To Top

Hasa the musical activist


For the girl child: He found himself penning the lyrics of Kaleke Kasome after his neighbour defiled a minor,  not anticipating that this could arguably be his best track ever. Maurice Hasa meets his fan Natasha.

Besides Kaleke Kasome that everyone fell in love with because of the message, tell me of some other tracks that you have?
I have many songs but to mention just a few, Nkabila Gwe, Nzikiliza, Ngamba Abalala, Warrior, True Love, Neighbour, So High, Okikola Otya, Lwaki Nze and Salawo, among others.

Is Hasa your real name?
I actually removed the first two letters off my real name to come up with it. My real name is Maurice Muhasa.

What tribe are you?
I’m a Mukonjo.

What inspired you to come up with Kaleke Kasome?
The experience of having my immediate neighbour in Namuwongo defiling a girl led to me penning the song. She went missing and we searched the whole area in vain until someone told us to check the locked house next to ours and opening it, the little girl had passed out and was in a pool in blood. The pain of her relatives, friends and parents pushed me to write it. I needed to expose the rampant defilement cases in our society.

Did you feel that the song was going to become a hit?
No I didn’t. In fact it was abrupt and I wasn’t ready when it became a hit. I was even scared to admit to people that I was the one behind it.

How do you define your type of music?
Rn’B fused with reggae.

What can’t you forget in your life?
My breakthrough in the music industry. It was in 2005.

I have been seeing and hearing that you are involved in charity works. What organisation do you work for?
I don’t have a specific charity organisation. I work with several organisations like Reach a Hand Uganda, Child Africa, Unepa and others. But I am soon setting up my own organisation, (Hasa for children).

Together with Reach A Hand, you redid your Kaleke Kasome song with several artistes. How does it feel like redoing your song with them?
I am privileged and I feel like a legend already. Most songs are redone when artistes pass on but mine was redone when I’m alive and as an icing to the cake, I was part of it. Having established artistes on the same track was awesome and their verses had great art and maturity. I felt appreciated.

Among your videos, which is the most expensive?
Your Ways, an all-star track in which we featured Nyanda of Brick and Lace was the most expensive because every artiste had to be facilitated and Sasha Vybs had to be flown to Uganda from South Africa to shoot the video. Even the Kale Kasome remix cost a lot.

Do you benefit from charitable work?
Yes, I do. I’m facilitated and it helps build a foundation for great things ahead.

What drove you to be an artiste?
As a little boy, I always wanted to make a positive change in people’s lives. The Lord finally showed me how to exactly do that through music.

What don’t your fans know about you?
I have a bald head, but I wear caps most of the time, so many of them don’t know.

Send an e-mail to and tell us the celebrity you want to meet and we shall make it happen. Don’t forget to include your telephone contact.
You can also SMS us. Type the word Sqoop (leave a space), the name of the celeb and  send to 6933.

More in Features & Profiles

  • Hustler: DJ King Bryan

    SPINNING DISCS: He is the son of the famous DJ Rotah and looks like spinning discs runs in the blood. DJ...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 28, 2016
  • Some people deserve my diva attitude

    super model vibes: Stacie Aamito Lagum is headlining Kampala Fashion Week for the second time. The event runs from October 20...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 21, 2016
  • Hustler: Linda Pacy Katusiime

    TALKING DESIGNS: Linda Katusiime started her business by doing deliveries for friends and relatives. Bringing in items from Turkey, Germany, China...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 21, 2016
  • How to be Mr Safe Hands Denis Onyango

    CATCHING BALLS: He may not be able to save you from your financial woes, but shoot any ball in his direction...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 21, 2016
  • Zil escaped from class to sing

    Early dreams: He is only 25, but for him, it is already a story of grass to grace. Zil Nantamegwa started...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 21, 2016
  • Kalifah has never called anyone dad

    REINVENTING SELF: Since the flop of his concert, singer Kalifah Aganaga has been a little quiet. Last we heard, he had...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 15, 2016
  • People had hijacked my life – Faridah

        New beginnings: Social media was on Tuesday awash with photos of Faridah Nakazibwe’s wedding to boyfriend, Dr Omar Ssali...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 15, 2016
  • What Queen of Katwe means to them

    Katwe experience: Based on the vibrant story of Phiona Mutesi, whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 7, 2016
  • How to be… the no-nonsense Jennifer Musisi

    KCCA bosslady: She is probably the most popular woman in Kampala, and no – not for scandals or anything else, but...

    Christine NakalungiOctober 7, 2016