Sheebah Karungi

Sheebah Artist of the Year (2016-2017, 2017-2018).jpg
Sheebah Karungi
Sheebah Artist of the Year (2016-2017, 2017-2018).jpg
Sheebah Karungi

(1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 32)

Sheebah Karungi (born November 11, 1989) is a Ugandan musician, dancer and actress who debuted her acting career in Queen of Katwe as Shakira. After quitting Obsessions, a dance group she joined in 2006, she rose to recognition upon the release of her hit single "Ice Cream". In 2014, she released her debut project Ice Cream, a five-track EP which did well commercially and led her to win back-to-back HiPipo Music Awards Best Female Artist in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She also won the Artist of the Year award twice, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 at the HiPipo Music Awards.

Life and career

Sheebah Karungi was born and raised by a single mother in Kawempe, a division of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. After completing her basic education at Kawempe Muslim Primary School, she dropped out of school in senior two when she was a student of Midland High School, Kawempe.[1] At the age of 15, she started dancing for money after she joined a dance group called Stingers before she left the group for Obsessions Music Group in 2006.[2] At Obsessions she developed an interest in music, recording two songs before she left the group for a solo career in music.[3][4]

In 2010, she released "Kunyenyenza", her first official single, produced by Washington with writing credit from Cindy. She went on to release another song titled "Bulikyekola", featuring vocals from KS Alpha and Prince Fahim and then "Baliwa" featuring Coco Finger. It was until she released "Automatic", a song written by Sizzaman, that her solo career experienced a major turnaround. Upon the success of "Automatic", she teamed up again with Sizzaman to release "Ice Cream" to massive airplay and positive reviews before she went on to release another hit single, "Twesana".[5][6]

In 2014, she released her first musical project, Ice Cream, a five-track EP which contained hit singles including "Ice Cream" and "Jordan". The EP was well received and helped win her Best Female Artist at the 2014 and 2015 HiPipo Music Awards.[1]

Her second project was titled Nkwatako.[7]

Sheebah held Nkwatako Concert in 2016 and Omwoyo Concert in 2018 at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Both concerts were organized by her management, Team No Sleep. Omwoyo Concert was choreographed by Cathy Patra who has choreographed and appeared in most of her videos. On her second concert, Omwoyo, Sheebah was criticized for her low vocal ability as a live performer.[8][9]

Sheebah is also a business woman. Under her Sheebah Investments program, she has opened a number of businesses around Kampala including The Red Bar, Red Events (co-owned with dancer Cathy Patra), a hair extension business called Sheebah by Natna and others.[10][11]

Sexual Harrasment

Sheebah Karungi shared a video of herself on her social media platforms furiously revealing how a certain man who had armed bodyguards sexually harassed her before a performance. In the video, Sheebah narrates how a man acted inappropriately in front of her team before she stepped on stage during one of her performances.[12]



Studio albums

  • Nkwatako (2016)
  • Karma (2017)
  • Samali 2021[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Queen Of Katwe Shakira Alongside Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/nominated work Result Ref
The Uganda Music Awards Female Artist of The Year Herself Won [14]
2018 Abryanz styles and fashion awards Fashionable music video of The Year Herself/Mumy Yo Nominated [15]
2017 Zzina Awards Artist of The Year Herself Won [16]
Female Artist of The Year Herself Won [16]
Best Collaboration of The Year Sheebah & Ykee Benda Won [16]
Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards Fashionable Music Video of the Year (Uganda) "The Way" Nominated
2016 Most Stylish Female Artiste (Uganda) Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best African Female Artist Herself Nominated [17]
Zzinna Awards Best Female Artist Won [18]
4th HiPipo Music Awards Won [19]
Best Artist Nominated [20]
Best Afropop Song "Nipe Yote" Nominated [20]
"Otubatisa" Nominated [20]
East Africa Best Video "Siri Zari" Nominated [20]
Video of The Year Won [21]
Uganda Entertainment Awards 2016 Best Female Artist Herself Won [22]
Artist of the Year Nominated [22]
Best Dance/Live Performance Nominated [23]
Best Dancehall Artist Nominated [23]
Video of the Year "Nkwatako" Nominated [24]
2015 3rd HiPipo Music Awards Best Female Artist Herself Won [25]
Artist of the Year Nominated [26]
Best Duo Group Artist Herself with Pallaso Nominated [26]
Song of the Year "Twesana" Nominated [26]
Best Ragga Dancehall Song "Mundongo" with Pallaso Nominated [26]
Best Afrobeat Song "Twesana" Nominated [26]
Best Afropop Song "Go Down Low" with Pallaso Won [27]
Uganda Entertainment Awards 2015 Best Female Artist Herself Won [28]
Best Dancehall Artist Nominated [29]

Associated Acts

  1. Ykee Benda
  2. Fik Famaica
  3. Roden Y Kabako
  4. Chance Nalubega
  5. Runtown
  6. Solidstar
  7. Carol Nantongo
  8. Meddy
  9. Alvin Kizz
  10. The Ben
  11. John Blaq
  12. Grenade Official
  13. Irene Ntale
  14. Selector Jeff
  15. Orezi


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  2. ^ Johnson Grace Maganja (24 July 2015). "Uganda: Sheebah Will Live Her Dreams, No Matter What". The Observer. AllAfrica. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Edgar. R. Batte (3 July 2014). "Sheebah came from rock bottom". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "I have never thought of being a wife - Sheeba". New Vision. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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  8. ^ "Sheebah's Nkwatako Concert Sells Out". Spurzine. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  9. ^ Sejjombwe, Isaac. "Omwooyo concert: How live band, outrageous outfits outshone Sheebah". Sqoop. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  10. ^ Muriisa, Habre. "Sheebah Karungi Finally Launches Her Hair Extension Business". Chano8. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  11. ^ Kisitu, Herman. "Sheebah Launches Red Events, Her 4th Business Besides Music". The Times Ug. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
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  13. ^ Kigundu, Abraham. "Sheebah Karungi Releases 'Samali' Music Album". Blizz. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
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  27. ^ "Winners of the 3rd HiPipo Music Awards". HiPipo Awards. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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  29. ^ Alfred Ochwo (7 September 2015). "Lutalo, Benon Kibuuka shine at Uganda Entertainment awards". The Observer. Retrieved 28 August 2016.