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Every Mother’s Day, I’m knocked down by regret – Chimey

Upclose. Buka Chimey, a Ugandan recording and performing artiste, creative thinker, poet, composer and founder of Bantu Clan, a local hip hop band. Chimey is on a quest to unify cultures, celebrate life, express consciousness through touching emotions, restoring his generation to reconnect to its indigenous roots through creating, building, educating and archiving, writes Edgar R. Batte.

The first thing I do in the morning is…
Read my e-bible daily verse devotion. I say a prayer and prepare for the day.

The first thing I do when I get to work…
Check on my colleagues before settling in. Then, I play gospel music as I check my emails and social media platforms.

My earliest childhood memory…
I was always promised sweets and soda during visits for injections at hospital.

My first best friend…
Milton, he changed school in Primary Four and he got me admission in the same school without my parent’s consent.

My first kiss…
Wow, this one is a tough one….I was nine years old and had it behind the church during Sunday school.

The first book I read…
Black Mamba by John Ruganda

My first job…
I was a deejay, working for my father.

My first salary…
I do not remember because I used to pay myself. I used to run my father’s club and he could let me have all the profits until I started getting wasted at the age of 19. So he took me back to school.

My current job…
I am a recording and performing artiste and an administrator at Bantu Productions Uganda, an audio-visual production house in Makindye – Luwafu, Kampala.

What I like about my job…
It is in my line of interest, I get to experience life because it challenges me, expands my social network and creative capital. I find fun in doing it.

What I dislike about it…
Nothing. I believe there are challenges in every profession and nature of job. So, I treat every challenge as a point of growth, elevation and an opportunity to learn. I was raised by the community and I believe “one has to burn in order to graduate”.

Most memorable experience…
Career wise, when I became part of the emPawa Africa, an initiative founded by the Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi. I got to work closely with him and his team. Also, when I got to share a stage with one of Uganda’s best female vocalists Lilian Mbabazi at Aka Dope Fusion.

Biggest regret in life…
I had visited my mother and she offered to make lunch for me but I declined. Little did I know that they were her last words and last time I was setting eyes on her. Every Mother’s Day, I get to be knocked down by the regrets and broken emotions. To make matters worse, I locked myself in the house in disbelief that she was gone and I missed her burial.

My first girlfriend…
Diana in Primary Two but I met my true love Lisa 13 years ago.

Childhood hero…

My father. ..
Professionally, he was a lawyer but a deejay by practice in the days when LPs and cassette tapes were the deal. When he followed his profession he never closed doors on my passion for music. He nurtured, groomed me and paid my first studio session. He always cautioned me never to misuse the freedom he gives me because if he ever takes it away I shall never regain it.

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