The Observer (Kampala)

28 June 2012

Uganda: Big Eye On Why He Wears Three Watches

interview

He hit the big stage when he released his song Indicator in 2009.

Ibrahim Mayanja a.k.a Big Eye, is the founder of Big Music group and has since released tracks like Muzibe, Mango Juice, Going Higher, Guweddeko and recently, Phone Busy. Joseph Kimbowa posed five questions to him.

Hey, why do you wear three watches? [He has two on the left and one on his right hand, along with bracelets.]

My philosophy is time consciousness and time is money. I always make sure that I put on more than one watch such that if one fails, I have another that works. With the work we do, it is not good to disappoint clients.

What is your favourite article?

I can do away with anything but not my beloved glasses. Some people say I'm shy, but I just love them.

What is your most expensive attire?

I spend most of my money on my Adidas shoes. They come on order from the company and I'm the first owner. They cost me close to $220 (Shs 550,000), but it is worth the price.

Who is your designer, then?

I design myself. I do most of my shopping from Dubai. I have a unique brand of jeans called Pop Star that most Ugandan artistes have failed to get. It gives me great pleasure to look different from the rest.

By the way, why are you called Big Eye yet you have small eyes?

That is a name I created right from secondary school because I had this unique visionary instinct. I would do and see things before anyone could. I then decided to start calling myself Big Eye.

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