By Dennis Asiimwe
Guitarist Myko Ouma decided to try this house/techno genre inspired track a few months back. It was a brave effort, from a talented musician, who has that rare gift of making everyone else around him actually sound better.
The song did not work back then. My take was that he let too many cooks into the kitchen (the credit list read like a bachelor’s party) and the inevitable happened: in a bid to please everyone, the song was inoffensive, but also almost non-existent as a tune.
This reworking of The Club Banger seeks to fix those flaws, and the fact that it recognises these flaws in the first place is a major plus.
The reworked version has two things going for it: the urgency that was lacking in the first edition (the electronic undertones on this are heightened) and then of course, Enygma.
It might come as a bit of a surprise, but songs have often been compared to stories: they have to be about something; otherwise they meander around in meaningless little circles of sound. (World Music, and some smooth jazz tunes often suffer from this flaw).
Even when you are running with an instrumental tune, there has to be some sort of purpose to it. Ouma’s music is always wonderfully purposeful (listen to his debut album, Myko Ouma, to get an idea) and he finally brings some of that drive, that purpose, to this re-mix.
The song shows off two of Uganda’s modern day’s biggest talents: a guitarist who has reinvented the instrument in a manner that none of us was expecting, and a wordsmith who has given hip-hop a wake-up call that it desperately needed.
The combination gives The Club Banger some purpose. All along, that was all it really needed.