Iryn Namubiru Biography: Age, Early Life, Relationship, Career, Awards & Nominations, Philanthropy, Controversy

From Uganda, she took her music international.

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Iryn Namubiru is a superstar who started her career in 1995 and she has been in the industry for over two decades. In 2018, she survived an accident in Lake Victoria, where a cruise boat carrying party revellers capsized, killing 33 people.

She survived a life-threatening accident and she came back hards to push her career forward. 

Here is how she rose to fame

Iryn Namubiru Age

Iryn Namubiru Early Life

According to Namubiru, she has always had a passion for singing since her childhood and always strove to make this talent a bigger part of her life. 

Iryn Namubiru Education

Iryn got to attendend a number of educational institutions. She went to Bugema Adventist Senior Secondary School in Luweero District, then she attended the Namasgaili College in the Kamuli District.

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To further her education, she wanted to be a flight attended and she joined the Airways Tourism and Hotel Institute. Iryn soon enough enrolled at the Stendhal University in France, but came back to finish her studies in Uganda at the Cavendish University.

Iryn Namubiru Relationship

Namubiru was married to Frank Galusy Morel, a Frenchman, and together they have two sons.

She is fluent in English, French, and Luganda, her native tongue. She balances her career between her family in France, where she lives, and Uganda, where most of her music fans reside.

Iryn Namubiru Career

Her first major attempt at success in the music industry came in 1995 when she joined singers-cum-rapper DJs Ragga Dee and Molar-Messe. Her own first single "Learn To Say Good-bye" also appeared on the group's subsequent album to great acclaim. Soon afterwards, she had her first stage appearance in September 1995.

In 1999, she joined Kanyomozi, her former schoolmate at Namasagali College, to form the R&B all-girl group called I-Jay.  In 2000, they released their first 7 track album titled 'WAIT' which included songs 'Wait' Remix (Ft Steve Jean), 'Not Good Enough', 'Mwana', 'Emirimu', 'Vivi LA Vi' and 'Two To Make It True' which got moderate airplay on radio stations in Uganda.

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Soon after the release of their record, Namubiru left for France and the group disbanded. This break up would later lead to wide speculation that the Iryn and Kanyomozi separated on unfriendly terms, although they both denied such rumours. While in France, she formed the Afro-Soul group Nujeli together with Julien Grout and they released ENSI LP.i.

Later on, in 2006, Namubiru joined forces with singer Bebe Cool in the songs "Simbalala" and "Lwaki Onzannyilako?". However, Namubiru did not achieve widespread success until the time when she released her album Nkuweeki?.

This marked the beginning of her fast rise to be one of the best female musicians in Uganda. Since 2006, Namubiru has released several successful songs like "Y'ono", "Lwaki", "Bonna Obasinga", "Begombeko", "Birowoozo", which earned her several leading awards in the Ugandan music industry.

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In 2017, she released the remix to Nakukolaki which became an instant hit and received much airplay in Uganda.

Iryn's album 'Mpulira' became such a huge success in a short space of time. The album has got 12 songs in it and the saxophone is played by Joseph Sax and the guitar by Myko Ouma.

Iryn Namubiru Awards

Her music, which is enjoyed by many, has seen her receive some recognition over the years. Here's a list of her awards and nominations:

  • 2006 - Best Female Artist and Best R&B Song at the PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2007 - Best Female artist Buzz magazine Awards (Won)
  • 2009 - Best Collaboration Diva Awards (Won)
  • 2010 - 2010 - Best Female Artist PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2010 - Best Afro Single Diva Awards (Won)
  • 2010 - Artist of the Year Diva Awards (Won)
  • 2011 - Artist of the Year PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2011 - Best female Artist PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2011 - Best RnB Song PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2011 - Best Album PAM Awards (Won)
  • 2012 - Best Collaboration with β€œHappy Science” Japan on two songs (Won)
  • 2013 - Best Band Song at the HipiPo Awards (Nominated)

Iryn Namubiru Philanthropy

In 2016, Iryn auctioned off her own collection shoes as she raises funds for her NGO, Gather For Children.

The organization was started in 2006. Gather For Children is a Community Based Organization in Mityana, Namabale and Namukozi, which supports women to farm and feed their children by providing the land, equipment and other necessities.

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Iryn Namubiru Controversy

Namubiru has been widely criticised by her detractors for dressing "inappropriately" in her music videos and, at times, her concerts. Her critics say that her costumes go against the traditional Ugandan way of dressing and set a bad example for other aspiring musicians. 

In 2009, her video Bonna Obasinga was panned by several people, for going too far with the swimming costume she wore. She later decided to shoot another video for the song to placate her critics. However, many of her fans defended her "creative" dressing against such accusations and blame those who were still socially backward and were not willing to try out a new style

On 3 May 2013, Namubiru was arrested in Tokyo, Japan for alleged possession of illegal drugs where she had gone to perform at a music concert. Namubiru was arrested at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, before performing at the concert.

Reportedly, her fans (said to be Ugandans in Japan) who had gathered at the concert venue, got to know about the arrest and as a result went to the airport, but the Japanese Police told them that Namubiru was travelling on a French passport and they could, therefore, do nothing to help her; she later sought the help of the French Embassy in Japan. 

At the hearing in Japan, the court did not find her guilty of drug-trafficking charges as the evidence provided by the state was not enough to pin the star to the level of a drug dealer. 
The week before the arrest, Namubiru had been tweeting about how excited she was that she was going to be performing in Japan. The concert was to take place at the Yotsukaido Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Japan's capital.

Legendary soulful artist, Iryn Namubiru panicked a little bit when it was revealed that some of the people she had come into close contact with had tested positive for the deadly Corona virus. The diva had to halt all preparations that were being made for her virtual concert, which was postponed to a later date.

Iryn went ahead to get tested and through her Twitter account she was more than happy to reveal that the tests returned negative.


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