Conversations With Becky Nantale of Power FM 104.1Becky Nantale presents the Cruise Control show with Brian Mulondo on Power FM 104.1 on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm and the Power Chart show on the weekends from midday to 2pm. She and her show have just been nominated for Radio Program/DJ of the Year in the AGMA- African Gospel Music Awards. Vote for her here. She is electric, funny but very serious when it comes down to business. We caught up with her to ask her a few questions on her life, her work and everything else that came to our mind.
How did you get into radio?
In August, she will be making 6 years on radio and has spent all the six on Power FM 104.1. When asked if she could be lured away to another station, she said she needed a challenge. Having served in different departments at Power, she can do management, production, programming, marketing, presenting, and even technical work so she would need a job to challenge her in all these spheres and be able to pay for the skills she has acquired overtime.
How is your relationship with Brian?
(She laughs) That’s a very funky question. Brian Mulondo is a headache, in all honesty! (Laughs) But Brian is a very nice person to work with. He is very dynamic, has a wealth of experience not only in radio but I think in the media at large and he is not very modest about it. But he’s right to brag because, he knows what he’s doing and often a time you will think he doesn’t understand it but you will notice he does. I’ve not only grown to respect him as a professional but he’s a friend. He’s someone you can rely on, depend on, sometimes you will fight because there’s a difference of opinion- he’s very opinionated; the problem is so am I. But our relationship is pretty funky, he’s a good friend.
Tell us about your media influences
Becky’s Social Media prowess is something that needs note. Currently on radio, no one harnesses the power of Social Media as well as her and MisterDeejay of Radio City with their shows being two of the most engaging on social media. She shares that in order to reach her audience wherever they are, one needs to innovate and stay with the trend. So if they cannot be on radio but are on Twitter or Facebook, why not engage them there?
Share your top three songs.
She will be heading to studio in August to record a couple of songs. So we can expect Becky the Artist to be on the horizon.
What are your favourite three movies?
My father says I’m an old soul, so most of the stuff I like is a bit old. They are all old. My number one movie used to be Sound of Music, but it has dropped in the curve a bit. I like My Fair Lady because I like speech, words; and My Fair Lady is a movie about phonetics, the science of speech. And I think Audrey Hepburn was a world class act in that movie. Then there’s another one called “Arsenic and Old Lace” – it’s very old, all the way from 1944.
Do you have a dream destination?
Yes, I’m a Historian at heart, every artist is and if you’re within the entertainment industry, I believe you’re an artist. So any place with a rich history; anything that has ancient stories like so and so walked here and they pulled out Excalibur. My dream destination is first of all Venice, Italy; I’d like to go to Rome, still Italy, so Italy would definitely be a dream destination. But if I don’t get to Italy, I’d like to go to Greece, if I don’t get to Greece, I’d like to go to France.
What do you do for fun?
Becky is adventurous. I like near death experiences. I’m an adrenaline junkie! Anything that has the possibility of death attached to it, I’mma go for that! I’ve bungee jumped. I’ve white water rafted. I don’t know if I’m even supposed to be saying this but I’ve skinny dipped, in a river! River Nile to be exact (Laughs).But if I can’t afford it or fabricate it then I’d like to watch other people doing it; so I’ll watch a movie, or a series – Survivor, where guys are being flung from trees and being plunged into a zoo or….YES!!!
You don’t sound very lady like with all that…
I’m a riddle wrapped inside a mystery, wrapped inside a gift. You can’t quite peg who I am or what I do; coz I like fun and adventure, yes, but my tastes are rather old in certain things, so…I’m a mix and match of different things. So it’s particularly hard to say she’s this.
Are you in a relationship?
Currently no! But I’d definitely like to be in love with Joseph Morgan (Laughs) He’s so hitched it’s not even funny. Michael Ealy is taken too. They take all the good guys!
Fashionable Becky is putting on maroon pants, white shirt with an armless sweater and has cornrows on the side, a version of a mohawk she says her Mom created. See below. We asked her how she maintains her beauty and to our surprise apart from the normal – drink you water, eat your veges thing, there’s nothing extra special she does (We had imagined she showers milk and honey). She instead fasts more and has a fast at the beginning of the year called the Daniel fast (Only fruits, vegetables and water). After 27 days she resumes normal eating habits. In terms of exercising, she has a dog called Precious whom she walks everyday. Precious is male. (Yeah, we laughed too).
FashionableBecky is putting on maroon pants, white shirt with an armless sweater and has cornrows on the side, a version of a mohawk she says her Mom created. See below. We asked her how she maintains her beauty and to our surprise apart from the normal – drink you water, eat your veges thing, there’s nothing extra special she does (We had imagined she showers milk and honey). She instead fasts more and has a fast at the beginning of the year called the Daniel fast (Only fruits, vegetables and water). After 27 days she resumes normal eating habits. In terms of exercising, she has a dog called Precious whom she walks everyday. Precious is male. (Yeah, we laughed too).
What’s your take on the gay bill?
I can be brutally honest, right? First and foremost, this amended bill, I am not saying it’s bad per say, it’s a good bill. But the bill before was stricter. I do not know why they have lessened the punishment. I have a problem with that. That they have …the penalty I have a particular issue with that. But that being said, I stand where the Bible stands on homosexuality, like I told you I am guided by the principles of the Bible. So if the Bible says no to homosexuality I’m sorry, it’s just no. But the homosexual however, there’s hope for the homosexual, I do love the homosexual, what am I saying, I hate the act, I like the person. The bill is not ostracising the person, it’s stopping the person from harming others. So am I for the bill? Some parts of the bill yes, some parts no. Do I think the homosexual should be persecuted? No. I think they should be loved actually, coz that’s what they need. Do I think that they need to spread the propaganda? No. I don’t agree with it. Coz I’m not sitting here spreading the Christian propaganda. I’m not sitting here saying Christ is…Coz He doesn’t need marketing, first and foremost. But that being said, I don’t think homosexuality as a value or whatever they call it, right value, should be spread coz it’s not something to be happy about.
There’s a lot of wars going in the world like Palestine-Israel. What do you think would be a solution?
(Long Silence) World peace. Territory peace. They’re fighting for land man!! (Laughs a bit). But that being said, the two of them should get into talks. But then again they’ve been doing talks forever and it’s not helping… But they should talk. There’s nothing that cannot be dissolved when you communicate properly. There’s communication when I say something and you misconstrue what I’m saying. There’s communication when I think I’ve been understood and you actually haven’t understood. But if they communicate properly and walk within those confines; I’m sorry I know I like freedom for people to reign but for them it’s going to have to be some hardcore stuff. Peace can be achieved but the problem is humanity, we’re proud.
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Becky speaks fondly of her Father, she actually calls him Daddy. To her, he is the wisest, most courageous, most awesome man she knows.
Any words for someone who hasn’t yet figured it out?
We all didn’t, until a certain point. You never quite figure out what you want to do until you purposefully sit down and decide where you want to go. It is all dependent on you. Other factors can play a part, yes, but it’s all dependent on you. So whether you’re 60 or 35 or 27, whatever your age, it depends on you. So sit down and say, “I want to be…” Let me use my sister’s example at 5, she wanted to be a Garbage Collector (Yeah, my father was amused). But if you want to be the best garbage collector the world has ever seen, when we think waste, garbage disposal, we think you. If that’s what you want to be, look at the successful people in garbage collecting what did they do, what have they done, what do I have to offer that they don’t, what can I bring to the table? What can I modify? What in waste management isn’t being done? Maybe I should focus on that. If it’s really your passion, go for it, put in the work, you’ll get there.
Do you have something to tell your fans?
To my fans, you guys are, you’re awesome, you’re very encouraging, you’re loving; I mean there are times when I feel like I am the one receiving from you rather than you receiving from me. I mean you envelope me with love; you wake up in the morning and they’re like “How’re you doing? How’s your day today?”. And some will just pass by and “I’ve dropped you breakfast”. Others will pass by and say “Oh I just thought I would pay for your transport fare”. I mean sometimes you’ll sit in a taxi and guys will go “Oh Becky your fare is paid”. I mean it’s awesome! The people you might not necessarily know, some will be like “Becky you’ve impacted my life so this is a small token compared to what you give to me”. So you guys are the bomb, you’re the truth!
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