Young Cardamom and HAB release the Sidda Mukyaalo EP

Sidda Mukyaalo

Listen to Sidda Mukyaalo.

Young Cardamom & HAB, the two halves of a budding rap duo, have been steadily establishing themselves as the out-of-the-box musicians on the urban scene. After efforts like “Kanda (Chap Chap)” and “Wabula Naawe” which they premiered on the show, the two rappers told us that an EP was on the way.

Sidda Mukyaalo.

Roughly two months later as promised, the duo has released a 6-track EP titled “Sidda Mukyaalo” which is Luganda for “I’m not going back to the village”, a sentiment that many people who migrate from the rural areas to the capital city Kampala in search of a better life share.

With YC being a 3rd generation Asian Ugandan and HAB identifying as a Nubian who is partly a Munyoro, the EP celebrates Kampala and Uganda at large, while maintaining the foreign influences with vocal performances in at least 6 languages including English, Hindi, Kiswahili, Luganda, Runyoro and Nubi.

Sidda Mukyalo

The sound is a mixture of Hip-Hop and Afrobeat mainly, with most of the production being handled by Izaya. The duo addresses issues ranging from social injustices like corruption on the song “Obulamu”, human trafficking and racial divides on “Chotti Bahu”, and neo-colonialism/post-colonial mentality on “Askari”.

Their music brings their good sense of humor to the forefront in songs such as “Wabula Naawe”, with the EP maintaining an upbeat mood even as they delve into the more serious topics. This also manifests in their fashion.

Sidda Mukyalo

The duo also makes numerous references to anything and everything Ugandan, from political figures to Kampala suburbs and native dishes in both their track titles and lyrics, which gives the EP an authentic Ugandan identity.

As the Ugandan urban music scene flourishes, YC & HAB’s Sidda Mukyaalo EP is definitely going to cement their position in the industry as one of the less conventional and more experimental acts. Listen to the full EP, share with a friend and buy the music if you like it and want to support them more.

Sidda Mukyalo

Sidda Mukyaalo – Young Cardamom & HAB

All tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrew Ahuurra at Quad A Studios, Ntinda.

1. Shuruwat

Writing Credits: Young Cardamom & HAB

Produced by Sandhill

2. Wabula Naawe

Writing Credits: Young Cardamom & HAB

Produced by Izaya

3. Chotti Bahu (feat. Ali Sethi)
Writing Credits: Young Cardamom, HAB, and Ali Sethi
Produced by Izaya

4. P. S. V.

Writing Credits: Young Cardamom & HAB
Produced by Izaya and Young Cardamom

5. Askari
Writing Credits: Young Cardamom & HAB
Produced by Izaya and Young Cardamom

6. Obulamu
Writing Credits: Young Cardamom & HAB
Produced by Izaya

Bass by Josh Mutebi, Drums by Roy Kasika