Singer Gabriel Kakuru chats love, business, family and career

By Ritah Mukasa

Musically, I usually look at vocal delivery and to me, Rema Namakula has no competitor.

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Gabriel Kakuru is a TV personality and musician who has been in the entertainment industry for some time.

He is also a businessman, the brains behind Brand Active, an advertising and promotions company.

Ritah Mukasa caught up with him on his love life, career and passion for music;

At what point in your life did you fall in love with music?

Music has always been my hobby, which is why I have been singing since childhood. In fact, I remember sharing a stage with celebrities like Juliana and Chameleon in the early 2000s. 

However, I quit shortly and moved into business because there was no money then in the music industry. The story is different today. 

It was a few years ago when I realized that I had nudged what I really love. I am back with an album dubbed ‘Done waiting’ that comprises love and soul healing hits.


Are you back to earn from music?

For now, I am not prioritizing music as a career or profession but a hobby. Just like one goes to the gym or golf club, I head to the studio.

Down memory lane, almost 15 years ago, when I left the defunct WBS Television, CTV and KFM, I had to make ends meet.

I just got a wake-up call recently that the clock was ticking and the only passion I had was tucked away in a cold cob-web box. I told myself, now is the time, so I went to the studio last year.

Do you write your music?

I really love music. I sing from the heart but honestly, I haven’t written the songs. These are stories from awesome songwriters.

I look for the best songwriters. The music, therefore, could be their own experiences. I just translate the emotions into voice.

I have worked with Tusker Project Fame Winner, Esther Nabaasa, Ray Signature, Yese Oman Rafiki, Smart Keys, Doctor Brain and a few others who I will disclose once the current projects are out of the studio.

Given your tight schedules, where do you get time for music? 

Just like anyone finds time for an evening jog, I walk into the studio because music is a hobby to me.

I also practice late night in my home studio. On a scale of 1-10, my passion is at three for now but hope to make it move to five. I am not into this as a commercial artist.

‘We just want love’ has amazing lyrics and the video was on point, how did you pull this off? 

This was a perfect collaboration with Esther Nabaasa and production guru Michael Fingaz.

With a good sound from the duo, I had to hire Sasha Vybze for the video; my best in the industry.

Meanwhile, I appreciate that my songs are doing well on Ugandan airwaves, so, you should expect more of this. 16 track album is out and videos for most of the songs are in the works.


Who wrote your latest hit?

This remains under wraps! But I just did three songs with six different producers last week. These will be on my second album. 
Where do you see yourself in five years? 
I am honestly not looking that far in the future yet. Right now, I just want to do good music and hopefully have the world accept it. Whatever opportunities that come along, we shall weigh them.
What is your other self away from music? 
I have a success story. God has blessed me with a beautiful family. I am a father of three amazing angels. Their mum is beautiful as well. I am also thankful for my good business, Brand Active.
Besides, I have seen it all; driven good cars and built mansions among other things. 
I not looking for more than that. I am content. We see celebrated musicians turning to politics. 
What is your take on this?
Well, music comes with fame. And fame comes with numbers. Numbers seem to convince many that they can win an election. So, for the politics inclined musician, I guess they jump onto this.
Personally, I would never take that route. Family, music and business is all I am into
Can Bobi Wine become president?
No comment. 
Who is your Ugandan female celebrity crush? 
Musically, I usually look at vocal delivery and to me, Rema Namakula has no competitor. 
What is your weakest point in life? 
I get bored easily which is why I don’t immerse myself too long into situations. So, a few might find me a little detached.
Do you think the industry will remain relevant without icons; Chameleon, Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine who have joined politics?
There is an amazing pool of talent from singers, songwriters, and producers. Music is destined to be a big industry with or without the three legends.
But my prayer is that they never hang up the mic! They are so talented.