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.
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.
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)
SHOCK,FEAR AND ANXIETY GRIP DESIRE LUZINDA AS BABY DADDY SURVIVES DEATH.
Desire Luzinda is just recovering from the shock that could have been.Our antennas close to Desire tell us that she almost lost her air when she learnt of the drowning of the boat that claimed over 70 lives on Saturday.Apparently Desire’s baby daddy was on the boat and she quickly ran to social media to express her discomfort and anxiety as seen below.
However by the break of dawn,She had confirmed that he was well and safe and took to Facebook to express her gratitude as shared below.
Information we are gathering is that Desire Luzinda has asked the baby daddy to be extra careful with his life and cut down on his frequent happenings because life may not have a second chance and doesn’t want her daughter Michelle to be fatherless.
BIG EYE REDOES MALWEDHE SONG.
Ugandan musicians will never cease to amuse.As we thought certain tendencies like copy n paste wa dying out,Ibrahim Mayanja aka BigEye in typical Bigeye fashion has redone the MALWEDHE song after the Challenge of this song went viral.
Speaking to our reporter yesterday,BigEye said that after free styling the song as he did the challenge,he felt a fire burning inside him urging him to do a luganda version of the jam and he has indeed come up with it.
The song is titled NFAMU and stings bandminds.He says everytime haters come close he falls down.
BigEye has struggled musically this year and had to cancel his concert earlier scheduled for 7th December at Wankulukuku stadium.We hope this jam will salvage this year for him.
BEBE COOL’S GOLDEN HEART CONCERT BENEFICIARIES RETURN AFTER SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES IN INDIA
The Golden Hearts Concert by Bebe Cool on the 3rd of August will forever keep shinning after the fruits of its sweat have brought back smiles to over 5 kids who received fully paid medical trip to receive heart surgeries in India.
“We sent them to India for treatment, they are back in good health, join me as we continue to save more children. I am glad to inform you that all children were operated successfully and the last two are coming back today,”
The 3 pictured above are among the beneficiaries who returned back to Uganda on Tuesday after over a 3-4 weeks of heart surgery and treatment in India.
Thanks Bebe Cool for having such a Golden Heart and now we await next year for the 2nd episode of the Golden Hearts where more kids will benefit and receive life saving surgeries.