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9-Year-Old Female Rapper Stone Age Talks About Her New Song ‘Kyekimu’, Life And Big Dreams

Young female Hiphop sensation Stone Age UG recently released a new music video for her song ‘Kyekimu’ which has since been well received by her fans. She is passionate about what she is doing in the music industry and wants to take it very far. At only 9 year’s of age, she seems to be on the right track.

Chano8’s Roy Ruva had a chat with her over the telephone to find out more about her and what she is up to during this lockdown;

Many people only know you as ‘the young female rapper’. Please tell us more about yourself.

My name is Kirabo Tyra well known by my stage name as Stone Age UG. Others prefer calling me the Luga Flow Princess while others call me the Hip Hop goddess.

I was born in 2011 at Mulago Hospital. I come from Masaka, Kyotera to be specific. My mum is called Nakanwagi Dora. My dad passed away when I was only 6 months old. May his soul rest in peace!

I am in P.6 at Kansanga Primary School and my best friend since childhood is Takiya.

When did you start you start rapping and do you intend to carry on with it as a career?

I started singing when I was a very little Kid. But serious singing I started in August 2019 and I intent to go on with my music career up to a very professional level. It is my talent. I feel it so much in me.

How do you balance your time for music and school?

I divide my time for music and books. From Monday to Friday, it’s strictly books. Then Saturdays and Sundays, I relax and refresh by practicing my music.

You must be a big celebrity school. How do other students and teachers treat you?

Yes it’s true Am a big name at my school and lucky enough they all like and support what I do. I represent our school, acting as its Ambassador everywhere I go.

Teachers don’t give me any special treatment. When at school, they treat me like any other kid. The special treatment comes in when am out of school. It’s only my peers who like giving me some privileges.

Then you must be very good so tell us about your new song ‘Kyekimu’. What is it about?

Project Kyekimu is the first song off my first Album. It’s both inspirational and educative. It encourages young ones who still have a chance to attend school, not to give up so easily on that. That line “Nweza Kalaamu, Topowa mwana”…..says it all. As we all know, education Is the key to success, and every parent would wish their kids to succeed.

The song emphasises the importance of education for children.

Speaking of Albums, tell us more about your upcoming Album. Which artistes are featured?.

My first Album is highly anticipated. I am under pressure from the fans every day. But I want to take my time. I release my music when it’s really ready for my fans to consume. I am not like others who keep dropping songs that don’t last for a month.

My first Album is going to be called ‘The Rise of Stone Age’. This is going to be a solo album with no collabos.

The Album is going to have 15 songs with about 4 producers working on it. GNL was the first person to give me the idea of releasing am Album when he was replying to one of my tweeter posts a few months back. My fans loved the idea and we decided to implement it.

Which adult, parent or guardian has helped you with your music?

Whenever I am asked this question, sometimes I cry. There are a couple of people who have helped me out and the brand Stone Age UG is all about team work, love and respect.

People around me work as a team to see me going higher. They do it out of love because I don’t have enough to pay for their support.

However, the biggest success in my career is mostly attached to my Uncle Senior Sula. He is my mentor and master planner. He is a very humble and honest man.

He is the one who built and gathered the team behind me. My dad died when I was only 6 months old. So, whenever you hear about the brand Stone Age, know it’s attached to the one and only Senior Sula.

However, I can’t leave this question without giving credit to some people like St Maxi Mayne, Nase Avatar, Eddy Kasawuli, Trek among others. I can’t mention all.

Have you also received any scholarship offers to study like some other young singers did recently?

I haven’t got any scholarship, but I really wish someone or any school can give me one coz on many occasions I am disturbed by school fees. I end up missing classes. My family is not so well off financially and am not ashamed to say it.

What do you think about other young artistes like FreshKid? Do you intend to do any collaboration with them?

Every kid is good in their own way but I give a little more respect to Fresh Kid because I was with him for some couple of months ago before problems erupted in De Texas Camp hence didn’t get a chance to do a collabo. but it was in pipeline. The song had been written by 14K Bwongo I remember. And manager Francis was also very good to me. He loved and treated me well.

The young rapper is ready to take her music career to the next level.

What is your advice to young people who want to pursue music as a career like you?

My advice to young people like me who want to take music so serious as their career is that don’t give up so easily unless otherwise. By this I mean always have hope. Believe in yourself. That self confidence plays a big part.

Don’t rush but take your time. Working on pressure and comparing yourself to others will drain & exhaust you and surround yourself with the right people who will build, mentor and support you.
Don’t hate those better than you. But learn from them and lastly, pray. Put God first in everything you do.

What is your take on the Coronavirus outbreak and how do you spend your time during the lockdown?

On my music career, Corona has stopped most of my projects which were ready to be released. We can’t release them now until the situation gets to normal. I even had some performances already booked. But all had to be dropped. And my projects all are on pending. You were going to see more good videos and audios this year.

On part of my education career, just like any other kid, it has affected me the same way. No school but I get home lessons from my elder sister.

On this Lockdown period, my mum divided my time. Every day I get two hours for revision from 10:00 -12:00am. Then later help her with kitchen work, learning how to prepare different dishes and recipes. I get two hours sleep and later in the evening, it’s time for physical exercises. Saturdays and Sundays I am free to spend it as I want. That’s when I mainly do focus on my music rehearsals plus asking my mentor Senior Sula about the next move.

That is interesting so, what is your plan for the future and last words to Chano8 readers.

I have both short and long term plans. The short term plan is seeing myself successful both in my music and education careers.

The long term plan is to represent my country at international levels across all over the world in Hip Hop. To inspire and help other kids and most especially girls because we are so underrated in this Hip Hop game.

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