21 February 2013

Uganda: Lavie Davie Wants Collaboration With Cindy

Davis Lubega comes off as a laid-back guy who rarely says much.

On any day, you will catch him wearing a pair of fitting jeans and T-shirt because he is the kind of guy who takes his looks seriously. However, if you play a raga beat, the other side of Lubega will be unleashed. His other persona, Lavie Davie, comes out to greet you with a passion for music.

Lubega explains that his other side is not surprising as he wanted to be a star since he was young, but he had to juggle books and keep his music dreams under wraps. That is how he ended up as an accountant and later producer at NBS TV, and a musician. He has been performing since high school as a dancer and rapper. And last year, he decided to hit the studio to record his first single, Binsobera, produced by Rinex.

He has gone on to release Saba Kyoyoya and Muka. Binsobera and Saba Kyoyoya have got reasonably good airplay on radio and TV. [Actually, halfway through the interview one of his fans calls to say Binsobera is playing on the national broadcaster UBC TV. We then change the channel and I am blown away by the quality of the video and the shots.]

I put it to him that he has made more progress and received recognition in months; what takes other musicians years to achieve? Is it because of his contacts in the media?

"My work involves interacting with artistes and promoting their music. I have not treated anyone badly; so, I expect the same love from them," he says.

On love

He admits to writing songs mainly about love, targeting the ladies because "if the ladies enjoy the song, they can get the men to enjoy it too," he explains. He further adds that love is everlasting and love songs last forever unlike songs about situations that soon die out.

Personally, Lubega has been bitten by the love bug but he will not give us a name because he needs to first seek her consent.

Future in music

Lubega has dedicated this and the coming year(s) to push his career to the next level. He is investing more time and money in recording sessions and shooting videos.

He has not done a collabo with any local artiste so far but if he had to choose, it would be Cindy because he loves her style and stage energy. And if he were to work with male artistes, it would have to be Bobi Wine or Mun*G.

Juggling work and music

At the Kamwokya-based NBS TV, Lubega the producer and editor has to meet deadlines to make sure that programmes like KUT, Pandona Magazine, NBS Kids and Mission 3:16 are ready for airing as scheduled. This involves putting in extra hours, which see him working overnight so as to make time for studio sessions and performances at different events.

Why does he work so hard? I ask. He says it is because of his responsibilities.

"As a man, I have to work because of responsibilities like my eight-year-old daughter Drenah Nakanwagi, who has school fees and other needs," explains the proud single father. The mother of his daughter "chose to move on," he says and adds that that is a subject he would rather not delve into.

For now, his energy is geared towards being the big artiste he wants to be.

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