As Megatonne hits and Killer Slows Jams "Traxbox Studios" in the booming Namuwongo surburb of Kampala, Uganda in
1995, we have grown from a small bedroom studio affair to a fully equipped digital recording studio with operations in
Uganda,Norway and U.K.
(APOLOGIES UPDATE IN PROGRESS...!!)
TraxBox was a result of experimental
musicians efforts aiming out on their own to produce and promote original modern (initially Afripop biased) music
in a less than favourable environment. The local recording services at the time tended to be as a priority commercial
businesses with first interest in instant high profit rather than promotion, while offering limited quality or professional
expertise or patience needed to realise any serious work. The local radio stations if at all interested placed
prohibitive conditions on local artists, for instance international-level product quality and paying (read
bribe) for air-time, generally a regretable narrow-minded attitude that seriously bogged
down local talent.
Under such adversities, Traxbox opted for
the realistic, albeit risky strategy: operate as an independent label/self promotion venture, and develop
music from grassroots with basically unsigned but promising artists, something which main-stream promoters
were reluctant to undertake as it meant -
- investing own capital and
personal assets at high uncertainity
-giving free services, studio use/unsecured
credit to untested, unpromoted artists
-Experimenting with non-mainstream music, unfamiliar
to audience, hence not readily marketable
-direct competition with better facilitated
imports which as well retailed cheaper
Luckily through joint effort, perseverence
and committment to objectives, this venture has paid off, we can say, as witnessed by the two main indicators,
1. All original artists have gone on to
become successful and leading stars in their own rights both on the local scene, as well as internationally. See some profiles
2. Directly following the pioneering spirit
and work of the artists above, gradual acceptance and recognition for local talent, culminating in the current
prolifiration of locally-grown music styles and genres, and the ultimate victory for local products in that all stations now
play them almost exclusively, away from the dominance of imported music of the mid 1990's.
The studio recognises the great contribution
of all our clients to date, and everyone who worked with us or simply supports our work, including fellow colleagues in the
business in Uganda, UK and elsewhere. Traxbox continues to develop music and applications, and indeed is releasing new material
of similar cutting edge all the time.
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Traxbox Amspug Music and Records
A Maeguemechs UK Affiliated SME.
OVER A DECADE IN STUDIO PRODUCTIONS WITH OPERATIONS IN OXFORD, KAMPALA, TRONDHEIM
"AMSPUG" is in full Audio
and Multimedia Studio
NorGe (Norway). "TRAXBOX"
is derived from the line " (the) Tracks' Box" the nickname by which the studio was known at
earlier times - not the least literally because it was only a cardboard enclosure (the 'box') where Keyboard
accompaniment instrumentals ('tracks') were made for our clients!
In 1995 the studio was officially registered
as a legal business under the name 'TRAXBOX Audio and Multimedia Studio Productions' in Kampala, Uganda.
Following moving to Norway in 1999-2001, the general shortened term AMSPUG was adopted as part of the
trading name of the business, in Norway and subsequently everywhere else. The business is currently operating out of
Oxford UK, this as the functional 'global headquarters', under private mangemement and enterpreneurship (umbrella
company: MAEGUEMECHS LTD, Oxford UK).
midi based production system,
IN-STUDIO or at clients, with extended live recording if required at the new Leys Recording Soundworks Studio Oxford.
TRAXBOX AMSPUG STUDIOS
c/o MAEGUMECHS UK LTD
Sacred Heart R/C Church, Sawpit Road
OXFORD, OX4 6BD, United Kingdom.
or (0)7503246909 (Joseph)
Digital Studio Production
facilities are located at our Studio in Bukasa-Muyenga (Katongole Zone1)
PLEASE NOTE WORK IS IN SUSPENSION AS STUDIO AND BUSINESS IS BEING RELOCATED PRIOR LOCAL RESUMPTION.
CORRESPONDENCE HOWEVER CONTINUES VIA ABOVE INDICATED ADDRSSS IN OXFORD.
The modern cross-cultural music scene is
diverse and dynamic, constituted of all genre of music both contemporary and traditional, and in all age groups. Such
diversity ensures high creativity and originality while transcending traditional socio-physical borders, making this type
of music indeed a universal language.
Traxbox Amspug sets its main objective
as such, to
harness and develop this and other unique
aspects of productions by a concientious application of modern technology and practice, with a view
to elevating the works to an international standing as a competitive distinctly original product. Our objectives are thus
-Provide custom production services
for all client irrespective of music genre.
- Offer most affordable rates and
terms across all services recording, production, sales
-Actively encourage new music genres
-Promote new cross-cultural styles
, such as 'Savannah-Soul'
-Market and promote products through our own Recording Label
'Amspug Music and Records', and through Retail marchandising and Internet based online commerce.
is associated with the productions of the chart-hitting music of the following musicians
- 'Bamusakata' & 'Mukwano' Albums
- 'Lonely' and other singles
Lubiri Rythms -
'Lubiri Rythms' Album 1996-7
- 'The Best of Exreal' Album 2000-2001
Various Artists, 1996-date
The groups worked on several records in the period , many released either
collectivley or as solo work . Continuous work is in hand as well with newer groups and artists, and Traxbox releasing
new albums in due course for clients, including to name a few.
Jjew - 'Kake' SavannahSoul Album
- 'The best of Exreal' Vols 1,2,3 Albums
Amspug Savsoul Parade Series - Re-instrumentals
and remix cover versions of various works commissioned by various clients
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