Country music has a big following in Uganda

Cowboy boots, checked shirts and country music might conjure up images of the American south, but Dolly Parton and her fellow country singers have a dedicated following across the world - not least in Uganda. The Why Factor: Radio Requests tracked down fans in Kampala for the World Service season on identity.
The most requested song on Kampala's Radio One station, from listeners of all ages, is Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colours. When the BBC told her, she said it's her favourite too and it touches on universal emotions. “We all have been made to feel less than who we are, whether it be about something we wear, our weight, a handicap, whatever it may be,” she says. “And that is not a good feeling. So I think it kinda eases that hurt in other people as it did in me.”

"Heaven in my ears," is how Susie Nancy - or Nansereko Susan - describes the music. "I feel good, I feel comforted listening to country music. Country music is a gift to those who accept it. It explains the story, sad stories and good stories, and you can dance if it means dancing, you can cry if it means crying, you can pray via country music, you can sleep, so it’s comforting."
The lyrics seem to strike a chord with Ugandans. "They are so beautiful. There’s truth in every title, as they say," explains Churchill Olum, who's 24. He goes by the name Country Boy.
I have the same appreciation for it, but I am from Texas.  It is nice to know its appeal is becoming universal.  There are several photos of Ugandans in their country and western wear including a lot of cowboy hats.  It reminds me of the leader of South Sudan who is also seen with a cowboy hat he got from George Bush.  I think Texas needs to see about providing more hats in Africa.


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