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Loopy Dee Karamoja’s new kid on the block

By Vision Reporter

Added 30th December 2005 03:00 AM

Karamoja’s local artiste Loopy Dee has registered his name on the local music charts with three singles that have become big hits in the region.

Karamoja’s local artiste Loopy Dee has registered his name on the local music charts with three singles that have become big hits in the region.

By Sam Mundua

Karamoja’s local artiste Loopy Dee has registered his name on the local music charts with three singles that have become big hits in the region.

The tracks - Erikasthi, Ding-ding Dong and Ominakisi - all dancehall hits recorded at Songodoh studios in Nalukolongo, Kampala, have received fair airtime play on Karamoja FM, Mega FM, Korwakol and Vibe 6 disco halls, to a modest round of applause.

Loopy Dee, whose real name is Jackson Lokutan, says he uses his talent in composing songs that are geared towards changing the attitudes of the Karimojong.

“I try to draw the attention of my fans through entertaining them first, then I use the same opportunity to pass on the powerful messages in the songs, which penetrate the hearts and minds of the people,” says the 18-year-old.

The lyrics of the tracks are mainly in Karimojong with Kiswahili, English and Luganda featuring occasionally. The themes range from peace, HIV/AIDS to sanitation.

“Erikasthi talks about disarmament in Karamoja. It is an appeal to the Karimojong, especially the warriors, to take back the guns to the Government,” explains Loopy Dee.

Loopy Dee has not only entertained and educated his fans through his recorded songs but also through live presentations. One was early this month during the launch of the orphans and vulnerable children programme in Kotido.
According to him, the response during such live presentations has always had some impact.

“There was a time when I performed during a marriage ceremony in Nabilatuk, Nakapiripirit. When some of the warriors heard the message in Erikasthi, they expressed their willingness to return their rifles to the government,” says Loopy Dee.

Loopy Dee plans to come up with a six-track album before the year ends and a video of the track next year.
“The videos I am planning to shoot will have a purely rural setting of Karamoja so that other Ugandans can appreciate us,” he says.

Loopy Dee Karamoja’s new kid on the block

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