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Local artistes make first joint album

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th September 2006 03:00 AM

Imagine Bobi Wine, Mesach Semakula, Bebe Cool, Ragga Dee, Juliana Kanyomozi, Iryn Namubiru, Steve Jean, Sylver Kyagulanyi, Chameleone, Blu*3, Titie, Sophie Gombya, Haliima Namakula, Paul Kafeero, All Hip-Hop stars and many more, all on one album!

Imagine Bobi Wine, Mesach Semakula, Bebe Cool, Ragga Dee, Juliana Kanyomozi, Iryn Namubiru, Steve Jean, Sylver Kyagulanyi, Chameleone, Blu*3, Titie, Sophie Gombya, Haliima Namakula, Paul Kafeero, All Hip-Hop stars and many more, all on one album!

By Gilbert Mwijuke

Imagine Bobi Wine, Mesach Semakula, Bebe Cool, Ragga Dee, Juliana Kanyomozi, Iryn Namubiru, Steve Jean, Sylver Kyagulanyi, Chameleone, Blu*3, Titie, Sophie Gombya, Haliima Namakula, Paul Kafeero, All Hip-Hop stars and many more, all on one album!

Well, this is a reality. All renowned Ugandan musicians have collaborated on a six-track album which is slated for release on December 1 –– World Aids Day.

Most local artistes are known for singing about the joys of love, materialism and, at times, the lyrics of their songs have sexual connotations, not on this one. On this album, the artistes sing about issues that affect our communities especially the HIV/AIDS scourge.

“Every artiste has got his or her own fans. So every artiste featuring on this project will have a message to deliver to a particular sect of fans,” said Joanita Kawalya, who features on one of the songs, Don’t Give Up.

The songs of the yet-to-be titled album are in Luganda, Swahili and English, which makes it appealing to a wider audience. The fact the CD features a wide-range of music genres makes it also appealing to all generations.
Four of the six tracks are already complete.

Last weekend, 26 female artistes shot the video for their all-female track titled Don’t Give Up. The title track, co-written by singers Titie Tabel, Joanita Kawalya and Sophie Gombya, features other artistes like Lady Ryke, Angela Kalule, Rachael Magoola, Sylvia Namugenyi of the Eagles Band, Annet Nanduja, Haliima Namakula and Harriet Kisaakye among others. It encourages people never to give up on the search for a possible Aids cure.

Be a Man is a dancehall song. The song is produced by talented Tony Houls of Dream Studios. Written by Bobi Wine, this one features the ‘Ghetto president’ himself, Chagga, Kanyomozi, Buchaman and the whole Fire Base Crew among others.

RnB fans will love A Little Bit of Love, which features local RnB stars Kanyomozi, Steve Jean, Moris Kirya, Blu*3, Michael Ross and others. The song was written by Sylver Kyagulanyi and produced by Steve Jean from his Fenon Records.

Hip-hop fans will enjoy Why Me, which features All Hip-hop Stars. The song was produced by Didi at Three in One Studios.

Despite the poignant HIV/AIDS messages carried in the songs, this album has danceable songs.
The album was recorded by Down Town Entertainment, a local entertainment company. and supported by National Council of Women Living With HIV/AIDS, Makerere University Walter Reed Project and Aidchild projects.
The project is running under the theme ‘All Stars Aids Struggle’.

Richard Sebaduka, the brain behind the project, says the album is given a dance feel so that it can appeal to party animals –– their main target.

“We came up with this whole idea so that music fans can first enjoy dancing to the rhythm of the songs then eventually grab the messages in the songs,” says Sebaduka.

This is the second time all Ugandan musicians are collaborating on the same project after the all-stars 2000 single titled Millennium, the song that ushered us into the new millennium. Millenium was a success –– it received ample airplay on television and FM radios. It featured Kanyomozi as lead singer, Namubiru, Steve Jean, Emperor Orlando, Jimmy Katumba (RIP) and other artistes.

Local artistes make first joint album

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