Legend Rachel Magoola picks forms for Iganga MP


Rachel at NRM offices (Photo by URN)

One of those legendary Ugandan musicians, Rachel Magoola, has picked Friday picked nomination forms from NRM headquarters at Kyadondo.

Magoola will contest for the Iganga Woman Member of Parliament on the National Resistance Movement ticket.

Magoola is a singer, songwriter and dancer and one of the members of Afrigo Band.

According to Wikipedia, Magoola’s musical journey started at home where her father, the late Nicholas Magoola, was a music teacher at several colleges in eastern Uganda.

As a young girl, she sang in the church choir and played musical instruments at home.

In Senior Two, she was expelled from Tororo Girls School for performing in a band while on a school break.

In 1983, Magoola joined Namasagali College and later “Kaliro Teacher Training College”, where she trained as a secondary school teacher, specialising in music and languages.


Rachel Magoola performing


She taught at Namasagali College, until 1993 when she did a degree course in education, majoring in Music at Kyambogo University.

Even though she was the best student in her class, Magoola didn’t graduate because she was discontinued from her course for absconding when she went on tour with Afrigo Band.

In 2001 Rachel formed and launched her own group which recorded three albums: “Inhaife”, “Tyenda Wundi” and “Tonyiiga”.

In 2003, she left Afrigo band and Uganda, for the United Kingdom.

At London’s South Bank she led the ‘Women of Kampala’ group in London’s African Music Festival and collaborated with South African trumpeter Claude Deppa.

In 2009 Rachel and her band performed at the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar.

Her compositions contain elements of languages and traditional rhythms from all regions of Uganda, as well as reggae and zouk.

She recorded Obangaina in London with Afrigo Band and the song became an instant hit, making her one of the most popular musicians at the time.

Magoola went back to Kyambogo University and earned her education degree in 2012.

She has now resolved to give politics a try.



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