#IWD: Celebrating Juliana’s ‘Woman’ Song Which Ignites Women’s Strength & Resilience.

The Ugandan music industry has made major moves in a short while since its informal inception some three decades ago. Megastars and subgenres have been created and our music has become regionally enjoyed. These achievements have taken place overtime and are no walks in the park but have happened by generational and immense creative toiling which had taken not just the artiste and a village, but a team of competent music industry players, toiling away behind the scenes to make it become reality. The 8th of March is International Women’s day, a day set out to celebrate the achievements of women in any and all aspects of life.

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While it’s important to celebrate Ugandan women breaking boundaries all the time, today provides a special opportunity to put the focus on a range of one of the female forces in our entertainment industry who used her work to empower her fellow women and also telling the whole world how truly amazing all women in this world are. She is none other than the legendary Ugandan singer Juliana Kanyomozi who is one of the most popular contemporary musical artists in East Africa today and her 2015 song, WOMAN could very well be Uganda’s theme song of International Women’s Day! This song presents a very soft approach to female empowerment in its lyrical content, musical style and music video.

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“I try to sing songs that will bring out the best in all of us women and keep us close together. I think about saying the things that women want to say but sometimes are not confident enough to say. I am going to continue to sing those songs that give women strength so as they believe in themselves”, Juliana said at the time this song was released. Juliana has always been an inspiration and a voice for women both in her music and the projects she has worked on such as Tusker Project Fame where she was a judge for four consecutive seasons. She is one of the most awarded female singers in East Africa and in 2015 after she released Woman, telecommunications giants Airtel Uganda named her one of the most influential women in Uganda.

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