The Observer (Kampala)

1 January 2013

Uganda: Quick Talk - When It Comes to Girls, Emcee Samo Is So Keen

interview

Quick Talk has always wondered what it's like to have a night job, so he sought Samuel Mugisha aka Mc Samo.

Samo is the emcee at Club Amnesia and is arguably the best club emcee in town, going by his ranking from party animals.

So who is Mc Samo?

Well, you already know my name, Samuel Mugisha. I am 22 years old. I am finalising my degree. [Quick Talk is shocked! When does someone who works at night and sleeps during day get time to study?]

What is it that you study?

I am doing a degree in Mass Communication at Victoria University.

How did you become a club emcee?

I think it started out in secondary school when I joined [the Rotary] interact club. That is when I started being an emcee, my friends liked it and I developed the confidence from there. Slowly, I started doing it at friends' parties for free. That's where someone met me and offered me a job as emcee at Barbeque Lounge.

When Club Amnesia started, one of the deejays called me to try out and I was given four months' probation but within three months, I was staff.

What does that come with?

Well, every night I am entitled to food, four drinks and a small allowance on top of my salary.

Was it or is it your dream job?

Not exactly, because I wanted to be a radio presenter but so far I can't leave it for a day job. I am used to sleeping during the day and working during the night.

Tell me how you are able to shout the whole night with all that energy.

It starts with loving what you do and knowing the music. There are many emcees in town but most of them don't even know the songs. Usually that puts the crowd off.

What major challenges do you get at night?

The biggest problem is musicians; most of them never bother who the emcee is but when they want you to play their songs, they are on your case, some of them even want to use force on you just so whenever they enter the club you automatically play their songs. [Typical Ugandan artistes, Quick Talk is not surprised, and mbu they want copyright laws]

Tell me about your social life, do you have a girlfriend?

Hmmm....let's say I don't have one; they are still many at the moment. [How did I guess?]

When will you pick one?

I will but, as for now, every night I see many hot girls that it will take a while.

How easy is it to pick them from the club?

Not hard at all, I am the emcee; so, that does the trick. Some even come to me and even offer me tips with compliments.

Wait, they even tip you?

Yeah, the biggest tip I have got from a lady is Shs 150,000, I was in the VIP lounge and she walked up to me and said: "You are the best Mc I have had".

You don't own a car, how do you usually take them back home?

Surprisingly, we jump onto a boba boda, however hot the girl, and they never disagree, the hard part comes in the morning because she can't leave dressed in such a skimpy outfit. So, usually, I have to call for a cab.

How many have given you the "you used me" line?

Of course many, but I always tell them that doing my laundry is using, but sex is not. [These must be the boys mothers warn their daughters about]

You don't have a kid; so, how many have had abortions?

He smiles... I love myself too much and I invest a lot in condoms, no girl can come and say they are pregnant because I am always steady.

What do you think of the Mavado organisers?

Bell Lager totally lost it most especially after Club beer pulled off the Sean Kingston show so well, and they have poor marketing. Even if they can get him down here in January, I doubt they will pull it off, people will be broke. It's just going to be funny.

[He has to prepare for the night but he promises Quick Talk free entrance with three guests any night]

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