Lady Titie Audio Playlist
Lady Titie was Born in Bakuli, Kampala, to single mother, Zaali Bajanja, Titie attended Kampala Parents School, Ndejje Secondary School and Taibah High School. Among her seven siblings, she is the only one in
“When I was nominated for the PAM Awards in 2003, I went back home for the first time, since I needed to go with my mother for the ceremony.
I thought she would still be angry with me but she was so happy to see me.”
Luckily, she took the Award for Female Artiste and the Best Live Single Award.
However, her mother urged her to complete her education and to make her happy, Titie studied Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Ndejje University, from 2004 to 2007 but has never practiced. The artiste is protective of her three children, and it helps that they do not like the limelight either.
In 2006, Eddie Sendi, her music manager, told her of an open slot on Beat FM. She was skeptical. “I was not fluent in Luganda and I was not sure I would interact with the listeners. When I got the slot I told the programme manager, Bill Tibingana, that I could not do it.” Tibingana instead encouraged her and being a perfectionist, she pushed herself to meet his expectations. “Looking back, I am grateful to Sendi for pushing me into radio.” Eventually she wrote a proposal to NBS TV to air Titie’s Show.
“In the beginning, the challenge was getting people to agree to appear on TV. Unlike now when everyone is eager to appear on the show, at that time there was a lot of stigma attached to it.”
Venturing into music
In 1996, when Titie reached the crossroads in her life, she chose music and run away from home. She took a taxi to Kireka intending to stay with a friend but she failed to locate the house.
“I entered Victoria Club and when the instrumentalists played Let’s Talk About Sex I asked for a microphone and started rapping. The bassist liked my voice and introduced me to the band.”
Not wanting to show her destitute state to her newfound friends, she slept at a bus stop. The band was Tony Ssengo’s and when she arrived in the morning, Akiiki Romeo, a musician, liked her voice when she sang By The Rivers of Babylon.
She was hired as a backup singer, a position she held for two years, living in the band’s communal house. “Those years were unstable. I was earning Shs7,000 per week, and once, after a show, we were not paid and had to walk from Nsambya to Namasuba at 2am, in a heavy downpour, escorted by two collegues.”
Soon, she got chances to sing lead, and eventually left to join Kads Band. It was there that she recorded Neesige Ani and Makanika Wange, her signature hit, before going solo. Makanika Wange and Nsonyiwa Faza were controversial songs, which she claims had nothing to do with her life story. “I had an electrician who was efficient in his work so I built the song around him.”