The Observer (Kampala)

30 December 2012

Uganda: Artistes to Watch Out for in 2013

I first stumbled upon Liane's talent when I was flipping through Ugandan music videos.

I had bought a CD collection from a vendor for Rema's hit Oli Wange when Liane's song, Mr DJ, caught my attention. When I watched that video Mr DJ, I saw four Ugandan artistes in this one girl. She has the voice that would give Julianna sleepless nights. She has a voluptuous body that would make Desire Luzinda look at herself in the mirror to check if she is still the title holder for most well-rounded Ugandan artiste.

She can also move her waist so well that Fiina Masanyalaze has nothing on her. Most of all, she knows how to work the camera, she knows what angles capture her best facial features. And she has watched too many Beyonce and Shakira videos. Her voice is the kind that grabs your attention the minute it sips through the speaker.

If she doesn't have you hooked with her ballads, then without a doubt her videos will make up for a lot. The men will love her and the women will love and hate her in equal measure. The video establishes her as a provocateur, teasing the audience to give them what they want with sexy dance moves that are accentuated by her soft waist that freely does what she wants it to do.

Moses who first watched Liane during a fashion show at Club Silk remembers nothing about her songs but everything about what he calls "her big bums".

And I am sure many like Moses don't even know her most popular hits Mr DJ and Omusawo. One thing is for sure; if she doesn't find a way of making her music more popular than her body, she will be sold out after two minutes. The one girl that is going to rock the music industry this year if she finds funding, is Diana Nalubega. She has an amazing voice and knows how to tune her vocals.

If you don't believe me, ask gospel artiste Judith Babirye, because she has recognised and acknowledged Nalubega's talent as the girl to pay close attention to. With a good recording studio, songwriter and producer, there is no stopping Nalubega. Her first single, Kisumuluzo, introduces a calm Nalubega who is not so much into theatricals, wardrobe politics and enticing the crowd. She just wants to entertain and produce good music. More like Julie Mutesasira.

There is also Chosen of the Okituukirizza fame. He is not really new in the industry, but certainly he is not old and well-established either. Even after the fame that came with Pressure Ya Love (with Walden), he needs to wake up and make 2013 the year to shine solo on Uganda's music scene. Otherwise, he might wake up when we have moved on to the more promising dancehall hit-maker Young Mulo.

The kid has broken into the realms of Bobi Wine, Vampos and kicked many more off the scene. His hit, Tebatusobola gets everyone on their feet in club, because it is a total club banger. He just needs a better video director, better cameras, video theatricals and a good day at the salon to clean up a bit and he will be a big hit on stage and on video.

He also needs to realise that he is Young Mulo and not 'Young Mulo and Others' who are tagging alongside him in videos and on stage. When he does that and concentrates on his career rather than try to involve every friend, then he will be well on his way to taking home dancehall or reggae or best male artiste award at the next PAM Awards. If any.

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