I want Blu*3 back, Jackie Chandiru speaks on drugs

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The singing group in their hey days [Cindy Sanyu, Jackie Chandiiru and Lilian Mbabazi]

Singer Jackie Chandiru says has spoken about her health condition, a result of overconsumption of drugs that saw her admitted for three years in a row.

Jackie told Annatalia, the host of “NBS Uncut” programme that the drugs got her to a dark place in her life.

“I could no longer socialise with my friends, I could no longer write music and this led to me being hospitalised for some time,” Jackie said on Thursday.

She went on: “My marriage was affected by my drug use because no one wants a partner who uses drugs but luckily enough my husband was supportive and helped me get the help I needed.”

Jackie says the late Mowzey Radio played a big role in helping her get help when she was on drugs.

Jackie Chandiru

“I had about his passing while in rehab and sadly I couldn’t get out then to attend the funeral.”

Jackie was first taken to rehab along Entebbe road for six months in February 2016 after she was found almost lifeless at her home.

In January 2017, she was reportedly forced back into rehab by her family. She was only returned home from hospital in June 2018.

Re-uniting with Blu*3

Jackie says it will be great if she and the girls got back together.

Jackie was a member of the all-girl music group Blu*3, based in Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

Blu 3 was a Ugandan all-girl band formed in April 2004 after winning the TV show Coca Cola Popstars.

The name is contrived to mean 3 Beautiful Ladies from Uganda.

Original members were Jackie Chandiru, Lillian Mbabazi and Cinderella Sanyu.

After winning the contest, they went on to record 2 albums Hitaji [2004] and Burrn [2007].

The Hitaji album spawned the hit singles “Hitaji”, “Frisky” and the afro beat “Tomalaako”. The “Hitaji” video went on to win the Pearl of Africa Music Award for Video of the Year.

Sanyu left to pursue other projects and was replaced by Mya Baganda The group’s name was changed to Blu 3 having dropped the star.

In 2006, Blu 3 got back in the studio with their long-time producer and manager Steve Jean and recorded the full-length album Burrn.

The title track featured Navio from hip hop group Klear Kut. “Burrn” won the Video of the Year award at the 2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards).

Original group

Cindy says while the trio gained experience as solo artistes, putting all that together would be simply amazing.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who reached out to me and those who have welcomed me back on the scene.”

She added: “I’m thankful to all my fans and they should expect great things from me this year.”

In 2014, she was one of the featured artists in the second season of “Coke Studio Africa”.

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