By Allan Saba
Boyfriend Africa alias Nyombi Abdul Shakur is Ugandan Music Artist, Songwriter,and MusicProducer. Born and raised in the suburbs of Makindye. His latest songs are a talk of town. He simply admires Winnie Nwagi. He visited our offices and shared his music story.
What first got you into music?
My uncle Savoo a member of Hip Hop group De P.P.I “Bonsatuley”.
Who is Boyfriend Africa?
Boyfriend Africaalias Nyombi Abdul Shakur is Ugandan Music Artist, Songwriter,and MusicProducer. Born and raised in the suburbs of Makindye.
Briefly tell us your music background.
As a child I always dreamt of becominga music producer. My early music days started in my high school when I started writing songs that I kept in my song book. I later on went to teach myself how to play the guitar and piano. After my high school, I realized that there were not so many opportunities to provide me with a platform to pursue my dream of becoming a music producer, so I decided to teach myself how to make beats on my laptop and I was often given a chance to go to other music studios to help out do some production work, this helped me master my craft and understand the game better.
With all the confidence and experience I gained, me and my big brother decided to set up a small music recording studio in Makindye which we named Great Sound Musiq. I often reserved late night recording sessions towork on my own music projects and it was this one morningwhenmy big brother walked in, and I played him a project I was working on, and he told me if I ever got the confidence to put out such greatmusic, I will be a superstar and the rest is history.
Was your family supportive in the first place?
They were hesitant in the beginning because I was born in Muslim family but they later on supported me after coming to terms with the fact that Music is the path I chose.
What is the saddest moment you can recall when you had just started?
A friend of mine stole my laptop that had all the music that I had produced for myself and other artists. Just don’t remind me. At that moment I felt like I had lost everything in my life.
Who inspired you to make music?
I always looked up to the likes of Aziz Azion, Maurice Kirya and Jamal. At the international scene,listening to artists like Drake, John Legend and Bruno Mars really helped shape me as an artist, brand and producer.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would say African Soul kind of music. Ha-ha… music that hits you and you feel no pain.
With no doubt your songs are receiving massive airplays, in your thinking, what contributed to this?
Allah first of all, the sleepless nights in the studio and a great management team have made it all possible. Kudos!
Who writes your songs?
I do write my music, but I have had a chance to work with other great Producerslike Nessim who wrote and produced both Tolembesa Ngalo and Fall in Love, Producer St. Andrews wrote and produced my new song titled Enswaalwa.
Which artists would you wish to collaborate with?
Quite a good number of them but for now, it is Winnie Nwagi from Swangz Avenue and Dimond Platinumz from Tanzania
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I want to thank them and appreciate them for the love and support they’ve shown me. Please embrace my music and I still got more in store for you.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Oh yeah, I do sing a lot of different songs even least you can expect. Ha-ha…
What would you be doing right now if it were not for your music career?
I would be an engineer.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It has availed a platform for easy access, distribution and publishing of music.
Which famous female musicians do you admire?
Winnie Nwagi, I like the fact that her music fits her personality. She is an amazing soul.
What has been your greatest challenge in the Uganda music industry?
Copyright, Music promotion and distribution.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would push for the Copy Rights law in the arts industry.
What is next for you?
I’ve got more great music in stock for my fans, this is a journey I plan on traveling with them.