With his debut album, Africa Green Light, already soaring on different online streaming platforms, European-based Ugandan singer Video Brown is having a good 2021.
Currently based in Turkey, Video Brown, real name Yasin Settaala Kawooya, was formerly a Leone Island singer but now has his own music label.
We had a chat with him as he talked to us about his background, music journey, inspirations, lifestyle, and so much more.
Follow Interview below:
Hi Video Brown, welcome to mbu.ug
I’m so humbled to be here, and would like to thank you for the great work of promoting World music, African music, and most importantly Ugandan Music.
Briefly tell us about yourself
My name is Yasin Settaala Kawooya born on April 20th. I’m the third child in a family of ten children.
My dad Abdul Kaddu aka Sabata was/is a Professional Boxer; a Commonwealth boxing medalist (Auckland 1993), and a boxing judge to date.
My mother is Princess Maureen Kasana. She was a Stylist and Proffessional Nurse. She died in 2006.
Why “Video Brown”? What’s the story behind the name?
Well, it started way back in school. During the school choir performances, I used to perform so well.
One day my choir teacher stood up after the performance and told the parents, “With this brown boy, we don’t need a video. Watching him is like watching a music video.” Oh, what a compliment!
Why did you choose music?
I didn’t choose music, music chose me. I found my self singing then what I had to do is to realize that through it, I could educate and entertain masses.
I take music as work, not a job because with my music, no body can fire me. I don’t work for nobody. My role is to fulfill God’s purpose for creating me.
How would you describe your music?
My music is specifically Edutainment; enjoy as you learn. I don’t specify with genres.
As long as the beat can flow with my vybe and as long as the message can reach over there, that’s what is important to me.
But of course almost 99% of African music is categorized as Afro-beat so in that case, I do Afro-dancehall with Reggae fusion.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired and driven by my vision. I’m a musician on a mission to inspire my fellow youths. I want somebody to say that, “because of Video Brown, I didn’t give up.”
You were part of Leone Island. What effect did it have on your career?
Yes, and I’m still part of it, that will never go away. Leone Island is a family to me. These are the people that I have grown with and Jose Chameleone taught me almost everything I know in music on an elevated level.
Much respect to CEO Leone Island Music Empire Dr. Jose Chameleone.
Why did you leave?
As a child, when you grow up you leave your parents home and start your own family hence why I created Mujaasi System – a Recording Inc. that helps to uplift talents of the youth through recordings and music publications world wide.
What is your ideal type of girlfriend?
I am a Sapiosexual person. I fall in love not with the beauty of a person but her intelligence and reasoning, and attitude towards humanity.
Which female celebrity do you have a crush on?
Nze simala gogera.
Who is that one local artiste you want to work with in future?
Sheebah and Bobi Wine, with due respect to all the other musicians.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
‘If’ is a word for failure but yes I love football and Boxing.
How did your new album “Africa Green Light” come about? What inspired it?
Africa is the most beautiful continent in the world and the richest. It has the best weather and climate.
If all the people abroad could see the Green Light and come back to Africa, Africa would feel so much more than just a home but paradise…hence Africa Green Light 2021.
What plans do you have for the career ahead of you?
My plan is to inspire before I expire.
Vinka recently kicked a man who tried to molest her on stage. Where do you stand in opinion as regards the incident?
Musicians are human beings like any other people who deserve respect in anyway but also, our fans are our energy and without them we are nothing.
My opinion is that there should be respect amongst all of us on every kind of manner of life. Everyone shouldn’t cross the other.
If you had the power, mention two things you’d want to change about Uganda’s music industry and why:
Nobody can do it alone. All we need is to listen to God’s voice. Everyone has their own ambitions and vision. It depends on what your vision is as a musician.
Some sing for money, others for fame, and others for entertainment. Some sing to educate. So that’s a wide topic to juggle on.
A big hit single or a soldout concert… Which one would you rather?
A big hit single can make you a thousand sold out concerts.
What is the one advice your mother gave you as a kid that you’d love to hear her say again?
“You’re better than no nobody but nobody is better than you.”
Would you ever let your daughter become a video vixen? Why?
It depends on what she wants. Life is about what you want as an individual. The only thing you have is choice, nobody should take it way from anyone.
Any last words for the mbu.ug readers?
Thanks for the support, comments and shares every time. Without you, our fans, we would be nowhere. If all the people who are reading this could subscribe to my YouTube channel and like my Facebook page, I would count it as a blessing.
Lastly, I pray that whoever is reading this has a prosperous life, good health, and never to luck in life. In God’s name I pray, AMEN!
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