The importance of music videos has for several years been undermined by Ugandan musicians until recently. 2019 has been a year in which our eyes have been blessed with great visuals from both the new and experienced artistes.
Below, we take a look at the top ten Ugandan music videos that stood out from the others in our compilation but credits to all the artistes that have invested much time, money, and effort in redefining the visual industry.
1. ‘Wire Wire’ – Bebe Cool
Published at the start of September, on Bebe Cool’s 42nd birthday, the ‘Wire Wire’ video was an instant favorite for several local music lovers. It was shot in the Mojave Desert, North America by Sasha Vybz.
The vixen keeps your eyes fixated to the screen from start to end. The storyline also adds spice to the high quality picture and the extras made it a movie. Bebe has had a good year generally and there’s proof that he finally made up his mind to invest heavily in his music.
2. ‘Amaaso’ – Winnie Nwagi featuring Vinka
For long, we have all wondered what kind of music Winnie Nwagi and Vinka would create if they collaborated. ‘Amaaso’ was eargasm and the visuals, shot by Aaronaire, brought sweet mother nature to our sitting rooms.
The song was too good that DJ Harold approached Swangz Avenue to make a remix with The Mith and Feffe Bussi. It was also an instant favorite for the masses. ‘Amaaso’ has been one of the big projects of 2019.
3. ‘Signal’ – Eddy Kenzo
Musically, it has been a fair year for Eddy Kenzo who has continued to show consistence of his exposure abroad. He started the year quite well with a top quality ‘Signal’ video which was released on April 10th.
The properly scripted magnificent video, directed by South Africa’s multi-award-winning videographer Justin Campos, followed rumors of Kenzo being in love with another woman as speculations of a possible breakup with Rema arose. We later learnt that the lady who was being fronted was just a video vixen in the ‘Signal’ video.
4. ‘Sunday’ – Slick Stuart and Roja featuring Allan Toniks
What stood out in the ‘Sunday’ video is the exceptional styling done by Sam DNA and the simplicity of the concept by Swangz Avenue’s Marvin Musoke. Olga did the makeup and it came in handy for the vixens and the artistes who looked lovely.
The song which was written by Shena Skies and produced by Nessim Pan Production went on to become a big hit through the year and it truly deserves a slot on this list.
5. ‘Falling’ – Toniks featuring Fille Mutoni
This will probably be the surprise but Allan Toniks and Fille’s ‘Falling’ visuals expressed beauty, talent, perfect lighting, coloring, and simplicity – all in one. It was directed by Sasha Vybz’s former workmate Noisy Pricha and the classy touch is visible.
6. ‘Sure’ – Vinka
In a year which Vinka released a new song and video for each month, there are several that could make the cut but we chose ‘Sure’ because the song was such a banger and the video was easy to the eye.
It was directed by Marvin Musoke and shot on location at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. The things that catch your attention from the word go are the outfits and colorful setting. Wardrobe was done by Kredibility Styling’s Tazibone Solomon and it features exciting choreography by Rozmerie Atim and Cathy Luna.
7. ‘Chupa Ku Chupa’ – A Pass
A Pass’ ‘Chupa Ku Chupa’ video did not receive the much required airplay because of the several beverage endorsements cited in the visuals. Without doubt however, it was a video that possessed so much potential something which A Pass has made part of his brand.
It was shot in a bar setting and the lighting, which sometimes becomes a problem for most videographers, was exceptionally executed by Swangz Avenue’s Marvin Musoke and Hosea Jemba.
8. ‘Amatu Magule’ – B2C Entertainment featuring Bebe Cool
Yet another Sasha Vybz and Bebe Cool sorta collaboration, ‘Amatu Magale’ was a masterpiece. The creativity, styling, coloring and lighting was top notch – very typical of Savy Filmz. The song did not receive the much anticipated airplay but the video saved the day for this collaboration.
9. ‘Ebyalagirwa’ – John Blaq
By a margin, John Blaq has been the big star of 2019 with several hit songs and good videos which enabled him win the top awards. The music video that has stood out for him is ‘Ebyalagirwa’ directed by Nigerian multi-award-winning videographer Paul Gambit.
The story-line of the video is what captures anyone’s attention and it went on to show that John Blaq is quite a talented Actor too. The video, published in October, has managed to last on most video countdowns on the top TV stations across East Africa.
10. ‘Bino na Biri’ – Brian Weiyz
This one will come as a major surprise for many. Brian Weiyz has been one of the major revelations of 2019. Despite the lack of consistency to stabilize his breakthrough, he has shown flashes of huge potential.
The video for his song titled ‘Bino na Biri’ is something not usual on Ugandan screens. It was shot in Uganda and directed by the boss of his own Andy Events record label Andrew Mugerwa. The editing in the video was exceptionally done to add credit to the coloring and professionally captured angles. You can watch it below;
‘Nkuliyo’ – Bebe Cool
Gagamel Entertainment CEO Bebe Cool could have easily had three videos in the top ten this year. Whatever he has put his hands on has turned out top quality and ‘Nkuliyo’ was another one he shot in Hollywood with Sasha Vybz.
‘Bebe’ – Inna featuring Vinka
Vinka has had a year to remember. Having signed to Sony Music, her first project was a collaboration with a huge global superstar Inna on ‘Bebe’. The video directed by Bogdan Paun and Alexandru Muresan was released on 4th November and boasts 5.8M views on YouTube.
‘Gutujja’ – B2C Entertainment feat. Rema Namakula
‘Gutujja’ has been one of the biggest bangers this year and it’s not because of the controversial stories that have surrounded Rema Namakula. The B2C Entertainment trio did a good job to remain relevant having broken away from their former Andy Events management.
Directed by Aaronaire, the video is full of color and the outfits were properly arranged to suit compliment the scenes in the video. It was actually nominated in the Most Stylish Music Video of the Year category at the 2019 ASFAs.
‘Mwaga‘ by Fik Fameica featuring Rayvanny, ‘Love Yo‘ by Feffe Bussi, ‘Sweet Sensation‘ by Sheebah Karungi featuring Orezi, ‘Omu Bwati‘ by Fik Fameica featuring Patoranking, and ‘Ebintu Byo‘ by Ykee Benda featuring John Blaq, all deserve a mention as well.
We have witnessed a great desire by artistes to release high quality videos this year and we cannot wait for what is in store for 2020.
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