The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Maro, Ray Form Label

Fast-rising Ugandan artistes, Ronald Maro and Ray Signature have teamed up to create a continental music label, the Vocal Police Africa.

In an exclusive interview with The Observer, the duo has informed us that the label, which rolls out in a few days, will comprise talents from across Africa and the diaspora.

"We want to go global," they told us, explaining the label will handle artistes' welfare, recording, concerts and other itineraries.

Maro first conceived the idea mid last year and later shared it with his buddy, Ray who instantly got hooked. The pair has since been working tirelessly, even recording a song together called Focus.

"We are going to stage a launch party this month, plus a mega concert in September," Maro said, adding that the pair have had to merge their forthcoming solo projects, including their album launches, so as to make the September gig bigger.

So far, the label has secured seven Ugandan artistes including dancehall queen Empress and Jeff Blaise of the Contagious hit. Others include Data, Evan and Bris Jean. Talks are underway to bring Rwanda's Alpha and Tanzania's Kala Jeremiah on board.

"We are looking for real talent and we will go all the way to Jamaica and USA.

"It is a professionally registered label with a non-music management team. We hope to build offices and studios in the near future," they say.

Meanwhile, Ray has come out to publically clarify that his former band Byg Time is no more.

"Everyone is now doing their own things but there is absolutely no beef. I am also not beefing with my mentor Silver [Kyagulanyi] like some people are alleging."

And to completely distinguish himself from his past, the Kasenyanku crooner has had to rebrand, subsequently dropping his trademark bandana headgear and kangol caps for a Mohawk. But he retains his nerdy glasses which his female fans love.

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