#32: Featuring JT & Ruyonga

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I have two interviews for you this week- the first is with JT and the second is with Ruyonga. It feels natural that these two should be on the same podcast because not only are they are long term music collaborators, they are also very good friends.

JT is a producer/rapper rapper who runs Yego Productions a local imprint that among other things is responsible for a most of Ruyonga’s output over the past couple of years, including his latest single “Tutuuse” for which there is a video being released soon.

Ruyonga is a local rapper for whom faith and art are inseparable and who I believe is poised to make a serious impact on the continental stage.

JT came my SNMS to talk about his projects for 2013 and to play us his new song which is about his recent decision to give up alcohol. Ruyonga was in with a new track that (produced by JT) called “Yeah we back”, and we ended up talking about all kinds of non-music stuff.

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#31: A conversation with Keko

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This week’s episode features a conversation I had with Keko on SNMS near the beginning of this year.  Keko is currently riding high after being signed to Sony Music Africa last year and we are all eagerly awaiting her debut project with them, which I am sure will take the whole continent by storm.

Her debut major label single “Let me go” was released to much fanfare in December and there’s no doubt that she is one of the main flag-bearers and trend-setters of Ugandan urban music.

Now, given her recent successes and being the classy interviewer that I am, it did not take long for me to hit Keko for some money. :)

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Navio – Kata remix ft Benny D

 

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The official remix of Navio’s “Kata” featuring Benny D.

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#30: Qwela on SNMS

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A few weeks ago we invited Qwela on to SNMS to talk about their new album Afrotopia.  Joe, Alice, FEsto, Roy, Anita, MoRoots, Vincent and Ian were generous enough to bring their instruments along with them to Radiocity and treat our listeners to a little on-air mini-concert. For those that don’t know, Qwela is a very popular and very accomplished afro-jazz band based here in Uganda.  After we got past the technical difficulites of setting up an entire band in the cramped Radiocity studios, we had a little fun.

Afrotopia is available in numerous outlets around town including BOLD in Krsna mart, Kisementi. If you don’t live in Uganda but like what you hear please in touch with Qwela band thru their facebook page at facebook.com/qwelamusic, or via Twitter: @qwelamusic

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#29: Bebe Cool Power Hour

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We devote the first SNMS of every month to Ugandan music. It’s my opinion that local music does not play as much as it should on radio here in Uganda, especially on English-speaking radio stations, and we on SNMS consider it our mission to promote Ugandan music as much as possible.  So (and this was actually suggested to us by Enygma) on the first Saturday of every month, we only play music by local Ugandan artists on SNMS, and that includes our Power Hour segment.

The concept for this segment is simple: I highlight a particular artists catalog by doing a live mix of their music for, you guessed it, an hour. This past weekend we featured Bebe Cool in the power hour and that’s what I am bringing you on today’s podcast. Bebe Cool has been a staple of the Ugandan music scene since the late 90s. He started his career in Nairobi, but has since established himself as one of the big cats of our local music scene.

I should warn you that this is an unedited recording from the show and I sometimes get a little carried away on the microphone as you’ll hear in a bit.  (Cover your ears and forgive me)

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