Iryn Namubiru, the Diva That Hatched Healthy Competition

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Around the year 2000 when I-Jay disbanded and Iryn left for France, this more or less became Juliana territory. But Iryn was later to come back with Nkuweki, an album that not only changed the dynamics in as far as Ugandan Divas were concerned, but also hatched a healthy and productive competition.

Having attended Bugema Adventist Senior Secondary School, Namasagali College, Airways Tourism & Hotel Institute and Stendhal University in Grenoble, France; Iryn says she has always been passionate about music since childhood.

However, her semi-professional and professional career spans way back to 1995 when she joined  Ragga Dee and DJ Messe in the group 'Da Hommies', which released such singles as Bamusakata, Mukwano, Mukyala tokaba and Iryn’s very own first single “learn to love”. 

In 1999, she joined Juliana Kanyomozi, her former school mate at Namasagali College, and together they formed the R&B all-girl group called I-Jay. In 2000, they released their first single Viva La Vie and disbanded almost immediately after.

Word made rounds that the two had split on bad terms and that there was bad blood boiling between them. But this is an allegation that both Iryn and Juliana have refuted as baseless and unfounded!

 While in France, she formed the Afro-Soul group Nujeli together with Julien Grout and they released songs like Nsangi, Eko, Ensi and Baami Baffe. But these songs were not successful in Uganda. Later on, Iryn joined forces with singer Bebe Cool in the songs Simbalala and Lwaki Onzannyilako.

However, Iryn’s full force was to be felt in 2006 when she released her album Nkuweeki. This marked the beginning of her fast rise to be one of the best female musicians in Uganda. Since 2006, Iryn Namubiru has released several successful songs like Y'ono, Lwaki, Bonna Obasinga, Begombeko and Birowoozo among so many others.

Apart from sweeping awards, with 2011 probably being her most awarding year; Iryn has ensured a tangible balance and healthy competition in as far as the female wing of the Ugandan music industry is concerned!