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Interview: Sauti Sol reveal their 2018 plans, secret to their success, best Ugandan songs and much more



Sauti Sol

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Kenyan music group Sauti Sol was recently in Uganda and the BigEyeUG team managed to catch up with them for an interview. During the interview, the singers revealed their music plans for 2018 among other things. Here are excerpts:

1. How did you settle on the name Sauti Sol? And why?

We used to be called “Sauti” back in our singing days in high school. But there were many “Sautis” in the industry and when were recording our first album, our manager advised us to find a unique name and that is when we added “Sol” to our name to become “Sauti Sol”.

2. How did you guys meet? What is that history behind the formation of Sauti Sol?

The three of us (Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi) were in the same high school and there was a group called “Voices in the light”. It was a generation of a capella bands and the best were chosen to be in that group. We used to perform in this group in high school. And after high school I (Polycarp Otieno) joined them to form the group, Sauti.

3. How have you managed to stay together for so long? Groups tend to be tricky you know?

Friendship has been the foundation of our group all the way from high school. And the friendship became even tighter after high school. We are the best of friends until now and this has greatly contributed to us sticking together for 14 years now.

4. What would each of you rank as your best Sauti Sol song?

The best Sauti Sol song is the song of the moment; the one that we have just released.  “Melanin”, which we just released, is our best song for now.

5. There was backlash from feminists when you released Nerea, how did it feel? How did you handle that moment?

We believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and so how different people take the message is not in our control. Although we appreciate and understand their concerns, that’s not where we were coming from. We made it very clear from the beginning that the song was mostly just about how as a man you should take responsibility for your actions. We even released a statement and we made it clear to where our position was. Our content cant always be taken the way we want it to be taken so we work with it as it comes.

6. You have fallen in love with Uganda. Who are your 3 best Ugandan musicians and why?

It is hard to tell the best Ugandan artiste because there is a lot of good musicians and we fall in love with Ugandan music everyday. Uganda has always had top musicians like Chameleone, Bebe cool who inspired us. There is also a lot of  fresh talent on the market who are killing it like Irene Ntale and Sheebah. There are also other talented musicians like Radio & Weasel,  Maurice Kirya (we have been friends for quite a long time), and then Navio.

7. What are your best 3 Ugandan Songs?

Stamina Daddy by Irene Ntale is making rounds in Kenya. Nkwatako by Sheebah is also good, and definitely Mbozi Za Malwa.

8. How did you and Bebe Cool come up with Mbozi Za Malwa?

We had been talking to Bebe Cool for a long time because we often meet at the award ceremonies outside our countries. So when he sent us the track, “Mboozi Za Malwa” and explained to us what it means adding that the song would go deep with in Uganda, which it surely did, we trusted him and jumped on to it. You know he is so experienced and we always look up to him.

9. What do you have in plan for 2018? What should your fans expect?

We have a project called “African Source” where we are working with different African artistes on the continent and in the next 12 months or so we are going to be releasing a new single every month. Actually we started with Uganda’s Bebe Cool, and then C4 Pedro from Angola and later Nigeria’s Patoranking whose songs are all already out. We are continuing to work with different African artists like Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Davido, Toofan, Mani Martin, Burna Boy, and Vanessa Mdee among others and the projects are all done and ready to be released.

10. Is there any artiste in Africa that you would wish to work with but you haven’t?

The artists we haven’t worked with, uh, some are dead. But if lucky Dube was alive, we would have loved to record a song with him. And maybe Brenda Fassie too. Nonetheless, there are many artistes in Africa that we would love to work with. And I think our next stop could be North Africa.

11. Which musicians have had the greatest influence on your style and genre?

It evolves with time and, even us as artistes we evolve and at each stage we have new influences. We started as an a capella acoustic band and then we had inspirations from some African artists like Salif Keita among others. And when we diversified into pop music we got new influences such as P-Square, South African music, and iconic music groups from the west as well.

12. How is the creative process for each new song you release? How do you decide which song to release?

We don’t decide on which song to release, it just happens. Our song ideas usually come from our different experiences. So we don’t really sit down and say we are writing a hit song. It all comes from all kinds of experiences.

We write together, and then practice the song with the band first. Most people first go to the studio and they are given a track and then write a song, but for us it is the other way round — write the music, then play it with the band, and if it sounds nice, we go ahead and record it.

Music is a business as well so we need a strategy and this also determines when we are releasing the particular songs.

13. What do you people do when you are not doing music? If you didn’t do music, where would each of you have probaly ended up?

We do not know where we would if not for singing. Anyway, when we are not doing music, we are just mostly resting. However, we all do have hobbies; we love things that all other normal people love, like playing soccer, play station, and hanging out with friends.

14. What would call your greatest achievement?

Sticking together for 14 years is our greatest achievement. Most groups don’t usually stick together this long.

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What defines Diamond Platnumz as a celebrity?




Diamond Platnumz, also known as Naseeb Abdul Juma, born on the 2nd of October, 1989 is a songwriter and dancer from Tanzania that has reached fame thanks to some very appreciated hits like “Number One” that’s also featuring another artist from Nigeria, Davido. But that’s not all he is famous for, because apparently Diamond Platnumz takes his celebrity status very serious and lives quite the glamorous and no-limits life. While some people living the lap of luxury get to it by playing free spins slots, he did so with his talent. Check out below some of the most interesting facts about Diamond Platnumz.

The Great Controversy Surrounding A Potential Marriage with Zari

Ever since he is famous, rumors about Diamond Platnumz wife started to appear and since he was dating Zari at the time, everyone immediately assumed they will get married at some points. Over the years, a lot of speculations appeared surrounding a possible marriage between Diamond Platnumz and Zari, however, as we recently found out, the relationship is now officially over after what many claim to be a combination of financial issues and a lot of cheating on Diamond Platnumz part.

Diamond Platnumz’s Long List of Partners

Even though he was in a stable relationship with Zari, that didn’t stop Diamond Platnumz to cheat on her every time he had the chance to. After all, he had to live up to the expectations of being a celebrity in Tanzania and one of the best-paid artists in the country. So, Diamond Platnumz Instagram is filled with beautiful girls that, at some point, claimed they were involved with the singer. Not only that, but he also admitted to cheating on Zari with the former Big Brother Africa winner, Dillish Mathews that also claims she is pregnant. And it appears that she’s not the only one in that situation since Hamisa Mobettor, the star of one of Diamond’s sexy videos has the same claim. He later admitted that both kids are his and that he had sex with both women while he was still in a relationship with Zari.

It would look like Diamond Platnumz’s songs brought him even more than fame and fortune, in his case they came along with two kids with two different women. Now, that’s something big even for a celebrity like him!

Diamond Platnumz New Worth

At the beginning of 2018, Diamond’s net worth was estimated at the amazing figure of 4.5 million dollars and even though that doesn’t sound like much when compared to the billions US stars make, let’s remember that he’s from Tanzania and 4.5 million is a huge amount.

People who aren’t as confindent in their celebrity skills could only dream of this kind of wealth. However  lately world presents to them more and more chances, such as trying the bet365 app android has to take a shot at their own fortune.


But, ladies, before jumping into conclusions thinking he could be a really good catch, being single and loaded of cash, remember all about his expenses with all the parties, beautiful women, expensive gifts and constant trips he was making back and forth to South Africa, back when he was still dating Zari.  So he’s not the kind of person to keep and hoard money – he lives through what he has.

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Rapper Sarkodie To Perform At Inaugural AMI Awards.




Last week, Schnaps Universe Africa Inc. launched the Africa Music industry (AMI) awards to recognize and honor African celebrities in their deserved calibers. The awards event were officially unveiled to the Ugandan press at a ceremony held at Mestil Hotel, Kampala.

Speaking at the launch, former Miss Uganda Stellah Nantumbwe who also doubles as the Vice President of the AMI awards instilled hope in fans of African music saying, “These are people’s choice awards, expect the utmost transparency.  ”The entire voting process is up on our website, expect no surprises as far as winners are concerned, you’ll be able to see everything.”

We further understands that the event is designed to “honor African artists and musicians, African arts and cultures, entertainment leaders, entertainment political figures, dignitaries, celebrities and stars who are pioneers in arts, music, fashion.” The awards gala will be held at Kampala Serena Hotel on 24th March 2018, with a horde of African celebrities expected to attend.

According to the latest from organizers, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie is set to jet in this the week and headline the event. Others confirmed performers include Safary, Lizha James, Shellsy Baronet, Barbara Kanam among others. Ellah and Ka De Jong will be the hosts for the night.

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Shifah Musisi is slowly but steadily making her way up the ladder of Ugandan music. Barely a month after she dropped a compelling song titled “Emirembe” from her second studio album, the beautiful songstress with a magical voice has released another musical masterpiece. The new single is titled “Ebilowozo” and is the true definition of good music. Shifah Musisi is a Ugandan singer, songwriter, guitarist and fashion designer who has been on the music scene for a couple of years. Her first album titled “Olugendo” featured songs like “Owoluganda”,”Muntumulamu”, “Olugendo” and “Mukyalo” among others, majority of which still enjoy airplay locally.

Born in Kapeeka, Luwero this songstress has all the makings of a star. In 2016, Shifah Musisi went on tour in Europe, performing in Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Sweden at numerous festivals. Upon her return, she embarked on her second studio album “Dark and happy times” from which her new hits “Emirembe” and “Ebilowozo” are taken. Ebilowozo, produced by the renowned Michael Fingers is simply a class apart from ordinary Ugandan music, from the arrangement of the instruments, the way it builds up to Shifah Musisi’s vocal delivery, everything about “Ebilowozo” perfect. This is the kind of music Uganda should be famous for.

Then there’s the video. If the audio sweeps you off your feet, the video just delivers you to a whole different place altogether. Directed by the talented Loukman Ali, the visuals make the song come to life with a well written story. The video interprets the lyrics to the dot, casting Shifah Musisi as a damsel in distress, waiting for the knight in shining armor to come riding on his beautiful horse and deliver on his promises of true love. Complete with scenes of horses and fiddle playing old men, the video delivers on all fronts.

The song has been well received with famous comedian and Comedy Store executive Alex Muhangi claiming it left him in tears and deserved a Grammy. For afro-soul sensation Shifah Musisi, if the first two songs “Emirembe” and “Ebilowozo” are anything to go by, this second album “Dark and Happy times” might just be the one that launches her to the top of the music charts in and out of Uganda. Watch the space.

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