Light-skinned and sporting a huge smile, a young and upcoming artist entered The New Times head offices early this week for an interview.
Joyce Amanda—Kitty, born in February 1989 in Uganda, is the last born in a family of 15 children.
Kitty proved to be exceedingly talented in music, when, at a tender age of 12, she started miming in at school. The performance helped her to gain confidence and at the same time develop her talent. She is now in her senior six vacation and utilising the time to focus more on music.
Famed for her hit song “Kwemera”, she has staged several performances, which include shows at the Kigali Serena, La Palisse Nyandungu, Petit Stade Amahoro, and the recent one at the School of Finance and Banking. She gives us some insight into her career, and social life.
Q: What interests you about music?
A: It’s through music that you can easily express your feelings towards something.
Q: In your opinion how can the Rwandan music industry be transformed or improved on?
A: First of all, there should be a good interaction between the public and the artists. Rwandans should be proud of their local artists and support them, instead of criticizing them. Also, the Ministry of Culture and companies in the country should support and collaborate with artists.
Q: What is your dream goal?
A: I am looking forward to developing my career and becoming an international R&B singer. If all goes well, I’ll also start my own music studio in the future.
Q: Do you have a serious and committed boyfriend?
A: Yeah (sighs). He is a businessman. We love each other and are intending to strengthen our relationship.
Q: Have you ever slapped a man?
A: Oh no! I always control myself whenever I’m with someone I love. And if it happened, I would simply walk away, because I’m not strong enough to slap him
Q: What do you hate about girls?
A: Jealousy. Most girls tend to be jealous, especially when it comes to relationships. I remember an incidence at school when a certain girl hated me because of a guy I really loved.
Q: What do you consider your bad habit?
A: I’m short tempered. I don’t know how to pretend like many other girls do.
Q: What qualities do you like best about yourself?
A: I’m very optimistic and courageous. I can hardly give-up over something I want no matter what!
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: Chill with my boyfriend. Watching interesting comedies and romantic movies.
Q: What do you say about the idea of de-toothing?
A: I call it theft. I really don’t understand how people masquerade to be in love, and yet they only need money, or wealth! Love is genuine and not bought.
Q: You speak like a Christian, how often do you pray?
A: Not often, at least once in a month.
Q: He has asked you to marry him, but your mother doesn’t buy the idea. How would you deal with the situation?
A: Love is between two parties. If we truly love each other, I would proceed with the marriage, and ignore her.