Meet Uganda's Top Gospel Musicians

Serving God with their music

By  | Feb 22, 2022, 04:15 PM  | Top of The

Grace Nakimera and Levixone
Whenever we talk about the best musicians in Uganda, our minds always go to secular artists immediately, even though we have some great talent in the gospel music industry too.

Today we take a moment to appreciate some of the biggest names when it comes to gospel music. Their voices and messages will inspire you and probably even turn your life around.

Levixone


Lucas Lubyogo, a.ka, Levixone, is one of the best Ugandan gospel musicians as well as a philanthropist. Since he came into the limelight with his first hit ‘Nonya Omu’ in 2013, he has dominated the gospel music industry with hit after hit.

Levixone’s story is one of those rags to riches stories we love. He was born in Kosovo slums, and from the age of nine, he would constantly run away to live on the streets.

To survive in the streets, Levixone did several odd jobs, some of which were against the law. He started as a marijuana distributor, which earned him Sh.100 per day before moving to the city to do hawking. When all his hustles didn’t work out, he resorted to mugging people, and he was almost killed in mob justice.

After the near-death experience in the hands of an angry mob, Levixone’s life took a different turn. He participated in a football game, where his skills impressed some spectators who worked for an NGO and they decided to pay his school fees.

At school, he slowly started to nurture his talent in music, and in 2010, he produced his first single, ‘Usinipite,’ but it was not successful. In 2013, he got another recording opportunity, and the result was  ‘Nonya Omu,’ which was an instant success. The rest, as they say, is history.

As one of the best gospel artists in Uganda, Levixone has won awards like the Sauti Award’s Best Male Artist in East Africa.

Alongside his music career, Levixone is also a philanthropist. He is the founder of 92 Hands, which helps provide food, shelter, and education for less privileged children.

Judith Babirye


Judith Babirye is another top gospel artist in Uganda. She also juggles careers as a senior pastor and a politician.

The former member of parliament realized her passion for music while still in school when she won the music composition competition for composing the school anthem.

Professionally, she released her first song, ‘Beera Nange’ in 2006, winning her the 'Best Gospel Single' in Pearl of Africa Music Awards. She also won the Best Album of the year in 2007 at the Victoria Gospel Music Awards.

Grace Nakimera


Grace Nakimera is one of the best Ugandan female artists in the gospel category. She is also a dancer and a songwriter.

Grace’s career in music began at a very young age. When she was only seven, she performed at talent shows in Kampala and sang at her church choir.

Her big break was in 2004 when she collaborated with musicians Gatimo and Paragon in the song ‘Ani Akumanyi,’ which was a big hit and earned the group an 'Upcoming Artists Award' at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards  2004/2005.

She later embarked on a solo career, producing great hits like ‘Sukuma,’ ‘Kiva Kuki’ and ‘Onyambanga.’

Grace Nakimera has enjoyed a successful career in gospel music and is one the richest artists in Uganda. She gives back part of her earnings to charities.

Exodus


When speaking about Ugandan gospel music, you cannot fail to mention this ‘Igwe’ hitmaker. Exodus is not just one of the best gospel artists in Uganda, but he is arguably also one of the best in East Africa.

With only four songs to his name, it’s amazing how Exodus has created such a big name for himself in the music industry-beating other artists who have been around for longer and have more songs.

This star’s journey to fame was not easy. Like Lexivone, Exodus also had a difficult childhood. His mother died when he was ten, and he started living on the streets from age 12 after his polygamous father kicked him out.

In 2002, he started attending the Miracle Centre church, where he joined the choir, ultimately becoming the choir leader in 2004. In the same year, he joined the Sauti Band, touring East African countries.

Exodus began his solo career in 2007 with his first song, ‘Ganjaman,’ which was well-received both in Uganda and across East Africa and earned him several awards at the Groove Awards, The Buzz Teeniez Awards, and the Olive Gospel Music Awards.

Currently, Exodus is working on his album, and we are waiting to see what great hits he has in store for us.

Read also: The Richest Pastors In Uganda

Jackie Senyonjo


Jackie Senyonjo is an award-winning gospel singer who doubles up in the ministry as a songwriter, choir director, and a pastor’s wife.

From a young age, Jackie loved music, and during her teenage years, she was a member of her church choir.

Before starting a solo music career in 2008, Jackie and her friends formed a singing group called ‘Extanol’ and released a song titled ‘Gyogenda.’

Since going solo, she has produced two albums, received several awards, and made a huge name for herself as a gospel singer both in Uganda and the whole of Africa.

Is there any other gospel artist that you feel should be featured on this list? Let us know in the comments.


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