Juliana Kanyomozi

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Juliana Kanyomozi
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Juliana Kanyomozi
Born (1982-11-27) 27 November 1982 (age 32)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Mutooro
Citizenship Uganda
Education General Education
Namasagali College, Namasagali, Uganda
Occupation Musician, actress, entertainer
Years active 1998 – present
Known for Music
Home town Fort Portal
Relatives Laura Kahunde (sister)

Juliana Kanyomozi, popularly known by the mononym Juliana, is a Ugandan female musician, actress, and entertainer. She was born in Uganda on 27 November 1982. She attended Namasagali College in Kamuli District, for her high school education.[1]

Performing career[edit]

Juliana rose to fame in the late 1990s as one half of the all-girl duo I-Jay, with Iryn Namubiru. The group's single titled Vive la Vie was a popular record on Ugandan radio stations at that time. After the duo disbanded, Juliana launched a solo career.

Kanyomozi has also collaborated with Bobi Wine on songs such as: "Taata Wa Baana Yaani?" (Who is the Father of the Kids?) and "Maama Mbiire". She worked with Sweet Kid on the track "Sirinaayo Mulala" (I don't have anyone else) and with Klear Kut on the song "All I Wanna Know". At one time, Juliana hosted a morning radio program on Capital FM Radio in Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.

More recently, she has performed with Tanzanian artist, Bushoke on "Usiende Mbali" (Do not go far). She has won and been nominated for numerous music awards such as the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards, PAM, Kisima and Befta among others. In 2008, Juliana was voted "Uganda's Fashion Icon". Juliana Kanyomozi was the first female musician to win the Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) 'Artist of the Year' accolade.[2] In 2008, she made her film debut in Henry Ssali's "Kiwani: The Movie".[3] She still holds the record of having won the Artist of the year award for the two consecutive years 2008 and 2009. In 2009, she was one of the three judges at the Tusker Project Fame, an East African talent show. Also in 2009, she worked on her new album, which includes the single: "Kantambule". In March 2014 she signed with international Cosmetics Company Oriflame to be one of their East African brand ambassadors together with Lady JayDee of Tanzania and Jamila Mbugua of Kenya.[4]


Some of Juliana's most popular songs include the following:

  • Say Yes
  • Nabikoowa
  • Nkulinze
  • My heart
  • Diana
  • Alive again
  • All I wanna know
  • Seven days
  • Usiende mbali
  • Libe'esanyu
  • Kanyimbe
  • Malaika Wange
  • My Heart
  • Don't wanna try
  • Uganda National Anthem
  • I am Ugandan
  • Omutima oguluma
  • Ndi Bulungi


  • All I Wanna Know with Klear Kut
  • Taata Wa'baana Yaani? with Bobi Wine
  • Maama Mbiire with Bobi Wine
  • Usiende Mbali with Bushoke
  • A Little Bit of Love with Other Ugandan Musicians
  • Haturudi Nyuma with Kidum
  • Sirina Mulala with Sweet Kid
  • Maama with Cindy
  • Kwekunyakunya with Vamposs, Cindy & Keko
  • Alive Again Remix with Vamposs)
  • Omutima with Isaiah Katumwa
  • My Lady Remix with Jay Ghartey
  • Wooloolo with GNL
  • Chance Yo with Don MC
  • Ojja with Peter Miles
  • Guttuke with Moses Matovu of Afrigo Band
  • Mpita Njia with Alicios
  • Weebale with Other Female, Ugandan Musicians

Personal life[edit]

Juliana Kanyomozi is a cousin to King Oyo, the reigning Omukama of Toro, in Western Uganda and sister to actress Laura Kahunde. Juliana's father and King Oyo's father were biological brothers. She is single. She was the mother of a son, named Keron Raphael Kabugo who passed away on 20 July 2014. The father was her one time boyfriend Amon Lukwago, a Ugandan businessman.[5] In 2006, she had a temporary romantic relationship with US-based Ugandan boxer Kassim Ouma.[6]

Juliana has won numerous awards at the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards (HMA) and Pearl Of Africa Music Awards.


  • 2005 Kora Awards – Best East African Song – "All I Wanna Do
  • 2007 Teenz Awards – Female Artist – "Kibaluma"
  • 2008 Kisima Music Awards – Ugandan Song of the Year; (a) Afrobeat Song – "Diana"; Best Collaboration – Usiende Mbali
  • 2009 African Music Awards – Best Female Act, Best East African Act
  • 2010 Africa Music Awards – Pan African Artist – "Haturudi Nyuma"
  • 2010 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Female Artist – "Kantambule Naawe"
  • 2011 East African Music Awards – Best East African Collaboration – "Haturudi Nyuma"
  • 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Pan African Artists – "Alive Again"
  • 2011 Museke Online African Music Awards New York – Best Female Artist, Best Soul/RnB Artist & Best East African Act
  • 2011 Kisima Awards – Best East African /Song of The Year – "Haturudi Nyuma"
  • 2011 Diva Awards Uganda – Super Diva, Exceptional Video, Exceptional Song, RnB Diva – "Alive Again, Sanyu Lyange, Omutima and Libe'esanyu"
  • 2012 Kisima Awards – Best East African Collaboration – "Mpita Njia"
  • 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best RnB Song[15]
  • 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Zouk Song[16]
  • 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Artist on Social Media[17]
  • 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Female Artist[18]
  • 2014 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Female Afromix Song.[19]
  • 2014 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Artist on Social Media[20]
  • 2014 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Female Artist[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bita, George (12 October 2009). "Namasagali College Takes A Plunge". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Jude Katende, and Gilbert Mwijuke (2 November 2008). "Juliana Is Uganda's 2008 Musician". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Nassar, Nigel (27 March 2008). "Juliana Takes to the Silver Screen". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Mwijuke, Gilbert (6 November 2008). "Juliana's Winding Music Journey". New Vision. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Vision Reporters, . (20 July 2014). "'Sleep Well My Son, Till We Meet Again'". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Sserugo, Frank (19 August 2008). "'The Dream' Ouma Weds Jalia on Saturday". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Monday Times, . (February 2014). "Juliana Kanyomozi on Her Career And Life". MondayTimes.Co.Ug. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  8. ^ PAMA, . (8 October 2004). "2004 Pearl of Arica Music Awards Winners". PAM Awards Archives. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  9. ^ PAMA, . (2005). "2005 Pearl of Arica Music Awards Winners". PAM Awards Archives. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Mwijuke, Gilbert (2 November 2008). "Juliana First Female Artiste of The Year". New Vision. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ HiPipo Charts Festival
  12. ^ HiPipo Charts Festival
  13. ^ HiPipo Charts Festival
  14. ^ HiPipo Music Awards Winners 2014
  15. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2013
  16. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2013
  17. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2013
  18. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2013
  19. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2014
  20. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2014
  21. ^ HiPipo Music Awards 2014

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