Recall the beautiful girl that was with Kream Production. That sexy girl with a sleek Voice called Fyona Sparkle!
Well, Fyona is one girl to be looked at in this music industry. Her latest song titled “To Be Loved” is moving places and has gained massive air rotation from different media outlets in Uganda.
We caught up with her and had a deep conversation about her love life and music career.
First things first, who is Fyona sparkle?
Fyona Sparkle, who goes by the real name Byabaziire Phionah, comes from a big family of eight children. I am the 6th born. I really went to school though many people think musicians didn’t go to school. I pursued a bachelor’s degree in arts in drama and film.
How did you get the stage name Fyona Sparkle?
I came up with my stage name Fyona sparkle when I had gone to the studio to record. During the session, John K the writer, and Haruna Mubiru were amazed by the strength of my work. They simply told me I am a sparkle. I am meant to sparkle and that is how I ended up with that name.
Where did the love for music start?
My love for music started the day I saw my mother try to sing in church. When I saw her in the church choir trying to sing, I got the urge that I could really sing. I saw her try but she didn’t have the voice.
I decided to also give singing a try and, maybe could help her be better. In the process, I ended up here.
Who inspired you to start singing?
I always tell everyone that it’s the church that inspired me to join the music. In fact, I don’t recall getting inspired by any singer although I always listened to them on the radio.
But when my mother passed on, one particular person, my mother’s sister called SHARON NYANJURA simply inspired me.
She believed in me so much. I didn’t see myself doing secular music but she pushed me so hard to try. I didn’t believe in myself that I could make it to the best. She would facilitate me in everything I needed. I recall her giving me money to travel from Jinja to Kampala to come and do auditions.
Auntie Nyanjura has always been the icon in my life and music career. Today, I look at myself and say it was all because of her. She is still so instrumental in my life and she always has my back.
What was your first-ever commercial song?
My first-ever song is called “Ndikucuupa“. It was released during my S.6 vacation. By then, I had joined Kream production. Hajji Haruna Mubiru took me to the studio. The song was written by John K.
How did it feel like the first day in the studio?
Like I said above, the one who inspired me, my auntie gave me money. I remember it was Shs600,000. I was so eager to know how to make music.
My auntie SHARON NYANHURA gave me that money and I came to the studio. I met some guy around town. I had never seen any music studio. The guy played games on after telling me he will take me to producer Paddy Man.
He later disappeared with my money. But in my heart, I was so happy to see a studio. He told me that the same studio is where the late Mowzey Radio & Weasel, Jose Chameleone, among many other artists record.
It was really a good day and I still recall the memories.
What kind of music genre are you into?
Initially, I did band music when I was still in Kream production. That was not the genre I was into. But that is what was there. But I am into soul music and I love RnB.
Let’s talk about your latest song, what is the message behind it?
My latest song is called “To Be Loved“. I wrote it. When I was recording it, I was helped by my teacher called Watuwa Kevin. He is my guitar tutor.
There is a big message behind it. I was feeling so down and low after a heartbreak. I have been single for so many years. As a human being one needs to be loved.
I feel like I need someone to love me again. I needed someone to love. I simply missed love. But I am not in a desperate way I wanted love simply.
Did you create it out of life experience?
Yes. I created it out of the experience.
Who wrote it and produced it from where?
I wrote the song but Teacher Kevin also helped me. It was produced by Solo on the beat.
You said you’re rebranding. To where and why?
It is true I am rebranding from Band music to soul music. It is something that I love so much.
What do you do away from music?
As like said, I am a performer by profession. But I also have a passion for farming. So, I am a seasoned farmer.
Are you under any management?
I am not under any management. Anyone who needs to work with me you’re welcome.
How do you handle men with money that are always in your inbox promising you sweet things and heaven on earth?
Hahahaha. It is a matter of knowing what you want. I simply show them my work plan and some just run away. I am so natural. Money is not an issue in love.
Yes at some point it’s needed but I want to enjoy a man’s money with love. I don’t give men false hope. I tell them openly.
You’re last remarks.
I just thank all the Ugandan music fans. Keep supporting us. Give a chance to the upcoming talent. Check me out on all social media pages.