Recent songs being released show that Uganda might actually be on its way to creating its very own, unique style and voice. Top songs that have embodied this style include:
“Kabulengane” by Bebe Cool
“Njogereza” by Navio
“Omulembe” by Aziz Azion (ft. Sheebah)
The sounds can be best described as a fusion of traditional Ugandan afrobeats fused with mostly reggae and (sometimes) hip hop. While the three songs listed above have particularly dominated charts, they could pave a way for up-and-coming artistes to emulate and push the nation’s music further and onto the continental stage with current titans like Nigeria, South Africa and recently, Tanzania.
Over the years, many artists and music fans in Uganda have expressed concern for the country’s music industry especially for its failure in creating its own identifiable brand of music.
Congo, for example is known for the rumba style of music and Tanzania is popular for the bongo style; Uganda on the other hand, has lacked its own unique style.
In an article we recently published on lessons other African nations can learn from Nigeria’s music industry, finding a music style can be easily traced to a country listed. This helps to create a unique rhythm than can be easily matched to a particular source.
Contrary to popular opinion, creating its own style doesn’t necessarily mean limiting creativity by sticking to a particular rhythm and/or pattern of music, instead, it would mean that the Ugandan music scene would have its own ‘niche’ which in turn, would mean more recognition for the nation’s music and musicians.
Let us know what you think, and check out our previous playlist for more music.