CELEBRITY FOCUS: Meet Kenneth Mugabi, the urban Afro-soul storyteller

It is always inspiring to come across an individual who has gone against all odds to realize his dream. Kenneth Mugabi is an Afro-soul singer and songwriter who is proving to be a force to be reckoned within the music industry. We caught up with him ahead of his Ugandan album that will be happening today at Design Hub.

Who is Kenneth Mugabi?

Kenneth Mugabi is an Artiste. He’s basically a singer and songwriter who fuses folk, storytelling and live instruments to make music.

2. Tell us about your childhood days and a brief history of your education background.

My childhood was a good one. Long story short, I enjoyed it and some songs I sing now reflect my childhood a bit. I went to Kibuli Primary School where I was exposed to traditional music. I later went to Lubiri High School for my O and A-Levels and pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Dance, and Drama at Makerere University.

3. What inspired you to join the music industry and when was your breakthrough?

I wanted to add a piece of me to the Ugandan music industry. My breakthrough came when I released my debut album Kibun’omu on 8th May 2016 and off that album, Naki became something else…

4. How long did it take you to release an album and how was the journey working on the Ugandan Album.

It took like 2 to 3 years to compile my first album. Working on the 2nd album #Ugandan it was easy because I knew where I was going. This new album features four prominent female artists of a different genre of music.

5. Did you receive any negative feedback while working on your album? How did you handle it?

Of course, negative reviews have to be there and everyone is entitled to their opinion but what matters is what you see and where you’re going and what you want to achieve.

6. Has the political climate affected you in one way or the other? And do we have any chances of seeing you run for any political position soon?

Of course, politics affects everyone but you have to find a way to maneuver around it.

7. When did you decide to do music commercially?

At the Coca-Cola Rated Next competition where I did well with my original compositions like four years ago because that is when people started recognizing my unique voice. I also took part in the Tusker Project Fame but I was bounced in the second round.


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