Bugungu artistes to advance Bunyoro music, look at West Nile trends

Musicians and producers: Lampard Tumukugize aka Damson Da-rulo and Ricky Agondeze aka Ricky Wiz who combined by their crew name - Double Keyz inside Kazi-njema radio studio in Hoima City during ‘Bunyoro Turn-up Sunday.’ (Image: Calvin Wembabazi/Kazi-njema News)

The Hoima City-based upcoming artistes hailing from Bugungu which is part of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, have vowed to use all their resources and opportunities to advance their aspirations and Bunyoro music industry at large.

The young men implore the business community to consider supporting local musicians who will pay back through promoting those businesses locally and elsewhere in the world.

The musicians and producers: Lampard Tumukugize aka Damson Da-rulo and Ricky Agondeze aka Ricky Wiz who combined by their crew name – Double Keyz made the comments during Kazi-njema radio show – ‘Bunyoro Turn-up Sunday’ in Hoima city.

Da-rulo said that with hope for continued support from their fans, producers and promoters they hope for the best.

“What we are working to achieve is to have the business community, especially major investors in the region on our side. We cannot succeed alone because music is very expensive,” he said.

Da-rulo stressed that attention of the business community has greatly helped musicians in West Nile parts of Arua, Pakwach, Nebbi and Zombo to advance their quality of music production and ability to promote it.

According to him, there are many talented artistes who can sing in both local and foreign languages to conquer the world but they are let down by lack of funds.

Audio: Lampard on Bunyoro music (Runyoro/Rutooro)

They, however, said they are also working hard by involving themselves in other income generating activities to emancipate themselves economically without entirely hoping for support from others.

“We also want to change the narrative that being an artiste is becoming a drug addict as perceived by society. We are working to create a difference,” he said.

Alvin Bisoborwa aka Misty Pan of Vox Records production studios, noted that procurement of the best sound cards which are crucial in production studios needs huge capital that most local music producers cannot afford without support.

“That is why upcoming artists are tasked to travel to Kampala to record music which could be done here. We have enough experience to be even better than many Kampala producers but the challenge is equipment. Better quality produced music is easy to promote,” he said.

Audio: Misty on music promotion (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Jackobel Ahaisibwe Clint, another young artiste from Bugungu, said that unemployment challenge plaguing other youths is also affecting artistes since music does not easily generate sustainable income.  

Audio: Clint on music as an employment (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The songs that bring this crew to the light of Bunyoro’s music industry include: Bestie by Alvo Misty, Tinkwenda by Double Keyz and So Much by Clint Jax.

The ‘Bunyoro Turn-up Sunday’ show in which they featured is hosted by Vincent Kugonza aka Born-town. It runs every Sunday from 7pm to 9pm aiming at promoting talents among the youths in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.




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