The 21-year old singer, who uses the stage name Panadol wa Basajja - literally, "medicine for men" - has already spent five weeks in jail after her arrest for a music video that gives a lingering and generous focus on wet and soapy buttocks.
Conservative politicians in the country said that the music video has broken the country’s tough new anti-pornography laws.
Under the new law, which took effect in February this year, Kansiime faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of “wilfully and unlawfully producing, trafficking, importing, selling and abetting pornography”.
Human Rights Watch have argued that the new law so loosely defines pornography that it has encouraged public attacks on women wearing skimpy clothing, while Amnesty International has called for it to be repealed, reported The Guardian.
“I was aware that there are some sections of society that are conservative,” said Kansiime, but she never dreamt her new video – played over 190,000 times on YouTube – was breaking the law.
One thing she said she learnt from her idols – including Rihanna and Nicki Minaj – is that 'sex sells'.
“I was just experimenting to see if I put on a short dress, will the audience like it?” said the singer.She was arrested in November along with her then-manager, Didi Muchwa Mugisha.
Mugisha pleaded guilty and was fined 200, 000 Ugandan shillings (£43), but Kansiime pleaded not guilty, and was detained for five weeks before raising money for bail.
“My rights have been trampled upon, my freedom of expression has been trampled upon,” she said at her home in Kampala.
Kansiime’s lawyer, Isaac Semakadde, has argued that the case is a test for the right of Ugandan performers to “express themselves”.
“That right to erotic entertainment, there has to be a space for it in an open and free society,” he said.
“To ban all forms of pornography, all forms of nudity, is outrageous,” he added.
Kansiime was tracked down and arrested after Uganda’s ethics minister Simon Lokodo was apparently shocked by the video.
He described Kansiime’s videos as “very obscene and vulgar”, and warned of further arrests.
Under his continued crackdown on pornography, Lokodo has this year ordered police to arrest men who procure prostitutes, and described a popular local television dating show as prostitution.
Kansiime is due in court later this month. As she awaits her next court appearance, the singer insisted that she had the right to film “whatever I want”, but conceded she may need to cater for more conservative tastes if she is to continue to make a living from her music.
“I have to do something that people like, I have not benefitted from that video,” she admitted.