DJ Slaughter Elly – Peter Miles Vs Redsan Mix

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DJ Slaughter Elly is at it again. It is public knowledge that Ugandans love to party, the kind of partying where you dance until morning.  Some of the most dominant genres on the Ugandan nightlife scene are Reggae and Dancehall without a doubt. Our neighbors in Kenya also have a strong Reggae/Dancehall culture and for years, both countries have put out a bevy of dancehall anthems/hits with some being collaborations by artists from both sides.

With Uganda having artists like Peter Miles, Chameleone, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, A Pass, Rabadaba amongst many others, and Kenya having Redsan, E-Sir, Mr. Googz, Mr. Lenny, Madtraxx, Nameless to mention but a few, East Africa has had its fair share of fire when it comes to Dancehall.

This eventually raised a couple of questions. Who are the kings of Dancehall in Uganda and Kenya? The answer to this, Peter Miles for Uganda and Redsan for Kenya. After that, we couldn’t help but wonder, “Who of the two artists has put out better Dancehall tracks over the years? Did one of the two just copy a style that was originally developed by the other?”

DJ Slaughter Elly’s take.

As usual, we had to answer these questions the best way we can as DJs. DJ Slaughter Elly, who by the way believes that Redsan is better than Peter Miles did a one hour mix on the show last Saturday containing some of the best Dancehall tracks done by the two artists to back his opinion.

We hope that by the time you are done listening to this mix, all the questions above have been answered clearly. Remember, it’s never too late to have your say so let us know who you think is better in the comments section or tweet us your opinion. Check out the mix, download it and don’t forget to share it with a friend.

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1Der Jr premieres “Mama Africa” (Recap #SNMS No. 264)

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For those that may not know who 1Der Jr is, he is the Ugandan rapper who has been on the scene for quite while now. He is the artist behind the tracks “Drogba”, “Kampala” and “Tebatusobola”. After taking a while to properly analyze the Ugandan music industry and how it works, 1Der Jr recently decided to resume releasing material.

The rapper is back with a new single called “Mama Africa” that features Andre and Charlene. He joined us on the show last Saturday to release the song and we also got to know more about the ideologies and philosophies that he keeps in mind as he comes up with new music.

“Mama Africa” is an up-tempo track leaning towards an Afro-Beat style on which 1Der Jr raps in three languages (English, Luganda and Runyakitara) praising Africa for its natural beauty and emphasizing unity irrespective of one’s country of origin on the continent.

The chorus bears additional vocals from Andre in a dancehall style with some backing from Charlene and production by Aethan. It’s basically a song with a good message that can also get you dancing and is meant to set the tone for his forthcoming project as he said.

1Der Jr’s beliefs.

1Der Jr also shared with us about how his relationship with God is a major influence in the way he creates his music, his mission to inspire and edify when it comes to culture, and also the calculative steps he is taking to package his music in a way that makes it worth consuming for both the Ugandan listeners and those elsewhere.

You can listen to a bit of his interview and also download his song. Once you have it, talk about it and definitely share it with as many people as you can.

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High Society Music – Asetulalumu (Recap #SNMS No. 264)

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High Society Music is a rap group that consists of Mainest, Larry, Humphrey and 8th Wonder 256. The year was 2012, the place, a dormitory at St. Mary’s College Kisubi. Armed with a flash disk containing about 200 instrumentals, they started playing them on the dormitory stereo system and rapping over them to make songs.

High Society Music in detail.

4 years later, they are in their S.6 vacation and much as they warm up for university to take on programs like Architecture, Quantitative Surveying, Mass Communication and Business, they aren’t sleeping at all. Having dropped the single T.G.I.F. a while ago, they are back with a new single called “Asetulalumu” which features Benezeri. They came by for the show last Saturday to officially premiere the track and tell us more about themselves.

As the group elaborated, Asetulalumu is a track about the kind of guy who excels at whatever he is down for, be it making music, partying or anything in between. The production was handled by Drift with some extra contribution from Baru Beatz and bears some dynamic percussion with an opulent orchestral touch.

Apparently, they started out as Retarded Music but later dropped the name and decided to go with High Society Music. We also learnt that they have a remix for their previous single T.G.I.F. coming out at the end of this week and it features Tucker HD and Mal-X. The group also has a mixtape on the way called “Dorm Room Inspiration” and they will be holding a release party for it on 20th May.

We don’t get to hear a lot of new music from different Ugandan rap groups regularly so you should definitely savor this one. Check out a portion of their interview, download the track and make sure you share it.

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DJ Slaughter Elly – Who Sampled Who mix

Last week as I was having a some beers in my local kafunda, I started thinking about sampling.

Sampling is when an artist takes a vocal snippet or a music loop from Old Skool song (especially those that were big hits) and repurposes it for use in their own song. For example J. Cole’s track “Adolescence” samples 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G’s “Running”.

It takes some real mastery to pull it off well. Many sampled songs are are ish ish. Their quality doesn’t come close to the original.

The use of samples is of course different from covers, even thought the two are mistaken a lot. In covers, an artist sings the same words and may use the same instrumental too. Covers are mainly used by reggae and dancehall artists. There are very few hiphop artists that do covers.

Since us DJ’s talk with our hands, I decided to perform a mix I have called #WhoSampledWho during my set on #SNMS this past Saturday.

Take a listen below and let me know what you think. Tracklist after the jump.

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SNMSLive VIDEO: JC Muyonjo – If we Try

Ladies and Gents, our very first SNMSLive video: JC Muyonjo – If we Try.

The UG urban music scene is complex.

It is well known to us here in Uganda that we don’t have a characteristic “sound” like they do in other parts of Africa (at least not one we like to publicly acknowledge – kidandali anyone?).

We regard countries that do (Nigeria and South Africa in particular) with a touch of envy in this regard and we see this lack of character as a symptom of the one of that absolute worst of Ugandan traits: that we are copycats, not innovators.

This, we say, is why we have all these patois-speaking dancehall artists who’ve only seen Jamaica on their TVs. And all these where-Brooklyn-at rappers with confusing New-York-via-Kawempe accents.

Whether or not that’s true is a debate for more intelligent people than I. I, instead, prefer to look at the situation from another angle.

You see, the fact that we are such good “copycats” means that whatever your musical taste, you will find a Ugandan that makes it.

And makes it well!

Step up to the stage Mr JC Muyonjo.

He, like many UG urban artists, started his musical journey in church, and his music can be probably be best described as Afro-Soul – although with all of today’s genre-blending, who knows what that means.

SNMSLive VIDEO: JC Muyonjo – If we Try

“If we try” is smooth, it’s mellow and in case you thought all music these days is bend-over-n-show-me-how-you-twerk, it carries a message.

Watch the video for more.

This SNMSLive video is something we hope to do a bit more of here. Because we are such a mixture of styles in UG, our artists need as much help pushing good songs as we can give them.

Download the video (using the link underneath the video) and share with your friends, especially the UG urban music skeptics.

Let’s let the world know that although we may not have a characteristic sound here in Uganda, we have plenty of style. 🙂

The Producers’s Credit via TheTribeUG

By Josh SB:

In this current generation, a producer is an artist himself by just staying behind the desk and using his hands to speak/talk/sing. Producers should just brand themselves in order to get the recognition they are looking for because unlike other genres, I think hip-hop globally has tried to push n promote producers.

Interesting read, you can read the rest over on the TribeUG

TheTribeUG should be on your daily read list by the way.

March 2016 UG Urban Music Roundup

Here’s the March 2016 UG Urban Music Roundup:

St Nelly-Sade’s CRAZY MAD 9 min Freestyle!

Before we get to friend-of-the-show St Nelly-Sade’s crazy mad 9 min freestyle, this was a actual reason he dropped by the SNMS studios on Saturday:

More vim – St Nelly Sade ft Black Boi & Jhay Efekt

 

A collaboration with Ghana’s Black Boi & Jay Efekt and Urban Aksent music, this is one of the few tracks St Nelly Sade will be working on this year. His main focus will be on the End of the Weak battles later in the year, news of which we will bring you as soon as it comes available.

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ST Nelly-Sade’s CRAZY MAD 9 min Freestyle

While he was with us in studio, he also did this…

Tip: If your internet connection is slow, it might take a while to load, but trust me it’s worth the wait. Grab yourself a coffee, get a rolex and settle in nicely before pressing play.

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Ting Badi Malo ReUP – Flex D’Paper x Khaligraph Jones x Chris Kantai (Recap #SNMS no. 262)

The Ting Badi Malo reUP is a proper today track.

Is impossible to not compare this “ReUp” with the original Gidi Gidi Maji Maji track from the mid 2000s. That was over a decade ago(!) and East African music was in a very different place.

The original Ting Badi Malo had a very obvious party vibe. It was the Kenya’s answer to Fatmans Scoop’s ‘Be faithful’. The message was simple and straightforward: let’s party!

Who cared what they were saying in the middle!

(By the way, I always heard something like “KetchemanaPing Tokemanaka, ting badi maloooo!” – which I’m sure is a little bit not quite correct.)

Fast forward ten years, here comes the reUP,and boy oh boy it’s mean!

Ting Badi Malo ReUP – Flex D’Paper x Khaligraph Jones x Chris-Kantai

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Khaligraph Jones and Chris Kantai created a track that is almost the polar opposite of the original, and that is a great thing!

The 2004 track coaxed and encouraged you to join the party.

The 2016 version doesn’t give two flying fucks whether you join in or not. The party will go on regardless.

Ting Badi Malo ReUP

Flex d’paper represents UG with aplomb. There is a certain skill needed to flow on a beat like this and Flex nails it.

Download and share, people. Download and share.

ShemyB – Ebilango ft Kalibba (Recap #SNMS no. 262)

ShemyB’s Ebilango ft Kalibbba comes out of Port Bell Drive Music, and we seem to get a new quality track from that outfit every week!

The latest is a lugaflow rapper called Shemy B, who told me on SNMS that he as been out there for quite a while, although I must admit I only heard of him a few weeks ago when he submitted his tracks to us via this site.

(That’s more of a fault of ours, by the way)

In any case, ShemyB was not kidding. He already released his debut project, Street Identity, last August, and is firmly committed to his music hustle. On Saturday night he was on his way to shoot a video after our interview and he dropped this track.

ShemyB – Ebilango ft Kalibbba

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You can find copies of Street Identity at Port Bell Drive music studios in Mutungo, at Pool Nest in Kireka and at the National theatre.

Of course you can also get in touch with Shemy B on his Twitter and Facebook pages or call him direct on: 0704993090

New UG Music: 2015 wrap up – Ruyonga

Is it too late in the year for a 2015 wrap up?

Who cares???

Check out the latest from Ruuu below:

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And make sure to shout out Ruyonga on Twitter or Facebook!

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#SNMS No. 262: This weekend on the show

This weekend on #SNMS, it’s the first Saturday of April so we shall be playing strictly Ugandan music on the show.

#SNMS Guest Line-up

St. Nelly Sade will be joining us to premiere his new single titled “More Vim” that features Black Boi from Ghana and Jhay Efekt.

The rapper Shemy B will also be in studio with us for the release of his single called “Ebilango” which features Kalibba.

Flex D’Paper recently appeared on the remix of the track Ting Badi Malo by Khaligraph Jones which he will be premiering on the show this Saturday.

The show starts at 8PM on RadioCity 97FM and you can listen in online at http://www.radiocity.ug.

Canaan Gents & an ATCQ tribute [Recap #SNMS No. 261]

Canaan Gents Interview

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Phife Dawg Tribute
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Last Saturday on SNMS, the Canaan Gents paid us a visit at the Radiocity studios.

If you haven’t yet heard their latest song titled “He Lives”, you can get it right here.

Canaan Gents interview and a tribute to Phife Dawg

Plus, as a tribute to Phife Dawg, the legendary member of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, who passed on last week, we did a special mix of a couple of the groups best tracks.

So if you are as serious a hip-Hop fan as we are, or if you want to learn more about what Hip-Hop was like back in the day, download the mix and share it with your friends.

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This weekend on #SNMS no. 261

It’s Easter!

And in keeping with the spirit of the season, we are hosting gospel acapella group, Canaan Gents for the premiere of the new single titled “He Lives”.

If you don’t know about Canaan gents, shame on you!

We will also be paying our respects to Phife Dawg by doing a 1-hour special Tribe Called Quest mix,

The show starts at 8PM on RadioCity 97FM, http://radiocity.ug for the online listeners.

TUNE IN!

Big Tril drops the video for his single “Sumo Mi” featuring Ujay

The rapper Big Tril without a doubt had a good 2015, with the campaign for his forthcoming album “Trilogy” including the very successful single “Pretty Girls”, in addition to “Sumo Mi” and “Batuwulira”. The rapper hasn’t fallen short when it comes to the video side either, going as far as getting airplay on continental TV channels like MTV Base Africa. Keeping up the hard work in 2016, he has finally released the video for his afrobeat/dance-themed collaboration with Ujay titled “Sumo Mi”.

Check out the video and don’t forget to share it.

Canaan Gents usher in the Easter season with their new single “He Lives”

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A while back, the acapella group Canaan Gents joined us on #SNMS for the release of their single titled “Sing”.

They went on to follow it up with “Azaalidwa” and another song called “Nkwagala” that features Benezeri in an effort to become a dominant voice on the Ugandan Gospel scene through acapella releases and live performances at weddings, corporate events and other events.

If you thought they were about to slow down, you’d be very wrong! They have released a new single titled “He Lives” just in time for Easter.

Listen, download and share the track with a friend.

Radiocity’s McKenzie interviews Anne Kansiime about her debut one-woman show

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Anne Kansiime Interview
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From humble career beginnings with Theatre Factory, the actress/comedian, Anne Kansiime has been on an upward journey in the field of comedy for a while now. After appearing on several TV shows like Barbed Wire, U-Turn and MiniBuzz on NTV, all while still performing with Fun Factory, she has continued taking major leaps in the comedy industry that have led to her having her own TV show “Don’t Mess With Kansiime” on Maisha Magic.

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Having become a Youtube sensation and performed at shows across Africa and overseas, the looming question, just like with many other successful comedians has been “When is she doing a solo show?” That time has finally come as she will be performing solo in the “I Am Kansiime” show at Imperial Royale Hotel this Thursday at 7PM.
Anne came by RadioCity to chat with Mckenzie last Sunday. Check out the audio below:

Recap: #SNMS No. 260

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Young-Cardamom-HAB – Wabula Naawe

 

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Young-Cardamom-HAB Interview

 

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Mr. Styles – Woman

 

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Mr. Styles Interview

 

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Byg Ben & Sharon Sento – Khenisisakule

 

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Byg Ben & Sharon Sento Interview

 

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This past weekend we hosted the eclectic duo of Young Cardamom and HAB, two rappers who you might remember from their “Kanda Clap” single form late last year. Their latest effort is called “Wabula Naawe” which they premiered on the show last Saturday. They also told us a little more about their future plans that include the release of an EP about two months from now.

There is a number of artists putting out Reggae music in Uganda and among the few that are doing it right is an artist called Mr. Styles. The Gagamel Crew member paid us a visit last weekend and premiered his new single titled “Woman” which celebrates women by pointing out some of the vital roles they play in society. Mr. Styles also talked to us about what lies ahead including new tracks, live recording, music videos and also shed a little light on life as a Rastafari.

A short while ago, we hosted a rapper called Byg Ben along with her cousin Sharon Sento from Mbale who premiered their single “Ndolelele” that has been quite a success so far. We also hosted TheWeezy, the producer behind this single for a breakdown of the process of its creation. Byg Ben has since released the Ndura EP, off of which he premiered his new single titled “Khenisisakule” on the show last weekend, a track on which he teams up with Sharon Sento and TheWeezy again. He talked to us about the meaning of this track, the journey since the release of “Ndolelele” and different experiences performing in his hometown and in Kampala.

 

The Milege World Music Festival

For those that have heard of Milege before, you probably know it as an Afro-Jazz band and for those that haven’t, Milege is more than just an Afro-Jazz Band. Milege is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting performance arts in East Africa through staging and supporting entertainment events with a strong emphasis on the preservation of our cultural heritage across East Africa. One of such events is the annual Milege World Music Festival that brings together a variety of bands, dance groups, musicians, poets, fashion designers and other kinds of performers complimented by an assortment of recreational activities like boat rides, storytelling, forest walks and more. This year’s edition starts on the 25th of November and ends on the 27th. Check out some of their content and mark your calendar.