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AK47 wanted me to sing Sheebah's 'Sili Zari' - Nina Roz

Sheebah Karungi's song Sili Zari was originally meant for Nina Roz but she slept on the job.

Sheebah Karungi, AK47 and Nina Roz

Speaking to Crystal Newman, Roz said that the late AK47 Mayanja had convinced Jeff Kiwanuka to give it to her.

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Kiwanuka, who was Sheebah and AK47's manager and Roz's friend, said he was okay with the suggestion but didn't trust her to sing it because she wasn't focused and was always traveling.

Nina Roz acknowledged that Kiwanuka, who also goes by Jeff Kiwa, was right.

She credits AK47 and Kiwa for pushing her to finally become a singer.

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Roz, real name Nina Nkunda, was born in July 1993 to Matia Martin Nsemeirwe and Proscovia Tumukunde. She was raised by her mother and stepfather and met her biological dad later in life.

The songstress, who grew up in Kibuli, went to St. Stephen's Church of Uganda Primary School, Kakungulu Memorial School, Kibuli S.S., Mityana Trinity College and International University East Africa, which she dropped out of to focus on music.

While in high school, she tried modeling and also once worked as a backup singer for Empress.

One day, while in her party-girl years after dropping out of school, she met Sheebah Karungi on a boat cruise where she was invited by a person who had hired the latter to perform.

Before meeting and becoming close to Karungi, she was already hanging out with Jeff, Kabako, AK47 and other TNS members in bars. On that cruise, she kicked it off with Sheebah and they became so close that she started sleeping at her place.

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Before she could kickstart her singing career, Nina Roz first tried working in South Africa and Abu Dhabi. She later realised music was her calling and returned to Kampala.

When she returned, in September 2016, she teamed up with Kabako to release Oli Mekete, which was produced by Shidy Beats. The video was made at Grate Make Films and released in October 2016.

Kiwa declined to manage Roz, so she got signed to Boom Bark Records in 2017. On joining the label, Daddy Andre produced for her a banger titled Omuliro, and its video was also made at Grate Make. She has since worked with different managers and producers to drop more hits.

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