Spice Diana

Spice Diana
Born
Namukwaya Hajara Diana

(1992-10-23) October 23, 1992 (age 28)[1]
Mpererwe, Uganda
NationalityUgandan
Other namesSpice Mummy
Alma materMakerere University, Bachelor of Indistrial Art and Design.
OccupationMusician
Parent(s)
  • Beat Nantale (mother)
Awards
  • Hipipo awards, Best Female Breakthrough Artist 2015[2]
  • YouTube Silver Creator Award[3]
  • Zzina Awards, Female Artist of the year 2021[4]
  • AFSAS, Most Stylish Female Artiste of the Year.
Musical career
GenresRhythm and Blues
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Namukwaya Hajara Diana, (born 23 October 1992) better known by her professional name Spice Diana, a.k.a. Spice Mummy is a Ugandan R&B artist. She first found mainstream success in 2014 with the hit single "Onsanula" and remained a fixture of the East African music scene with subsequent efforts like 2018's "Now" and 2020's "Kononya."[5]

Initially drawn to rap and hip-hop, Diana made the lateral move to R&B while still in her teens. The church choir and after school programs had sharpened her vocal skills, and her interest in art and fashion helped her make connections in the entertainment industry.[5]

Her 2014 debut single "Onsanula" earned her the Best Female Breakthrough Artist at the 2015 HiPipo Music Awards, and paved the way for future success like "Title (feat. Orisha Sound)" and "Omusheshe (feat. Ray G)," and the aforementioned "Kononya," which saw her team up with Tanzanian superstar Harmonize. ~ James Christopher Monger.[6] She has had several singles including "Anti Kale", "Bukete" and "Bimpe". Spice Diana has also collaborated with both local and international artists that include Pallaso, Ray G, Aganaga and Jamaican Orisha Sound among others.[7]

Early life and education

Spice Diana was educated at Kibuli Demonstration School for primary education and St Peter's Senior Secondary School for her secondary education.[8] She graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Industrial Arts.[9] Spice Diana is struggling to balance between music and school. This is because most of her lecture times collide with her musical performances.[10] Spice Diana was interviewed.[10]

Music career

Spice Diana started her music career in 2014 with her hit single Onsanula that later won her an award in 2015.[11] Prior to the year 2014, she was being managed by Dr. Fizol of Avenue Records.[7] Spice Diana has signed record labels with Twinkle Star and Humble Management before she went solo.[10] Spice Diana has many hits including "Anti Kale", "I miss you" and "Buteke".[12][13] In 2016, Spice Diana decided to organize awards to recognize her team. She named these awards the Team Spice Diana Awards. Only Spice Diana and upcoming artists performed at the award show.[14]

Singles

  • Bukete
  • Bimpe
  • Anti Kale
  • Tokombako
  • I miss you
  • Gwe Nsonga
  • Tuli Kuki
  • Nyumirwa
  • Ninze
  • Ndi Mu Love
  • Acrobatics
  • Sabatula
  • Tekinanta
  • Sitoma[15][7]
  • Omusheshe ft. [[Ray G]]
  • Kokonya ft. Harmonize (musician)
  • Kwata Wano
  • On You
  • Jangu Ondabe ft Rose Ree
  • Best Friend ft King Saha

Awards and nominations

She won Best Female Breakthrough Artist at the 3rd HiPipo Music Awards in 2015.[16] The prestigious award is based on a popularity vote from the public via Web, SMS, WhatsApp and social media voting.[17]

She won the Female Artist of the year 2021 at the Zzina Awards, the biggest online awards ceremony in Uganda as of 2021.The awards are organized by Galaxy FM in partnership with Buzz Events in Uganda's[18][19]

She also won the Most Stylish Female Artiste of the Year at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2019 that honored stars in the fashion industry in Africa. It was held on 13 December 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel in Kampala. and organiesed by Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) and sponsored by Ciroc.[20][21]

Police Brutality Incident

In 2017, Spice Diana was invited to perform at the Kampala City Festival where she was beaten up by the Uganda Police after performing one song.[22][23] The song that Spice Diana performed is called Onsanula and it has a verse which talks about the police being against the people. The lyrics may have been the cause of her beating as she stated on her Social Media Accounts.[24]

Uganda Police however alleged that the singer conjointly with her then manger, Rogers Lubega had rather violated the venue security protocol and additionally assaulted a police officer on duty, according to the then Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emillian Kayima.[25]

Spice was instantly arrested andt taken to Nkruma road Police Post from where she was later released on police bond.[25]

Police later revealed its intention to charge the Singer and her manager for allegedly assaulting the officer but they were never charged.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Spice Diana: Biography, Music, Education and Background of Namukwaya Diana Hajara". Flash Ug News. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Bebecool, Radio and Weasel dominate Hipipo awards". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Spice Diana Wins YouTube Silver Creator Award". ChimpReports. 8 June 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Uganda Online - Pallaso and Spice Diana are the 2021 ZZINA Awards top artists". www.ugandaonline.net. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b "BBC World Service - This Is Africa, Spice Diana". BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Full List of HiPipo Music Awards Winners 2015". Campus Bee. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Spice Diana". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Spice Diana". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Makerere's Spice Diana Nominated in the HiPipo Music Awards". 11 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Date with a celeb : Spice Diana on balancing music and school". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Spice Diana: 9 Things You Need To Know About Her". Lifestyle UG. 12 July 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  12. ^ "I'm Blessed Beyond Curse – Spice Diana Tells Off "Haters"". ChimpReports. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  13. ^ "UGANDA: Ugandan Singer Spice Diana Graduates - News | Mdundo.com". mdundo.com. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Spice Diana Organises Awards To Reward her Team". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  15. ^ Paavo, Riaz (23 January 2019). "Even I have lines that I can't cross – Spice Diana opens up on her relationship with Manager Roger | Matooke Republic". Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 3rd HiPipo Music Awards". HiPipo Music Awards. HiPipo. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  17. ^ https://hma.hipipo.com/vote-hma6/
  18. ^ "Uganda Online - Pallaso and Spice Diana are the 2021 ZZINA Awards top artists". www.ugandaonline.net. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  19. ^ Bm, B. (30 April 2021). "Galaxy FM Zzina Awards 2021 Full List of Winners". Galaxy FM 100.2. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  20. ^ "Jidenna,Ozwald Boateng, Shanelle Nyasiase & More Win At Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2019". BN Style. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  21. ^ 10529544_769261689792222_224470721_n (10 December 2018). "Lydia Jazmine die-hards left cursing after disappointing night at the ASFAs". MBU. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Why Spice Diana was beaten at The Kampala City Carnival Archives". Chano8. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  23. ^ Reporter, Our. "Police 'beats' singer spice Diana, moves to arrest her | edge". Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Singer Spice Diana clobbered at city carnival". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Police prefers charge against singer Spice Diana". New Vision. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  26. ^ "Singer Spice Diana to be charged with assaulting police officer". Nile Post. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2021.

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