Dancehall music in Uganda is sculpted after Jamaican Dancehall. It has been one of the most influential styles of music in the Ugandan music industry for the better part of the last two (2) decades.
The style of music is very similar to the Jamaican style and so like all imported genres, the only major difference is in the language used. Although most dancehall artists will perform in their local language, in this case Luganda, Swahili as well as try to mimic Jamaican patois every now and then.
Ugandan pop connotes Ugandan Urban Music. As opposed to being a collection of many in-style genres, in Uganda, pop strictly refers to a specific style or sound, also known as afro-beat.
What is common and more precise, for that matter, is that pop music survives on a myriad of renditions – as the genre is sort-of still in a mode of experimentation to have to define what Uganda popular music should sound like.
The nomenclature Kadongokamu, sometimes Kadongo Kamu, is a Ganda expression and it literally means “Little Guitar”.
It is known to be a tune of the middle 1900s. It is the renaissance genre of contemporary music in Uganda.
Whereas Africa’s amusement heritage was always enormous, when the continent opened up to the outside world, perceptions and attitudes were so predisposed to influences – some good, and among them, the music prospect.
Traditional Music still boasts as the only not so tainted genre of music in Uganda, even after decades of world art intrusion.
This though is not to purport, in any way, that Cultural music has totally been immune to any sorts of peripheral invasion. It’s simply to observe that it has held on to its classical flavor.
If you ran into any regular Ugandan musician now and probed if they were professional musicians, they would reply “yes” at once.
If you stuck at it to ask how they could possibly bear out the same, you’d unequivocally be astonished at how unapprised most of them are about what a professional musician should be like. Continue reading Who’s A Professional Musician?
Many Ugandan music lovers, over the years, have marveled in silence what sort of music it is that so consummately embraces synchronizations of traditional art and that which is foreign moreover coming out with such sound so conspicuously original while at the same time fathomable and intuitive! Continue reading Here’s Why The Slick Nature Of World Music Makes It “Local Music From Out There”
The legendary Raga, Reggae and dancehall icon, the king-sized Bebe Cool is at it again – at war, that is. According to reports, he habours such a smoldering hate for some of his colleagues in the industry, and secure sources predict that an overt war is really imminent. This time Bebe Cool has a bone to pick with the one and only ever East African BET Award Winner, the illustrious sitya-loss superstar, Eddy Kenzo.
It has been some months since the last happening of any serious collision between artistes but like they say, old habits die hard; it’s here again and it’s like another clash of the titans.
The exact cause of the fight, this time, is hard to put your hands on but it’s all wrapped in the fact that these are two “giants” – They mark their territories well and just can’t stay together – at least not amicably.
It’s a rich rivalry drawing momentum from the clout each man has attained in family, wealth and influence. Apart from the Muslim faith they share, everything else is something is to fight about. This is what, in Uganda, is called beef. Continue reading The Rationale of “Beef” In Uganda’s Music Industry