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My Life: Meet Uganda's Dance Hall Star Vampino

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“I was suspended from school, find so I used to hide in the ceiling and the kids would call me ‘vampire, pharm ’ which was a code name so I wouldn’t get caught by authorities,” he laughs.

Later on he decided to twist the nickname Vampire to Vamposs (his current stage name). Growing up, Elvis was a crazy, stubborn and happy kid and is still is an adult.

He loves to hang out with his friends and share ideas: “Sometimes my friends will give me great ideas on how to do my music better and will also critique my works,” he adds.

Vamposs is a father of two and is brother to renowned artiste Maurice Kirya.

The two brothers work together and support each other’s music.

“We don’t make comparisons or compete because we grew up doing music together, the comparison only comes from the people,” he says.

Vamposs started his music career with Benon, a close friend of his, and they hit the music scene with their hit wonder “Nsazewo” in 2004.

This was a breakthrough for the duo who were later nominated for the first ever Pearl of Africa music awards in 2004.

Although Benon and Vamposs stopped singing together, they are still connected. “We just wanted to build two strong pillars. Benon and Vamposs still lives – we didn’t split. In fact he helps me in my production and we have projects together.”

Vamposs intends to start on a gospel album sometime soon.

“It’s something I have always wanted to do; I want to give back to God and the community,” he adds. He plans do the album with Raise church in Lubowa.

He also has a couple of songs he has released recently like Ntuyo-zo which means sweat.

Inspiration

Vamposs gets his music inspiration from day to day life especially in that of the people around him.

Today, artistes have been known to take on fighting to gain popularity but Vamposs thinks artistes should fight back with music and refrain from being physical.

Vamposs is not only a big music fan but also a businessman.

He uses music to make a better business man.

Vamposs says it’s not too late to return to school for more education.

“I did a Diploma in Computer Maintenance but I would love to study other different courses. I just want to work hard and spare time to study.”

Vamposs has attained great achievements in his life, his greatest being a three weeks showcase of his work by a United States based television channel “the African channel.”

“It’s really great having your name out there.”

Unlike other showy and materialistic artistes, Vamposs says he is proud of and grateful for his music that “keeps people smiling.”

It’s not a flat land for Vamposs’ career.

He faces difficulties in his life and music career like dealing with people who are not loyal or patriotic.

Vamposs also tells Chimp Corp Evonne Turahirirwe how hard it is for artistes to get air play on the radio or put up a concert.

Despite the great challenges in the music industry, he still believes that Ugandan music is on its way to the international market.

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