"My dad wasn't in my life at all," said Pounds, real name Tracy Kirabo -- while appearing on Galaxy TV "... I first saw him when I got signed in 2018. [She was signed to Eddy Kenzo's Big Talent Entertainment.] That's the first time I met my dad... I was 21."
I met my father for the first time when I was 21 – Pia Pounds
Pia Pounds met her father for the first time when she was 21.
The dad got to know about her through media interviews. Asked if she forgave him for not being around, she said: "Family is family."
Pia Pounds was born to a Congolese man named Joseph and the mother, named Jessica Musitate, is from Gomba.
The mother passed when she was like two years old and the father wasn't in her life.
She grew up singing in church and her elder half-brother was a singer (upcoming) so she used to accompany him studio. The studio, named West End Studios, was owned by Aziz Azion and was located in Makindye. While here, she backed up some artistes.
They later moved to Ragga Dee's studio (DV Records) in 2010 at the age of 14. She was at Lubiri S.S. in S.3. One day Ragga Dee came and sang the song she had written. It's called Just the Way You Are. They ended up collaborating and she didn't meet him until they were shooting the video of the song
It was released in 2011 and she was 15 when they filmed the video in her S.4 vacation. During S.4 vacation, she worked with the Insurance Company of East Africa as a salesperson.
While there, she met a man who offered to sponsor her first song. He paid for the recording of the song at Jahlive where she met Kusseim, the producer.
They started recording songs but nothing materialised. She later lost contact with Kusseim because of school.
Then in her second year at university, one New York who was working with Big Talent called her and took her to Big Talent. Kusseim had switched to Big Talent. This was October 2016.
She met Kenzo who offered to work with her. But a year passed before nothing materialised and she got anxious. Kusseim kept on encouraging her.
By the time she got signed in 2018, she had recorded about 14 songs. She left Big Talent after she started coming under attack from fans of Rema, Kenzo's baby mama, who thought she was dating Kenzo.
One day she had her hair pulled at Wave Lounge. Those who attacked her were referring to Rema and Kenzo.
She said Tupaate, which was released in September 2020 and became a massive hit in April 2021, changed her life financially. She, however, believes Taala was her breakthrough song though most industry observers would say Tupaate.
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