The Observer (Kampala)

17 January 2013

Uganda: Take 5 - Producer Jozy

interview

Producer Jozy, real name Joseph Mayanja, is a music producer at Grayce Records in Kanyanya.

He is also a keyboard and piano player as well as a vocal coach. He has worked with artistes like Grace Nakimera, Irene Namubiru, Yoyo and Julianna.

He filed five questions with Joseph Kimbowa about music.

Was learning to play instruments easy for you?

This is where I take pride in being a fast learner. I remember during my P.7 holidays, I was taken for piano lessons and I stunned my teacher because I was already a piano expert in less than six months. This was a very big achievement for me.

Any particular memory from your school days you would like to share?

When I was at Kajjansi Secondary School, I led to the expulsion of the music teacher. Since I had had piano lessons, I proved better than him and he was sacked. This was mean on my side and it did not help me because I wanted to learn more in music.

Did you have swagg in school as an instrumentalist?

Initially, my childhood dream was singing and I never saw myself as an instrumentalist. But it was after I became one that I realized the privilege.

At school, I earned respect and I had a tight schedule whereby I was booked to perform at four different parishes every weekend.

I was thus the only boarding student to have the privilege of spending the weekend out of school. However, balancing books and performing became a challenge.

Who is your inspiration?

Apart from my passion for music and God, I think Henry Kiwuuwa was a great inspiration to me. I remember when I met him at St Charles Lwanga church in Zzana, he was the most cerebrated vocalists. Since then, he became my trainer and mentor.

How do you feel about sharing a name with singer Jose Chameleone?

Chameleone is a singer and I'm a music producer, which means we are two different people. We are close friends. A name is just a name and the difference is in how you use that name. Some people confuse me with Chameleone but they will learn to differentiate us.

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