By Mable Nakibuuka
Veteran Ugandan musician Jackie Chandiru, formerly of the Blu-3, an all-girl group, has resurrected in the music industry following years of absence.
Chandiru, who went off the music ladder after battling depression due to marital stress and substance addiction, is back with a new hit titled ‘The One’.
The club banger, in which she featured dancehall star ‘Arrow Boy’, is already doing wonders on airwaves in Uganda, East Africa and across the continent.
This is Chandiru’s second track this year after she released another one titled ‘Quarantine’, which is a awareness song about COVID-19.
With her new track ‘The One’ doing wonders on all FM stations and TV stations across the country Chandiru is surely and steadily back onto music scene and seems to be ready to push the past behind such that she can push her music career forward.
Chandiru is a Ugandan musician popularly known by the nickname “Queen Of The Nile”.
She was the lead member of the girl music group Blu-3, which included Cindy Sanyu and Lillian Mbabazi.
In 2014, she was one of the featured artists in the second season of “Coke Studio Africa”, after which she went ahead to release hit after hit.
In 2010 Jackie embarked on a solo career. In mid-2010, Jackie released her first single “Agassi” in both Lugbara (her native language) and English.
This song earned her recognition as a solo artist and earned her an award for Best RnB single in the Diva Awards.
It won the Video of the Year award in the Pearl of Africa Music Awards 2011.
She released a number of hit songs, including “Gwoyagala”, “Overdose”, “For all time”, “Bakusigula”, “‘Don’t Call His Phone”, “Gold Digger”and “Agassi”.
She has collaborated with “Sami” from Eritrea, Jose Chameleone and Navio, “Urban Boys “. She released her first album “To Live or Die” in 2010 with songs in Lugbara and English.
In October 2014, Jackie Chandiru performed at Pearl Rhythm Festival at the Uganda National Theatre alongside mostly live performers, The Magic Horns, Caesar Kajura and the city blend band, Undercover Brothers Ug, Arpeggio, Charles Obina and Matata, Kabwondera Junior Raymod Parwot, and Watmon Troupe. Her selection though was not warmly welcomed by fans of live music since Chandiru is more of a recording artiste than a live performer
After five years of a music break considering a drug addiction problem, in 2019, Jackie launched a comeback with the support of her long time Personal Assistant and Publicist Bryan Morel Muhumuza when she released two songs “Mi Ora Ku” and “Whine It”, featuring Jose Chameleone.
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