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Santana, The Cream Rapper Behind Curtains

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I can’t explain where the man of medicine got such passion for Hip Hop music; anyway, he hit me with something unusual.


We had not exchanged much before he grabbed his phone, fixed in his ear pieces and invited me to listen to his favourite song “Nembyelabila” by Santana himself.


So, the rap rolls and rolls and rolls. I jump up, exclaiming and obviously hit by a trillion sentiments.

So, it dawns on me, that GNL maybe the Hip Hop “General” and Navio, the legend, but Santana is the cream Hip Hop “Field Marshall” of our times.


This is neither rumour nor gossip. Santana is an upcoming Hip Hop rapper singing with a group called 100acres. Listen to his music and you will agree with me!

His first hit song titled “Nembyelabila”, discusses the art of forgetting or amnesia. It is a funny portrayal of how we “hook up” girls and quickly forget all about them.

One girl, according to the song, gave him her phone number and even asked him to follow her on twitter but he totally forgot everything.

Santana Karma, the “Nyembyelabila” composer

“Oba I be how?” he states in Ugandan dot.com generation’s spoken English. Then the song goes on to elaborate how MPs forget electorates, tenants forget landlords’ rent and fans forget musicians’ songs.


He then warns men never to forget Acholi girls because they can choke you there and then; he also entreats his fans not to forget him that fast.

The song dominated charts across the country’s urban radio stations and was named by one of the local tabloids (Kampala Sun) as the Number.1 song to dominate radio charts and night spots for a month.


His 2nd song is titled “Beautifulu” which also received heavy airplay and rotation on all urban radio stations like Magic 100FM where it spent two months being number one for 7 weeks straight.


Well, “beautifulu” narrates the tale of an Ankole girl (from Mbarara) with a heavy “booty” who storms Kampala determined to make money.


So, its 10pm and Santana has gone partying. He meets her in a club and is overwhelmed by the size of her booty.


“If that booty was food, what kind of food would it be? Maybe, I should call Allen Kagina (the URA Commissioner General) to search her booty for smuggled goods!” he wonders.


But the girl simplifies the puzzle for him; if he can buy her drinks, she will give him the “password”. “This girl is not only beautifulu, but also sexyful, legful, tarmacful, skilful, swaggaful, drinkful,” he concludes.


In addition, he is quick to add: “northerners are smokeful, Baganda girls are bootyful and Basheshe girls are smileful but most importantly, Santana is hitful.”

The song was put on caller back tunes with one of the leading companies in the country, Blue Cube.

Santana then proceeded to release his third single titled “EBANJJA”, a tale of a troubled world of debts and debtors, which too has been received well by his fans across the country.


“Ebanjja” opens with my favourite phrase “Bulyomu Bamunyenya”, loosely translated as “everyone is being squeezed over debts”.


The song cautions the public not to fool around with debts but then asks the question, “who will pay who yet we all have debts?”


From tomato dealers to ministers and then to business moguls, its debts and debts everywhere, so, you need to know that “Gwonyenya banyenya naye alina gwanyenya”, meaning that (as they squeeze you for debts, you also squeeze your debtor who also squeezes his debtors).


The song then warns campus girls who want “working class men” explaining that such men are sometimes even nicknamed “Banjja” or debtor.


“So Banjja proposes to take the girl out and she proudly and boastfully brings her 8 friends. She is worsening the man’s debts! (Oba ozanyila mubanjja))”.


Santana says that if we are overwhelmed by debts, we may run crazy (oyo kamunguluzze). He then begs his debtors to “stay on the line and I will get back to you”.


But my favourite song is his fourth hit “Byagezesa” or “everything is about trying!” The song advises one not to fail to try because life is about “trial and error”.


It opens with an assertion that “Kano akayimba kagezesa” or “even this song itself is a mere try”. Then it elaborates that singing, studying, job interviews, exams, even dating are all about trying.


Therefore, a lawyer can become a musician (a pun of Santana’s personal life), a doctor can join real estate, and a teacher can become a footballer since everything is about trying (byonna byagezesa).


The funniest part is when he states that “we try out alcohol in bars and when we hit the dance floor, the alcohol tries us in turn (omwenge gutegezesa) and we zig-zag the dance strokes!” Heh Heh! Heh!


The moral of the song: God gave us a lot of abilities but lack of innovation limits us to the simple things we do.


My dearest reader, if you want to accuse me of fanaticism, you need to be informed a forehand, that I don’t like Hip Hop music having parted ways with it way back in my high school days.


They say that “good things market themselves” even to those who would, in normal circumstances, not like them.

rodgers@chimpreports.com

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