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



Lagum Owor

By Our Reporter

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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Meet HerbertSkillz A Music Producer,Sound Engineer Extraordinaire , who is flying the flag internationally for Uganda




By Staff Writer 

When we talk about music, we always forget to talk about those who are always behind the greatest hits, like song writers and most importantly, the audio producers who always make sure the real magic happens from the keyboard, to the recording booth into ensuring the clear sound and vocals we cherish.

They are the unsung heroes, who ensure we the consumers enjoy a finished product that touches us . And here we are privileged to bring to you one of the most successful Producers,  Herbert Dramuke aka HerbertSkillz of Sound Makers Music (Uganda/Manchester UK) And he had a lot to tell us about his production, and lovely projects.

Herbert who is also found on social media as HerbertSkillz or as Sound Makers Music on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter enlightened us that he is the engineer behind many tracks and he affirms that he has masterminded and produced many hit songs here and internationally but he has remained quietly working behind the front line without much hype, not because he is unlucky but because he has chosen not to push himself to claim the production credits for songs from artistes as some other producers often do or to be nominated in awards.

However despite this, this quiet man’s unique skills and talent have enabled him to break through onto the international music scene at high level particularly in the competitive markets in the UK, Jamaica and USA working on international projects for artistes from across the globe.

While at his Munyonyo based Sound Makers Music studio, he told us about some of the local projects that he has done that set him apart. These include Dididada by APass, Kiggwa Leero by Bobi Wine, Paradiso of Bobi Wine, Omusomesa by Jamal, Siste by Jamal, Mama by Pallaso, Onkuba by Peter Miles, Full Attention by Peter Miles and Levy Sil, Tomusbola by Bobi Wine, Want It Remix by Bebe Cool and many more hit songs, some of which have won awards.

In addition he spoke openly to us about some of his international projects which frankly left us speechless, since we, like many of you, actually had no idea that Uganda has such a talent which projects even beyond its borders, and his credits include “Eyeyo B”live” by his wife and partner from Manchester UK – Jade Dramuke Of Sound Makers, “Your Love” club remix by Jamaican /Americans Honorebel, Pitbull, Bebe Cool and Charly Black. “She On That” by Honorebel, Tory Lanez and King Doe Boi, “If I Ever” remix by Wayne Wonder and Mya, California’s breakthrough artist Veronika River “Places to Go”, popular UK artist Lizzie Haynes , “Feel the Freedom “ and from Kenya Akothee “Baby Daddy” among others. He also told us to watch this space for another big international release coming soon.

So now you know that this man HerbertSkillz with his humble personality but big talent is the one making us consume good music and is quietly flying the musical flag for Uganda internationally although we didn’t all know it before.

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Feffe Bussi now trend setter? Prompts retired Abdul Mulaasi to Rydim.




With the ongoing rap battles amongst rappers to prove who is better than who, the least person you would expect to join in has actually done it. While one would think the trending WHO IS WHO battle was amongst the young rappers that are fighting for supremacy, veteran singer Abdul Mulaasi has also released his version.

Abdul Mulaasi’s version titled Entalo Zabayimbi is another to join the already many challenges. In Entalo Zabayimbi Abdul Mulaasi seems to counsel the new generation on focusing on music rather than battles. This latest challenge leaves many wondering has Feffe Bussi set trend of sorts to the extent that even Kadongo kamu singer Abdul Mulassi is tempted to attempt?

Previously Ray Rachel, Da Agent, Bravel de Sniper, Jonah Steven while Kamenyo and Gravity anticipate to drop their versions soon.


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After 10 Years of Cheating on Each Other, Onyango Gareth and Nickita Break-Up




Nickita Bachu celebrates her birthday.

Ex-lovers, Gareth Onyango and Nickita Bachu

By Our Reporter

Celebrity couples are trendy. Everyone loves to follow them and they do pay back in the same price. They constantly feed the fans on public displays of affection.

That was the case with the events gurus come lovers; Onyango Gareth and Nickita Bachu. Their love made many wish to have the same.

But behind the scenes, the couple was always on and off trading cheating accusations. For a moment, it seems as though they had decided; “well let us cheat and try to work it out.”

They both hopped they would outgrow the vice. When the baby came in, Nickita got a little more serious with the relationship and started insisting on marriage. “She really wanted this thing to work, if not for her, at least for the baby,”says one of their close friends.

Men age like wine, women age like milk. Nickita was not getting any more beautiful. Gareth on the other hand had transformed into the perfect hunk, rolling around with the likes of Bebe Cool and Rajiv Ruparelia.

“Gareth felt it was high time he upgraded to a woman of his level. Besides, he felt this whole thing was a lie, there was no more love. All they had between each other was a baby nothing else,” our snoops reveal.

When 2018 begun, it was high on Gareth’s resolutions. He was no longer discreet about his cheating sprees. He even removed the passwords from his phone. He had no fear. He was on the pulse.

A day to Valentines, Gareth came home after a late night of work and asked to have a chat with Nickita; “Hun, I think it is over. This is about me not you. I am moving on with my life. But you will forever be someone I loved and the mother of my kid.”

At this point Nickita broke down and pleaded for forgiveness but all this fell on deaf ears. “She is even still depressed. She wants to say nothing about this matter. She rarely hangs out. She feels like her whole future has been cracked,” her bff tells us.

Gareth on the other hand is rumoured to have moved on with a Buganda Princess, one of the Kabaka’s daughters.

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