Angella Katatumba the Ugandan Songtress By Jane Musoke-Nteyafas
First published: August 2, 2006

learnt singing and tuning of my voice from Whitney (Houston). I get the low and husky feel from Toni (Braxton), but there is also a lot of Deborah Cox in my sound," she once said. "I'm a power ballad singer. I know the market here is different, but that's who I am. I'm not trying to sound like anyone. I'm Angella Katatumba."

Although she is relatively new to the Ugandan music scene, she has already been referred to as "Uganda's best secret" as well as Uganda's soul sensation. She has taken Uganda by storm with her magical voice. The Kenyan-born, Ugandan R&B ballad songstress is the only daughter of the Honorary Consul of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Uganda, H.E Boney Katatumba and Gertrude Katatumba, who are the proprietors of AFK beauty Clinic at Grand Imperial Hotel as well as Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, Uganda.

Tuesday, November 09th, 2010

A day with Angella Katatumba by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256-782233273)

Broadly acknowledged for her Humanitarian and Entrepreneurship works, Angella Katatumba is an artist in a class of her own because she uses her music to tackle issues like wars, peace, love care and conserving the climate.

It’s partly for this reason that the British Council appointed her as the International Climate Change Icon in Uganda.
This is even why international Television Channels like CNN, Aljazeera and VOA (Voice Of America) approached her for several interviews concerning Uganda and this was because of her “For You Gulu” Awareness Project that helped transform the war-affected people of Northern Uganda.

She’s a Humanitarian, an artist, a song writer, a hotelier (managing Hotel Diplomat) in Muyenga and the Managing Director URED (Uganda Real Estates Developers).

Thursday, December 09th, 2010

Angella to represent at the world climate change summit by 1544c Ssejjombwe.(+256-782233273)

2010 will perhaps go down Angella Katatumba’s memory lane because of her achievements ever since the year began.

British Council appointed her the climate change Icon in Uganda added to using her “let’s Go green” track as the theme song for the climate change project in the region.

Due to the success of Angella’s track, she was selected to represent the country in the 16th summit on climate change in Cancun, Mexico on a night that will feature high profile heads of states from different parts of the world.

The Diva will as well perform to the guests especially since her “Let’s Go green” track is the theme song for the whole campaign.
Angella traveled to Southern America last week although the campaign kicked off on the 29th and is to climax on the 10th of this respective month.

Way to go Diva and musicuganda wishes you all the best in your endeavors.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Angella Katatumba drags ACCU to court by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256 782233273)

Angella Katatumba, under her humanitarian project “Let’s go green” has dragged the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) to the courts of Law for defamation. This came after they used her “let’s go green” song in a radio advert without consulting her and for that, ACCU will have to pay 150m.
She dragged them to the commercial court maintaining that they never asked for her permission to use her song before the advert was aired out on various radio stations. She says this affected her image and market since her fans found it provocative. The reigning Diva’s role model of the year also added that despite the daily calls she receives from high profile people to drop the case, she’s determined to see this matter to the end.“After hearing the advert, I was so furious that I immediately contacted my lawyers to get into this matter. I want sh 150m from ACCU for the damages caused. This will help in setting a trend that artists should be respected and not taken for granted. It would have been a lot easier and cheaper if they had contacted me earlier.” Angella concluded.”

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Angella releases “So Close”

With her voice, she has managed to touch the hearts of many and heal so many. She has set up a foundation called the Angella Katatumba Foundation so she can be able to do more. Back to her music… Angella has released a new single “So Close”. It was written by herself and produced by Legend P at Fenon Studios. The song is basically a love experience in the dance genre. Am sure every woman at one point has been through such and experience you are in love and cannot live without that one person.

Click here to listen to So Close

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Angella Franklin Katatumba, a Ugandan by nationality was born on February 21st in Nairobi Kenya. She is the daughter of the Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Uganda, H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba and Gertrude Katatumba the proprietor AFK Beauty Clinic Kabalagala. Angella has seven brothers including a twin brother called Rugiirwa and an older sister living in Atlanta, Georgia.

She went to primary education in Uganda at the Katatumba Academy, from 1986 – 1994 then went to Belmont Senior Secondary School from 1994 -1996 in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, where she obtained a Public Relations Diploma. She then went to Oxford Brookes University, England where she got Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Law from 1996-1999. Also at Oxford Brookes University, England she continued on to obtain a Masters in International Management / Public Relations in 1999 - 2000.

After university in England, Angella moved to Chicago, Illinois in the US, where she had several well paying and prestigious jobs in the hospitality industry. She worked at; Buca Di Beppo Restaurant from 2001- 2002, Isaac Hayes Restaurant in 2002 – 2003 also in Chicago and at Majestic Star Casino from 2003 - 2004 in Chicago Illinois, USA

When Angella moved back home to Uganda in 2005, she started working as the Managing Director at her father Dr. Boney Katatumba’s Hotel called Hotel Diplomate in Kampala, Uganda. She is still currently the MD of the hotel.

Angella also started to professionally record her music in Uganda. So far she has recorded two Albums and is working on her third. Angella has made singing in English a priority since she started in Uganda; this is because she has always had the global market in mind

The first album is titled PEACE (a 10 track album with songs like: For You Gulu, Peace - a duet with Butcherman, Sikyettagga - a duet with Bebe Cool, I live For You, Let Me, I surrender, One Minute Man a duet with Bebe Cool, Success, Standing in the Rain and I Live For You Remix.

The Second album is titled Glad I'm Alive, a 10 Track Albumwithsong's like Feel Alright a duet with Navio, Glad I'm Alive, Thank You, The Pledge, Without You, Wind Beneath Your Wings, A Better Place a duet with First Love, Forgivenes, Ngenze Noono and Gwenjagala.

The third Album is titled In The Air, Angella is working on completing this album. It so far has songs like Together Forever, Let’s Go Green a duet with Keko, In the Air a duet with Keko and Only You. Angella’s intention is to make it a 10 Track Album.

In addition to music, in 2006 to present, Angella started an NGO called the Angella Katatumba Development Foundation which is the umbrella of two of Angella’s projects.

The first is her extremely successful “For You Gulu” Project. The For You Gulu project’s intention is through her music to raise awareness about the plight in Northern Uganda and to collect anything in kind to help the people of the war torn regions. After the massive success of her For You Gulu project, Angella, under her foundation continues to raise awareness for the suffering people in Uganda and eventually Africa.
The second is Angella’s “Let’s Go Green campaign”. After the tremendous success of Angella’s For You Gulu project, in 2010 the British Council approached Angella with an endorsement deal and appointed her the International Climate Change Icon in Uganda. Her purpose was to spearhead again, through her music the awareness of climate change in Uganda. This project has also been extremely successful and has seen Angella globe trot to different parts of the world, she recently returned from Cancun Mexico where she attended the Gobal Climate Change summit where she performed for heads of states and other dignitaries her Let’s Go Green song which was being used as one of the theme songs at the global summit. She also goes to the villages in Uganda and especially in schools to preach about climate change.
Angella has so far with God’s grace accomplished a number of achievements namely:

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ON MAY 12TH 2011- Chose Angella to make history by being the first artist to ever accompany the police, army and prisons bands by singing the Uganda National Anthem for the first time ever in front of 11 heads of state.
DEUSCHWELLES TV (DWTV) Feb 2011 – Featured on DWTV on the Let’s Go Green Campaign’s success.
2010 – April 1st 2011– To use my status as a musician and a humanitarian to promote
 the awareness of Climate Change in Uganda.
ALJAZEERA TV Feb 2010      - Featured on Aljazeera’s Hot Spot Program regarding my music career and my “For You Gulu” Project
VOA November 10th 2009    - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding my success as a   singer

VOA September 22nd 2009   - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding “For You Gulu” Project
VOA August 29th2007           - Featured on VOA, Straight Talk Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project
CNN Oct 27th 2006                - Featured on Inside Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project
Last King of Scotland (Oscar Wining Movie) 2006 - Played the part of “Beautiful Woman Number 1”
Diva Awards                              - Humanitarian Diva Dec 2010 & Role Model Diva Dec
Office of the Prime Minister of the Government Of Uganda: - Peace Award For You
Gulu Project Sept 2010
Record TV Uganda                     - Woman of Power Award 2009
Buzz Teens Award                     - Ugandan Teens Role Model in 2007 and 2008
Kampala Rotaract Award          - Humanitarian Award for my “For You Gulu” Project in 2007
Music Talent Show Awards       - For winning singing contests in Canada and Oxford 1994 - 2000