On March 9, Emmanuel Mayanja had what is now his last press interview with Olivia Nagawa who met him at his father’s home in Seguku off Entebbe road.
Who is Ak47 ?
I grew up in a family of many brothers and sisters. Sometimes I do not know the exact number. Being the last born of my father, Gerald Mayanja, I enjoyed a lot of love from my family members.My real name is Emmanuel Mayanja. I attended
Kisubi High School and I am a father of three, including a set of twins.
Why do you call yourself AK47?
My big brother, Chameleone, gave me this name. He said it would make me rise to greater horizons and that it will would spread like a wildfire because it will always stick in people’s minds. Chameleone said when I start singing, my phrases
would fly like bullets fired from an AK47 rifle.
Who inspired you to start singing?
Singing is a talent that runs in my family. Besides, I love singing and dancing. I got the inspiration from my brothers like Joseph (Chameleone). when I wanted to start singing, I approached him and he gave me a go-ahead.
When did you start singing?
I started in 2008 when I had just completed S6. I joined Chameleone’s Leone Island and I did with him my first song titled Bayuda. Later, I asked him to let me stay in his group so that I could get a breakthrough in my music career.
What would you consider your breakthrough into the industry?
It was my song Champion in 2011. It had a Jamaican beat that many youth and adults loved. That gave me the strength to go on because I realised I could make it. I got lots of positive feedback from my brothers and fans. Most musicians wear their hair long or have unique hair styles.
What happened to you?
Wearing my hair long is by choice. In my case, I chose to have a new identity. I even considered changing my name
from AK47 to Ay. Many artistes use drugs.
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