Tujjaguze – Wake
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.