Henry Kiwuwa On Working With the Stars

It comes as a surprise when producer Henry Kiwuwa says his chorister grandmother was rather unhappy with his choice to chase after his musical dreams.

“She started the Seguku church choir,” the laidback Kiwuwa says. He pauses and when he resumes talking, it is to say that some of his uncles and aunties sang in church too. Some later joined the mainstream music industry.

The conversation reverts to why Kiwuwa’s grandmother did not want him joining the music industry.

“I had a job with National Housing [and Construction Corporation],” Kiwuwa, says, smiling. It is as if he can remember the days on his first job. “They said it was difficult to get a job and I was going to waste the one I had.”

Kiwuwa, born on May 20, 1980, had studied building construction at Kabasanda Technical Institute and later, Kyambogo University. His musical career flourished. Starting with Kadz band, Kiwuwa went on to produce music for Iryn Namubiru, Juliana Kanyomozi, Chameleone, Grace Nakimera and most recently, Rema.

His grandmother and relatives were happy with his success.

“They are now very proud of me,” Kiwuwa says with a hint of a smile. He breaks out into a full smile when he talks about his 2007 Producer of the Year PAM Award win.

“That was the highlight of my career,” Kiwuwa says.

We steer into the interview, which takes place at Grayce Records in Kanyanya.

I want to start this interview off on a political note. I would like to know which politician’s or MP’s bottom you think is perfect.

I don’t like politics. I don’t know if I am up to date, but I know this lady, Nabilah [Naggayi Sempala]. And another MP from Bundibugyo. She was a guest at an event I performed at. On the bottom, I will say that because I do not like politics, I have not looked at any. [Passionately:] I even don’t want to be attached to any.

Yiyi, are you saying you won’t notice a nice bottom because it belongs to a politician? Let’s talk about policewomen, then.

[Looking perplexed in a ‘who thinks a policewoman’s bottom is, well, to be admired’ way] The only policewoman I know is Judith Nabakooba.

So, is she the one you would playfully tap?

[Stonily:] Not really.

You don’t sound happy talking about others’ bottoms. You might be happier talking about music. Who is your favourite musician?

[Smiling, unlike when he was talking bottoms] I love Juliana and Iryn. I at one time mentioned only one of them and I got into trouble. I was producing music for both at that time.

The most beautiful musician? It has to be a female one.

[Unhappy:] Do I have to say the most beautiful?

It would be nice if you did. [He isn’t going to say] Okay, have you been attracted to any?

I have to reserve that one.

Ok, ok, what do you enjoy about working with musicians?

When you work with a musician and they shine, you shine too. But when a musician [does not do as expected], people blame you. Musicians can misbehave. They can get drunk to a point that sometimes they fail to perform. Promoters stop booking them and they go down. You [the music producer] are blamed for that too.

The poor quality music could be to blame too. Some people have said that the quality of music being produced is not good.

The music produced today has few chords they can be about three. A song with few chords is easy to learn but listeners will stop enjoying it after a short time. Songs like Elly Wamala’s have like eight complicated chords. Minor chords and major ones were mixed to produce music that is enjoyed over a longer period of time.

You mentioned that your favourite colour is grey, is all your underwear grey, then?

Noooo. Much as grey is my favourite colour, I don’t buy everything in grey.

What colour do you buy your underwear in then?

There is no specific colour.

Uh! Ok. What attracts you to a woman?

I think it differs. Things go on varying. I cannot be specific.

Ooh. Ok. Would you want a Miss Has-Some? [Don’t deny it, men today also want Miss Has-Somes.]

I would wonder where she had got that money from [shya… !]

Through working. Duh! Let’s talk about your body finally: which part do you like the most?

[A smile!] I think I love my hair. [He has long dreadlocks. Quick Talk didn’t know men cared about hair at all.]

Which part do you like the least?

My toe nails. I feel like they are not nice.

Well, they are dead cells. Thank you for the interview.

Thank you too.

Source : The Observer


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