Four years ago, Uganda Tennis Association president Cedric Babu started a new chapter in the management of sportsmen and artistes when he opened up Kinetic Management group.
Last Thursday, the group held a video premiere party for seven of its artistes at Cayenne bar and lounge in Bukoto. Video premieres have become a norm in the industry but never had we seen seven artistes premiering on the same day. It takes resources to pull off a good music video.
Therefore, if Kinetic sponsored seven videos by different artistes, then it was such a big achievement that deserved celebration. The event was highly publicized on social media, and to be part of the gig, one had to part with Shs 10,000, and Radio City’s McKenzie was the emcee.
The former Scripture Union and Abstinence Club member at London College of St Lawrence did quite a good job, cracking a joke here and there. DJ Karo was behind the disks, but her flawless beauty aside, there is not much she can offer on the decks. She lacks that element of surprise that gets the crowds wanting more.
The videos, all produced by Face Studios, save for Kenyan songstress Habida’s video, were impressive.
The born-again rapper proved he can be a mainstay in the industry, changing styles from hard-core rap to free style. His new single Muhuriire? translated to mean ‘have you heard’ proves his versatility. With such a path, he will appeal to a larger audience. And if he continues that way, an album launch should be along the way.
The former Tusker Project fame contestant from Rwanda may not be that much known to Ugandans, but his vocals and talent on the guitar will take him places. You can also tell he learnt a lot about stage performance in the Tusker academy. His song My Cherie Amour was a darling to the ladies.
Forever Mc is slowly making his mark in the hip hop world. He coined the Friday Night Lights anthem and his new single Ehh Mama is already becoming a catch phrase in town. Babu describes him as the “next big thing in Luga-flow”.
In all honesty, Thomas Mayanja, aka The Mith, is struggling to stay relevant. His second album, Destination Africa, has nothing to write home about. If he didn’t have the smoke screen of Klear Kut to hide behind, I wonder where he would be musically. With Navio leading the crew, The Mith and JB have become bridesmaids.
However, the video of his new song, Winner, is highly commendable. It does not have that hip hop stereotype of girls dancing in a club, sipping on fancy drinks. The commuter bus and traditional dancers did the trick.
The former Tusker Project Fame winner has still failed to get a breakthrough single. You can commend him for keeping trying, but his latest video Mr DJ still lacks on many grounds. The lyrics sound similar to what has been done over and over about DJs. And the setting is as usual in a nightclub. Nothing special!
He is the only artiste who did not have a video, but he had a great performance for the night.
The Kenyan singer’s video was by far the best. It was shot in Nigeria, with good lighting and sharp pictures.
The UK-raised rapper raises eyebrows with his style of rap and already many have him on their collabo list. His new single 256 is doing well and the video ‘kills’ it with the shots of Kampala and how he adores his city.
Source : The Observer