Sal’s Picks – Oct 2016

October saw less audio releases in UG urban music than I wanted. I ALWAYS want more but I was told that it’s probably because artists are busy booking end of year gigs and thus spend less time in studio.

Let’s quickly run through the 2 or 3 songs that rose above the rest from last month’s releases.

BODY – Rabadaba & Jody
: The song didn’t hit me on first listen but on the second, I noticed the catchy beat it has. Real groovy. Well done THE WEEZY but then again, he is a great producer. We are used to a more rough and energetic Rabadaba than who we got in this song.
Rabadaba -Jody

TWO III – Chief : This song is the true definition of urban in my opinion. I love it. A lot! Great beat, amazing flow and ok lyrics. Although we should start a campaign to have Chief change his name. The name makes it hard to find him when you are looking for him online.
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TOMBAWALA – TLT (The Lyricist team) : A composition of underground rappers. Catchy chorus. Notice I wrote the title as one even when they are two words? I have a reason but I won’t say.
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OMUTIMA – Toniks : This is my favorite song from last month. Plus, it was also produced by THE WEEZY. A kind of different production. It has an EDM and afro fusion. I like it. Had been a minute since we heard from Toniks. Glad to have him back. And he put together very easy and catchy lyrics.

SAMPLE – Voltage & Nutty Neithan : The combination in itself is amazing so you know what the song is all about. Both voltage and Nutty Neithan are growing on me. The song has the right tempo. Groovy and the lyrics are easy as well. It might be the most successful song out of the bunch from October. Just watch.

A pass: Well he released about 8 songs last month. 7 of which were released in 7 days! Great initiative. Go listen to them and tell me what you think. Some are good. some are just alright. The ones I like though are DADDY, TULO and ORUSO

Let us wait for November. However busy these artists are, we need more music. Please!

[VIDEO] SNMSLive EP08 – Rabadaba’s advice on girls

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For those that don’t know yet, the longstanding dancehall artist Rabadaba is staging a fully-fledged come back after being quiet for a while as he concentrated on acting. Last week, he joined us on the show to premiere his latest single called “Body” which features a singer called Jody.

“Body”, which was produced by Theweezy contains lyrics that make it obvious that Rabadaba is trying to woo a certain girl by drowning her in compliments. He told us that the video for this song it to be shot two weeks after the official premiere of the song but before Rabadaba gets in front of that camera, we made sure he got in front one of ours for a challenge.

Keeping in line with the song’s lyrical content, we asked Rabadaba about how to approach a girl who is on the dance-floor if you want to dance with her or talk to her, basically the dos and don’ts. He proceeded to break it down for us, explaining how there are different types of girls and that each type requires a different approach.

From what we can tell, and through his own admission, we came to learn how Rabadaba has evolved as a person after the experiences he has been through during his hiatus and how this has manifested in his music. The formerly wild artist is now a little bit more laid-back and much as he still has his throwback moments, even the way he delivers the lyrics on his track is more relaxed and refined with occasional singing incorporated into the whole performance.

This new single is set to serve as the opener for the campaign to his forthcoming album which he said he hopes to release at some point in 2017. Rabadaba made a reputation off of having some of the most unique and well-constructed lyrics in his rhymes and he still is that way. Check out the track and make sure you share it.

A quick look at Ceaserous video for “Dangerous”

One of the most trending names when it comes to the young kids on the Ugandan dancehall scene is Ceaserous without a doubt and he just recently released the official video for video for one of his latest singles, “Dangerous”.

“Dangerous”, which was produced by Levi sees Ceaserous expanding his trademark style that involves more bravado-filled raps on the verses and softer, more passionate crooning on the chorus that match perfectly with the bouncy nature of the combination the punch-filled kicks and string elements on this track.

The video for this song was shot by the multiple award nominated (and winning) director, Sasha Vybz and much as the bulk of its concept resembles a later template the director has adopted, he still manages to do some great work on it.

The video just like a number of others directed by Sasha Vybz features a number of shots in an outdoor yard party, with a campfire as part of the setting this time around. Ceaserous appears to be captivated by a beautiful light-skinned woman dressed in extremely skimpy denim shorts with brown curly hair.

He approaches her totally oblivious to the fact that she’s there with some other guys (that don’t look so friendly) and they head into the darkness of the woods. The video proceeds to show the two enjoying a later daytime date that involves quad-biking on a highway. Their adventures culminate in the bedroom where the not-so-friendly guys “cut the party short” before Ceaserous can get into any action.

I have to commend the director on the variety in color, from the African print shirts the people are donning, the props such as drums and turntables, to the constructed structures and vegetation captured in different shots. He also does a fair job playing around with the light, as he shuffles between semi-silhouette images and fully lit ones.

I’ve played this song a couple of times in the bars and it seems to go down well with the crowd (especially the girls), but as for the video, make sure you check it out, judge and share it.

Rabadaba releases his new single titled “Body”

Body – Rabadaba ft. Jody
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Rabadaba Interview
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When someone says the name Rabadaba, the first thing that comes to mind is the deafening screams that I would hear when the DJ dropped “Bwekiri” and everyone on the dance-floor (most of whom were breaking curfew) would start singing along word for word.

The then extremely wild dancehall artist went on to release his debut album “Musanvu Kitundu” which is luganda for 1:30 (AM in this case) and after releasing roughly 15 singles after that era of the Mukyamu’s, Mwami Sentama and Nsula Olunyilili, he enjoyed another peak with tracks like “Akokya” and “Love Potion” featuring Don MC but it still felt like he was on a hiatus.

Rabadaba is back in style and last weekend, he joined us on the show to premiere his new single called “Body” which was produced by Theweezy and features the Rwandese songstress Jody. “Body” is pure mid-tempo dancehall song with fat kicks and a very infectious thick bass track. This song is guaranteed to make people dance (not want to dance but dance).

He talked to us about the challenges of juggling music with acting since he got his debut TV role in the new local series “Beneath the Lies” and went on to say that much as music is his first love, he still wants to do a lot more acting and he feels his fairly talented when it comes to that field.

He also told us about the making of the song “Body” and how he had to push Jody to step out of her comfort zone/boundaries since back in her homeland, people are a little bit more conservative and some of the lyrics he want to her to drop on this song would put her in a difficult position. The two eventually managed to strike a middle-ground and come out with a potential year-long hit.

According to him, the video is being shot in 2 weeks and in my opinion, if this song is given the kind of massive promotion it deserves, it will definitely go down as one of the biggest songs in Uganda in 2017. Don’t say I didn’t tell you when that happens.