Angela Nabuufu, known for her stage name, Ang3lina, is a young and talented UK-based female singer. At a very young age, she learned several instruments, which set her on course for the path she’s currently threading. She made her debut in 2013 when she released her first single dubbed “Sigwa kukoma”. “Sigwa Kukoma” means never-ending and it was produced by Paddyman under the umbrella of Audio One Records.
In an age where music has taken new turns – out of the norm, it is however expedient for new age artists to create out of the ordinary. Ang3lina is one of such artists who is carefully reshaping the narrative of Ugandan music.
Her popularity and prominence grew when she released her hit song “Ghetto Lovin” which was produced by reign at buddies studios. It circulated all through Kampala. It is no doubt that she has more promising content yet to be released. In this exclusive interview, Lambo Xtra hooked up with this talented hallmark of peculiarity as she unveiled her forthcoming projects.
How has the journey been like since you started on this path?
It’s been a compelling journey of highs and lows. At my lowest points, I’ve been able to bring myself right back up and even surprise myself. When I look back at my 18 young self and the first video that I ever shot, I can pat myself on the back and genuinely say I am proud of myself and what I have achieved over the years as an Independent Female Artist.
What can you highlight as your major artistic inspiration?
Everyday life. The constant daily battles and obstacles we overcome.
Since your last single; “Fantasize,” what new project(s) should your fans look forward to?
Just a couple days ago, I released a new single “Mercy” and featured one of Jamaica’s old school legends “Honorebel“. It’s available to stream on all digital outlets. It’s a vibe! Everyone should just watch out for the video. That’s coming very soon!
Why do you call yourself “That Girl From Uganda”?
One of my popular songs “Go down” was actually the very first time I used the line “That Girl from Uganda“. It’s the first line you hear at the very beginning of that song. The idea of singing those words came so naturally. We had finished recording the entire song and I needed to record an intro. So I free-styled the intro and it just worked. After we put out the song, it did so well back in East Africa, everyone started calling me “That girl from Uganda“, all the blogs, all my fans, the DJs, the MCs, you name it lol. It literally stuck to them. So I never looked back since haha. Whenever you hear “That girl from Uganda” in a track, you know what time it is!
How can you describe the acceptability of your music in the UK?
I think it’s fair to say I have a wider audience back home and in East Africa. My team and the people I work with are back home. But we are looking to expand ourselves and start looking at the bigger picture!
What major challenges have you experienced in your journey?
I’ve taken a lot of breaks during my career to focus on other aspects of my life. The longest break I ever took was over a year. The comeback from being so silent in the industry, I think has always been a tough challenge for me. Because it’s almost like starting from scratch again. Having to win over an audience all over again. Some fans might have lost hope in you because you’ve disappeared for a while. So the challenge for me is going to the studio and convincing myself that the song I’ve produced and am about to release is big enough for everyone to click with me again after being absent for a period. It’s an emotional/mental challenge I’ve been through each and every time.
What advice can you give to the up and coming who currently look up to you?
God enables you with a gift or a talent and it’s up to you how you use it. But in order for you to fully utilize that gift or talent, you literally have to be a full-time fan of your own craft. So in other words, you have to 100% believe in yourself. You can never persuade a crowd or a bunch of people that don’t know you to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. It starts with you.