By Allan Saba
Ashley K real names Kasule Ashley is a Ugandan by Nationality born in Kayunga Bukoloto by Kasule Bosco and Nankya Joyce. I am 24 years of age, an artist, singer songwriter, pianist and a vocalist.
His latest hit song “WEBALE is trending and topping Ugandan music charts at the moment. He is one singer who admires Winnie Nwagi at heart and wants to do a collabo with his favorite musicians David Lutalo.
We caught up with him and shared his success story..
Who is Ashley K?
Ashley K real names Kasule Ashley is a Ugandan by Nationality born in Kayunga bukoloto by Kasule Bosco and Nankya Joyce. I am 24 years of age, an artist, singer songwriter, pianist and a vocalist.
Briefly tell us your music background? Was your family supportive in the first place?
Yeah i started music down from nursery school. I used to be the solist on speech days and in primary and secondary, used to mime old songs at school. Then Music grew with me upto now.
My family once wanted to decline this in me, as i was bright in class, they thought it could make me step back academically because i used to attend night shows to perform . But when people loved what i was doing, they felt proud too and they gave up on that. They have since supported me emotionally and informationally.
They weren’t so financially well but i am sure they would help more.
What is the saddest moment you can recall when you had just started?
I have faced criticism from friends and family. They would tell me I wont go anywhere far with my music. But I have proved them wrong. All that made me so sad.
Who inspired you to make music?
I love David lutalo so much.. He did inspire me a lot and he is the reason I am where I am so far.
I a simply versatile. I do a couple of genre;Reggea, Afrobeat, soul and Rnb
With no doubt your songs are receiving massive airplays, 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.
Let’s talk about your latest song, what is the message behind this song?
The song is “WEBALE”. Its a congratulatory/thanksgiving message to those who hustled and won
Who writes your songs?
I am a songwriter, I write my songs but i do research and seek more ideas from my fellow artists
Which artists would you wish to collaborate with?
They’re many but right now I want to do a song with Lutalo because he is my favorite
Apart from your latest song, what other songs have your produced?
I have done Owomukyaalo , Love bwerele and others and among them, Owomukyaalo, is my best ever recorded song. It has taken me places. People love it so much.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I promise them alot of good music so the more support from them. I need their ears
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Hah…Mostly i sing a song that comes in my mind then.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Have ever perfomed in places. For now have no show to come, we are stilL in a lock down..
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Internet has simplified things. Its now the primary media center.. Recently it was so costly for artists to reach radios and tvs for airplay but now even us can promote songs and reach our fans without going to radio or tv.
Which famous female musicians do you admire?
Hahaha …Winnie Nwagi
What has been your greatest challenge in the ug music industry?
Music is costly, Budget for one song is like buying a plot of land in Kampala
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I organised 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?
The copyright law, Artists deserve better…..
What’s next for you?
just expect the best from me, Good music thats all..