Allan Saba | Xclusive Reporter
Shaxx MC alias Shaka Elijah (original names) is an RnB and Reggae artist residing in the heart of Mubende. He was born in 1997 in Nansana, Kampala. Shaxx MC is the second born of four in a family.
He went to Bright Future for Primary Education & London College Nansana for his O’level. He later went on and took a course that led him to a Certificate in Construction.
He has released a couple of songs that has seen him get recognized in the music industry. We caught with him.
Who is Shaxx?
Shaxx is known as Shaka Elijah as my real names born in a family of four and I am the second born in my family currently living in Mubende.
What got you into music in the first place?
My story is so long. But I can summarize it and say, passion got me into music. I have an equaled passion to sing.
Briefly tell us your music background? Was your family supportive in the first place?
My music was just a surprise to me. My family didn’t support me at all. I started my music in 2018. My friends supported me all through. My mother was born again and my father was a Moslem. So they didn’t give men any support. It was just not a family thing.
What is the saddest moment you can recall when you had just started?
The saddest moment I can recall ever is I was given a chance to perform at one of the biggest stages but I failed to make it through from the entrance. The concert had big stars. I felt so sad. I will never forget that.
Who inspired you to make music?
I grew up loving Eddy Kenzo. His music made a lot of sense for me all through as I grew up. So I got inspired through that.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I a simply versatile. I sing about real life. I sing about love stories. I sing about people’s experiences. Things that they go through.
Without a doubt your songs are receiving massive airplay, in your thinking, what contributed to this?
One is creating good things. Then secondly is making friends (they help us share to the world) and hard work because we don’t have money to pay them. And secondly, I am so down to earth.
Let’s talk about your latest song, what is the message behind this song?
The song is “Kumutima”. I am just singing the crush for the person I met the very first time. I met that girl and just fell in love. So I decided to compose the song out of my experience with her.
Who writes your songs?
I write my songs. Some I write with my friends. I have many of them. We usually go together to the studio with my friends. I don’t buy music. I just create music.
Which artists would you wish to collaborate with?
They’re many but right now I want to do a song with Eddy Kenzo because he is my favorite.
Apart from your latest song, what other songs have your produced?
I have done So fine, Kumutima, Welcome, Cinema and many. I have really done so many songs.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I promise them a lot of good music so the more support from them. I need their ears. Secondly, I want to thank my fans both here and abroad for supporting me.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
I love my song Kumutiima. I sing every time and everywhere.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Well, I haven’t performed in many places. I have been performing at my home clubs and a few weddings. Yes I have an upcoming show at Club1 in Mubende.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Internet has simplified things. It’s now the primary media center. Recently it was so costly for artists to reach radios and TVs for airplay but now even we can promote songs and reach our fans without going to radio or tv.
Which famous female musicians, do you admire?
OMG. I really admire Spice Diana.
What has been your the greatest challenge in the Ug music industry?
Music promotion is really hard. Getting the music to places is not easy. People are no longer merciful. It is all about money.
What is the most the trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I organized a show and put an artist who I knew wouldn’t come. They almost arrested me.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would love to change a lot. The copy-right law could be my number one. Every artist should be gaining from the music they invest in.
What’s next for you?
just expect the best from me, Good music that’s all. I have a lot of projects coming up soon. I am looking at myself going viral in the whole world.