Pulse MCM: Setting the Bar So High for Young Rappers, Meet Timothy Code

It’s a new week and today, we are crushing on the man himself; Timothy Code. If you attended the recent Burna Boy concert in Kampala, you probably remember one of the hosts: Timothy Code. His birth name is Timothy Muhumuza although he uses Timothy Code in the entertainment industry. Code is a high school nickname he got from his mates at Greenhill Academy but it has turned out to be his brand name. He used to be a host on Skizzy; a show that used to air on Wednesday at 6pm on Urban TV.

Timothy Code is an award winning Ugandan hip hop artist and song writer. One of his big hits is called Enter the ring, a song that he did with A Pass. He has other songs like Shut it down, Hold on, and Revolution. He is one of the 100 young African artists that Mr. Eazi selected for the EmPawa Africa initiative. He actually dropped his brand new video called KITA on Friday under the initiative.

Aside from music, what people may not know is that he has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Uganda Christian University. It is after his university that he became a host on Urban TV in 2016. Timothy is also a very outgoing person. He is naturally perky and a fun person to be around. When you meet him, he won’t stop you from having a good laugh with him or even getting a selfie. He is also very motivating for the young people. He encourages them to be go getters in life.

Amongst the things he is credited for is being smart all the time. Whether it is causal or official, he is always smart. He has mastered the art of wearing accessories. This is probably why the ladies love to be around him but then again his charming looks cannot be ignored. He is normally in the company of big dogs in the music industry like Navio.

In the next couple of years, he hopes that Timothy Code will not just be a name in Uganda’s entertainment industry but that it will be an East African brand power house doing music, events and so much more. He is a man on the rise in the entertainment industry, someone who will be one of Uganda’s or better yet East Africa’s next big thing.

Pulse Music: Top 10 Trending Songs on Tidal in Uganda this week

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.

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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.

Pulse News: Swangz Avenue songstress Vinka releases “Omukwano Gwo” Video

Swangz Avenue’s music goddess Vero Luggya popularly known by her stage name Vinka, released the music video of her “Omukwano Gwo” song on Friday 7th.

In the song, Vinka expresses selfless love to her partner and assures him how they will love each other forever as she was quoted saying “Kwata bwo kwata wona ndi bwa kabaka bwo, And you know that I love you,
Ndi mukwano gwo”

Shot in Mombasa Kenya, the music video was directed by Aaronaire on Set,who is arguably one of the undisputed Video Directors Uganda is blessed with.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY: Western Uganda Music Giant Ray G Turns 26

Western Uganda music icon Reagan Muhairwe aka Ray G is today celebrating his 26th year on earth and his 9th year of making music.

The talented Runyankore singer was born on June 12th 1992 in the Western Uganda District of Bushenyi.

He started singing in 2009 while he was in senior three but rose to fame in 2014 after releasing his hit song Amarari which gained airplay across the country.

He has since released several songs, most of which are love themed.

“Love is very broad and I attempt to cover all its aspects. My choice of lyrics is inspired by things that I see happen in our society,” Ray G recently revealed as quoted by local news website ChimpReports.

Unlike other artistes from Western Uganda who when they rise to fame tend to change to singing English and Luganda, Ray G has maintained his style of singing which will predictably make him hard to dethrone from Western Uganda for a long time.

Currently, he is signed under ‘Awesome Entertainment, a Mbarara based music label.

School Life.

Ray G completed high school in 2012 but couldn’t continue to University since his parents couldn’t afford to pay, yet his siblings were still in lower classes.

He decided to take a break from school and concentrate more on music which would later help him afford his University tuition.

Ray G is currently ranked among the top musicians in the country and is arguably Western Uganda’s biggest.

°From all of us at #MTNPulse, Happy birthday Ray G.