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Chandiru Leila – The living music legend

FEATURE |THE NORTHERN LINK UG: Here is a plethora of Lugbara songs by a notable female artist. Arguably one of the forever Best Solo Divas from West Nile alongside international award-winning Susan Kerunen [Alur] whose ‘kufika’ arrived onto the scene in the first decade of the 21st Century.

These artists have influenced and inspired generations of folk music artists and songwriters

Chandiru leila sings a lot about domestic relations, work, and societal issues just like the fantastic Lugbara female duo of Betty & Gladys who are based in the UK.

Growing up in West Nile, You’d often hear one thing people say about Chandiru Leila is that her voice is beyond belief; and if her voice doesn’t flatten your heart in one note, her message in the song is sure to mesmerize.

Leila is more in the singer-song composer vein, touching on all the intensely personal issues which come along with its inspiration and information generation after generation of women and men through their mastery of relationship and traditional folk joints.

Leila’s song like ‘Embeleke’,  an uplifting song for people with low self-esteem. It does not matter what job you do, whether ‘kyeyo’ (Luganda for a sweeping job in a foreign land) or fishing, as long as you eat from it. So if anyone mocks you, just know that they are like ‘Embeleke’ (Lugbara for Chimpanzee). When Gorillas see the red bottom of their friends, they laugh as though they do not have one. Do you get the wisdom now? When someone laughs at or talks ill about your job or anything else related to you, just remember they forget that there is a lot to say about theirs too. The message in this song is similar to the Gospel in Matthew 7:5 which warns, “You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Chandiru performs the song with a male colleague, some of the filming for the music video was done on the Northern Bypass in KLA City.

‘Malaya Nyama’ featuring Geoffrey Atiku is a lamentation about a man who spent all his money on a prostitute and got nothing but poverty out of the affair. He used to fly in a plane, cruise in a Benz, and sleep at the Sheraton Hotel plus play with money but now he doesn’t because the prostitute ‘fleeced’ him but she replies by saying that she did not force him to give her the money. The man wants her back but she can’t return to him since he is now poor.

At least 80% of Leila chandiru’s songs carry along with inspiration which makes her exceptional and one of the singers Northern Uganda shall live to celebrate. other songs include ‘Ikuma Ku’, ‘Chapiri’, ‘assi Onzi’, ‘Arua andera’ among others. Link in Bios

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