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Aethan

Anthony Ssewabuga better known by the Alias Aethan, is a Ugandan record producer. He started out listening to music through which he grew a penchant for sound and production. His Brother recalls seeing him spending a considerable amount of time listening to a particular song on replay while paying attention to detail, variations and the beat with impeccable concentration which he found boring. He thought music was meant to be enjoyed, not to put one to task. It wasn’t until a friend introduced Aethan to Fruity Loops, a digital audio production workstation in which he picked interest and learnt how to make beats plus more about production. He got his professional start when his brother hooked him up with Klear Kut (Ugandan rap group) in 2007, a move that pushed him to take mainstream production into consideration. Aethan has since worked with artists such as The Mith on So UG, Fire, Big Is Me, Go Hard, and more, Navio on Ngalo, Nnawuliranga, Leka Kwenyumiriza, One and Only, Trouble and much of his catalogue, Klear Kut on Eyo Yange, Independent Woman featuring Peter Miles, Fresh featuring P-Unit from Kenya, worked with GNL on Ani Yali Amanyi, Wololo, Ruyonga on Blood Fire Smoke Vapour, Victory, Lilian Mbabazi on Get Out The Door, Flex D’Paper (with whom they run a partnership in Rapaholix Music), LugaFlow Army on The Aeth Way, AirPorTaxi on 808s & Heart breaks, Don Mc on Yes Yes among others. Aethan has become known for fusing African percussion and artistry with Western electronic and synth sounds cemented by solid drum patterns and an appetite for sampling, a style that he says is as a result of his early musical observations in the works of American production leading men like RZA, Kanye West, Just Blaze with the way they turned Motown classics into heavy hitting rap beats with a soulful fabric, more so Timberland who has continuously re-invented his sound. With such insight, Aethan has gone ahead to create his own lane and localize those ideas, tapping inspiration from the rich sound of the African beat to make music for a global audience. He is currently working on a project that he dubbed “The Aeth Way” in honour of the way he crafts his productions; Aethan produced most of his past works while at College in his hostel room, a factor that he says inspired a unique level of creativity in a setting that was on the users end.

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Batabazi

Batabazi is a music group from Uganda, currently based in Boston, MA, USA. Batabazi was started in 2007 by Jerome Black and PG later on Gera, Tasha and Tha Mayor came on board.They used to freestyle mostly, a group of guys trying to express themselves lyrically in English and Ugandan vernaculars especially Luganda. In 2009, Batabazi decided to take their music to another level and signed with BaSe Entertainment, who currently manage and promote them. The group’s musical roots are hip hop but are versatile musically with tracks in R&B, Reggae & Genge. A 20-track mixtape behind them, 3 chart-topping songs, an 8-track EP recently dropped, a new Mixtape (2011) and their debut Album on the way (2012), a lot is in the cards for this versatile group. For more information contact batabazi@gmail.com

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Angella Katatumba

Angella Franklin Keihongani Katatumba, a Ugandan by nationality was born on February 21st in Nairobi Kenya. She is the daughter of the Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Uganda, H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba and Gertrude Katatumba the proprietor AFK Beauty Clinic Kabalagala. Angella has a sister and seven brothers; Rosemary, Allan, Dennis, Rugiirwa (Angella’s Twin brother), Colin (the late), Ken, Ian and Jay. She went to primary education in Uganda at the Katatumba Academy, from 1986 – 1994 then went to Belmont Senior Secondary School from 1994 -1996 in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, where she obtained a Public Relations Diploma. She then went to Oxford Brookes University, England where she got Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Law from 1996-1999. Also at Oxford Brookes University, England she continued on to obtain a Masters in International Management / Public Relations in 1999 - 2000. After university in England, Angella moved to Chicago, Illinois in the US, where she had several well paying and prestigious jobs in the hospitality industry. She worked at; Buca Di Beppo Restaurant from 2001 - 2002, Isaac Hayes Restaurant in 2002 - 2003 also in Chicago and at Majestic Star Casino from 2003 - 2004 in Chicago Illinois, USA where she was earning up to almost $100,000 USD per year with bonuses. When Angella moved back home to Uganda in 2005, she started working as the Managing Director at her father H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba’s Hotel called Hotel Diplomate in Kampala, Uganda. Angella is currently the Managing Director of the hotel. Angella in 2005 also started to professionally record her music in Uganda. So far she has recorded two Albums and is working on her third. Angella has made singing in English a priority since she started singing in Uganda; this is because she has always had the global market in mind and mostly because of her western upbringing. The first album is titled PEACE (a 10 track album with songs like: For You Gulu, Peace - a duet with Butcherman, Sikyettagga - a duet with Bebe Cool, I live For You, Let Me, I surrender, One Minute Man a duet with Bebe Cool, Success, Standing in the Rain and I Live For You Remix. The Second album is titled Glad I'm Alive, a 10 Track Album with song's like Feel Alright a duet with Navio, Glad I'm Alive, Thank You, The Pledge, Without You, Wind Beneath Your Wings, A Better Place a duet with First Love, Forgivenes, Ngenze Noono and Gwenjagala. The third Album is titled Supernatural Girl. It so far has songs like Together Forever, Let’s Go Green a duet with Keko, In the Air a duet with Keko, Only You, So Close and Supernatural Girl. Angella’s intention is to make it a 10 Track Album. In addition to music, in 2006 to present, Angella started an NGO called the Angella Katatumba Development Foundation which is the umbrella of two of Angella’s current projects. The first is her extremely successful “For You Gulu” Project. The For You Gulu project’s intention is through her music to raise awareness about the plight in Northern Uganda after the 21 year old war ended and to collect anything in kind to help the people of the war torn regions. After the massive success of her For You Gulu project, Angella, under her foundation continues to raise awareness for the suffering people in Uganda and eventually Africa. The second project is Angella’s “Let’s Go Green campaign”. After the tremendous success of Angella’s For You Gulu project, in 2010 the British Council commissioned Angella and appointed her the International Climate Change Icon in Uganda 2010-2011. Her purpose was to spearhead again, through her music the awareness of climate change in Uganda. This project has also been extremely successful and has seen Angella globe trot to different parts of the world, among other places she went to Cancun Mexico where she attended the Global Climate Change summit and also performed for heads of states and other dignitaries her Let’s Go Green song, which was being used as one of the theme songs at a number of events at the global climate change summit. She also goes to the villages in Uganda and especially in schools to teach about climate change. Angella has so far with God’s grace achieved a number of things; Achievements: SELECTED BY THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON AUG 31ST 2012 – To sing both the national Anthems of Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago to mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ON MAY 12TH 2011- Chose Angella to make history by being the first artist to ever accompany the police, army and prisons bands by singing the Uganda National Anthem for the first time ever in front of 11 heads of state. DEUSCHWELLES TV (DWTV) Feb 2011 – Featured on DWTV on the Let’s Go Green Campaign’s success. BRITISH COUNCIL APPOINTED CLIMATE CHANGE ICON IN UGANDA April 1ST 2010 – April 1st 2011– To use my status as a musician and a humanitarian to promote the awareness of Climate Change in Uganda. ALJAZEERA TV Feb 2010 - Featured on Aljazeera’s Hot Spot Program regarding my music career and my “For You Gulu” Project VOA November 10th 2009 - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding my success as a singer VOA September 22nd 2009 - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding “For You Gulu” Project VOA August 29th2007 - Featured on VOA, Straight Talk Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project CNN Oct 27th 2006 - Featured on Inside Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project Last King of Scotland (Oscar Wining Movie) 2006 - Played the part of “Beautiful Woman Number 1” Awards: Diva Awards - Humanitarian Diva Dec 2010 & Role Model Diva Dec 2011 Office of the Prime Minister of the Government Of Uganda: - Peace Award For You Gulu Project Sept 2010 Record TV Uganda - Woman of Power Award 2009 Buzz Teens Award - Ugandan Teens Role Model in 2007 and 2008 Kampala Rotaract Award - Humanitarian Award for my “For You Gulu” Project in 2007 Music Talent Show Awards - For winning singing contests in Canada and Oxford 1994 - 2000

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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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Bakri

Bakri is an RnB,Dancehall artist from Uganda.With a blessed and talented career that started in 2010 as a song writer and member of the boy band Jaamie and Bakri.Recognition as a solo artist commenced in 2012 with the release of the first single SOLATIDO.His talent has so far earned him arcolades for most of his songs written for top artists in the region and within a grace period of time continues to hit charts with the second single 18 & OVER under the management of Dj Bobby and promoter Wajjid.The album CHIDULA enjoys 2 singles with collaborations yet to be released with notch producers,Just Jose and Washington.Hit single 18 & OVER also gained nomination buzz with the club video awards 2013.

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Price Love

When i awake all i want to do is sing! live and be happy! For God's Glory and Not Mine! What About You? :-)

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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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ThaDropout

First things first, it’s “ThaDropout”, no DJ, Selector or any of that other stuff, just ThaDropout. Real name; Aijuka Duncan Ngabirano. I’m a music fiend, which goes without say, a music producer/DJ, born, bred and based in Uganda. I’ve performed at a number of the top spots in Kampala’s nightlife (Boda Boda, Mish Mash, FatBoyz, YOLO Lounge…to mention but a few) and still crossing more off the dynamic list. Widely known for my themed mixes like SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH (Kwaito/S.A. House), BEATS N SIXTEENS (Hiphop and R&B), JUMP N SHOUT (House/EDM), AFRO HIPPY (African Hiphop), AFRICAN PARTY (Afropop & African EDM), NOSTALGIA (Old Skool/Oldies…basically throwback) and many more. I’m musically elite (if there is such a thing) and anything but cliché so if you are tired of that seasonal monotony in the nightclub and radio playlists, I’m the guy to take care of you. I don’t dwell too much on how good people think I am but rather where I’ll be in times to come so this is where you should forget all my past achievements…#XTATIC [monthly mix collection] episodes coming soon plus there’s more to come. I'm also the official DJ for the Uganda Lyricist Lounge. Keep up with my activity (upcoming theme nights, events, media links, news and more) on Twitter (@ThaDropout) or Facebook (Duncan Ngabirano). For bookings, +256 791 102 225 or duncanngabirano@gmail.com (contact in advance). I’ll let my work speak for itself but remember, I’m anything but cliché. SUPPORT.

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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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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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Chagga

His real names, he goes by the names Kyagambidwa Geoffrey. He describes himself as an all rounder when it comes to music to me I think he might come near to the real definition of a musician. He continues to say he is a simple God fearing and friendly to all classes of people. Chagga studied at Mengo Primary School , Light College Katikamu and Kawempe High. Chagga started singing in Namirembe Cathedral Church Choir (what happened all these guys seem to have started with God), during this time he joined Secondary school where he decided to form an r`n`b group called Extra Grim members included Michael Chris now in UK doing Gospel, Martin Ruteta, quit music went to Campus, Isaac who is based in Germany doing secular music too and lastly Benon the other half of the famous duo Benon & Vamposs. After all this he changed his style and started his journey in the hip-hop scene. He started The Bataka now the Bataka Underground. Now Chagga says before it become Bataka Underground, when it was still called Bataka, they basically rapped in Luganda. At this time the Underground was a separate team. These basically rapped in English. Bataka consisted of Chagga and Larat now in UK and Underground consisted of Momo, Krayzie Native. These two merged to form the Bataka Underground. They were later joined people like Babaluk, Lyrical G and Brian and many more. So at that time hip-hop was not selling or was not yet noticed so he started looking for another style. Chagga started Afro Beat style. He started by backing up Chameleone. Later he and Chameleone formed the Leone Island Crew which consists of guy like Weasel, Mowzey, Mr X, Lizard and many more. During that time, he was releasing singles on Chameleone`s albums like “Yoono” on his “Dorotia album”. All this time he was trying to discover himself.

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Featured Albums

Features(Toniks)

Contains 3 songs by Allan Toniks.

Speaking Vernacular

Contains 16 songs by GNL Zamba.

Umculo Wami

Contains 1 songs by Dj Aludah.

Kanyimbe

Contains 9 songs by Juliana Kanyomozi.

Transition Mixtape

Contains 13 songs by Patrobas.

Puss Puss

Contains 8 songs by Bebe Cool.

Fantastic

Contains 15 songs by Radio and Weasel.

Nabikoowa

Contains 9 songs by Juliana Kanyomozi.

The Week of September

Contains 14 songs by TheMith.

DJ Ruby

Contains 1 songs by DJ Ruby.

Compilation (East African Bashment Crew)

Contains 16 songs by East African Bashment Crew.

Features (Jackie Chandiru)

Contains 5 songs by Jackie Chandiru .

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