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Mbale’s Orasta is not just a DJ, he sings too

Singing DJ: We do not have many DJs that sing in this country but Mbale City has one and he spoke to Olivier Mukaaya.

What is the origin of the name Orasta?
Orasta is my stage name and it originated from home. My father used to ask me if I wanted to become a rasta because my hair was rolled and it looked like dreadlocks .
However, my real name is Richard Munialo and I am a DJ and an artiste.

When did you join the music industry?
I joined the music industry in 2013 as a DJ, but I started singing in 2018.

Why the interest in music?
Music has always been my passion since childhood.

What genre do you do?
I do mostly Afro but I am a versatile artiste.

There are many artistes in Uganda, what makes you different?
I am exceptional because I try to be different from other artistes and I also deejay, which most artistes do not do.

Do you consider yourself a star?
Yes, but I consider myself a rising star.

Who produces your music?
I have worked with many producers around my hometown, Mbale, for example Rexy ,Staroce and Ton .

Some people are in music to make money, others to make a name, why are you doing music?
I do music because it is business. I am in to make money and the name as well because if you do not make a name in this business, you cannot make money.

What is it like creating music if you are a songwriter?
I think it is exciting because you are constantly creating and building ideas that you want the world to hear.

Which artistes inspire you?
Patoranking and Chance the Rapper.

Have you had any collaborations yet? And what is it like working with other artistes?
I have collaborated with a number of artistes around Elgon region, including Sytrus, in a song titled “Indali”, which hit local radios in this region.

Who facilitates your music career?
I am facilitated by Afro-changer management based here in Mbale city.

What would you say is your favourite and worst part about the music industry?
I think my favourite part is when I am interacting with fans on different platforms and the worst part is that nowadays, music is too expensive, not like back in the day.

What is your goal in this industry?
My goal is to become one of the most well established musicians in the country.

Where do you see yourself if it wasn’t for music?
If it wasn’t for music, I would be a presenter or journalist because I studied Mass Communication.

What advice do you give to other artistes in the industry, more so in this lockdown?
To take this opportunity to come up with good music for their fans but above all, let’s protect ourselves from the virus..

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