In an intimate interview, Sheebah Karungi, the celebrated musical sensation who also goes by the name Samalie Njagala, shared her inspiring journey from a challenging upbringing to becoming a renowned figure in the world of music.
Her story is one of resilience and determination, and it all began with a small act of rebellion – sneaking away with her mother’s little radio behind their house.
Growing up in Kawempe, a division in Kampala, Sheebah faced numerous hardships during her formative years. She confessed that she never quite felt like the “cool kid” and rarely played with others. However, she discovered solace in her mother’s tiny radio, a secret refuge where she could listen to music and escape from her troubles.
“It was like an escape for me… I couldn’t play much because I didn’t feel cool enough to play,” Sheebah reminisced. “I had no confidence because I had no one to give me the confidence. That’s why I told you the woman I am today, I built that woman: the English, the everything…”
Born on November 11, 1989, to Edith Kabazungu and Ahamada Kimali Musoke, Sheebah Karungi’s journey to stardom was unconventional, to say the least.
She dropped out of school during her second year at Midland High School in Kawempe and ventured into the music industry at the tender age of 15, initially as a dancer.
Sheebah’s musical odyssey commenced in 2004 when she joined Stingerz and subsequently, in 2006, Obsessions. However, she decided to part ways with Obsessions in 2010, a pivotal moment in her career.
It was during this time that she released her first official single, “Kunyenyenza,” produced by Washington and penned by Cindy. Her career received a substantial boost when Sizzaman wrote the hit single “Automatic” for her.
In 2014, Sheebah released her first mini-album, “Ice Cream,” which featured popular tracks like “Twesana,” “Jordan,” and the eponymous “Ice Cream.” The album’s success laid the foundation for her ascent in the music industry.
2016 marked a significant milestone as Sheebah organized her first well-attended concert at Hotel Africana, following the release of her hit single, “Nkwatako.” The event was a testament to her growing popularity and influence.
Beyond her music career, Sheebah Karungi is a versatile artist who has also ventured into acting, making her acting debut in the film “Queen of Katwe,” where she portrayed the character Shakira.
Throughout her career, Sheebah has garnered numerous accolades and awards, including recognition from organizations like HiPipo Music Awards, Uganda Music Awards, Abryanz Styles and Fashion Awards, Zzina Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Award, and many more.
She is not only a musical powerhouse but also a successful entrepreneur, reflecting her determination to excel in various aspects of her life.
Sheebah Karungi’s remarkable journey, from the girl who sought refuge in her mother’s radio to the celebrated Queen Sheebah, is a testament to her unwavering dedication, talent, and the unshakable belief in herself that has made her a true icon in the world of music and entertainment.