From his huge praise for Mowzey Radio to his crush on Spice Diana and how he plans to turn into a reputable international brand, Skirmish UG is ready to shine!
With songs like All The Time, Take You There, and Tell Me (featuring Nutty Neithan), the 28-year-old wants to showcase his talent to the world.
We had a chat with him in which he talked to us about his background, music, inspirations, crushes, and so much more.
Hi Skirmish, welcome to mbu.ug
Briefly tell us about yourself
I am Wekesa George born February 9th 1993. I am an upcoming Ugandan artiste mainly doing Afrobeat and R&B with a bit of Kidandali, hoping to make a mark on the industry.
I come from a humble background raised well by strict parents in a Christian home, a typical Ugandan set up.
I have always had passion for music since High School but I began doing it professionally last year (2020) when I released my first single ‘All The Time‘ which I initially wrote in 2013.
Why “Skirmish”? What’s the story behind the name?
Haha. Skirmish is a High School nickname I gave to myself around Form 5 and it stuck. The full name was Skirmish Greene.
It was inspired from a video game called Age Of Empires that I used to love so much. There was a game mode that was called Skirmish. I like the sound of the name and I owned it.
Why did you choose music?
It’s more or less like music chose me. From the first time I attempted writing my own song on Senior Three, I loved it and how my friends responded to it.
Later on I went ahead and tried producing for myself and people loved the songs. I think it’s mainly the response I would get from those who listened to my music that inspired me to go further.
That’s why I am here today because I want to share my music to many other people that I know would enjoy it.
How would you describe your music?
It is “feel good” music because it makes you feel good about yourself, if you are in a relationship with someone, it makes you feel good about them incase you can relate with the lyrics.
My music is inspired from daily experiences. People relate more with that because it make them feel good about life and whatever is happening.
Who inspired you?
The legendary Mowzey Radio, the late. He is 90% the reason why I do music. Before he came onto the scene, I didn’t fancy Luganda music but when that guy started, he made Luganda fashionable.
That’s where I picked keen interest in wanting to write Luganda songs. I learnt much from how he used to write his music, he inspired me. It’s 90% him. May he rest in power!
My biggest dream was a to get a chance to do a song with him but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Where do you see the brand Skirmish in five years to come?
I see it being a household name in Uganda and having some international recognition because the end game is to hit the international market.
But ofcourse to go international, you have to begin from home so hopefully I will have conquered the home market by then and well onto my way to being international.
What is your ideal type of girlfriend?
Slim, tall-ish, well-mannered, kind-hearted, understanding, loving, appreciative and NOT A SLAY QUEEN – keyword, coz I don’t know how to deal with that type of girl (laughs).
Which female celebrity do you have a crush on?
Haha… Spice Diana. It’s not a real hard-on crush but she’s one interesting person with an interesting character that I’d love to meet and work with sometime.
Who is that one local artiste you want to work with in future?
Spice Diana being an obvious option, another pick would be A Pass. Many people have complimented me saying we have similar music trends so I wonder how a project with him would turn out.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
I would be a software engineer because it is what I am doing even right now.
How did your collabo with Nutty Neithan come about?
I had initially written the entire song as a dance song but it was missing the dancehall vibe. He brought the dancehall element into it and turned it entirely around. It was a whole new vibe.
Working with a talented person is always a great expression because it was exciting at the start, I didn’t know what to expect. When the final product came out, it was beyond my expectation.
We outdid ourselves on that jam. Big shoutouts to Nutty Neithan. Such a talented dancehall artist. He was the best option for that song.
What plans do you have for the career ahead of you?
I just wanna grow my brand. More music, more projects, getting to meet new people, working with new artists; both local and international, and having a good time while at it.
Vinka recently kicked a man who sexually molested her on stage. Where do you stand in opinion as regards the incident?
It was quite an unfortunate event. I have so much respect for ladies and whatever that man did was disrespectful to her. You can’t blame her for reacting the way she did.
After someone disrespects you like that what do you expect? In my opinion, her actions are justified.
If you had the power, mention two things you’d want to change about Uganda’s music industry and why:
I wouldn’t want to change but rather improve on the online consumption culture of Ugandans. We are getting there though.
Also, I would make “big artists” to collaborate more with youngins, this would open a whole lot of opportunities.
A big hit single or a soldout concert… Which one would you rather?
Definately a sold out concert. I have seen a couple of big hit singles but not the same number of sold out concerts.
What is the one advice your mother gave you as a kid that you’d love to hear her say again?
I wouldn’t love my mother to repeat anything! I was and still am a humble and displined human being.
Would you ever let your daughter become a video vixen? Why?
Why not? The culture about vixens used to be under appreciated, but it’s growing and the new crop of artists know about art and we respect that.
Any last words for the mbu.ug readers
Skirmish has come for sure man! Keep on the look out!