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Qwela

To make music for the love of music and get paid a dym for it, thats a life of gigs man! Qwela is a 5 year old band from Uganda with a unique Afro-soul flavour of music. Qwela means 'pure' in rukiga- one of Uganda's ethnic languages. Our debut album 'Kidepo' was well received and is doing well among our audiences. Raised in a traditional African background and influenced by western culture, Qwela as a band have come up with a unique fusion of African music with a Western musical approach. Their niche- reaches a section of society that is not catered for by the current of digital, recycled music. We currently perform every -Friday night at Emin Pasha Hotel. Band Interests The art & science of gigging. Making music for the love of music and earning a dym for it! Now aint that livin it! Artists We Also Like Milege, Janzi Band, Pragmo, Maurice Kirya, Suzan Kerunen, Ouma Michael, Tamba

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Vampino

Vampino aka Vamposs original name Elvis Kirya was born in 1980. He attended Shimoni Primary, Kabojja and Namasagali secondary before joining Aptech were he attained a diploma in Computer Networking and Maintenance. Vampino first made his name under a music duo Benon and Vamposs. In 2009, Vampino opted for a solo career as Benon concentrated on music production. By the look of things, his solo career is so far so good. Some of his best songs include Tell it featuring Goodlyfe, Love to dance and Kwekunyakunya.

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Fille

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Michael Ross

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GNL Zamba

One of East Africas most influential artists, Gnl zamba was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. he started professional music in 2007 after completion of his bachelors degree. His break out hit was soda jinjale off the record breaking album koyi koyi/ riddles of life. he has won numerous awards, including best male artist of the year BUZZ AWARDS,album of the year and 2 best hip hop singles PAM AWARDS. Gnl has gained international exposure and recognition through performances on international stages in Ethiopia, Zanzibar, London, Dubai,kigali Rwanda,Tanazania, USA(uganda African youth conference) and Benin to mention a few including the sauti za busara(zanzibar) and (ethiopia) selam African international music festivals. East Africa now anticipates the release of his third live band album called Dreaming in color to be released this october 2012. other albums include koyi koyi and speaking vernacular Ernest NSIMBI. zamba (real names) is currently c.e.o of The label BABOON FOREST ENT. with 5 artists. chart topping singles His style of music is hip hop which he christens LUGA FLOW (fusion of rap and traditional instruments), packed with rhyme and poetry. his songs are known to inspire...singing in english and his indigenous luganda dialect. A strong believer of music for positive change GNL addresses issues such as domestic violence,social justice, African pride and the environment . He is an ambassador of coca cola uganda and was recognized by the ministry of health uganda for his health education musical efforts "story ya lukka" and "true man hood

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Dega-Lasy

Dega-lasy [born February 2, 1995] Had his own dream through flavored talent and inspired by RnB Akon at an early age of 15. He started writing down songs; He knew from early on that, He will be a star, while in high school in Khartoum, Sudan. His family got plans to moved him to Kampala, Uganda for further education. His music came to life; He ripped the streets at the age of 16 with his 1st released single entitled "Satisfied Me" [Produced by Dizzie Afro] Off his first debut album "Tantrum" released in early 2013 under Pla-net Entertainment. The single was a hit play on major radio stations, the music scene in South Sudan and parts of East Africa. Other songs including Champion, Angel, Yo Wayz [Feat. Ras Khan] amongst others had the same success. The future looks promising for Dega-lasy who is the next big thing on scene today.

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Lilian

From humble beginnings in Kigali and Kampala’s suburbs to the full glare of the stage, Lilian has mesmerised many an audience with her rich and powerful vocals. Citing the likes of Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston as her influence it’s no wonder that Lilian is emerging as one of the best female artists to ever come out of Uganda, and East Africa for that matter. LilianMbabazi is embarking on a new phase of her singing career as a solo artist having taken time off from the group Blu 3. To some this would be a daunting prospect but for Lilian this is something she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. “I always knew I would be a singer. I could never stop singing no matter what I was doing. In fact I think I almost drove my siblings crazy humming and singing all day long,” says Lilian. Her musical style is described as a cross between R & B/Soul tinged with African & Western musical influences. The various types of musical styles come across in the singles she has released so far, namely: Vitamin - a classic Ugandan style pop song featuring Weasel from the Goodlyfe Kawa - a bumping Ugandan dance/house track produced by Market Makers Kankutwale - a love song sung in Luganda YegweWeka - a return to her native roots of Rwanda featuring Kitoko So in love - a sultry classic R&B track with hints of jazz “The beauty about Lilian’s voice is that she can sing almost anything, whether it’s a ballad, a jazz standard, a pop song or a dance track. To have such vocal versatility is true talent,” says Onoh, Producer, Market Makers. This is truly reflected in Lilian’s passion for live performances which she relishes. Currently perfecting her live act with her band the Sundowners her love of music shines through in the choice of songs for her repertoire: Tina Turner, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Etta James, Adele, Bruno Mars and Bob Marley to name a few, whilst also performing her own songs and songs from the group Blu 3.

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Bobi Wine

"The world is looking for somebody to do something, not explain why he did not." These words, uttered by none other than H. E. The Ghetto President Bobi Wine reveal one who has gone through it all. By that, I mean all the constant hardships and hopelessness third world musicians go through without any breakthrough to success. But Bobi Wine is one of the few exceptions to the rule. His story has been the most inspiring. Born on the 12th of February in 1982 in Mpigi District south west of Kampala capital, Bobi Wine was christened Robert Kyagulanyi and joined nine other siblings into the harsh life of ghetto living in Kamwokya, one of the worst slums of Kampala. If his problems taught him anything, definitely innovation was one of them. "Underground shows with a Walkman, a borrowed amplifier and a speaker was how he used to make ends meet. At school he would spread the word and after school charge students fifty shillings (less than quarter a dollar) per head and he would jam! he got into trouble with the school administration but that was the way he made his pocket money at school." By the end of his 'O' level he had composed many songs but had no money to record. It was one of the most disheartening things in his pursuit of his musical dream. In '98 after his 'A' level, he finally saved some money over the years to record and managed to make four tracks; Kalyonso, Doreen, Namulembe but they were of very low quality. They therefore did not receive any credit or attention. That didn't faze him. He increased his intensity of odd jobs like collecting edible grasshoppers for sale in his vacation. Then he tried his luck again in 2000, and recorded Abakyala, this didn't do well either. By then he was in his first year in Makerere University and made mud bricks during his free time. He also did painting, while he was a porter at a building site. "I wasn't afraid of my friends disrespecting me because they understood my situation. Besides I am not after giving a false impression of myself so I could go work and perform at occasions like Karaoke in nightspots around the city." Then finally, the chance to record again came and Bobi managed to record his song "Akagoma" meaning 'the drum'. " He had to do it within thirty minutes because he was in through backdoor connections. And when thirty minutes was up he was kicked out. I thank those guys." This song later became a hit and played on radio and nightclubs around the country. Finally Bobi Wine got room to breathe. " He loves the reggae/dancehall style because he feels, that's the best way he can express himself. And also it is the best medium to communicate content and message. It is because he has something to say and that's the best medium for it. It is music for his people, the poor where he comes from. Artists like Buju Banton, Bennie Man, Sizzla, Shabba, Bob Marley and Bounty Killer are the major inspirations for his music. He is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in music dance and drama at the prestigious Makerere University, the biggest University in East and Central Africa. Bobi Wine’s repertoire includes albums like ‘Kagoma, Namulime, Wendi, Bada, Kiwani Mazimawanvu to mention but a few. From nothing in the 1998’s when he began his career to the biggest artist in Uganda today. Bobi Wine is the holder of 3 PAM Awards including Artist of the year 2006. Bobi Wine has performed in Sweden, England, USA, South Africa and all over East Africa. He has also been featured on almost every major concert in Uganda including concerts featuring international artists like T.O.K, Shaggy, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sean Paul, Buju Banton. With his crew, the Firebase, which includes himself the president, Buchaman the vice president, Nubian lee the prime minister, and the rest of the cabinet He now owns a stuido where all the Fire Base music is recorded now. Bobi Wine is currently venturing into movies and recently starred in a movie carrying the same title as one of his latest hits ‘Ghetto /Divizionz’ and the movie has won awards all over the world . He has also gone into boxing proffesionally that he recentlly won a fight by a OK. As a socially responsible person, he supports his community whenever he has an opportunity and in his own words, he says “Bobi Wine is a good ghetto youth ready to help the ghetto people and I thank God for everything he has done for me, my wife and for giving me a beautiful Children”.

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Mister Deejay

Ten things you should know about Mister Deejay: I am a DJ. (Duh) I am also a radio presenter. I host a weekly mixshow every Saturday night on Radiocity 97fm called the Saturday Night Mixshow. I am a very literal person. (See 1 and 2) Liking my Facebook(www.facebook.com/HeyMisterDeejay) page will make you rich. Guaranteed or your money back. I am on Twitter(twitter.com/misterdeejayug), but only because I was told it’s what all the cool kids are doing. I have a personal assistant (thanks mom!) that replies all emails sent to contact@misterdeejaypresents.com within 24hours. I publishes a weekly(ish) podcast focusing on Ugandan and African music and culture. I am is a die-hard Arsenal fan. ‘Hard’ being the operative word. My favorite DJ of all time world is DJ Jazzy Jeff. I was fortunate to meet him once, and I was this close to falling on both knees and chanting, “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy”. I am a geek, and I have a degree to prove it. May the Force be with you.

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MunG

Hip Hop artist

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Batenga TheMyth

Batenga TheMyth likes to consider herself a global DJ. She has been a DJ since 2001, when she accidentally stumbled on decks and had to do a 15-minute crash course on site on how to work the decks at an event in Boston in the USA, what was supposed to be just dinner music turned into playing the whole event by herself, making all sorts of mistakes, but the floor was filled, much as she laughs about it today, that day was a situation of swimming out of the deep end, no better way to gain appreciation for the art than that! She was hooked there on out. Her Djaying has taken her across the United States to Europe, Nairobi, Kampala and Johannesburg. Two years ago she started Mixtape Volumes called Tropical African Heat, those have garnered her popularity amongst Africans in the Diaspora and have opened up more opportunities for her. DJaying to her is an art that constitutes good music selection, understanding your music, understanding your audience, knowing and understanding your craft and your gear and most importantly having FUN!

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CODE

CODE is a young African hip hop artist who hails from Uganda. His love for music began at age 13 and most of his rap influences sprung from the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem and Nas. Back home he looked up to the likes of Klear Kut. He began working on his craft, learning the basics from these influences and created a rapper whose flow, diction and wordplay are slowly grasping his hometown, Kampala. He performed at the talent shows at his high school and there he discovered his desire to be a musician. Fast forward to 2012, CODE took his rapping to another level, performed at even bigger stages, became a proud member of GEUrban and has now become a force to reckon with in the UG Hip Hop Scene today, following the mainstream success of his hit song, “SHUT IT DOWN”.

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Featured Albums

My words

Contains 13 songs by Richy.

Fille Singles

Contains 3 songs by Fille.

Airtime Mixtape (Kla City Emcee)

Contains 14 songs by JT.

Bobi Wine 2014

Contains 10 songs by Bobi Wine.

Afrotopia

Contains 10 songs by Qwela .

Speaking Vernacular

Contains 16 songs by GNL Zamba.

Jay Arc Singles

Contains 2 songs by Jay Arc.

Kanyimbe

Contains 9 songs by Juliana Kanyomozi.

Features- Peter Miles

Contains 9 songs by Peter Miles.

Compilation (East African Bashment Crew)

Contains 16 songs by East African Bashment Crew.

Baffude

Contains 10 songs by Bebe Cool.

Features (Rabadaba)

Contains 13 songs by Rabadaba.

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