Mic Drop: After 20 years running the emceeing world, MC Kats says he has done it all and it is now time to give room to new blood.
Edwin Katamba is the true definition of an MC with the mostest. You know him as MC Kats and he has done all the cycles of the trade in his 20-year journey on the entertainment scene; emceed in nightclubs and hangouts, concerts for both local and international acts, promotions, and weddings and has also been a hypeman, among others. But the journey that started 20 years ago is coming to an end tonight and tomorrow evening. Dubbed King of the Mic last dance, the show is expected to be MC Kats’ last time on stage as Isaac Ssejjombwe writes.
Just like many cratives, MC Kats, started his emceeing journey in church, performing in the Halls of Gladness youth choir and he would participate in songs just the same way as Kirk Franklin did.
It is from here that Nicolas Masaba, who was then a marketer at DV8 bar approached him to start emceeing at the bar every Friday. What Kats would later find out, is that most movers and shakers of the industry frequented the hangout. People such as Steve Jean, DJ Rota, Collin Sserubiri, Straka, Denis Mawanda etc. He was the opening act, emceeing during the early hours of the night. On spotting him, DJ Rota took Kats to start deejaying and Steve Jean, who by the time was managing girl group Blu*3, appreciated him and asked if he could work with him during the girls’ tours.
“With all the proposals and approaches coming my way, I never went back to church. I became busy in bars, at concerts, tours and embarked on learning to be a deejay. That is how my life changed,” MC Kats says.
While things were turning around for Kats, his mother was away – abroad to further her ministry work. And as expected, she was served with information that her son was spending nights in bars, dressing inappropriately in baggy jeans, with piercings and engaging in wrong behaviour. This did not go well with her. The last nail in the coffin perhaps was when he refused to join university. His mother gave up on educating him.
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