El Nai is a Christian Rock/Rochiphop Artist and Musician Based in Entebbe (Uganda).
A Nominee in VIGA MUSIC AWARDS 2015 for album of the year category. Launched his first album, ‘The Answer” on 9th.August. 2015 at Calvary Chapel- Entebbe in Uganda (East Africa) featuring several Gospel artists such as, Levixone, B-Lyer, Jonas Rayme and many more. The album contains 13tracks, mastered and produced in Uganda and in the US (Georgia). He was named as “New artist of the Month “in August 2014, by Radio Abc 99.3 (Uganda), And was also featured on IMPACT and ALPHA FM’S MOM.ENTS MAGAZINE.
Right from my childhood I had always loved music, I used to make my mother, worry a lot, because I would always move my legs back and forth when sick lying in the bed making music beats in my head. She did not understand it. She always thought that I was too sick. She did everything to make sure that I was all right. It was fun though ha-ha.
I also jerry cans for drums, My passion for music kept growing until when I got a little older and started dancing in my church Sunday school.
As a child, I went to almost every Gathering because of the music and drama that’s always found there, music was all I wanted.
A few years later; I became part of my primary school Brass band from 2002 – 2005.
The trumpet was my major instrument. I was also a part time player in the Uganda Police brass band (Arua Branch) 2005-2006. I learnt to play the acoustic guitar as well as the trumpet in 2002. And that became a catalyst that inspired me to develop my talent in music.
Since then, I have served as a bandleader in several music groups, including Asifiwe band and Children’s Choir, and Church worship band at Calvary Chapel Entebbe (Uganda).
I volunteered as a worship leader and youth leader at the church while writing and composing my own music.
My mum told me that a man, who was her friend and a soldier, wanted to take me to stay with him, since I was always in love with his guitar and songs, but my mum of course refused. This man kept trying but my mum stood her ground so he gave up. However, when I went to Yambio, (Sudan) in 2011, I found him with his big live band and I became part of it for the time I was there. He was so happy! He narrated to me all the stories that happened when I was a little child and what he had seen in me back then. He felt like this was a “dream come true”.
Born in 1990 from the war torn region of Sudan in a small town called Ri- Rungu in Yambio the now capital state of Western Equaroria, South Sudan, bordering Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“El Nai” is a name I inherited from my late dad, Elnai Dorube Donyadi meaning, “Close to or close with God.
My father served as a medical doctor in Ri- Rungu hospital but he died when I was only 8 months old. As a child, I did not understand why I had no father like the rest of my friends until when I was a bit older.
I started to understand what it all meant in a war zone without a father. The Sudan civil war interrupted my childhood, education, my family and friends and therefore, I was in and off school all the time. I avoided being abducted as a child soldier several times by hiding in the woods
Finally, a friend of my mother helped me to flee the country for Uganda in January 2000. As a result of all these things, I was unable to meet my brothers until 2005 and 2008 as they had also fled for their lives.
Almost a decade went by before I saw my mother and siblings again. God willing, I hope to one day meet my brother Jebdaya Mabilindi who fled to Central African Republic.Unfortunately, I lost my mom recently. She went to be with the lord on 22nd.2016
May my music and story inspire you
Let the music play!