Career crisis or rift with management? Swangz breaks silence on Nwagi

The recent disgraceful actions by the singer Winnie Nakanwagi, alias Winnie Nwagi, have stirred a public debate, with some wondering whether she's going through a career crisis.

Left to right: Jenkins Mukasa, Winnie Nwagi and George Gonzaga

On August 3, someone's video recorded her being chased by a security guard from the Ministry of Internal Affairs head office in Kampala where she had allegedly gone to work on travel documents. We later learnt through a conversation with the ministry's spokesperson that she had been kicked out because of indecent dressing.

On a phone call with George Bakuuta Gonzaga aka Gonza, her manager at Swangz Avenue, he said that they are yet to ascertain what exactly happened at the ministry because everyone has "their truths."

This reporter told Gonza that he had spoken to the ministry's spokesperson as aforementioned, but Gonza insisted that they had not yet ascertained what exactly happened.

"Anyone can say anything," he said over the call, without mentioning what exactly happened. "We weren't there."

As if to suggest that someone at the ministry had a bone to pick with the 'Matala' singer, Gonza said: "All the matters could have been handled in a different way."

But some analysts in the industry, citing recent events, insist that Nwagi is not disciplined.

Jenkins Mukasa, a seasoned music analyst and participant in the music industry, says her record label needs to crack the whip.

"Nwagi is indisciplined, and her record label has not helped a lot in disciplining her because the other day she assaulted her housemaid, later a waitress at Eddy Kitchen Restuarant in Kamwokya, broke a TV screen, quarreled with a promoter, now she's fighting a security guard," he said.

"Swangz Avenue has to discipline her, call a press conference for her to apologise. She is currently banned in the UK. 10 years before she goes back. That she wanted a passport! To use it for what? For 10 years, she won't be traveling a lot."

The 'Kibulamu' singer is set to hold a highly-anticipated concert on September 9 at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Swangz Avenue has tapped KT Events to promote it.

According to Mukasa, the concert was sold to the events company because there could be a rift between her and the Nakawa Industrial Area-based record label.

"Why did they sell her show to KT Events and decided to take on the one of Juliana Kanyomozi who is not part of the record label... [Kanyomozi's concert is on August 19]. That's why I think... why do you prioritise a freelance artiste over your in-house star? Why didn't they sell the one of Azawi? [Priscilla Zawedde aka Azawi, who is also attached to Swangz Avenue, held a well-attended show on July 22]," he said.

"If someone tells me they are tired of her and she's also jaded with the label... Maybe that's the reason why. If there's a rift, they should break the relationship and move forward."

Asked to comment on why they sold the event, he asked rhetorically: "What if it's a business decision?"

"It could be a business decision... Anyone can say anything," he said, without denying or dismissing the claim. He only said there was no problem with the label and the songbird when I insisted on a yes or no answer.

Radio host and Youtuber Isaac Katende aka Kasuku also believes things may no longer be at ease between Nwagi and Swangz.

"It seems Nwagi's management, if she is still under Swangz Avenue, is no longer heavily invested in guiding her... I don't get it. There are so many things happening around Nwagi that any label handling an artiste of her magnitude would have already worked out a crisis management plan," he opined.

"There should be disciplinary proceedings... I don't know why Swangz Avenue is acting like they don't mind anymore."

Swangz Avenue says it hasn't taken action against Nwagi because there is no evidence, and Gonza says they are committed to supporting the artiste.

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