Rema Namakula Talks All Things Music, Success and Love
Ugandan songstress Rema Namakula, famed for her song Akatonotono makes her grand debut on Coke Studio Africa’s fourth season this year, paired with Nigerian artiste 2Baba (2Face Idibia). She will also join a host of African superstars to collaborate with the show’s guest star – American international R&B and Hip Hop singer/actor Trey Songz, on a song that will feature in the season finale.
Love For Kids
Rema revealed that if she did not end up being a musician, she would have probably become a pediatrician: “I love taking care of kids.”
As a young mother, she talked about the challenges when one is on tour as a musician: “It’s not easy to be a travelling mum but I try.”
On upcoming collaborations, apart from 2Baba, Rema mentioned that she might be collaborating with Coke Studio Africa 4 artiste Eddy Kenzo and an undisclosed Kenyan artiste. She teased: “I love to give my fans surprises, I will let you know.”
I have a new album called Nuela (Be Strong) coming out this year, inspired by life and featuring some dancehall songs: “Many things happen in life and no matter the case – you have to be strong.”
She said of the new season of Coke Studio Africa: “I feel so good to be the one representing Uganda on Coke Studio Africa and it’s still unbelievable that I will be working with Trey Songz. It’s going to be a beautiful collaboration with 2Baba too – all my fans better be watching.”
Secret to success
Rema said she comes from a humble background, and is a practicing Muslim. She pegs her success on hard work and explained: “I take a step at a time and also believe in God…I love my God. If you (upcoming artistes) are lucky to meet the right people then everything will happen. If not - you need to work and pray hard.”
Language & Music
“Although it’s hard for me to speak Swahili you can’t talk about me in Swahili without me understanding – I can listen,” she revealed, saying her fans should expect more Swahili songs from her soon.
“I have been singing all my life and I have to say that God blessed me with a very strong voice,” Rema said. She intimated that she was majorly inspired by Good Music Crew to start music.
Never Enough Love
As for fan love - it’s never really enough for Rema, who urged her fans: “Give me more love!” Rema cited Eddy Kenzo, Chameleone, Radio & Weasel and Bebe Cool as the Ugandan artistes who receive the most adoration in East Africa.
When asked what she looks for before doing a musical collaboration, she said: “They have to be good, talented and have a good personality. They need to be down to earth as music is a feeling. What you feel is what you produce.”
Rema capped it all by saying that when she finally wins a Grammy Award, she would definitely thank her fans and family first.