Music and more: Rebecca Ssubi Kabuleta has a lot on her hands, including being the wife of a presidential aspirant but with all this, she still embarked on a music career. Isaac Ssejjombwe had a chat with her on this new journey.
1.You just dropped an EP (Extended Play). Tell us about that.
My new EP. “Sounds of Heaven” is a four-track mini album that was produced by Josh SB and it is an orchestra-driven classical style of worship music heavily influenced by the kind of music we were exposed to and trained in while at Gayaza High School. I am the lead soloist in all the songs and I am accompanied by a classical choir. The music is available on all internationally recognised music stores such as iTunes, Spotify and Tidal.
2.What was your first release?
“Solid Rock”. That was my first single in February 2019. It was an EDM [Electronic Dance Music] song. I, however, have now settled in my niche; orchestra-driven classical type of worship. That’s the sound you hear in “Sounds of Heaven”.
3.Orchestra classical is not very popular in Uganda, why did you choose the genre?
I do not even know if orchestra-driven classical worship is the name but that is how I would describe my type of music. I love orchestras because they communicate grandeur at a whole other level. When I sing, I want to be accompanied by instruments that steal the mind of the listener and take you into a world where you can see the greatness, extravagance and wonder of the Lord. Nothing does that like an orchestra. I have a silky voice and I believe a mix of the two brings out a sound that I believe many people would appreciate. I also want an opera choir in my songs because they replicate that heavenly choral sound that I look for when I am recording songs of worship. My whole choir was actually made up of old girls from Gayaza High School. These are ladies that have that classical vocal training and skill.
Another reason I do this specific type of music is because in the book of Revelations, the Bible speaks about the seven spirits of God. One of the interpretations for that is that it represents seven different manifestations of the same spirit of the Lord. That shows me that the Lord has different facets that are communicated in different ways. You can see that Jesus is called the Lamb of God at one point, and the Lion of the tribe of Judah at yet another point. Same Jesus, different manifestations. I believe this extends to music, because the Lord is the origin of music.
4.Your husband, Joseph Kabuleta, is running for presidential office. Do you support his decision?
I support his decision one million per cent. He has my full support. Such decisions born out of a commission and calling from the Lord are made between a man and his God. Not a family. He responded to God in obedience, and I am ready to support him all the way. He is a blessing to this nation and I am prepared for the trail.
5.Who is Rebecca Ssuubi before all the music?
I am a professional and practicing nutritionist with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University, and a post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Development from Uganda Management Research Institute.
My singing career began as ministry in school and in church. While at Gayaza, I received excellent training in classical music and my love for singing and skill grew immensely while there. I also served in a church as part of the worship team at university, singing and growing more as a worshipper, before I moved on to Zoe Fellowship where I was part of the worship team.
Deep sounds I love orchestras because they communicate grandeur at a whole other level. When I sing, I want to be accompanied by instruments that steal the mind of the listener.
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