Hadijah Namale

Hadija Namale

This year’s Bayimba International Festival will again feature, in line with a tradition that started back in 2012, seasoned Kadongo Kamu musicians. Matia Kakumirizi, Hadijah Namale and Misuseera Ssegamwenge will grace this year’s stage.
Hadijah Namale, after having lived in Bunia, Congo with her sister, moved to Kampala in 1964 where she started working at Suzana Club in Nakulabye area. She joined the then resident band – Suzana band – as a back-up singer. Soon thereafter she was singing with Afrigo Band, Rwenzori, Frank Mbalire, Fred Kigozi, Esclass Kawalya, Bosa Esclass Kawalya, father of Afrigo Band songstress Joanita Kawalya. Hadijah did a couple of recordings at Kericho Records in the 70s. When the civil war broke out Hadijah moved to Masaka where she is still a resident.