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Interview: Rapper Lagum opens up about his music journey and upcoming projects

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Talented rapper and producer Lagum aka Lagum Owor will be one of the performing acts at the 18th edition of the Tusker Malt Lager powered and House of Deejays organized Blankets and Wine Kampala.

The rapper who has been behind some music hits such as ‘100’ where he featured Ruyonga and Tucker HD as well as ‘Real’ which also featured Ruyonga will be looking to thrill the crowd come 20th August at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Lagum, whose music style is a fusion of trap and RnB, makes a blend of music called ‘Alternative Rap’. He will be sharing a stage with Nigerian sensation Seyi Shay alongside some Uganda stars such as; Joel Sebunjo, Rabadaba, T Bro, General Czar’bu and Shifah Musisi. Also performing will be Burkina Faso’s pop star Alif Naaba.

We caught up with the ‘Social Lives’ album star who hopes to be one of the best producers in Africa and asked him a few questions ahead of this week’s event.

Qn: What inspired Lagum to start rapping?

I think I was first influenced by one of my favorite rappers, Lupe fiasco. When I started listening to him I was really taken by rap and started to write my own rhymes to his songs. That was in 2009 and here we are!

Qn: What would you describe your music as?

Whenever people ask me this question, I really struggle to answer it. The best way I can put it is my musical style is a fusion of trap, RnB, and a bunch of other sounds. I’d call it Alternative rap music but I have no idea what that means right now!

Qn: What inspired your ‘Social Lives’ album?

Well Social Lives was inspired by the fact that a lot of people are fake online. Essentially the album is about being who you are and not worrying about what people think. That was the goal when I released it in 2015.

Qn: What are some of your most memorable stage performances?

My most memorable stage performances were at A Ka Dope first Friday and A Ka Dope weekend. The energy the crowd has is incredible and I’m a guy who feeds of that energy. I like to move around and get hyped but I also enjoy being able to bring an audience to a quiet, stand still moment with a song. When I can do both in one set, then that’s a great performance.

Qn: Are there any particular Ugandan artists you would wish to work with?

JC Muyonjo and Solome Basuuta are high up on that list. I’d love to do a couple songs with them. I have performed with Solome and its always such an amazing time with her, so I’m looking forward to when we sit down and make a record.

Qn: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while performing on stage?

I am not sure I have had too many funny moments but there was a time the crowd wanted me to perform another song after I had finished my set. I improvised with a friend who was performing and we still don’t know how we pulled it off to this day!

Qn: Are there any projects in the works that we should look out for?

Well, I currently have a project out named ‘X-tension.’ But you should expect at least one more project from me this year.

Qn: Where do you see Lagum five years from now?

I see myself as an established producer/artist world-wide. Touring Africa and making Uganda famous for the right reasons.

Qn: What advice would you give to a young upcoming artist?

I’m still upcoming myself to be honest. I haven’t reached my goals for this year yet. But I will say that if you keep working on your craft, always looking to improve, and believing that God will make a way, things will start happening for you faster than you think.

Qn: Your top five rappers of all time?

Eminem would be first on the list in my opinion. Followed by Tupac, Biggie, Kendrick Lamar, and then Lupe Fiasco. A lot of people are going to scream but that’s what I think!

Qn: This will be your second performance at Blankets and Wine Kampala. What should people expect from you?

People should expect some laid back moments as well as some energy. That’s all I will say without revealing too much.

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I have recovered fully and ready to resume work – Bryan White.

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Money bag Brian Kirumira who is popularly known as Bryan White is back on his feet and ready to resume his activities with his founded and self funded Bryan White Foundation. Bryan White yesterday revealed all activities will resume now that he is fully recovered and ready to work. “I have fully recovered and will resume work this week or early next week.” he said.

Bryan White earlier this month suffered severe sickness that left him admitted in Nakasero hospital where he was after a week refered for further treatment. It is then that the tycoon furthered his treatment in an anonymous hospital from which he returns in better shape this week.

He has assured those that were within vicinity upon his return that he will be returning to work starting this week.

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Socialite Zari Hassan named judge for Miss Uganda Pageant

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South Africa based Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan has been announced as one of the judges and patrons for the 2018 Miss Uganda Pageant.  She will also be a guest speaker at a CSR (corporate social responsibility) activity targeted to young girls organised by the Miss Uganda Foundation.

According to Brenda Nanyonjo, CEO of the Miss Uganda Foundation, Zari was chosen as one of the judges because she is the epitome of “beauty and brains”. “Zari is the perfect example of our motto at Miss Uganda which is beauty with a purpose! She is not only a beautiful woman but she has managed to achieve so much in her career as a businesswoman while she is raising 5 children. We believe she will be an excellent judge for the pageant.” She said.

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai also noted that, “We are really excited to have Zari as a part of our team for the Miss Uganda Pageant. She is a strong independent women who is an inspiration and role model to young women in Uganda. The things she has achieved are phenomenal, she has been though many hardships but she always find a way to bounce back and keep developing and building her personal brand to be one of Uganda’s most celebrated personalities.”

The Miss Uganda finale is slated for August 10th at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

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A Pass, Vinka to host upcoming Spinny Silent Disco

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Singers, A Pass and Vinka will host the forthcoming Spinny Silent Disco. To be held on Saturday, June 30 at Atmosphere Lounge, Kololo, the event is billed to be another party explosion in the city.

As has always been the norm with Spinny Events, there will be a lineup of celebrated Kampala spinners like DJ Urbanstar, DJ Crim, Deejay LL, Lolah, Slick Stuart and Roja, Benon DJ, DJ Jerry, Malias, Bryan among many others to grace the decks.

DJ Spinny, who is known for hosting plush gatherings in Kampala and Kigali noted that the party will be nothing short of excitement and explosive merrymaking.

“There is a lot in stock for our fans,” he said. “The music, the DJs, and the energy we hope to exhibit is nothing you’ve seen before.”

A Pass and Vinka being some of the top-selling new generation artists, Atmosphere Lounge is expected to flood with stylish and free-spirit youthful fans.

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