The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take 5 - Rasta Feelman, Teso Sensation

Joseph Omoding, popularly known as Rasta Feelman, is a Teso sensation.

He is the sub-region's reggae dancehall king whose music rocks most nightclubs in Soroti and Tororo. He filed five questions with Joseph Kimbowa.

How did you come up with Feelman?

Feelman is a name I developed myself. My music invites my audience to share my feelings about love, inspiration and education. I want all my fans right from Teso, Uganda and the world to feel my music.

What is your best quote?

I have a personal quote: "Nobody is going to remember me for what I have failed to do but everyone will not forget me for my achievements." It keeps me going.

When was your turning point?

It came when I lost my mother at six. This meant that I had to struggle through life as a man. It was my lowest moment but it also gave me reason to learn never to give up. Every achievement is for my mother and whenever I see myself about to fail, I wonder what my mother would have wanted me to do and it keeps me going.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to become a household name in [the] Ugandan music industry. After getting established in my region, I want to look at the national level and compete favourably.

The industry looks stiff these days but I think it is the message, packaging and will of God that make us different. If I can master that, I will be among the top artistes in five years.

Who is your music role model?

As a Rasta, I hold Lucky Dube in high esteem. He was a pan-Africanist and he did not segregate. I love him for the passion he had for his people and that is why I take him as a personal role model.

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