I’ve just released a new song that I wrote a while back when the longing for Uganda/Africa became too much to bear.
I sat down to write this song after being in a call with a cousin back home, and felt that none of the words I spoke had been able to express how much I missed him and my birth home Uganda.
But while in the process of writing the song I started to feel that there where more people other than my cousin/family that I wanted to say this too as well.
As an African son in the diaspora writing a letter to my whole African family.
That’s when I came to think of the well-known proverb “I am because we are”
Which became the foundation for the whole song.
I’ve now released the song, and as you might have guessed already it’s called “I am because we are”
I sat down this weekend and edited some private video footage that I shot in the beginning of this year while in Uganda.
You can read the lyrics to the whole song in the video description window.
Here is a short video documentation of my latest trip to Uganda from Sweden. As you can imagine it’s a very compressed version of all that i filmed on the journey, as the whole trip took 22 hours.
The video also features instrumentals of unreleased songs from my upcoming album “Fear Free”.
Blessed love massive!
Hope you are well wherever you are reading this from.
The last weeks have really been interesting for me. I finished a new video, went on a week-long TV promotion run in Kampala and experienced my very first election in Uganda.
I feel so blessed to have experienced so much in such a short period of time, as each one of those happenings have taught me something new about myself.
The most valuable lessons that I’ve learned so far are that, where there is a will there is a way, and that nothing is impossible if you are willing to do what it takes to make it happen.
Now that brings me to my new dance music video. Free up is a single that I released for about 2 years ago electronically on Spotify and iTunes. I also made a video for it that was entirely filmed in Stockholm/Sweden by my good friend and fellow musician “Caribinghi” That was supposed to be it for the single.
But the song took on new life when I arrived in Uganda
Most people in Uganda except for my family members had never heard the song before, but everyone that I played it for only gave me positive feedback. So that got me thinking…
After being in talks with the talented brother “Pest” at Grate Make picture production, I decided to do a re-release of the single in Uganda.
My hope was that the song in it’s own way would help to ease the tensions brought on by the elections. But also to show what it looks like when young Ugandans come together and work towards a common goal.
Unity is the only way!
I almost can’t believe that I’ve made it to this point!
It’s a little over a year ago when I decided to quit my day job, and put
all my energy into making music. Even if I had been waiting for this moment for many years, finally taking the leap was a hard pill to swallow.
Like the reality of getting that last pay check and not knowing where the next is going to come from.
But after the initial shock had passed I went straight into the process of making my second album.
I could write an entire book on the things that didn’t go as I had planned, but that would only put a shadow over the light of this moment.
I feel so blessed to have had a vision that’s now apart of my reality.
The first single, which is also one of the first songs I finished, is now a video on Youtube!
“Big up” is the first official release from my upcoming second album titled “Fear Free”.
The song was written and produced by myself. And the video was created by the very talented Ugandan video director “M Grate Pest”
The song is as much dedicated to someone as it is to everyone.
I think we all at times need a reminder to “Big Up” those that stay closest to our hearts.
I write this while sitting on my balcony in Uganda as it’s to hot inside.
I’ve now been in Uganda for about one and a half months, and loving every second of it.
Been planning on coming back here for the longest time (about 5 years) and can still wake up in disbelieve that I’m really here.
Uganda is my birth home and the amount of family members I have here is ridiculous, but being here this time around has still taken some mental adjustments.
As this is the longest time I’ve spent here since I moved to Sweden at the age of 9.
But with that said, I wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else right now than here, in the Pearl of Africa
I love Uganda!
From the crazy “boda boda” riders, to the beautiful landscapes.
And this time around I’ve been able to take some alone time and just discover my country again.
Here are some pictures of where I’ve been thus far: