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Harmoni: Mbale’s Jack of all trades

Music and business: Request Harmoni may have majored in finance studies at university but his passion is in music so he chose to practice both and more as Olivier Mukaaya finds out.

Who is Request Harmoni?
My real name is Derick Tanga. I was raised by a single mother and I graduated in 2013 from Makerere University Business School with a degree in Business Administration. I am currently employed but also focused on my music career. I grew up listening to Soul, R&B, Afro-pop, zouk and reggae, so I compose, write, sing as well as play a trumpet and guitar.

When did you join the music industry?
I joined in 2016 and my first songs were Bifani, Khalayi and Shitsina but I grew up playing music instruments.

What makes you different from other artists?
Before going behind the audio recording booth, I was good in reggae but my fans preferred something different, so I had to switch to different styles until fans started paying me an ear. As per now, I do RnB, Afro-pop, Soul, Reggae and Zouk.

How are you coping in this Covid-19 lockdown as an artiste?
Musically, I have managed this pandemic situation by making demo songs in my home audio recording studio and financially, I am depending on my savings and other essential investments. My message to the fans out there, please stay home and stay safe.

What names sell your music?
#RequstHarmoni, #HarmoMusic, #MastaBeatz-Pro, #SavedByMusicFoundation and #Bobex-Promotionz.

What should artistes do in this period where they are not allowed to stage an event?
Holding an event and making money through music is not easy in this current situation but it is possible. By setting up streaming music royalties through digital distribution such as Spotify and Apple Music, artistes can enjoy network distribution and collect royalties from those streaming services or look for online company promotion deals.

Have you produced any new music in this Covid-19 season?
I have had enough time to write and record more like Barafu, More of You and Namutuya Yena and other songs are still in studio yet to be unleashed.

How many songs have you produced and who produced them?
I have managed to record 12 songs in 12 weeks all by MastaBeatz-Pro and Sytrus-Pro but I have only unleashed three songs as the rest keep pending for the right time.

What do you do apart from music?
I am employed by a financial institution, I do business and part-time employee in an NGO in Mbale Town.

Where do you see yourself after covid?
I am looking forward to being a superstar and also be seen as the reason great music is written.

What advice do you have for fellow musicians in the music industry?
I know my fellow musicians may be fearful of the implications Covid-19 could have on their health and performances, which in turn might have an impact on a range of issues, including finances and mental health but my advice is, let’s just stay focused, write great music as we pray for our nation, For God and My Country!

Before going behind the audio recording booth, I was good in reggae but my fans preferred something different… so I had to switch to different styles until fans started paying me an ear.

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