In the year 2007, The BBC World Service had a talent search called “The Next Big Thing” in which they named Tshila as one of the 20 best unsigned artists in the world. Her music was analysed by one of the judges as being “a perfect soundtrack to nice summer day. Delightful!” and another said this of her song, “Namboozo”, “The mix of traditional African sounds with poetry and hip-hop works perfectly for Tshila, Overall a conscious, upbeat vibe and the most original song in this competition”.
Tshila was born on the 10th June 1983 in Kampala Uganda. She never grew up surrounded by musicians, and neither did she ever have music on the curriculum at any of the schools she attended growing up. However, she ended up being one of the most noteworthy talents to come out of the East African market for a very long time.
Interestingly, she never had the chance to truly develop her musical talent until she finished her education in the United States, with a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering in May, 2005. As a student, she always spoke for the African cause, and wanted to be a force of change in Africa, not through any government, but through the subtle and indirect influence of music.
Being a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted artist comes easily for Tshila. She is soul, hip-hop, spoken word poetry, modern, traditional, but most of all, African! She represents African-ness from a new and modern angle -introducing the world to a new genre of music called FIRIKA.
Tshila was only making music for 6 months when she was first invited to play at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in August 2006. She was compared to singing legend Tracy Chapman, and was featured in the Ugandan, Kenyan, and Tanzanian press following that performance.
Since then, she has not looked back. She went ahead to record her first album, in 2006, called “Sippin’ from the Nile”, which is soon to be launched in Kampala, Uganda. This album was featured on the BBC World Service on 10th July 2007 and is currently getting airplay on stations like East Africa.
Tshila was also featured in World Pulse Magazine for being an influential lady in terms of contributing to society not just through music but through community influence. For more information on this diverse artist please visit her website www.tshila.com