They were the main force behind the unearthing of then fresh talents like Rabadaba and Empress who rocked the music scene with songs like Mukyamu and Smebra, UG Records are now back with a bang.
After taking close to a seven-year break, the record label known for identifying new talent and also artiste management made a return to the entertainment scene by announcing the signing of two fresh latent Wendy and Roger Kent under their management and mentorship.
The Record label which had become one of Uganda’ biggest also yesterday officially announced their re-birth and return to business in style with a media unveiling party of their new artistes at Lit Lounge in Bukoto.
At the unveiling party the new artistes who looked very nervous showcased what they have got up their sleeves and what fans of UG Records should be expecting in the near future as they performed their respective songs and later premiered the videos.
Wendy who is already a sensation on the internet after doing a tribute song to the Late Radio, was the first to step on stage after being introduced by the management team and MC Kats the host of the night. Dressed in a blue swim suit, she performed a rendition of Radio and Weasel songs which was not a surprise considering the one which was uploaded on the internet went viral and made her popular.
She then followed it with her new original composition Wotoba. Despite her luck of confidence and poor sound, she still displayed her raw talent, rich voice and balanced interplay of tones and keys
Roger Kent too who understandably looked nervous then joined Wendy to perform together in a collaborative before singing his own song Cheza Mummy. Both songs are produced by Skillz (On Da Beat) with the videos done by Noisy Preacher.
Wendy, real name Wendy Kisakye, is a bubbly 20-year-old whose musical journey started from her primary school choir. As earlier stated, she first came to the public’s attention when she sang a tribute song which was uploaded online early this year in honour of the late Mowzey Radio. Her rich and scintillating array of vocals on that tribute ensured it quickly went viral and an opportunity to work with UG Records followed shortly after.
“Music has always been my passion and my music coming to life makes me proud. The confidence I have in myself has grown and so has my faith in what I still want to achieve,” said Wendy.
She added that, “It has taken a lot of commitment and hard work recording in studio. Everything has been relatively calm and worthwhile and I am thankful to the UG Records management for that.”
Roger Kent the second new artiste signed up to the record label is a gifted singer, song-writer and producer; he is a multi-talented performer who is comfortable in various music genres.
An excited Roger Kent said, “We have been working on our music for a few months now and it has truly been a long time coming. Working with the UG Records team has been an amazing experience and milestone for me and I’m excited to be sharing the work that we have been putting together.”
At the party, journalists, music procurers artiste managers and other entertainment stakeholders who were in attendance had a few things to tell the new artistes with many agreeing the business needs more than just talent. They also advised the artistes to stay focused and be patient other than thinking ‘they have arrived’.
Just like many agreed, Wendy has a bright future but also needs a song writer to polish her lyrics and add some maturity. Roger too whose music style is not very different from that of Wendy needs to be in control of himself and ooze some confidence. In fact someone already advised him to up his game in the fashion department as well.
In the end, we must however give credit to UG Records and team headed by Henry Ssali, Darius Mugisha And Edward Sekalu not only for their return but also for starting with young artistes with great potential and we say Kudos.
You can watch the videos of the two artistes on YouTube through the links provided below:
Roger Kent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiA-XOxyycU