By Website writer
A while back, many Hip Pop artistes had stuck to their genre. For the love of bars. And for the love of rap battles. And for the love of street credit. But the streets got drier, every other day. The sun shone harder, and scorched their pockets. So slowly, they started being flashed out. Like ants when water is poured in an ant hill, they ran out. Some made it. Others didn’t. But ever since John Blaq switched scripts and got a break through, it seems more Hip Pop artistes have realized the need to break into main stream music. And it seems that with ‘Bounce’, Nagangsta, real names Brian Naganga has decided to join the lot of deserters. And it seems, for his talent, he will make it. A ‘musoga’ by tribe, the Hip-hop-musical powerhouse is on a fast rise. So much so that people are starting to question whether the Busoga Kingdom is deliberately planting a musical army in the musical industry.
“I first got inklings to do music while a teenager and wrote my first songs aged 15. Since then, I have been writing and churning rhymes. I have on my sleeve, hundreds of songs that are yet to see the light of studio. But I am sure by the 4th song, I will have gotten. Bounce is merely a start,” says Nagangsta in reference to his career.
He is an accountant at reputed audit firm, Deloitte Uganda by day and a gangster by night. No, he is not the kind of gangster. He is not terrorizing the streets and looting anything. He earned the name after outwitting friends in an underground rap battle when growing up. For the great and deep lyricism he wields, many found it easy to refer to him as the leader of the pack. Thus the eventual nick name, the Gangster, which he polished to Nagangsta, drawn from his name, Naganga.
Nagangsta was born to Christine Nalwanga and Alex Nkonge. He was bred in Nateete, yet born in Nsambya from a humble family background, he first got the hint that he’d be a musician through his mum, who sung in church.
“I do secular music because it is financial, I also believe in expressing all of my faculties as a human being – soul, heart, body and mind. Therefore my music is both secular and gospel,” explained Nagansta, when asked why he did secular instead of gospel.
I went to Savio Junior Academy (Primary), St. Joseph’s Naggalama (O levels), Uganda Martyrs Namugongo (A levels) and Makerere University.
An avid reader, Nagangster doesn’t have a manager yet. “While at the University, I graduated with a Bsc in Electrical Engineering. I practiced for a few months before switching occupations to Tax Consulting. I now work with Deloitte (Uganda) Limited, the money from which I invest in the Music.
Nagangsta is a singer, song writer and rapper. But above all, an energetic performer. His debut studio album entitled ‘Vocation’ is ready and available on all online music stores such as Sulapay, a Uganda music store and international music stores namely; iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, etc..