Thursday, January 18, 2018

A nation's love for country music

COUNTRY BOY: The lyrics seem to strike a chord with Ugandans. “They are so beautiful. There’s truth in every title, as they say,” explains Churchill Olum, who’s 24. He goes by the name Country Boy.

IT'S IN OUR BLOOD: “I've been listening to country music for ten years,” says 23-year-old Maria Nakiweewa. “It's not like Ugandan music. We love it, it's in our blood.”

Cowboy boots, checked shirts and country music might conjure up images of the American south, but Dolly Parton and her fellow country singers have a dedicated following across the world — not least in Uganda. The Why Factor: Radio Requests tracked down fans in Kampala for the World Service season on identity.