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RAP DREAMS: How GNL, Navio Have Stirred A Hip Hop Renaissance.

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By Moses Abeka

When one’s vessel overflows with success and fills young impressionable minds with dreams, then the mentor is on a legendary path in the lives of those they inspire.

Before GNL Zamba and Navio blew up like they did, it seemed every young kid wanted to be that “mad muyaye”, that feared unknown boss everybody was scared of.

Now they all want to be rappers. They can get the girls, respect and cars and they can get it all legally.

As GNL prepares to release the Renaissance album, yours truly visited the slums of Kamwokya, Banda, Ntinda and Mbuya to get that hands on experience of the rap renaissance. Like most ghettos, rap stardom has replaced watching the English Premier League as the dominant activity of the youth.

At Eyo-Joe Studios, in Banda, they come gliding in and out, all afternoon, some spotting dreadlocks, young men in their twenties and teens, checking Facebook and taking snapshots before entering the booth, the goldmine.

Most are flat broke bargaining with producer for discount but dressed in box fresh sneakers and browsing the latest smart phones. They operate with a kind of insecurity-driven hyper confidence bragging and jousting to be the next big star…. “You are a writer? Nigga, you better reco ’nize! I’m comin’ with a whole rhyme technology….my sh*t be gettin’ mad respect on worldwide level…BET..MTV, man! When my debut album busts on air, it will be game over!”

The owner of the studio, Joe, a soft spoken rapper turned producer, can’t get off the phone. A new record label Money banks, will be shooting his first video at the boss’ crib.

The tale is almost the same in every street and ghetto, the street fantasy people are chasing with unswerving faith and dedication, by any means necessary.

In Mbuya, I met Pure Natural at his saloon, listening to his buddy Otrix on radio, his collaboration “oli mbuzi” with Don MC was on a local radio countdown. He bragged saying he is next!

In the same hood, Dove MC, an underground rapper narrated how he gave Don MC his first studio experience and how he used to walk from Mbuya to Rubaga to record a song. Today he is a “the gladiator of Lugwere-flow”. He speaks with optimism that his turn is around the clock.

Pounding the doors of fame are hundreds of them, if not a thousand, embracing the computer age to market their music. “I never disappoint, just check me out on reverbnation…,” is one of the lines they will tell you of their progress.

At the just concluded Bayimba International Festival, a little chat with Nellysade Saint, the lugaflow rapper that sold out his debut album and the Abenganda clan revealed tons about the hustle.

“The kind of music we do is real hip hop. An underground artiste must be original to the art to get respect”, said Nellysade.

You can virtually feel the strong faith they have in their art.

The biggest in the industry did not have it any easier. In “Ani yali’ manyi”, GNL talks about how he did not get paid by his promoter, bargaining for transport to get home. Today, the tale is different; he stands as an icon to those struggling to make it through.

Navio, the most award winning urban act, advises upcoming artistes on his social media pages, telling them not to lose their head in the fame, work hard and not relax at the beginning. ‘Pursue a real career’, is his advice. It is justifiable to say, the two rappers are the new leaders of the youthful revolution.

Unlike the 1990s, hip hop today is much appreciated locally as a viable profession. Urban radio stations have popularised the genre. Website giving such content is double advantage. With many young people engaging in the rap, Uganda will soon experience an explosion of the art.

WHAT IS RENAISSANCE?
Renaissance, is adopted from a French to mean ‘re-birth’. It was a cultural movement that spanned from the 14th century to 17th century in Italy and later spreading to the rest of Europe, the era of the industrial revolution, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelagelo, best referred to as the era of the rebirth of knowledge.

GNL’s album will be released on the 51st Independence anniversary.

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Famous Gagamel singer very ill

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Gagamel singer, Allan Masengere better known as Shortkut is battling for his life in hospital.

In a Facebook post, Bebe Cool who is the CEO Gagamel revealed that Shortkut has been in hospital for a month now and is seriously sick.

“My son Allan Masengere aka Shortkut, a young talent in the music industry of Uganda has been bed ridden for nearly a month now fighting for his life. Friends and family, your prayers are welcome. Get well in the name of Allah,” wrote Bebe Cool.

Shortkut

Shortkut is a very young artiste under Gagamel Entertainment and has done songs like Big Mouth though he has not found his breakthrough.

We wish him a quick recovery!

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Felicita Di Superstar’s family in eviction scare over rent arrears

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Female rapper Felista Di Superstar and her father are reportedly facing eviction over rent arrears.

Early this week, reports came in indicating that the “Nawambye” singer and her father received an ultimatum from their land lord that they should pay their arrears in two weeks or else they will be evicted.

Speaking in an interview, Felista’s landlord said that his patience is running thin after the pair defaulting on rent for 8 months. He stressed that he had earlier advised them to move to a cheaper house but they didn’t listen.

Felista’s family rents a 200k house. Their debt sums up to 1.6 Million. They have tried explaining to their landlord that everyone is going through some financial distress but this has fallen on deaf ears.

The youngster is a young female rapper being raised by a single father who supports her talent. She goes to Kampala Parents School.

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Video: Zahara Totto beaten by hubby, Big Papa before bitter split

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By BigEyeUg Team

The sudden breakup between NBS TV’s Zahara Totto and her boyfriend, Don Solomon Ugwu alias Big Papa (Oga) continue to surface with more secrets spilled regarding their one-year old relationship.

Issues seem not light at all as we may have earlier anticipated, for the motor-mouthed media personality after another video storming social media today showing a bitter fight between Zahara and now ex-boyfriend, Don Solomon.

In the video, the mother of four is seen ridiculously nagging and clinging to her boyfriend as she begs him not call it quits in their relationship.

She is later thumped to the ground continuously by Big Papa giving her no chance again in his life.

The fight is most-likely to have been a continuation of the leaked audio where Oga was hectically trying to conclude his affair with the ‘Uncut’ show host.

Watch video here;

We will keep you posted

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Peter Miles trashes allegations that he sided with Kenzo on Bobi Wine’s issues

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Over the weekend, social media was awash with mixed reactions following leaked audios in which musician Eddy Kenzo castigated fellow singer turned politician, Bobi Wine.

While Bobi Wine’s fans were enraged and responded with insults, other social media users seemed to side with Kenzo. Among these was one long comment which made rounds all over social media and was said to have been made by faded dancehall artist Peter Miles.

In the comment, the artiste stressed that Bobi Wine diverted from the real cause because of greed and ego.

However, Peter Miles has come out to clear the air saying that those are malicious people trying to destroy his friendship with Bobi Wine.

“Bobi Wine has been my friend for over 20 years and we still talk as brothers the earliest being last week when he gave me a call and we had a casual call as longtime friends. I don’t know the intention of this as those who know me very well know this character assassination. Please consider this as fake news,” he said.

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