Chandiru says Blu*3 was 'silently hurting' as Mbabazi hints on reunion

Jackie Chandiru has said before the all-female band Blu*3 broke up, they were silently hurting but they soldiered on for the four years the group was together.

From left to right: Lillian Mbabazi, Cindy Sanyu and Jackie Chandiru

"It was just a general problem," Chandiru told Spark TV on Tuesday when she was asked if it was the rift between Cinderella Sanyu, alias Cindy, and Lillian Mbabazi that fueled the split.

"This was three girls. We started young. [Cindy was 17; Lillian, 19; and Jackie, 18 when they started singing together.] Honestly speaking, you can't expect things to flow smoothly. I can not say the problem was here or it was there. I won't say that. But what I can say is that there were things that were silently hurting us though we couldn't share them."

Cindy was the first to leave the group in 2008. The group had already registered a remarkable footprint in the music industry, having been formed in 2004 after winning the TV show Coca-Cola Popstars.

That very year, they recorded their first album dubbed 'Hitaji', which had hit singles like 'Hitaji', 'Frisky' and the afrobeat 'Tomalaako'.

A concert was held in December of 2004 at Lugogo Cricket Oval and a video of 'Hitaji' scooped the Pearl of Africa Music Award for Video of the Year.

According to Chandiru, before the split, the group sat down and discussed their issues.

"... we had to sit down, and we confronted each other about rumors that each one was hearing," she said.

"We sorted our issues out and we chose to move on."

Lillian Mbabazi recently tweeted to her over 125,000 followers, asking "are ya’ll ready for a BLU3 Reunion?"

But she hasn't revealed much since.

"We are not talking about that yet," Mbabazi said on a call Wednesday morning when this reporter asked her what fans should look out for.

Pressed to give a hint, she said: "Wasn't that the teaser?", referring to the tweet posted on July 23 that has since garnered over 800 retweets and over 4000 likes.

Chandiru believes if they were to work on a project today, it would be a walk in the park.

"With the experience we have, the three of us, you can't put us in a studio and think we'll spend a lot of time on a song," she said.

"We'll be in and out in a short time. We have grown in our minds and we have also developed talentwise."

After Cindy leaving, the girl band's name was changed to Blu 3, without an asterisk, and Mya Baganda replaced her.

With Steve Jean as producer and manager, they released another album called 'Burrn', featuring Navio, then attached to hip hop group Klear Kut. ‘Burrn’ also won the Video of the Year award at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards.

In 2010, both Chandiru and Mbabazi embarked on solo careers.

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