We thought this would be a nice way to introduce our Living Music Foundation staff!
If you’re thinking of volunteering with us then Patience might just be your new best friend…
I am Nyamwija Patience. I recently graduated with a BA in Education. I have 3 siblings and both parents, who live back in the village. I love to sing and I live with Babrah (another LMF staff member). We cook dinner together every night!
Tell us about your role with the Living Music Foundation and what inspired you to get involved.
I am a Vocalist and Vocal Trainer.
I love singing, and sharing this with other people is an incredible gift. I think it is great to teach what I know to other people so they too can be uplifted through music. Through training music I have also been able to make many new friends. I first got involved with music when I was in school and needed a way to pay school fees, so I used money from band performances!
What is the mission of the Living Music Foundation in your words?
It is here to transform the lives of other people through music and music training. We make music lessons accessible to those who need it, and share positive empowering messages through our song!
Why do you think people should learn music?
Firstly to gain skills in music, to handle your vocals. I used to think I could sing before Disan trained me and taught me how to really use my voice!
For me, whenever I sing something I love, I have no stress. It brings happiness to my life. When I am singing I am not worrying about anything.
Music is also a way for to gain exposure, where you can create a space to share positive messages with the world.
The sense of belonging to a group, to a community is a huge positive to learning music. The musical community is a powerful one. It has taken care of all of us LMF staff at one point or another. To know other local bands, other kids with guitars or music skills, you know you have a connection, a friendship.
What do you wish people knew about Uganda?
We are so hospitable. We will always give you shelter, something to eat and hang out with you. We love to spend time with new people.
We have fresh air, and green landscapes, food grows year round and is always healthy! I don’t think people know this.
Who is your hero?
Troy Peden (founder of GoAbroad.com). He supported me through university and changed my life. Troy and Elsa came to meet the band in 2016, and they decided to create the Living Music Foundation on this trip.
What makes you laugh the most?
Watching my friends dancing is when I am always laughing and smiling… We have fun together
What would be your perfect day?
I am a Christian and also love adventure. I would LOVE to wake up in Israel, and explore all the incredible history and the culture. My perfect day would be to spend a day exploring all the holy sites. To see where Jesus was born, all of these sites.
What would be your perfect meal?
I have actually never tasted Pizza! If I could try pizza that would be so great it looks like people enjoy it so much.
If you could have lunch with ANYONE in the world who would it be?
My mother. She is everything to me. She loves me so much and I couldn’t choose anyone over her. She has worked so hard to keep me and my siblings in school. I will always choose her.
If you were an animal what would you be?
A cow…. They are calm and healthy. They produce good things that sustain life.
Thanks for reading our quick fire interview with Patience!