Life Goes On - debut single by Silver-Straw filmed in Kampala, Uganda.
Brian Nsamba or Silver-Straw was born in Uganda and moved to Sweden with his family when he was nine years old. He started making music with his older brother Cyrus (Migarous) at the age of thirteen. And their group Racomstarz ended up on the charts in Uganda. When the group decided to take a break Silver-Straw could fully express what he wanted to say with his music. Silver-Straw sings in English and Luganda.
After four years in the studio “UG-RAS Sound” was born. It’s a blend of all the music that he’s been influenced by through his life, from Ugandan music kadongo kamu to roots reggae and hip hop.
The album was released in early 2011 as a free download and is also available on Spotify. It was promoted in both Sweden and Uganda. The video to his first single from the album “Life Goes On” was shot in Kampala, Uganda. Silver-Straw writes and produces his own music.
He also produces other Swedish artists. All his music is released through his record label Ug-RAS Sound. Silver-Straw is currently working on his next studio album set to be released 2012.
Navio a popular hip-hop artist from Uganda. Navio, or Daniel Kigozi Jr., is 26 years old, but he has been a huge part of Ugandan music for the past 10 years. He started at 16 with the band KlearKut with Tom Mayanja aka The Mith, Jonathan Leslie aka J-Baller, Abba Lang aka Langman and Habib Abdul Hussein aka Papito.
His newest song “Dream” came out this February. It talks about how Navio grew up dreaming to be a star. He uses a split screen to show the differences between the lives of average Ugandans dreaming to be a star and celebrities. It is a very interesting video that shows the two sides of life in contemporary Uganda.
Since Uganda is getting a lot of interest on the internet right now, I figured it was important to try to present an alternative source of information. Invisible Children is, as many already know, a highly problematic organization, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to help. Here are some other sources of information, statistics, and ways to donate/help.
What: Award-winning film Bouncing Cats, the story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda through hip-hop, makes its US television premiere this Saturday.
Directed by Nabil Elderkin — who’s shot music videos for Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver among others — Bouncing Cats follows the legendary “Crazy Legs” of the Rock Steady Crewand b-boy Abramz, the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), on a journey to unify, empower and inspire youth in the war torn region that has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child. The film is narrated by Chi-town rapper Common and features interviews with Will.I.Am, and K’Naan. Proceeds from the film benefit BPU.