Ugandan Music industry has tremendously grown and here Blizz Entertainment has brought to you the core hit producers that have given birth to our current hit makers and here we drop them down in a random order.
Steve Jean was once a musician and did his famous Mwana Gwe hit however, he bowed out in the early stages of his career. He then joined venture that made him who he is today which is music production. Through his Fenon Records, Steve Jean was perhaps the best thing to happen to the music industry in the early 2000s. Steve did not only stop at opening up a studio but he also formed a girl group that went on to conquer East Africa,.
The Black Ladies of Uganda 3 (Blu *3) that comprised Jackie Chandiru, Cinderella Sanyu and Lillian Mbabazi who won all sorts of awards. With the trio, he produced the entire ‘Burn’ album that had songs such as Nsanyuka Nawe’ among others as well as Juliana’s ‘Nabikowa’ and ‘Kanyimbe’, and others. Steve Jean is also the brains behind some of the biggest events in Uganda lately, including last week’s ‘The Uganda Music Awards.’
The rise of Benon was through a singing duo of himself alongside his childhood friend Vampos now Vampino Elvis Xtrated. The two kick started their singing career at the same time and gave us hits like ‘Mumulete’, ‘Nsazewo’, ‘I know’ and ‘Nze nawe’ hit songs which staged a firm background to the still singing Vampino.
Benon later pursued production lessons from Eddie Mpagi alias Ayde of Ngoni. After acquiring some skills, he was hired by Steve Jean at his Fenon Records where he mastered his game. A few years later, he started his own production studio in Makindye before he entered into a partnership with Julius Kyazze. Together, they shifted to Muyenga and named the studio Swangz Avenue.
At Swangz Avenue, Benon has done many songs such as Nkumila Omukwano by Aziz Azion, Mr DJ by All stars, Where You Are by Blu *3 and Rabadaba’s Bwekiri and Mukyamu, Nyumbani by Viboyo, Mr Right by GNL, most of the songs on Bebe Cool’s ‘Go Mama’ album and all the songs on his ‘A New Day’ album.
With his production skills, Benon has single handedly contributed to the rise of musicians like Irene Ntale, Winnie Nwagi . Benon is now more into producing adverts and voicing them at Swangz Avenue and has always promised that his second album is coming out soon.
Joseph Mwima, or Just Jose, started out at No End Studios in Kamwokya under the guidance of Henry Kiwuuwa. He then hit stardom around 2009 after applying his Midas touch to some of the biggest names in the industry at the time. He is the man behind hits like Ability by Rabadaba and Goodlyf, Mun G’s Ebintu, Vampino’s Kwekunyakunya both original and remix, How we do and Whistle Song by All Stars among others.
Just Jose ditched music all together for a gig with EasyTicket limited, a ticketing company that provides paying options for entertainment and sports events, as well as conferences, transport systems and cinemas.
The only reason why we have decided to feature Nash Wonder, real name Enock Kubeerwa, on this list is because he dominated the charts for more than three years and he gained his popularity at Monster Studios. Yes, Nash did wonders in the studio. He is the man behind hits such as Hellena by Goodlyfe and David Lutalo, ‘Ice Cream’ by Sheeba, ‘Gyayo Ntekeyo’ by Ziza Bafana, ‘Ndabirawa’ by Khalifa Aganaga, ‘Ekyama’ by Goodlyfe and ‘Zero Distance’ by Anita Da Diva among others.
Nash could not handle the new found success and he was soon shown the exit at Monster Studios. He went into artiste management, signing Anita Da Diva but the two fell out soon after. He then took on an upcoming artiste known as Sumi Crazy. He is still managing her and currently he owns a studio called Wonders Just studios in Bunga Ggaba road.
The Dream Studios’ sound engineer, has crafted beats for most of the popular hits that come out of the Kamwokya-based studios. He did tracks like Carolina (Bobi Wine) and Sunda, Nabi Omukazi by Maggie Kayima and Yanimba by Mickie Wine.
Original names Ronny Lutaaya worked at Dream Studios before joining Fire Records, Gong Records and forming his own Jeeb Studios. He produced songs like Oliwange, Kukaliba by Rema, Kabirinange by Bebe Cool, by Rema, Cinderella by Nince Henry’s, Kisumuluzo by Diana Nalubega and Kamunguluze and Ongedankuzisa by Kenzo.
David Arinaitwe started at Fenon Records in 2011 by doing adverts and a few years after, he started his own production house called Neutriq Town which released songs like Sejjusa (Mun G), Jungle and Samanya (Levixone), Deep In Love and Sitaki (Rema), Kasenyanku (Roy Signature), Kumulamwa (Toniks) and Prophesy by Exodus among others.