Aleena Zahir (formerly known as Brenda) is the 2nd born in a family of 7. She was
born in 1987 in the Ishaka-Bushenyi District of Uganda, East Africa. Being raised
in the Church (her father is a Reverend), she always was interested in reading the
scriptures of God and seeking understanding.
As a little girl she had a strong passion for music and enjoyed singing in the church.
Early in life, she knew that singing was a perfect way to express the feelings of
her soul. Aleena finally discovered herself a real singer at the age of 12, while
at secondary school. She started to write songs of her own which were performed on
several occasians in Mbarara, Uganda. At High-School her love for music intensified
even more and she wrote more songs and very many songs in the line of gospel.
In 2006 she recorded her first single “It’s all about me” which got airplay around
the country. However, her ambitions were leading to trouble with her parents, who
wanted her to acquire a more “respectable” job. So in the same year, she was able
to join Makerere University where she studied Environmental Science. Besides her
studies she made several attempts to get recognized, which included curtain rising
for artists at the university and visiting different studios for possible support.
Despite her efforts, she was still unnoticed and in confusion about how to achieve
her goal. After graduation from the University and receiving her degree, the economic
situation and hard conditions in Uganda forced her to move into a poor one room house
(deep in the Slums)... jobless, hopeless and directionless. Being left in such a
desperate situation, she prayed for guidance...
In 2011, at age 24, she understood that only God had the solution to her problems.
She started to link up with European and Ugandan producers to create a new dimension
of Music. Merging powerful and stirring Black Music with african singing style. However,
Aleena’s priority has not been just the sound, but also the lyrical content of her
songs. In all of her songs, Aleena is giving messages of love, truth and wisdom to
the listeners. She says in her own words:
“God was guiding me, because I understood that all my setbacks served a greater purpose.
I was reflecting on my life and learned who I am. Music being my passion, I realized
that most of today’s black music is destructive and influencing our minds in a negative
way. So instead of becoming just a regular singer, God was guiding me to use my creativity
in a positive way. Now, after great sacrifice and one year of production, my album
“Making History” finally is completed.
It is called “Making History” because We have the power to control our own destiny,
and God is with us to make this world a better place. My music is a humble effort
to entertain and inspire people at the same time. From Africa to the whole world...
We are Making History.”