Good music is that one loyal companion to the youth, that’s always there in all situations — in happy and sad times. Regardless of the mood, there’s always that song on Tidal that will colour it up pretty well. In this write-up, we count down the 10 songs that have been listened to the most in Uganda this week, regardless of country of origin:
10.Sekkle Down – Beenie Gunter
As the title truly suggests the song’s type, “Sekkle Down” a calm dance hall tune, in which Beenie begs his lover — in his signature mixture of Jamaican patois, English and Luganda lyrics — to settle down and give him true love. If a DJ doesn’t play this song in a Kampala nightclub, ratchet will definitely be his new name, so isn’t a shocker that it comes in at number 10 on the list.
9.Kyoyoya – Prince Omar, Daddy Andre, John Blaq
Undoubtedly the most vocally blessed among new Ugandan prospects, Prince Omar on “Kyoyoya” proved talent always wins. John Blaq, who features on the track, has hit the country by storm with his unique vocals and catchy intros. Coupled with the versatility of Daddy Andre, who both sang and produced the song, the song whose title loosely translates to “What you desire”, comes in at 9.
8.Obubadi – John Blaq
John’s tagline “Ayabas” has become a slogan, and ever since he cemented his synthetic-like macho voice into Ugandan ears, they haven’t shown signs of wanting to stop listening to him.
7.Eazy – Bebe Cool
On Eazy, Bebe Cool brought back his relaxed and effective Afro beat style, the one that got him praise during the times of “Love you everyday”, and also for the most recent “Wasibukawa”. It seems to be working magic for the Gagamel Boss.
6.Gbona – Burna Boy
What is an African playlist without a West African song? And what’s a Nigerian song without Burna Boy in this recent past? Oluwa Burna has proved to be the most flamboyant Afro beat Star currently, and indeed his “Gbedu entered Ugandan bodies.”
5.Tetema – Rayvanny, Diamond Platnumz
After getting banned by the Tanzanian government over their song “Mwanza”, the Wasafi duo bounced back with yet another collabo, which hit East Africa by storm. The catchy hook by Rayvanny, calling on people to gyrate with the Swahili word “Tetema”, and the subconsciously required sing-a-long, leaves you singing to a song whose words you hardly understand, everyday on end. The Bongo Flavour masterpiece comes in at number 5.
4.Bango – Rickman Manrick
Ever since the glory days of Da Twins, who are currently called Ganda Boys, there hasn’t been a Ugandan musician in diaspora as hyped as Rick. The Sweden-based footballer comes once in a while to Uganda, only to release hits and go back. “Naki” was a hit, and “Bango” isn’t anything short of that.
3.Makanika – John Blaq
So far the third John Blaq song on this list, and arguably regardless of critical complaints about him sounding the same on all his songs, the 21 year old changed flow on “Makanika”. Thanks to Daddy Andre’s production prowess, John’s got another hit song to his name.
2.On The Low – Burna Boy
Even though most people might agree that they mainly dance “On The Low” while on the high, it is still a song whose power can’t be matched for now. We await for another bombshell from self-styled Afro beat Star.
1.Boasty(feat. Idris Elba) – Wiley, Steflon Don, Sean Paul
No doubt this song is currently enjoying well-deserved airplay all over the world, and we are sure it isn’t for very different reasons that this song is the most listened to on Tidal in Uganda, for weeks now. Good music always cracks through!
Generally, the therapeutic thing that Shakespeare describes music as, is what keeps the world going round, so I personally will keep my Tidal account active.