Born in Gulu in 1985, the last born and the only boy in the family, Odong Denis a.k.a Tam Noffy , went to Layibi primary school , joined Gulu Senior for O-Level, and then to Alliance Secondary, but did not continue from there because of school fees problems.
Tam Noffy has always been a music lover and has been singing since his childhood when he was an active member of the school choir. With his warm, calm and down to earth personality, Acholi Times found him quite irresistible and here is what he had to say when Eunice Lamuno had an exclusive interview with him.
My decision to become an entertainer started when I lost my mother, she left me when I was still very young, and so I used to sing sorrowful songs and little did I know that the songs could touch the hearts of very many people, many people advised me to go to the studio and record my songs, so I decided to give it a try, my main intention was to comfort those in pain, since that was the same time the war was taking place, I wanted to be a voice to the voiceless and also not forgetting the money that I could get from the music.
In the beginning it was nerve wrecking, but I got over it. Now, I do not get nervous before shows and my greatest moment in my music career was in 2005 when my first album was bought by Akanyango, and hearing my songs on radio always keeps me smiling. I don’t have favourite a song as such because more are still coming, though there is one which moves me a lot, that is “miti pe cope”.
I have got some support from friends like Abalo Harriet a.k.a Destiny G- Town, radio presenters who play my music on the different radio stations and above all my fans. Words are not enough to say how grateful I am, I pray that Gods rewards all those who have offered me support abundantly.
My advice to any one that wants to join the music industry is that they should come and concentrate on their career; I have noticed some people waste their time on drugs which is not good for a long time artist; they should not take music for granted.
There are very many things that people would be surprised to know about Tamnoffiny, for instance, my lifestyle on stage is very different from the normal one, am a very simple person.
The major challenges I have gone through is that the language in which I sing is not wildly spoken, so the music does not sell much to different regions, and the population in northern Uganda do not appreciate our music.
I would have loved to meet Michael Jackson, I loved everything about him.
Lastly but not least, I have new audios in the studio and am soon beginning to work on their videos. To me, the sky is the limit. But I would also urge Acholi sons and daughters to support our music and our musicians if the music industry in Acholi is to be a force to be reckoned with. There is talent no doubt, but there is no support or promotion.
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