Singing bodyguard: He may have been called on duty but before then, Paul Bwire, aka Inspekta Sham, had other dreams – music. And even being CID Boss Grace Akullo’s bodyguard has not stood in his way, as Isaac Ssejjombwe writes.
1.When did you realise that music was something you wanted to do?
It all began around 2000 while in Primary Six at Rock View Primary School, Tororo. I used to mime and breakdance to Usher Raymond’s songs and that is when I discovered the artiste in me. I was inspired a lot by Western music and I recorded my first song in 2002 while in S1 at Rock High School, Tororo.
Now I have five songs; “Umeniacha” which is about a lover who abandons me because I am broke, “Come Closer”, “Come Over”, “My Sugar”, and “Madina”.
2. We understand you are CID boss Grace Akullo’s bodyguard. When do you get time to balance music and your job?
I am, but like any other public servant, I get some free time. I utilise my time well. I already have a gallery of written compositions, so if I am to record, I call my producer for an appointment, then pick which song to voice, rehearse for an hour, then record. When my boss is off duty, I do not waste that chance. I have no specific off days but when I feel I need to fix a personal issue, I am given a chance.
2.How do you plan to contribute to the Ugandan music industry?
I want to assure all music lovers in Uganda that Inspekta Sham is a different person with a different style of music. I’m introducing a style called ‘Zimdancehall’ in Uganda. It is a dominant genre in Zimbabwe. It is a music genre in Zimbabwe combining rap styles, zouk, afro Caribbean, reggae dancehall usually done in riddims.
3.Should we consider you an upcoming artiste?
I am not new in the industry, I had given it a break to serve my country but I feel it constantly calling me. I need to hit the stage again. Eastern Uganda knows how I do things but with a different style this time because I want to do things differently. Most artistes in Uganda have almost similar art. I have a different touch and you can feel that touch in some of my songs such as “Umeniacha” and “Come Closer” which was done from a riddim called “Wanna Be”, produced by Cymplex of Solid Records in Zimbabwe. But that aside, I am a versatile artiste and I can rhyme on any style that is presented to me.
4.If the worst came to the worst and you were told to choose between your job and music. Which would it be?
Honestly, my job puts food on the table but music is a talent just like other talents. With or without the job, music lives.
5.Who is Inspekta Sham away from music?
I am a Musamia from Busia District, born on May 3, 1988. I am shy, humble, down to earth, outgoing and God-fearing.
I am the last born of three, I attended Two Ways Nursery and Primary School, Busia Border Primary School, Rock View Primary School, Tororo, Rock High school, Tororo for O-Level then St. James SS Jinja for A-Level. I later joined UCC Tororo to pursue a diploma in Hotel and Institutional Catering for two years and later a diploma in Business Studies for two years.