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History

Founded 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.

 
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 here.
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 future
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.
Please feel free to visit our guestbook (see page top or bottom) to review this article and add your own insights.

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Traxbox Amspug Music and Records
A Maeguemechs UK Affiliated SME.

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  TRAXBOX AMSPUG
About us
 
 
OVER A DECADE IN STUDIO PRODUCTIONS WITH OPERATIONS IN OXFORD, KAMPALA, TRONDHEIM 
 
Company
 
 "AMSPUG" is in full Audio and Multimedia Studio Productions, Uganda, 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!
 
Legal Status
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).  
 

 

 

Our Business Philosophy
Broad-minded experimental spirit, setting rather than following the trend, maintaining the edge..  

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  Current Operations
 
midi based production system, IN-STUDIO or at clients, with extended live recording if required at the new Leys Recording Soundworks Studio Oxford. 


Contact Address:  
 TRAXBOX AMSPUG STUDIOS c/o MAEGUMECHS UK LTD
Sacred Heart R/C Church, Sawpit Road
Blackbird Leys
OXFORD, OX4 6BD, United Kingdom. 
Tel: +44(0)1865-557952 or (0)7503246909  (Joseph)
 
Kampala,Uganda:  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.
Objective
 
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 to:
 
-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. 

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 Clientele
 
1995-2001 -Traxbox is associated with the productions of the chart-hitting music of the following musicians
 
Da Hommies   -  'Bamusakata' & 'Mukwano' Albums
Voice A          -   'Lonely' and other singles
Lubiri Rythms -  'Lubiri Rythms' Album 1996-7
Exreal             -  'The Best of Exreal' Album 2000-2001
Compilations  -  Various Artists, 1996-date
 
 2001-2002, 2003-2004-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.
 
Joss Jjew -  'Kake' SavannahSoul Album
Exreal      -   '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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Personnel and Staff
 

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Joseph Mawejje
BTec Mus Tech & Sound Eng (UK)
 
Resident Managing Producer
 Experise in synthesiser keyboards and DAW-based producing and compositions. Original founder/Director Traxbox Amspug, 14+ year run in live and studio work for leading groups, originally in Uganda,See 'profiles' page for discology and samples of past and current works.
 
(Picture soon..) Danny Burbidge
Soundworks Oxford 
Consultant, Sound/Recording Engineering
Profile info being updated
 
 
Associates and partners
 
Atomico AI  (Holland)
Ragga Dee (UK, Uganda)
Arise Enterprises (UK)
 
 
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