Jackie Chandiru said her father, Felix Eyaa, used to mock her voice when she was still young. “My dad always told me I sounded like a crocodile… my dad was a bully,” she said in an interview. “He liked teasing me a lot.”
Whether what her did helped Jackie Chandiru or not is up to you to decide, but what’s for sure is that she’s had a mark on the Ugandan music industry.
Born to Felix Eyaa and Josephine Ayaa on September 13, 1984 (TBC) at Nsambya Hospital,
Chandiru went to Lugogo Nursery School and Nakasero Primary School before joining Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School in O-Level.
She left for Vienna College Namugongo in A-Level after which she joined Makerere University to study Industrial Fine Art.
Jackie was singing as young as early as five years of age though she started performing on stage when she joined A-Level. She was both a singer and a dancer.
At Nabisunsa, she was the president of the drama club.
Professional music started when she participated in the TV show Coca-Cola Popstars which led to the formation of Blu*3 in 2004. Steve Jean, whom she always admired, would become the manager of the group that comprised of her, Lilian Mbabazi and Cindy.
In 2004 they recorded their first album dubbed ‘Hitaji’, which had hit singles like ‘Hitaji’, ‘Frisky’ and ‘Tomalaako’.
Cindy was fired from the group in 2008 while on a trip to Spain and Mbabazi and Chandiru replaced her with Mya Baganda.
In 2010, the group permanently broke up and each went for a solo career.