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“I sat down with God before dropping my new album”-Gospel rapper Ruyonga

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By Frank Ntambi

Voice of My Father is the 4th studio album to be released by gospel rapper Ruyonga. The album was released on January 3rd, 2018 through Josh SB 360. Ruyonga’s flow, lyricism, and storytelling on this entire album is off the hook. In individual categories he might not be number 1 in Africa but he’s probably the most well rounded mc Africa has ever got.

Production for the album took place during 2017 at various recording studios. In addition to Ruyonga himself, music production was handled by various record producers, including Dagg Mizzo, Izaya, Wana and executive producer Josh SB.

Voice Of My Father features
guest appearances from artists like
Sandra Suubi, Nutty Neithan, Mandela, Dorothy Ashaba, Tucker HD, DJ Stef, Josh SB, Dave Jethro, Saidat and Tim from Zambia.

The album’s lead single, “Remnant Revolution “, featuring Dorothy Ashaba was released on January 2nd 2018 with its official video, a day prior to the album’s release.

CRITICAL REVIEW;
This might be the most potent antidote to hip-hop’s parade of pathologies in some time as each track reverberates with personality and passion. On this Album, Ruyonga crafted a successful formula of mixing the secular and spiritual. If Voice Of My Father doesn’t make Gospel hip-hop viable, I’m not sure anything will.
This album has the the chops to be a Platinum act without compromising Ruyonga’s integrity. Most prominently, Ruyonga has changed the genres attitude towards a more real and honest Divine storytelling mechanism, popularized poetic rap, which is going to evangelize a new wave of music around honest and generally taboo topics, and produced a body of work that many critics and enthusiasts will praise years to come as the best African rap album.

All the songs on this Album are blending rhythmic music and faith-based lyrics.

While asked about why he chose to release the album in 2018 instead of 2017 during an interview, he boldly had this to
“I asked God in November when I should release my next album and He told me October, I was so suprized and I told Him that October is just gone, He answerd me back, “Son you are late”, So I humbly asked Him for another date and He gave me January 3rd”

Ruyonga told me that they then mixed and masterd all the 15 tracks in the whole of December. “Because I had God in Control, this is probably my easiest Album so far because He(God) helped me to give me wisdom and knowledge to do all these songs on the album in a very shortwhile, this Album is just so resourced and very God odained which everyone must listen to” he added.

There are a host of reasons why Voice Of My Father is going to do so well and probably might even be regarded as one of the best, if not the best, African rap albums of all time. A major reason why borrows a lot from the previous section: as the golden age of African hip hope came to a close, the type of work being produced by artists became all too similar – optimistic upbeat music with braggadocios lyrics centered around fame and success.
Voice Of My Father has come at a pivotal point in the industry where it is going to deliver very real, complicated, and unabashed music. Instead of romanticizing drugs, cars and sex, Ruyonga has confronted with different themes relatable to every one i.e themes of love, peace or wanting to be a better person Instead of talking about success and money. Ruyonga confronted the realities and pressures of spiritual anxiety of oneself, messages of hope to one dealing with life’s ups and downs so as they get a spiritual comfort and an emotial connection. In short, Ruyonga is confrontational – his lyrics on this Album tore down the veil the golden age had constructed and showed the true and complex life he is living right now as a believer of God. A critical attention to all the tracks on this album, he and the guest collaborators sound like a mirrors speech, like they are talking to you personally.

You can listen to this Album at Ruyonga.bandcamp.com, itunes and spotify.

TRACKLIST
1. Voice Of My Father ft Dorothy Ashaba (prod by Josh Sb)
2. Remnant Revolution ft Dorothy Ashaba (prod by Josh Sb)
3. Throne Call (prod by Dagg Mizzo)
4. 23 Sheep ft Sandra Suubi (prod by Wana)
5. The Remnant Effect ft Mandela (prod by Josh SB)
6. Mic Drop ft Tim and Tucker HD (prod by Izaya)
7. Covenants (prod by Wana)
8. Already Dead (prod by Dagg Mizzo)
9. Hand of God ft DJ Stef (prod by Izaya)
10. Mountains ft Josh SB and Dorothy Ashaba (prod by Josh SB)
11. Royalty Rules (Your Thing) (prod by Dag Mizzo)
12. After Hours ft Dave Jethro (prod by Dagg Mizzo)
13. Power (Prod by Wana)
14. The Last Days ft Nutty Neithan (prod by Wordxclusive)
15. Love love ft Saidat (prod by Josh SB)
16. Esaala Ya Kibuga (prod by Wana)

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JEALOUSY ANDREW MWENDA STINGS BOBI WINE FOR USING 1ST CLASS AIRPLANES AND EXPENSIVE BAGS

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Veteran Journalist, news paper columnist and political commentator, analyst has decided to sting Bobi Wine again in his critical analysis on his facebook page this afternoon.

In a post Titled ‘Lessons from Bobi Wine’s success to his supporters and admirers’, Andrew Mwenda labels Bobi Wine as a filthy rich young successful musician and business man who boards an expensive KLM business class flight with a suit case worth 4.9 million US Dollars while pretending to be fighting for the fellow poor youths in Uganda.

Andrew Mwenda went ahead to assure Bobi Wine’s followers of how Bobi is misleading them into thinking that they can only get rich and successful through Government handouts yet he himself didn’t need them to get where he is!

On September 17th, Andrew Mwenda authored another article ‘Bobi Wine’s international media embarrassment’ where he slapped Bobi Wine for holding no Vision goals for Uganda yet he is eyeing presidency something Bobi Wine has never mentioned in all his media appearances!

Bobi Wine at the Airport earlier today before boarding his return flight

Lessons from Bobi Wine’s success to his supporters and admirers

By Andrew M. Mwenda

Below is a picture of Bobi Wine carrying a $1,300 Louis Vuitton bag about to board KLM’s business class (probably given the sign “sky priority” behind him) to Uganda to fight for the poor.

If President Yoweri Museveni has stifled Ugandans from prospering, how did Bobi Wine make so much money from his music talent to live in a castle on seven acres of land, drive expensive cars and carry luxury bags?

The lesson for his supporters and admirer is simple but fundamental: if someone in Uganda is talented with marketable skills and invests their income wisely they will prosper. To claim that Ugandans are poor because of government is wrong. It takes away personal responsibility to develop marketable talents and skills.

Bobi Wine’s success makes it clear that the policy environment in Uganda creates opportunities for the talented and skilled to succeed in whatever they try. Those online complaining about government not making them rich are holding a dysfunctional ideology and mentality.

Governments do not make people rich. Possession of talents and marketable skills does the trick. The best government can do for its citizens is to create an enabling environment for individual talent to be exploited.

Bobi Wine’s success in music and in business, like the success of so many other Ugandans in other fields of endeavor, is evidence that Uganda has the enabling environment for individual success.

Therefore instead of telling his supporters and admirers that they are poor because of government and need welfare handouts, he should be telling them how they can use their talents productively for their own individual success.

 

 

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SWANGZ AVENUE’S JULIUS KYAZZE DROPS UGANDA MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION CHAIRMANSHIP

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From 30th September henceforth, Julius Kyazze from Swangz Avenue will cease to be the Chairman of the Uganda Musicians Association.

This he revealed in a letter to the Musicians Association Yesterday in a Facebook post. The Uganda Musicians association was started years back in a bid to save the profession in Uganda from the aggressive Nigerian and Bongo Flavor hits that were fast infiltrating the Industry as well as to bring together musicians country wide.

His resignation;

“Please accept this letter as a notice of my resignation from my responsibility as the Chairperson of the Uganda Musicians Association. My last date of engagement will be 30th September. I was both excited and humbled when I got the opportunity to be elected
to serve as the chairperson of an amazing group of people.

It has been indeed a great honor for me to serve. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen personal commitments I cant not fully serve as chairperson. I will facilitate a smooth handover to my predecessor and also remain an active member of the association. I can be reached on mail or phone for any inquiries during the transition period. Thank you again for the opportunity”,

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M7’S LAWYER THREATENING MAGOGO’S REIGN AT FUFA

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The sports fraternity in Uganda might go ablaze after Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka who was last month appointed President Express FC has refused to bow down to FUFA’s inconsiderate sponsorship terms from Star Times.

According to the Sponsorship terms and conditions of the 10 year contract with Star Times TV Uganda, no Football Club under FUFA is expected to get sponsorship from any competitors in the digital TV service providers space like DSTV, GOTV, AZAM TV and others.

The Turning point ofg the deal has aarived where Express Football Club which has always been sponsored by DSTV has cracked a deal with GOTV as their next sponsors! On hearing this breach of the Star Times TV contract , Star Times threatened to terminate the 10 yaer contract with Fufa

As per Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka’s level of sports understanding, Star Times Tv sponsoring FUFA totally has nothing to do with the sponsorship arrangements in the private Football clubs registered under FUFA. He further clarified that from the last season, FUFA was sponsored by Azam TV yet Express Fc had DSTV as their club sponsor which had no impact on FUFA’s contract with Azam Tv.

As Star Times threatens to terminate the contract in its toddler stages of growth, this will mean that FUFA President Moses Magogo’s office chair will be decorated with thorns and his position will be at risk him being the Star Times Inconsiderate deal negotiator!

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