Stepping in: Martha Mukisa is the new artiste that was signed to Black Magic after John Blaq parted ways with the management company. Isaac Ssejjombwe caught up with her on the new signing and how she feels about stepping into Blaq’s shoes.
1.How did you join music?
I was introduced to studio recording way back in 2009 singing school-themed songs. My dada then started a studio at home, where I recorded my first songs, which included the farewell party song for my school titled Give Me Your Number with Allan Hendrick Ssali. While at Kyambogo University, I part-timed with different bands backing up artistes, learning and getting more skills as a performer.
Some of the artistes I have backed up for are Cindy, Rema, Bruno K as well as bands such as Magic Horns, Nilers Band and Karma Band.
2.Why have you decided to go solo now?
I have been doing both for a long time as I learnt the basics, for example what it takes to be a successful artiste, so I believe this is the right time to step up things and with the help of Black Magic Entertainment, who were able to recognise my special talent, I am ready to make my dreams come true. So far I have four projects; Makanika, Kingereza, Ssebo and International Local, with others under way.
3.This is the same label that John Blaq has been signed to. Are you replacing him?
Of course this is a big opportunity that is a bit nerve-wracking but John Blaq is a very talented and uniquely designed artiste who is irreplaceable. We are different artistes, with our unique styles; I consider myself a soul pop, RnB artiste with a lot of versatility but I draw my inspiration from folk music. So I am under no pressure, I will be me.
4.What is the biggest stage you have performed at?
That was Blankets and Wine 2019. I will forever remember that stage. I was a bit scared but excited as most people made calls saying they saw me on billboards. My performance was massive and I did not want to go off that stage, I swear. I had the best band team around me with my friend Azawi giving me support on the backup line.
5.Covid disrupted a lot of things. What have you been doing in this lockdown?
Well, I have been enjoying a lot of me time, working out, resetting myself as an artiste, vocal training and a bit of recording, reading, communicating more often with family and spending more time with God.
I went to Peak Kindergarten, St Catherine Primary School where my interest in music and drama started, St Balikuddembe Mitala Maria where my dancing and singing were explored, Kitante Hill School and then I graduated from Kyambogo University with a diploma in Textile Design and Technology.
On record labels
Contracts are valid when both parties accept the terms. That is all I can say.