Next Big Star: Mugaba Jean Marie, a Youthful Music Sensation

Born Shimirwa Mugaba Jean Marie, the 26 year old who was born in Kigali Rwanda but grew up in Uganda is the hottest music product the two neighboring countries can feel proud of mutually.

He started as early as 2004, a year after he had moved to Uganda to write songs but officially recorded one in 2008. At the moment, he is a singer, song writer, and like he likes to say “occasionally a producer.”

He credits emotion for his source of creativity and says his songs come naturally when he is either happy or devastated. “That’s when I come up with my best songs. The feeling is never in between” Mugaba says.

His debut single “In My Bed” is an English song which was fused with a local language. His catchy chorus and Kinyarwanda melodies stand out the most in this jam that received massive airplay upon release.

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