June 2016 UG Urban Music Roundup

Urban Music

“Thou shall do in June what you did in May”, the Ugandan urban music lovers said, and we listened.

There were a couple of good songs that came out in June from the UG Urban music world and Mister Deejay and I sat down on SNMS last Saturday to break them down one by one. I am sure we did not finish the list but below are the songs we talked about that you should go and listen to.

DAY ONES – FLEX D’PAPER, NAVIO & MARTHA SMALLZ

The combination is great. The lyrics are great. The producer (Aethan) is great. This is undoubtedly my favorite song from last month’s releases. I can’t say more. If you haven’t listened to it yet, go listen to it here.

HALLELUJAH – 1DER JR & ANDRE

If this isn’t the biggest surprise of last month then I don’t know what is. As suggested by the title of the track, this is a gospel/uplifting song. Something you would not expect from 1der JR but definitely something you will love once you listen to it. Check it out here.

WORLD WIDE PARTY – NI, SIZZAMAN & JHAY EFEKT

Surprising combination on this track. However, the song has the potential to get the club/party “lit” with its incredible beat. Check it out here.

GYAL DEM – PATROBAS

Some of us are used to Patrobas featuring on a song or having features on his song but on this song, he was alone! I am slowly getting used to this idea. It might take me a minute. However, I must admit, this song slowly grows on you and you can’t deny it. Listen to it here.

HIPHOP KIJJULO – BROOKS & MMP

If you love pure underground Lugaflow like myself, this is a song you will be very excited to listen to. It takes you back around the time GNL popularized Lugaflow and made everybody listen. It has the “underground beat”, the “underground flow” and the “underground punchlines”. It’s surprising that BROOKS is not influenced by any Ugandan artist (At least that’s what he said). Go listen to it here.

TRIBULATIONS – SONNY SOWEEZ

I haven’t heard a Ugandan make a song like this in a while!!! Well done Sonny. *hand clap emoji*. This is the type of song that should be a soundtrack to a movie just when that struggling kick boxer is about to go in the ring for the biggest fight of his life which he ends up winning. Ha! I am just playing but it is a GREAT song! Very uplifting and very well put together. Better listen to it here.

MERCEDES – SANDY SOUL

Sandy Soul’s voice is very EVON-esque. They do not sound the same don’t get me wrong but they both make you feel the same way! If you know what I mean. Her song is very beautiful, very jazzy, something I would love to listen to on a Sunday morning just after I wake up. All I want is for Sandy soul to sing more. Listen to Mercedes here.

TUGENDE MAASO (CHOICES RMX) – FASIE & PRYCE TEEBA

This is my second favorite song of the month without question. Pryce is one of my favorite rappers at the moment and getting together with Fasie made a lot of sense. It is a great combination. The lines in this song will blow your mind if you listen carefully. Listen here.

KIBUN’OMU (ALBUM) – KENNETH MUGABI

A very rare jazzy album. Something you want to listen to on many occasions e.g. on a road trip when you are alone in the car or on a Wednesday mid-morning or on a Monday night just before you sleep.

A good number of the songs were inspired by and are named after different girls which gives the album an interesting spin due to how close it is to his reality.

Incredible vocals and amazing concepts on this album. Pure Art. Get in touch with Kenneth Mugabi on social media for a copy of the album. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

There were also some incredible Ugandan urban music videos that came out in June like the colorful and artistic P.S.V. by Young cardamom & HAB, the clean and simple VOICES INSIDE by Patrobas, the interesting, clear and funny AIDAH by Bobi Wine and also the Eddie Kenzo one, DISCO DISCO.

There was definitely more activity in June than there was in May on the Ugandan urban music scene and I hope this trend continues growing.

Written by Salmah.