IN a country like Uganda where urban hip-hop music is less appreciated, just a few artistes pick the courage to try it out.
But this has not discouraged 27-year-old Anthony Mpinga aka Jamplo. Mpinga is determined to toil all the way to the top of his game. While most hip-hop lyrics feature widespread use of naughty language, Mpinga concentrates on gospel hip-hop. He praises the Lord through rap!
What makes him sound unique and versatile is his voice that has been likened by many to that of late American hip-hop star Tupac Shakur. This has pushed many to refer to him as Ugandaâ€™s Tupac.
His song Localpse, the first single off his debut album, is already airing on Ugandan Christian radio stations and other local radios. In the song, Mpinga urges Christians to get the hope and courage to believe in God. In his other song, Small Soldier, Mpinga talks about money, fame and power.
Mpinga became a born-again Christian when he was nine years. His other songs include Count On Me, They Donâ€™t Know, Reality, What A Feeling, The World Is On The Run, Serving The Past, I Wonâ€™t Give Up, This World We Live In and Face Off, all of which feature on his upcoming debut CD.
All the songs were produced at True Vine Records.
Mpingaâ€™s inspiration by Tupac isnâ€™t a surprise, but what surprises many is that he is inspired by the late Herman Bassudeâ€™s music of who, he says, was a great poet.
Mpinga praises God with rap music