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Ruyonga is a Ugandan-born, US-based hip hop music and spoken word artist whose moniker former moniker “Krukid” was fondly given to him in high school after a basketball accident left his face temporarily disfigured. He was one of the pioneering hip hop acts back in Uganda, with his first group winning a nationwide music competition in 2000. He has won numerous awards and has an extensive performance and recording history, having released three albums in physical and digital retail stores like iTunes, and has participated in shows all across the United States. He was picked by Rawkus Records as one of the top 50 artists on the internet, and Rawkus helped release his second solo album, AFRiCAN, in 2007. Rawkus Records was responsible for jumpstarting the careers of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common and Eminem. Ruyonga has recorded songs with many national artists including Brother Ali and Slug of Atmosphere, and has shared the stage with Lupe Fiasco, K’Naan, Wu Tang Clan, Grieves and Budo(Rhymesayers) and The Roots. He has performed and spoken in various settings from colleges and night clubs to churches, coffee shops and Howard University classrooms. His powerful live shows consists of anywhere from a single backing dee jay to a full live band with equally engaging supporting acts, depending on the concert size and budget. He has a strong online presence on Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.
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.
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.
About DUSTVILLE & CRANE GANG AMBASSADOR CALL ME THE DUST TRAFFICKER Biography Patrobas Abilla was born in Kampala Uganda but was raised in the United Kingdom. Patrobas returned to Uganda at the age of 17 where he would remain for four years studying, It was during this period that he fell in love with the beauties of his homeland. After a brief return to the UK Patrobas returned to Uganda To Kickstart his Rap Career. Patrobas's Rapping style is what he would call "Honest, insightful, Relatable, laid-back, tasteful, Raw yet refined and Original" Description "To me Music is more than just an art form, to me music is a way of life. Music has the power to empower and inspire, to uplift and to put us all in a good mood and feel good about ourselves. I don't mind people dancing to my music but i'd rather you listen to what it is im saying and for you to be able to relate with not just what i deal with day to day but what we all deal with". Basic Info Joined Facebook 03/02/2010 Genre HIP HOP/RAP/RnB Members DANNKS & 45 Hometown UGANDA/UNITED KINGDOM Record Label DUSTVILLE RECORDS Influences The Notorious B.I.G, 2 Pac, Nas, Jay-z, Eminem, Joe Budden, D-Block, Slaughterhouse, Ghetts Just to name a few. I like to jam to musicians who have substance to their music thats what inspires me. Current Location KAMPALA,UGANDA
East African Bashment Crew
East African Bashment Crew (also known as East African Reggae Bashment Crew) is a Kenyan-Ugandan reggae group. It consists of three members, Bebe Cool from Uganda, and the Kenyan duo Necessary Noize (Kevin Wyre and Nazizi). All of them were already established musicians when the group was formed in 2005. While the members of the group concentrate on their main projects, East African Bashment Crew reunites every now and then. Their song "Africa Unite" is featured in the African Rebel Music - Roots Reggae & Dancehall compilation album by Out Here Records. AWARDS Won: 2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards - Song of the Year ("Fire Anthem") 2007 Channel O Music Video Awards - Video Of The Year ("Kube") Nominated: 2005 KORA Awards - Best African Reggae/Ragga Act 2006 Kisima Music Awards - Best Ragga & Best Reggae 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards - Best Group
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.
From the heart of Africa comes the novel sound of a rich panache of music. Tamba brings an atypical feel to a cultural genre suffused with a sundry of folklore sounds from across her homeland, Uganda. Born Sara Mutamba in Kano, Nigeria, Tamba was raised in Uganda where, at a tender age and with her mother’s encouragement and grandmother’s folk influence, she nurtured her affection for singing. She sung occasionally in church with two of her younger brothers and in the year 2000, along with them, formed the acclaimed gospel a capella group ‘SALT’. In it’s four-year lifespan, the soulful group performed in churches, at weddings and corporate events. A Bachelor of Arts graduate from Makerere University and majoring in English literature, Tamba took a break from music and moved to World Vision in Geneva Switzerland, where she took up an internship. She later joined the Global Fund, also in Geneva. She then returned to Uganda and worked for a couple of corporate companies while following her musical dream, a pursuit that seemed frustrating at the time. She again halted her music in 2005 and only resumed singing in 2007, performing at weddings and corporate functions. In 2008 she joined afro-jazz-pop band Qwela as a vocalist and songwriter until 2010 when she begun to cultivate her own forte. In 2011 Tamba launched her solo career and is currently working on her debut album. Fondly described by her fans as ‘the small girl with the big voice’, Tamba is a rare gem. Her passion for African sounds has persuaded her music and songwriting into a wealthy blend of authentic African artistry.
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
Jackie Chandiru a.k.a Jackie is one of Uganda’s leading female R’n’B artists and vocalists. Jackie kicked off her musical career in 2004 after she emerged as one of the winners for the Coca Cola Pop stars. This led to formation of the Blu 3 which became one of the leading girl groups in Africa. In 2010 Blu 3 went on leave thus leading to the girls working on solo projects. In mid 2010, Jackie released her first single Agassi in both Lugbara (her native language) and English. This song has earned recognition in as a solo artist and earned her an award Best r’n’b single in the just ended Diva awards. She has continued to release songs like Goin’ On ft Jose Chameleone, Gwoyagala ft Rabadaba, Overdose, For all time ft Sami from Eritrea, Bakusigula, Agassi, Stand Together ft Paul Mutebi of Limit X, Baazi Yo, Wind it Up ft Navio and Fidempa and so much more. She has worked with producers like Goodenuff Records, Swangz Ave, Paddy Man from Dream studios, Hanz from Hanz Production and Charlie King. Jacke is amongst few Ugandan musicians to have broken out of the local music scene and made an impact on the African music scene. Their music can be heard on Radio across Africa and their trendy high budget videos have enjoyed extensive airplay on major African networks MTV Base, Channel O and East African Television. For more information about Jackie please contact Contact Details: Tel: +256 784 202 642, +256 752 823 767, +256 774 583 612
Jay arc was born March 13th 1993 to Ugandan parents. At an early age, his engrossment in music activities through school performances(Music, Dance and Drama) and other functions, vented his passion to take on music as a career. It's through these activities that he started mastering his music skills as he transitioned through his teenage life that was circled with diverse choices. As years passed on, Jay Arc's appetite for rap and reggae music momentously started increasing as his writing skills matured gradually. Jay Arc's affiliation to Hannz Tactiq of Hannz Records in 2009 sparked a serious-minded musical journey as words of encouragement guided him through a lot of blocks. Under the wings of Hannz, Jay Arc started recording his songs that opened the never ending music voyage. One of his most recognized songs titled "Ndi Wakabi" echoed his maturity on the music scene as many entertainment portals like radios and newspapers appreciated his then speck work. Since then, Jay Arc has worked with several recognized producers like J.T of YEGO Productions, and recently Aethan and Sam Lamara also known as Samurae who have produced some of his recommendable music projects like HATER among others. Jay Arc's music passion is limitless as he tries to float on different genres of music.
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 email@example.com
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!
Contains 10 songs by Bebe Cool.
Contains 3 songs by ThaDropout.
Dj Karo Mixes
Contains 1 songs by DJ Karo.
Contains 8 songs by Radio and Weasel.
Contains 1 songs by Dj Aludah.
Contains 12 songs by Rabadaba.
Contains 11 songs by Juliana Kanyomozi.
1st Time Out Life and HipHop
Contains 14 songs by Ke'Mo.
Contains 13 songs by BigTril.
Contains 10 songs by Qwela .
Compilation (East African Bashment Crew)
Contains 16 songs by East African Bashment Crew.
Contains 8 songs by Bebe Cool.