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Rlutta real name Alice Lambert and Kabaka (Kevin Giraneza Kabaka) are Rwandan artists signed under Infoatassi Ltd., who aim to break through into the Uganda music scene. We sat down with them and they shared their aspirations and what qualities they believe they can showcase on the Ugandan music scene.

Rlutta

What inspired you to pursue music, and how does your Rwandan heritage influence your sound?

I grew up with Rwandan music playing during every big celebration. It was more than just background music; it was a vital part of our traditions. That deep connection inspired me to explore themes like love, self-discovery, and growth in my songs. I love blending those traditional Rwandan vibes with the music styles I’ve picked up over the years. It’s like mixing the past with the present, you know?!

What unique qualities do you believe you bring to the Ugandan music scene?

I think the mix of languages in my songs is something pretty special. I sing in English, Kiswahili, and Kinyarwanda, and I would love to compose something in Luganda. It’s fun playing around with words and rhythms from different languages—it lets everyone get a taste of something familiar yet new.

How do you plan to connect with Ugandan audiences and establish yourselves in the local music industry?

I’m really excited about connecting with the audience here. Music’s a great way to bridge gaps, right? I aspire to dive into collaborations with Ugandan artists and perform at local venues. There’s something about sharing live music that really brings people together.

What challenges do you anticipate encountering as Rwandan artists breaking into the Ugandan music scene, and how do you plan to overcome them?

It’s always a bit tricky getting into a new scene. You’re the new kid on the block, and you’ve got to find your groove. I aspire to work with fantastic Ugandan artists, learning from them and blending our styles. It’s all about respecting the culture and adding your own flavor to the mix.

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Could you share a bit about your musical journey and the experiences that have shaped you?

For me, music is like speaking another language—one that everyone can understand

Rlutta

I’ve been singing since I was nine, starting in a children’s choir and keeping it up through school. I dropped my first single back in 2021. For me, music is like speaking another language—one that everyone can understand. It’s about sharing stories and emotions that make people feel like they belong.

What specific goals do you hope to achieve in Uganda, and how do you envision your music impacting the local audience?

Here in Uganda, I want to make tracks that leave a mark, just like the ones I grew up listening to. I remember listening to Juliana, Chameleone, Radio & Weasel, some Sheebah too. I’d love to craft songs that create new memories and celebrate life. It’s all about making music that resonates with everyone, making them feel celebrated and seen.

Kabaka

What inspired you to pursue music, and how does your Rwandan heritage influence your sound?

I was inspired by the rich musical traditions of Rwanda and the desire to share our culture with the world. My Rwandan heritage deeply influences my sound through incorporating traditional rhythms, instruments, and storytelling elements into my music.

What unique qualities do you believe you bring to the Ugandan music scene?

In Uganda, I hope to share my unique blend of Rwandan heritage with a wider audience, infusing traditional sounds with modern influences to create something fresh and vibrant. I aim to connect with the local audience through the universal language of music, touching hearts and minds with stories that resonate with them.

How do you plan to connect with Ugandan audiences and establish yourselves in the local music industry?

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I plan to connect with Ugandan audiences through collaborations with local artists, performances at popular venues, and engaging with fans through social media. By immersing myself in the local music scene, I aim to establish a strong presence and build lasting relationships with the audience.

What challenges do you anticipate encountering as Rwandan artists breaking into the Ugandan music scene, and how do you plan to overcome them?

I anticipate challenges such as cultural differences, competition, and establishing a fan base in a new market. To overcome these challenges, I will remain authentic to my roots, adapt to the local music landscape, and work hard to showcase the unique blend of Rwandan and Ugandan influences in my music.

I was inspired by the rich musical traditions of Rwanda and the desire to share our culture with the world. My Rwandan heritage deeply influences my sound through incorporating traditional rhythms, instruments, and storytelling elements into my music.

What’s the difference between Rwanda’s music industry compared to that of Uganda?

Rwanda’s music industry tends to be more localized, with a focus on traditional rhythms and cultural themes. In contrast, Uganda’s music scene is known for its diversity and fusion of various styles, including Afrobeat, dancehall, and hip-hop.

The market size and audience preferences also differ, presenting both challenges and opportunities for Rwandan artists like myself.

Can you tell us about any collaborations or projects you have planned with Ugandan artists?

Oh, I’m buzzing about this collaboration with a super-talented Ugandan songstress. We’ve cooked up something really special. It’s still hush-hush, but I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. We’re bringing something fresh to both Ugandan and Rwandan fans. Stay tuned!

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