Anita Desire Asaasira is Assistant Lecturer of Music in the Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University. She is a graduate of Makerere University where she received a Master of Arts in Music (Ethnomusicology) and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees. The courses she has taught at the department include; Basics of Jazz Improvisation, Creating and Performing Rap Music, Percussion, Voice, Foundations of Atonal Music, Band Music, Foundations of Ugandan Popular Music, Music Careers and Business, and Introduction to Ethnomusicology.
Asaasira received the Convocation Award as the best student in the humanities during the 50th Makerere University graduation ceremony in March 2006. Asaasira is also one of the students that were awarded scholarships by NORAD Arts and Cultural Education (ACE) Program, a sandwich masters program between the University of Bergen (Norway) and Makerere University in 2007.
Her research interests have been mainly in popular music and issues of identity as indicated by her published and unpublished works, which include: “Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Political Construction of Popular Music in Uganda” (M A (Music) Dissertation, 2009).
Besides her academic work, Asaasira is a music director and performer of both Western classical and popular music. She has directed several musical shows at the department as well as outside the department. For instance, she was the Music Director of the departmental theatrical production “Our Husband has gone Mad Again” that was performed in October 2015. She was also an instructor and Music director for a musical theatre production, “We Can! Tunaweza”, which was performed by refugee youth affiliated with Inter Aid Uganda that was staged in January 2016. She is also the Music Director of the departmental band.
Asaasira is a cofounder of APECODA (Art for Peace and Community Development in Africa), a non-profit organization running projects aimed at using the arts as a means to foster peace, conflict resolution and development in communities, particularly in northern Uganda.