Meet Sister Slave
Her real name is Lillian Barbara Nabulime Kyeyune. She has been leaving in the United Kingdom and Portugal, happily married and had one daughter.
Why the name Sister Slave? I have been using this name since I was about 14years old. It started off as a nick name, at school, Trinity College Nabbingo, some of my mates used to say that I worked too hard, like a slave for no pay! I thought it sounded cool with the word sister, to make Sister Slave. Ironically, it represents freedom.
Date of Birth: I am not telling- Keep guessing my age. I am sure someone will get it right.
Education Background: I started off in Buganda Road Primary School, where I joined the school choir. My parents did not like the idea because they wanted me to concentrate on academic subjects more. After Primary school, I went to Trinity College Nabbingo, where I did my ‘O’ & ‘A’ levels. I was in the same school, for 6 years! How boring! I knew all the teachers and vice versa. I loved school though. I think about those days with loads of Nostalgia.
At College, I was elected as the Social prefect and this was all about entertainment, it was wonderful to prepare and stage shows and get involved in entertainment.
Musical Background: In the 1990s I used to perform with Da Hommies during vacations and also perform at Sharing Hall; it was all a big buzz.
I recorded my first hit, called zonked man and another called body trader, and Cool Manly man, thanks to Messe, Ragga Dee.
During my senior six vacations, I used to go to Afrigo studios in Kibuli, where four fabulous guys and we formed a group called the gents, under the lovely Tim kizito. The group comprised on Karim Jeans, Titan Takuba, Luther T and Myself. We had an album out and one of the songs, Cinderella did very well on the local music scene. We did a few tours, and used to sing at Sabrina’s Karaoke, curtain rising for a number of international acts, including Shaggy, Chaka Demus.This went on until about my second year at university, but I think every one got busy with other projects and maybe we needed time to grow. We disintegrated, in the most amicable way possible, but ‘Hey guys, I would like to meet up one day! It will be fun.’
After College I went to Makerere University where I did my Bachelors in Mass Communication. University was endless partying for me, although I had to balance this with my studies. I did not take the free education for granted, because I know that some students were paying millions per term. Much as I partied, I took my studies extremely seriously and used to spend hours in the library catching up.
While at University I was elected as the entertainment Minister for Complex hall(CCE). This was another opportunity for me to do what I love best. We staged a number of shows, got exposed to the big world! I took it on with so much zest!
After The Gents, I got involved in live bands. I was first spotted by Andreas Fredrichs at Buffallo bills, he had me sing a Toni Braxton song( Breath Again) when I got off stage, he introduced himself asked if I would like to join a blues band called Cross Roads.. I thought he was having a laugh, because, I did not have much experience with live bands. But he was very good and it all took off in a massive way. We had gigs all the time at Nile Hotel, Rhinos pub, Just Kicking, viper room, Hill Crest, Corporate events, Kaos and many more, it was non stop excitement for me. Andreas and the guys were fantastic and very professional. The late Carol Nakimera (RIP) also used to sing in the band. I love singing Blues music to this day. While in the band, I met other talented musicians, like, Saidi, James Onen, and Gordon Begumisa, Kanta. It was all good fun and learning.
We then started another band called Blue moon, and this was a jazz band, that performed in pretty much the same places. I did not spend a long time with Blue Moon, and shortly went back to Cross roads.
Closer to finishing my studies I worked at Radio Simba as a journalist. It a great job! And I was lucky to land it before I even finished university.
While there, I met some immensely talented people, like Charles Ssenkubuge, Peter Ndaula, the late Ekodelele and Tony Ssengo (RIP). I also met Alex Mukulu, and performed in his Play Dances of poverty. Before this time, I had never realised how demanding acting is. Singing is so much easier. With drummer Dutch and guitarist Eko, we composed a song called Dance with Poverty. It was a very interesting time, but I did not record the song.
There Alex introduced me to Radio Active, a missionary family with whom I recorded the Song, Cry of a Continent. Around this time, I left Uganda for the UK where I did Masters in Kingston University.
My study life is on going with, Housing finance. Music and learning are very intriguing, essential and always on going for me.
UK: For me it is mixed emotions in the UK, I think that Uganda always wins hands down, but the UK has been good for my life and growing up. I am no longer spoilt and I have learnt to live without support from mum and dad.
On the Music scene, I have performed with Pamela Maynard, a number of gospel shows and won a number of singing competitions and done weddings and clubs.
I have also performed in East London, with Ragga Dee. It can get quite hectic.
I recorded a number of songs in Luganda, but I would like to compile them for an album when I return, hopefully some time this summer.
Influences: Many good musicians inspire me, from Blues to Dancehall to Rock ‘n’ roll. Bring it on. I like people that sing and feel a song. people like Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, and Toni Braxton are Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Angelique Kidjo, Tuck& Patti the late Brenda Fassie.( The list is endless!!)
Releases: I am in the process of recording an album with GWM media but I have done a song called Musonso (means a Rat). In context, it is about a cheating man and the woman he is cheating with is the one referred to as the rat. I intend to record the album, by the end of this summer, God willing.
Sister Slave by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256-078-2-233273)
She’s regarded as a business woman in the UK but down here in Uganda, she’s perhaps the next big name in the music industry having made her mark with hits like “Hit and Run” alongside Prosy Patra.
Lilian Kyeyune Nabulime Buttle a.k.a Sister Slave is a multi-talented Ugandan-UK based musician who has been in the music industry since the mid 1990s.
Having recorded her first single in 1997 as a student at Nabingo, Sister Slave has a fourteen track album called “Mumpowe” that has songs like Baila, Wickedest, Sikyakudila, Mumpowe and Ndiwano already done.