TOP LEVEL TALENT
There has been a wonderful mix of exceptionally talented artists who
have graced the Traxbox Studios over the years. Together with the Traxbox personnel, the results have often been cutting
edge and broke new grounds on the local and regional scene. The table gives a few of the individual persons or groups and their most popular hits directly produced at our studios
(Ugandan Home Operations)
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AND VAN GRAND NESTER
Uniquely Independent and thoroughly effective, the rap/gospel duo of ,stage names, - Van
Grand Nester 'City Stepper' and Atomico K.D.K (pictured) earned their very own peer respect for providing a deftly alternative-to-mainstream
but wholly convincing interpretation of new style Ugandan Dancehall, raggae and
proto-savsoul music. Their Traxbox co-produced music exhibits
their verstile range; gospel inspired works (Lonely, Yesu kumusalaba, Voice of
the Children) alongside hot swahili dance number 'Osiniwakye hapa (don't leave me here) and seriously cool ballads and dance
numbers, all often characterised by poignant messages and lyrics at the same time. Atomico has gone on to be a highly
respected music producer and engineer in Notterdam Holland apart from other achievements, while Van Nester continues successfully with
commercial business enterprise in Uganda and abroad.
contributed significantly to and benefitted TRAXBOX, EXREAL and DA HOMMIES collaborations with their keen participation on
a regular basis, right from the early start, both in live performances and in studio sessions; contributions that we
are only so proud to recognise here.
SOME KEY WORKS:
-Tondeka awaka*, -Kanelekeleze, -Njabala* -Osiniwakye hapa
-Lonely - Nzikiza Nsa(JM) - Mama Nyabo (JM)
- Voice of the Children
SNAG 'N' O
(SNAG 'n' O)
A group that deserves much more recognition than it has ever been given. Much of their
music is contemporary R&B modelled on western pop music, however the execution is at par, especially given the resources
available to the group. Traxbox recorded only a few songs before the group members tok up other commitments, and we
featuere only these few songs. It is hoped that the group will one day re-group and produce more
---Update in progress----
If any artist woke up the Ugandan audience to world-class talent right in their midst , it
has to be Iryn. From amazing vocals to amazing song writing skills, Iryn has consistently topped the local (Ugandan) pop charts and
continues to do so, BUT -take our word as people who worked with her first hand long before many, this is only the tip
of her potential; envisage a world-class diva in the making, with songs like 'Got to learn', 'It's so hard' (exclusively done
at Traxbox but not yet released) attesting to this. A full biography awaits.
Solo Works (as originally recorded with Traxbox)
-It's so hard*, -You got to learn*
With Da Hommies
-Mukwano remix* -Abarasi twajja Da -Ngamba obonkyaye*-Bamusakata, -Farida
-Mukayala tokaaba, -Maziminsi
Videos of Iryn*
---*Awaiting artist's approval----
DEE, with DJ MESSE,
JEFF, IRYN (DA HOMMIES)
DA HOMMIES was founded by prolifically talented DJs Ragga Dee and
Mc Molar Messe (stage names), in about 1994. Without doubt the DJs (with fellow mates such as Shanks V, Rasta Rob MC,
late Menton Summer, all at leading Clubs AngeNoir, Silk and Sabrina's in Kampala) are the original trendsetters
of new style R&B-cum-Hip-hop flavoured Ugandan Dancehall, a genre-fusion of Ragga,R&B and Hip-Hop. With the signal
diva vocal performances of Iryn, Sister and other young female singers,and spot-on instrumentations by 'sequencer' Joss Jjew,
the original Albums Mukwano, Bamusakata proved massive hits with all types of Ugandan music lovers and especially
90's clubbers. In addition to inspiring a new brand of younger local musicians following their style, up to the prersent
Such is the talent of the original Da HOMMIES that even later
solo albums have consistently produced local number one hits, and the artists themselves leading stars on the local music
scene and beyond: for instance vastly talented Iryn now an international solo star, aside of recently fronting for
local group I-Jay: Ragga Dee a de facto international and national music figure, to name a few.
The Traxbox was there when it all started,
providing critical sound engineering and production for the musicians. The albums currently available on our label include original
tracks* by the group, plus newer solo items.
SOME KEY WORKS:
Da Hommies -
Wrote Albums /hits including
J. S. MAWEJJE
Joseph 'Sequencer' Mawejje, Stage
name "Joss Jjew", is a seasoned synth keyboardist and studio recording engineer/musician , otherwise also a qualified petroleum engineer (. ) :-once a musician ,always a musician.!!. Worked since late 1980's with
various local Ugandan music groups, bands and choirs in Kampala, notably the Good News Choir, St. Augustine Makerere, Badindaz
Band (of the late Tony Sengo) Impact International of Alex Mukulu, as well as own groups Exreal and Easy Reputation, both in live performance as well as session studio work.
Joseph started the Traxbox studio in the 1990's with the Da Hommies and other crews; the nickname 'sequencer'
arose out of his non-stop whining at the time for a dedicated MIDI seqeuncer to program music with: with only 2-track
recording decks available, live playing and real time punch-in using a helpful but limited Yamaha PSS780's
memory buttons was the only solution then, and so many recordings were irredeemably ruined by one mis-punch too easy
Discology:In 1992 recorded first songs on a group
album (Easy Reputation, vol 1) but first significant works came in 1994-1996 working with groups of young artists notably
DA HOMIES, Emperor Orlando and many other outfits, mainly as instrumentalist/arranger and also facilitating studio recording
in Uganda. Work on the Ugandan scene experienced a break due to having to move twice to Norway (1998, 1999- 2001), and
again to the UK (2004) where now resident. KAKE (2002-2004) is the first completely solo album, which is currently available together with three more. Many more songs are
also available as co-features on coleagues works.
SOME KEY WORKS:
BAMUSAKATA, MUKWANO with Da Hommies (all Inst'ls
on original albums) MY LIFE 'S
MY LIFE, WAIT/STAY, O'MESSING,ZE, SENTIMENTAL LIE, THINK ABOUT YOU, L'ILL UP, ETC
Videos of Joss jjew (demo)
(SOLO, PLUS VARIOUS GROUPS)
'T.T' (also given as Titie) and Winnie (pictured) are currently each individually MASSIVE chart-topping solo as well as group-performing stars on the Ugandan
local music scene, with fully established fan groups of all ages ; recent hits including T.T.'s 'Mechanica wange', 'Ssegwanga' and
Winnie's 'Superman' to name a few. They have also been veritably original and key contributors at Traxbox Amspug since
the late 1990's.
Such was the situation before however in late 1990's, that inspite of their immense talent
viz pop music even then, no radio airplay or support was aportioned to them to allow exposure of their potential
to the music auidences. From the same crop of musicians as Joseph Joss jjew Mawejje, performing with the
late Tony Sengo (RIP) 's group BADINDAZ at leading venues in Kampala, T.T and Winnie have developed a unique touch and
versatility to their vocal delivery that any producer would be proud to utilise; spot-on interpretations be
it for hot Savsoul/Afro-pop songs or top-end R&B and cool jazz numbers. The TRAXBOX had the fortunate chance to
record several numbers with and for the duo, for instance (recording as studio group EXREAL with Joss
Jjew) the hits 'My life is my life', 'Nandikutidde Zouk Love', and 'Sentimental lie' all
featured on our 'demos' page. A full biography awaits.
Solo Works (not produced at Traxbox)
T.T. : -Mechanica wnage (awaiting further update)
Winnie Munyenga: (awaiting further update)
Key work at Traxbox -With Joss Jjew (as group EXREAL)-
-My life is my life -Can I love U -Nandikutidde Zouk love -Sentimental lie (the stance of Ggaba) -Kisawule( Naxi buka) see demos
To be updated!