Rock/Heavy/Mental/Punk ‘Feel Me’

Rachel K Songs 

  • I love the way ft Young Nick
  • Liar ft Young Nick
  • Maisha ft Karyn & Unique
  • Unaniumiza ft Radio & Weasel
  • Every time 
  • Muyaye ft Iryn Namubiru
  • Feel Me
  • Pinduula
  • Love
  • Is it me ft Bobi wine
  • Home
  • Application ft Ms Triniti
  • Sere ft Lamyia & Naija Boyz

Concerts performed

  • 2011 Rachel K Farewell concert
  • 2007 Shell end of year party
  • 2007 CHOGM people’s space 
  • Sheraton Hotel Valentine’s party
  • British Council of Business Forum
Rachel Kay Biography
She has recorded several successful albums, collaborated with both local and international artists.

Controversies 

#1. Rachel K on George Floyd protests.

Due to the ongoing protests in the USA that were sparked off by the controversial death of former American footballer George Floyd at the hands of police, Rachel K has shown concern for her brothers’ safety.

Through her post, the singer showed worries about her three brothers’ lives and keeps praying that they don’t fall victims to the police and end up being tortured like the late George Floyd.

She posted, “these are my 3 older brothers. Happily married. Loving fathers. Living in AMERICA and BLACK. I’ve been thinking in my heart about their safety and everyday life and PRAY they don’t run into the police. Any Small Interaction could lead to another #georgefloyd. There needs to be a change. We must speak out our frustrations. We are angry and just want to feel SAFE again in our streets. PROTECTED. Speak up and let’s continue to march for the black sisters and brothers because we matter.”

#2. Rachel K warns Fresh Daddy over son’s fame.

She posted, “I feel like he is riding off his son’s fame. The son is talented, young and he (Fresh Daddy) is taking advantage of that spotlight. I feel like he should have just been behind and supported. I actually thought it was a joke. I didn’t really think it was a serious thing for him taking on the music industry.”