Chief releases a new single titled “Two-111”

Two-111 – Chief

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A lot has been going on since the group Clansmen emerged on the scene earlier this year and one of their current members, Chief is keeping the fire burning. The rapper has a new single titled “Two-111” pronounced “twenty three” just a few days after the release of a diss-track called “Sharapova” aimed at former Clansmen member Benezeri.

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With an instrumental largely made up of 808 drums and trumpets (a sound that Chief has shown an ability perform well with before on the track “Mukiga w’amani”) courtesy of production from Ledra, Chief talks about how he is doing well relative to his age and even touches briefly on some of the opinions about his extreme approach on “Sharapova”, saying he doesn’t really care.

During a brief chat with him over the phone, he said that this is supposed to show that he can continue to thrive amidst all the negative energy from the Clansmen-Benezeri beef and that he can actually make good music that isn’t about dissing. He also informed me that come Wednesday, he will be dropping a track called “Mpaako” (luganda for “Give me some”) featuring fellow Clansmen rapper KSL.

He made it clearly that he is not going to be resting any time soon and that after this release, he has a couple of more tracks to give to the fans, saying he’ll most probably follow that one up with a song called “Mama said” after which he will drop something for the dance-floor called “Muliro (She’s on fire)”.

The year is almost coming to an end and we are eager to see each Clansmen follow through on the things they talked about in regard to their respective personal careers during the premiere of “Onjagazaki”. If you like highly energetic Hip-Hop that makes you get off your seat and start moving around erratically, make sure you download this song and share it.

[VIDEO] SNMSLive EP07 – Party in Ze Bush

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By now you’ve probably heard of the UgTravelMonth by The Pearl Guide and if you haven’t, DJ Slaughter Elly and I have you covered. Last weekend, we joined a couple of people for the 3rd trip under this theme which was to L. Mburo National Park.

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Our major task was to make sure that people had a good time at the party which was at Arcadia Lodge on Saturday night but there was definitely more to do before that eventually happened. In this episode of the SNMSLive video podcast, we show you a little bit about what happened before and after people got tipsy in the wild.

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The Pearl Guide has dedicated October to travelling around Uganda and experiencing the beauty of nature. The trips start on Saturday morning and end on Sunday morning, each having a party on Saturday night. There are various activities on the line-up ranging from boat-rides to game drives depending on the spot you’re visiting.

The UgTravelMonth is powered by Total Excellium, Nile Special, 97FM Radiocity, Jumia Travel UG and MTN Uganda. For those that haven’t yet taken part in this initiative, there is still one more trip this weekend where those participating will get to go to Jinja and see what the district has to offer.

I’d like to commend the people at The Pearl Guide for coming up with a fun and affordable way for people to enjoy what Uganda has to offer in different sectors such as tourism, food and hospitality, culture, entertainment and nightlife.

For details on how to be a part of the next trip, visit www.thepearlguide.co.ug/utm. You can also check them out on their various social media pages for more pictures from the previous trips. Uganda is rich when it comes to wildlife and nature in general and we all need to play our part in highlighting, celebrating and promoting it. Don’t forget to share the video with the next person.

Vote for our Ugandan artists this awards season

Awards season is here and by now you probably already know that a couple of our Ugandan artists have been nominated in different categories of different award shows in Africa mainly the MAMAs (MTV Africa Music Awards) and AFRIMAs (All Africa Music Awards). Firstly, I’d like to congratulate all the artists that are up for awards, a lot of work goes into getting there and I can confidently say that they all deserved these nominations.

Sheebah Karungi is up for the MAMA Video of the Year award for “Kisasi Kimu” and Bebe Cool is up for the MAMA Listener’s Choice award. Eddy Kenzo is up for the AFRIMA Best Male East African Artist (along with Chameleone, Bebe Cool and Navio), Irene Ntale, Juliana Kanyomozi and Cindy Sanyu are all up for the Best Female East African Artist.

Eddy Kenzo is also up for AFRIMA Best African Collaboration, Best African Contemporary, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year (along with Navio in the last two categories). Cindy Sanyu is also up for the AFRIMA Best African Reggae/Ragga/Dancehall along with Ziza Bafana.

It is good to see that Ugandan artists dominated in numbers when it comes to nominations within the East African region which is evidence that as much as there might be some bigger artists from other East African countries, Uganda as a country is supreme in this region which is a step in the right direction if we are to ever dominate the continent at large.

I want to call upon all Ugandans to remember to spare some time and vote our Ugandan artists. If you feel that some other African artist is more deserving of the award in a particular category where there’s a Ugandan artist nominated too, we can’t stop you from voting for them but if you are more focused on getting our names out there and having our industry gain more recognition for its contribution to African music annually, then by all means vote for the Ugandans.

Don’t forget to share and remind your friends to do the same, let’s support Ugandan music as much as we can.

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Ugandan Entertainment: Competition is key

The Ugandan entertainment industry has a lot of artists, DJs, producers, event promoters/organizers, etc.  Most of these guys are great in their fields of expertise and also have a wide load of experience. So the only way to keep being the “crème de la crème”, is you need to be ready to compete with way too many people than you will ever count!

I hear lots of people saying that “An artist shouldn’t compete with anyone, compete with yourself and chill”. My friend, better trash this notion and get into the real world! Start competing. Start weighing yourself with other cats in the industry that you’re into because the more you compete, the better you get as an individual.

Competition is healthy as long as you use it to push yourself.  I know very many already established artists and DJs don’t want to admit it but most of them fear competition. So here is some advice for all upcoming DJs and artists, embrace competition. When you are still new to the Ugandan entertainment industry these already established artists or DJs will get freaked out and if they don’t up their game ASAP, they get kicked out.

Here is a perfect example that will come in handy for DJs. I have a friend called DJ Mato. DJ Mato wanted to be better than some DJ (I wouldn’t want to mention his name so let’s call him DJ X). Mato practiced day and night just to be better and beat DJ X. After about 6 months of constant practice, Mato was not only better than DJ X but he had also gained way more skill than he would have gained if he had just sat back and imagined that he doesn’t need to compete.

Do anything to be better than the guy who you are in the same industry with! Copy if you can! But make sure that after beating the person who you had set your target on, you move on to the next until they are all done. Then you can now think of competing with yourself! Tweet me @djslaughterelly and let me know what you think.

SNMSLive EP06 – Radiocity’s KIU Freshers’ Ball

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The university semesters started a while ago (which means the party season is here) and Radiocity has been heavily involved this time around. Last weekend, DJ Slaughter Elly and I headed to Radiocity’s KIU Freshers’ Ball at the Kampala International University campus in Kansanga and I have to say, we had a couple of surprises.

There were lots of people at the event and when we found out that the artists slated to perform were going on stage before our sets, we wanted to gauge how much they fired up the crowd and see whether the energy would maintained when they left and it was time for our sets.

After a couple of the usual less-known curtain-raising acts were done, I got on the decks and the highly energetic Roden Y of the “Kabbako” and “Ndeku” fame stepped on stage and went so crazy even the fans that were singing along to the chorus couldn’t keep up with him. He vibrated and stomped the stage so hard that my laptop nearly fell off the stand.

Just when I was starting to think that this was the highlight of the night and that it couldn’t be topped, Sheebah stepped on stage and the screams got even louder as she unpacked most of her later hits, gyrated and even did a near-full length acapella version of one of her songs while constantly moving across the stage with a bossy demeanor.

Coco Finger also did a nostalgia-inducing set filled with a good number of the first hits of his career plus a couple of newer cuts that have a lot of potential while backed by a flock of rowdy male dancers. When the artists got done, I handed over to DJ Slaughter Elly and as they say, the rest is history. If you want to know how mad the party was, check out this video and make sure you share it with your friends. Big thanks to Radiocity for the support.

iLLAMADi releases the video for “Simple Life”

The London-based Ugandan rapper iLLAMADi has finally brought a visual side to his “Simple Life” single. A while ago, we told you about a single of his called “Sokx N Slides” and much as I really liked it, I was a little bit gloomy seeing as it seemed like the “Simple Life” single which had a lot of potential had taken a back seat before fully realizing it.

It turns out I was wrong since iLLAMADi has dropped the video for “Simple Life”. With the production handled by D. Harmony, iLLAMADi solicits the help of a formidable vocalist called Elyon for the chorus, giving the slow Hip-Hop song a laidback breezy element.

iLLAMADi synchronizes with the swing in the drums and goes on to rap about how even with all the hard work and subsequent achievements, one of his major desires is to live a simple life, using the image of life in the rural countryside with a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and the distractions brought about by technology as an example.

The video for this song which was directed by Aron is pre-dominantly set in the rural Ugandan landscapes, with some breath-taking scenery that includes large rocks, green plains and a calm lake. iLLAMADi gives some contrast, moving through a homestead on a hoverboard and then riding down a village road on a bicycle.

As usual, iLLAMADi sprinkles a little humor into the video at the end as he tries to control a cow that is grazing, an attempt that ends in a totally different way from what he was trying to achieve. Now that this video is out, I hope he’ll make an effort to shed more light on some of the other tracks on this CD single but for now, check it out and make sure you share it.

September 2016 UG Urban Music Roundup

By now you must be used to these monthly round-ups and now that we are 10 days into October, you must be yearning for this write up know we are going to talk about what UG urban music looked like in September, Yes? Yes.

In numbers, September looked a lot like August with a few audio releases and even fewer videos. Let’s just get into it.

KELEWA – VOLTAGE X MEAKU ; This is one of my favorite songs from September. Usually I don’t like artists that do a complete turn-around with their sound but I appreciate this song even if Voltage moved from heavy dancehall to slow tempo afrobeat (Mister Deejay doesn’t agree that this is Afrobeat. Let us not mind him). Plus, this song features one of my personal best RnB voices from an African, Meaku. Love his voice, love this song.

ESSAWA – A PASS ; Rumor has it that A Pass wakes up in the morning, goes to studio and makes music all day then goes to sleep after. I guess that explains his numerous releases. It also explains why his music does well. He puts in time and work. ESSAWA is one of those that he released last month. The verses are more appealing if you ask me. But the chorus is catchy. I have hit the replay button more than once on this one.

NO APOLOGIES – AJO & ESSIE ; Apart from the over-cursing in Ajo’s verses that would make some radio stations not play this song and the fact that in some way I feel like I am listening to TYGA, I think this song is brilliant. It is definitely urban music, has great production, unexpected punch lines and it has Essie! My favorite song from September when it comes to UG urban music without question.

FARMER (RMX) – YKEE BENDA & SHEEBAH ; It has become a thing to like all songs that have Sheebah in them. Whether you want to or not. She brings something unexplainable to every song! However holy you are, the lyrics to this song make you think of very naughty, unclean, groping-type-of things.

NYONGERA – MAURICE KIRYA & VAMPINO ; I am sure a high percentage of Ugandan music lovers have waited for this collaboration for quite a while. The Kirya brothers. Well, the song was released last month. The second I received it, I dropped everything I was doing to listen to it. Sigh. The song isn’t bad but I wanted more (Pun intended) Maurice Kirya did not disappoint with his voice and it feels like this was his song but he called his brother to at least do a minute. Vampino seemed uninspired on this song. The Vampino we are used to did not show up on this day. The production however was great.

ROCK CITY GAL – KEINOH & TUCKER HD ; So, Tucker gave us the expected… and more! He opened the song and his verse was as captivating as he intended it to be. Very likely that this is my favorite verse of the whole year! Strong. Keinoh did not do a bad job either especially with the language switches but I think he should rap more to get recognition and mileage. Also, the production of this song was top notch.

#1 SPICE – YOUNG CARDAMOM & HAB ; This is actually from the official soundtrack to Queen of Katwe, the movie. First time I heard it, it was OK. Then I listened again and I have to say, the creativity that went into this song is way up there. I got to appreciate it. A lot. I love it. Now I find myself singing “Bring the favor to the fish, bring the favor to the rice” (I really hope those are the correct lyrics) Catchy!

There were some more songs that were released that unfortunately did not make it to the list most likely because I did not hear them.

As for the videos, Vampino released SMART WIRE, Benezeri released Ndiwabulijjo RMX with the crew and Jah Brixman released Mwagala. You can also find all these songs here.

October, please be good to us. Let us see more UG urban music videos. Please.

Written by Salmah

 

The genesis of St. Nelly Sade’s career

Our artist of the month for October is none other than the ever-rising rapper/freestylist, St. Nelly Sade. The widely acclaimed Lugaflow rapper started the campaign for his third studio album this year which has seen him release singles like “More Vim” and “Tukomyewo” that are enjoying some considerable success, especially the former but today, we are taking it back to the genesis of his career.

St. Nelly Sade was rapping by 2004 at Yale High School starting out as St. Nelly since his full name is Nelson and he was always known to be good, staying away from drugs and alcohol hence the “Saint” in his name. After losing his Finnish girlfriend Sade to lung cancer, he added her name to his stage name in honor of her memory.

He then went on to record his first song, a collaboration with AB Kale from Zanzibar called “My Lover” with the help of the producer Kiwuuwa of Grayce Records which got substantial airplay in Jinja. Having been defeated repeatedly in Hot 100 rap battles in 2008, he later joined Babaluku under Bavubuka All-stars where he started contemplating an album release even though he had no direction for it yet.

In 2009, St. Nelly Sade met Lyrical G, someone he really looked up to and the two recorded a song together called “K’akubiddewa” that later became a street anthem, going on to birth a street slang and become his first song to play on radio stations in Kampala. In the same year, he signed up for the Shadrack Kuteesa’s Hip-Hop Canvas competition and ended up amongst the top 10 finalists that included Big Tril, Before Christu (B.C.) and Bana Mutibwa (formely Burney MC) but they only got to record an album after going through another competition.

2010 was a little different seeing as he met a number of new faces after the competition such as Jungle The Man-eater, Gravity Omutujju, SP Omugunjule and BB Mawanvuwanvu amongst other and they eventually recorded a full album under Platinum Entertainment. They also got more platforms where to showcase such as WAPI at Hotel Africana organized by the British Council and Bonfire Nights at the National Theatre.

2011 came and they formed their own crew called “The Almighty Lugaflow Army” dedicated to fronting and protecting the uniqueness of rapping in indigenous languages. They recorded a couple of songs but their highlight was getting nominated for a PAM Award. With the motivation from this nomination and the numerous questions from fans about his deep Luganda, poetic rhymes and smiles during his performances, he realized that he was doing a translation of sorts and he made this the core concept for his first album.

He managed to overcome financial constraints after getting offers from different producers that believed in him such as JT from Yego, DJ Nesta from Heartbeat Records, Kron, Levy Beats from Urban Aksent plus some time at Bugaville Records in Bunga to record the album which he released in 2013. It sold at least 400 copies which showed him that he actually had support and served as a stepping stone for him.

Next Friday, we shall tell you a little bit more about his story but for now, check out his music and share it widely.

SNMSLive EP05 – Keko’s Strides

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It’s safe to say that in regard to Keko and her music career, retirement can wait. That talk was already fading when she announced an event to serve as a release party for her mixtape “Love from Venus” and made good on that promise around the beginning of June.

At the time, she had said that it would be her last project but it seems she was still sitting on a lot of product. Keko has now released a full-length album titled “Strides” that is available for purchase here. The 11-track album has a number of singles that some of you might already be familiar with such as “Let Me Go”, “Naughty”, “See Ya” and “Fly Solo”.

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It also has some later, equally exquisite tracks such as “Tell Me” and “Move Your Body”. The album’s direction is more along the lines of a party/dance mood while also addressing themes of love and the pursuit of one’s dreams in an elated manner that is occasionally becomes introspective.

The album also does well at pushing the envelope sonically, especially when it comes to the synthetic non-percussive elements of the melodies on different songs and the way they progress over the entire length of the song.

Keko joined us for a listening session of the album on the show last weekend and after her on-air interview, we had a brief chat with her about a couple of things outside the music for this episode of the SNMSLive video podcast.

For a glimpse at the off-stage Keko, an insight on her other day-to-day projects, her opinion on an assortment of current affairs in Uganda and some heart-warming anecdotes about her experiences at different points in her life, check out this video, share it with your fellow Kekonians and don’t forget to buy her album, and mixtape too.

Bebe Cool releases the video for his single “Sente”

Bebe Cool is continuing his streak of 2016 singles with a new one titled “Sente”. Now for those of you who are staunch Bebe Cool fans, you might be saying “wait a minute. That’s not new. He already has an old song called Sente”. Well, he actually does but seeing as he seems to be experiencing a creative spurt, he decided to do another track also called “Sente” but with a different spin.

This new single is more along the lines of a slower Zouk-style song with articulate percussion especially from the xylophone, and a subtle dance vibe to it. On this one, Bebe Cool talks about how people should be less obsessed with money especially when it comes to love and relationships, going on to say that a relationship built on money is bound to fail sooner or later.

The video for this single is also out now and Bebe Cool definitely does a good job at maintaining the new standard he has set for himself when it comes to the quality of his videos. Directed by Sasha Vybz, the video takes on an old-school style set at a performance night where Bebe is joined by a band including a member playing an accordion as some cultural troupe-looking guys play the xylophone.

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As expected with this concept, a good number of the people in the video have synthetic afros as part of their costumes. The video also scores well when it comes to incorporating lighting into the setup, having an assortment of Christmas-style lights hanging all-over the place. The storyline is synonymous with the lyrics, showing different scenarios where a poor man is outcompeted by a wealthy one as they vie for a woman’s love and attention with a tinge of humor.

I have to say though, I’m not so keen on the parts of the song where he is singing in French, maybe they’ll grow on me, maybe they won’t. Go check out the video and share it with a friend.

The Lyricist Team – Tomba Wala (Recap #SNMS No. 288)

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Ugandan Hip-Hop has seen a number of groups/duos becoming active on the scene this year and one of the newest names we have is The Lyricist Team. Comprised of the rappers behind the Uganda Lyricist Lounge i.e. Qreaus, Jungle Da Maneater, SP Omugunjule, B-Trabol & B.C. (Before Christ), the team paid us a visit on the show last weekend to premiere their new single titled “Tomba Wala”.

“Tomba Wala”, which is Luganda for “don’t be far” is a dance-themed song produced by Imon and recorded at Boogie Empire. The song has an evident African touch both in its sound and the artists’ performances. Each rapper delivers a verse in a different language from Uganda with B-Trabol rapping in Rukiga (Kigaflow), Qreaus in Runyankole (She-flow), Jungle in Lusoga (Lusoflow) and SP Omugunjule along with B.C. rapping in Luganda (Lugaflow).

In this song, each rapper is basically trying to tell a girl he’s interested in, in a night-out scenario to stop being elusive and come closer.

The five rappers had spent some time without appearing on a track together but still working on personal projects with B-Trabol having an already finished album, Qreaus having a steady campaign of singles, B.C. and SP collaborating on tracks like “Ondiisa Bubi Sente” amongst others.

They have also been involved in other Hip-Hop-related activities especially outside Kampala that have more to do with teaching and passing on skills to the younger members of the communities. During the interview, they told us that they are already working on another single and that they will be resuming the Lyricist lounge events soon.

When it comes to diversity in dialect on songs, the Lyricist Team is one the few acts that really deliver excellently. Go check out their new single, share it with a friend and be on the look-out for more of their projects.

SNMSLive EP04 – Drink Party Series with O.P.U.

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The highly versatile rapper O.P.U. has been slowly getting back onto the music scene having released the single “Arua Girl” a while ago with support from his new partners, Thunderbolt Productions in the build-up to the release of his debut album “Half Street Half Corporate”.

Around the end of 2015, O.P.U. released a considerably successful single called “Drink Party” which he has now decided to turn into a larger theme called the “Drink Party Series”. This is going to be a series of events where O.P.U. and a number of other pre-dominantly Hip-Hop acts will be performing their music and making a selection of their other products available for sale.

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The proceeds from these events will be going to Project R.I.C. (Reading Is Cool) whose first major goal is to refurbish the library at East Kololo Primary School and cater for a librarian to run it. The first of these events will be going down this Friday at Big Mikes starting at 7PM. There will be performances from Pryce Teeba, J.C. Muyonjo, Wonder, Adrenaline, DJ Slugface and a number of other acts with UG Hip-Hop merchandise on sale.

Now in this 4th episode of our video podcast, we invited O.P.U. for a little drinking game and put a catch on the results. There was a lot of drinking, winning and losing but to know what really went down, you’ll have to check out the video and find out for yourself.

A good number of you have mastered the art of drinking for no apparent reason but it would definitely be good to #Drink4ACause and get tipsy knowing that your actions are going to impact positively on the lives some young people in Uganda.

O.P.U. has always maintained that he wouldn’t do music without seeing it benefit society in ways beyond the entertainment value and this is just the beginning of his journey along this line so make the Drink Party Series your end of month plan/your Friday plan this week and support his work.

Young Cardamom & HAB – #1Spice

The Queen of Katwe film is out now (has had a premiere) and as you might or might not know, the Hip-Hop duo Young Cardamom & HAB was involved in the creation of music for the film’s soundtrack. Young Cardamom and HAB performed a single called “#1 Spice” that has two different sides to it.

“#1 Spice” starts off with a lower tempo, a bright well-applied brass section, a rich synthetic bass-line and is generally a Hip-Hop song for the first part. The two rappers go back-to-back dropping bars with cooking references interlocked with messages about ambition and hard work and peeks into the salt trade.

The song morphs gradually and turns into a much faster song with a more pronounced guitar track paired with vibrant percussion as the rappers sing a catchy hook to wrap up the song. In this part, they also pay tribute to/celebrate Kampala and the positives that come with living there.

The video for this song which was directed by Mira Nair is also out now and it features a number of members of the film’s cast pulling off some simple and jubilation-style dance moves in a number of different locations including a landing site by the lake. As usual, Young Cardamom and HAB bring their wacky ways in this one too but with more moderation.

They also do a good job when it comes to costumes and other setups in the different scenes. The duo has been getting more exposure in various parts of the country especially through performances at events such as the Club Mega Fest and Nyege Nyege Festival and now they have a chance to get some of their work viewed by a wider audience spanning over numerous distant geographical locations.

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It’s a good thing to see that we have a number of Ugandan creative involved in the telling of a Ugandan story even when a big chunk of the backing is foreign. Go check out the song, it’s video and make sure you share it. You can also listen to their EP here.

Have You Heard (Recap #SNMS No. 287)

Strobe Lights – Murder 4 Fun (M4F) ft. DoublEdge & Skinnie

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Whether it’s Ugandan music or music from elsewhere, one thing we like to do on the Saturday Night Mix Show is to bring you good music that you are probably not listening to and this time around, we decided to do it outside the mixes.

Last weekend, we started a new segment called Have You Heard where everyone on the show plays you one song that he likes and tells you why he thinks you should be listening to that particular song. Below is a little information about each of the songs that featured on the segment:

Strobe Lights – Murder 4 Fun (M4F) ft. DoublEdge & Skinnie

“Strobe Lights” is a fast-paced Afro-beat song with a party-theme that talks about the party life and the dynamics of a night out after a long week of work with a little emphasis on the girls that are always looking to get the free drinks and more from the guys.

The song’s production was handled by Tal-G & Skinnie with recording done at Infinite Studios. The song features 4 rap verses from Haze, Tal-G, Syf and Slim Neezy who were the four members of the group M4F. The song has at least four languages including English, Luganda, Rukiga and Kiswahili.

Do Some Ting – A Pass

This is a dancehall song that we can call A Pass’ attempt on the Moskato riddim. A Pass does well with the writing on the verses and the delivery. Seeing as this is a riddim that has been jumped on by Reggae/Dancehall heavyweights like Konshens and Voicemail, it’s safe to say that he delivered a result that is worth mentioning in the same sentence with the other songs on the riddim.

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Bando – A Boogie ft. Don Q

A song by A Boogie about how deep he is in the business of making and selling crack cocaine, from the late nights at the “trap-house” cooking to spending the profits and his troubles with the law.

Check out these songs and feel free to let us know what you think about them in the comments section, especially for the picks that fall under Ugandan music.

 

Benezeri releases the video for “Ndi Wabulijjo” remix

Our artist of the month for September, Benezeri recently released a remix for one of his singles off the “Made in UG” album titled “Ndi Wabulijjo”. The remix which just like the original, is a massive dancefloor anthem features Reazy on the chorus, plus Pryce Teeba and Santana, and as of today, its video is out.

Directed by Chris Kobel for Clumsy Filmz, it features all the four artists on the song with all the rappers having playing a specific character. Benezeri is the hustler, Pryce Teeba is the counsellor and Santana is the rich don. The video’s story is synonymous with the subject of their lyrics which involved each of them attempting to convince the girl they are pursuing to stay with them even though they don’t have much to offer when it comes to lavish treats and luxury.

The bulk of the video is set in the front yard of a typical Ugandan suburban residential bungalow with the rappers having conversations with the girls, who have facial expressions that indicate that they are not that interested in the rappers’ pitch. Benezeri is one of the few rappers in the new wave that have mastered the art of making a collaboration that has the potential to turn into a big hit. On the topic of collaborating, this is what he had to say:

“I don’t look at rap as an isolated genre. I look at it as a smaller component of music. Therefore, I feel my songs must have a beautiful chorus with a nice melody. It should also be catchy… I also strongly believe in fusion. I think rap on its own can be boring to a layman and so I fuse with other genres.”

If you are one of those people that believe that girls should be more willing to compromise when it comes to the financial abilities of a prospective partner and support them in working towards achieving their dreams, this song will definitely work for you. Check out the video and don’t forget to share it.

 

Voltage Music and Meaku team up for “Kelewa”

The rising dancehall duo Voltage Music has some new content for you. After a stretch of numerous wins for them including the release of the “Pull Up” video along with all the subsequent video premiere events, performances at the Club Mega Fest and Njogereza concert, Kent and Flosso are shifting the focus away from the “Breakout” album.

The two recently released a new song called “Kelewa” which according to them, “is a love/hate song”. Unlike the bulk of the songs on their latest album, “Kelewa” is a collaborative effort that features the California-based Nigerian artist Meaku.

The song has a slightly slowed-down Soukous-like electric guitar track fused with a Reggae/Dancehall-type drum track and a subtle but rich and deep occasionally-occurring bass line which make it an ideal pick for warming up the dance-floor. Another interesting thing about this song is the fact that its tempo and consequent mood demand for a singing approach which Kent and Flosso fair well at.

On this song, Voltage Music sing about a girl who they do a lot for but doesn’t appreciate and remains elusive, doing so in both English and Luganda with Meaku topping up in a style that comes off as a hybrid of R&B and a hint of a Jamaican patois-kind-of delivery.

Continental collaborations are becoming more common and more successful but unlike a while back when the Nigerian-South African ones were the most common, there has been a wave of Ugandan-Nigerian collaborations including contributions from Wizkid, Patoranking, Ketchup, Vector, Burna Boy and Orezi among others.

This collaboration goes to show that not only do Africans from different countries have a special synergy when it comes to making music, but also that the Ugandan music industry has garnered more attention and more people around Africa acknowledge that there’s a lot of talent in Uganda worth working with. Check out the song here and make sure you share it.

SNMSLive EP03 – Ugandan Music Trivia

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A lot of us like to talk about Ugandan music, praising it, dissing it and so on. But how well do we really know Ugandan music? From album titles to composition and production credits, a lot of the information worth knowing when it comes to any Ugandan artist’s work is often ignored seeing as the fans are usually more hell-bent on debating things such as how big of a hit a particular song is, whether the artist actually owns his/her cars and who is sleeping with who.

DJ Slaughter Elly and I have been doing a video podcast whose episodes are available every Wednesday with episode 1 and 2 already out. This time around, we decided to do something that would give us a chance to share with you a few things that we know about Ugandan music that might seems so obvious but actually aren’t common knowledge.

To put a little twist to it, we chose to incorporate the whole thing into a game and as you watch us play, we’d like you to join in from wherever you’ll be watching this and participate in the trivia too so you can test yourself and see how conversant you are with Ugandan music. If you happen to be watching it with a friend, get them to join in too.

The challenge involves both old and new material so this is as much of a current affairs lesson as it is a history lesson. On top of facts about the music, your knowledge of song lyrics will also be tested. If there are any other things you’d like to know about Ugandan music, please feel free to drop your question in the comment section and we’ll take care of you but for now, check out the video, share it with a friend and play the game too.

KSL gets ready to throw a listening party for his EP

One of the new names on the Ugandan Hip-Hop scene in 2016 is the rapper KSL. He first came to light as one of the members of the rap group Clansmen and then went on to release a couple of singles as a solo artist such as “Night Lights” and “Respect (Mbokya)”.

Currently, he has a single featuring Nutty Boi called “Kafulu” that is doing the rounds in Hip-Hop circles and enjoying significantly more acclaim than the previous singles. During the premiere of “Kafulu”, he told us that all these singles were part of an EP called “African Childhood Stories” that he said would be ready within two months already finished.

KSL has kept his word and as we wait for the video of “Kafulu” to drop, he will be having a listening party for the EP on the 24th of September at Rumor Has It (The Rumor) in Bukoto. The event will be starting at 6PM with music from DJ Regnic. Entry to the event will be free and if that is not enough, you will be able to get 3 beers for just UGX10, 000.

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Amongst the people backing the event is Gifted Music Group and Talent Hub UG. The last time we heard from KSL, this EP was to have 8 tracks including collaborations with other artists outside Uganda. For those of you that have been following his campaign, this is the time for you to come through and support and for those that had only heard him on Clansmen songs, here’s a chance to get to know him as a solo artist.

With production from Lawraid Vybz, Eno Beats, Sliqteq and Ledra, each one of the tracks on the project will be addressing a different experience in his life as he was growing up. Make sure you tell a friend and show up with one or more on the 24th to support KSL.

Wake – Tujjaguze (Recap #SNMS No. 286)

Tujjaguze – Wake

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When it comes to Ugandan Hip-Hop and R&B, the Christian artist collective Hidden Empire has one of the most solid rosters for the new generation which includes rappers like Wake. With one 2016 single titled “Tinsobola” to his name, the rapper/poet joined us on the show last weekend to premiere his new single “Tujjaguze”.

“Tujjaguze”, which is Luganda for “Let’s celebrate” is a smooth mid-tempo song with a joyous mood courtesy of production from Stonetown. Wake lays some neat rhymes over a blend of bright keys, low-pitched strings and a jubilation-filled brass track.

The song is basically a praise song telling the children of God to celebrate for the things God has done for them. Wake also happens to be a part of a rap/poetry duo called Potter’s Clay with Derrick the Priest and the single “Tujjaguze” is the first off a mixtape that the two are working.

Wake also told us that Stonetown has been backing him in many ways since 2011 including funding his studio time amongst other things. He has been involved in some social responsibility activities and actually worked on a project called the “Wash” poem for the charity Viva con Agua that is dedicated to improving on access to clean and safe drinking water in developing countries.

The rapper whose name and subsequent products are in a way aimed at getting people to be more aware about the important things happening within their society is also serious about taking his mission to his place of origin which is Pallisa.

He goes as far as incorporating phrases from the Lugwere dialect amongst other Ugandan ones into his music and other aspects of his brand. You can download his new single, share it with the next person and also check out his poetry projects on his soundcloud page.

Ykee Benda – Farmer Remix (Recap #SNMS No. 286)

Farmer Remix – Ykee Benda ft. Sheebah
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From solo artists to duos, the Ugandan Reggae/Dancehall is bustling with a lot of new names and one of the more notable ones is Ykee Benda. Born and raised in Uganda with roots in Rwanda, the young talent has dropped a number of successful singles such as “Kyenkyebula” and “Kikube Kiss”.

Last weekend, he paid us a visit on the show to discuss the single “Farmer”, it’s remix with Sheebah Karungi and his journey so far. He told us that he was listening to Solidstar’s “My Body” while having a Popcaan line ringing in his head when he decided to own the concept and explore his funnier side, eventually coming up with the song farmer.

Sonically, “Farmer” is a blend of dancehall and afro-beat that relies less on the punch from the instruments and more on the melody and other aspects such as catchy bits in Ykee’s lyrics like the phrase “1, 2 nze nenkukabala” which garner active responses from people on the dancefloorwhen the song plays.

Sheebah’s manager happened to listen to the song while on a night out and got in touch with the Badi Music head with the idea of a remix and in no time, Ykee and Sheebah were in studio working on it.

Ykee Benda also happens to be a chemical engineer and for those of you that are curious about the origin of his name, Ykee is an abbreviation for his real name Wycliffe and Benda is an acronym for “Blessed Every Night and Day Amen”.

He also told us a little bit about what it’s like being new in the industry with a hit, saying that he’s trying to enjoy it all while staying focused and not letting fame get to his head. We hope to hear more from him but for now, check out the song and share it with a friend.