The Mith has been on the Ugandan Music scene for a while now. From being part of the first Hip-Hop group, KlearKut, his music has transcended through the years, with countless collaborations and tracks. Destination Africa, being his latest album, has songs like Queen featuring Abaasa and Eh Mama featuring Maro, which has my favorite phrase “if you stay by my side, we gonna stay on cloud 9”. His lyrics are so catchy and dope, but also kind of relates to anyone’s life (mine in more ways than one) and that’s why his musical genius is definitely appreciated. It was a pleasure having him on my Q&A Hip-Hop segment!
APW: What was the first rap album you ever listened?
The Mith: The 1st album I listened to was “2pacalypse” by 2 Pac.
APW: Do you have lyrical inspiration and If so, what /who is that?
The Mith: I get inspiration from what I see, hear, eat, anything rally. As an artist, I have to be observant, that’s something my Grand Father told me, and it has helped me stay sharp and find inspiration, even in the darkest of times.
APW: Have you ever played a secret show before? How’s it different from a performance where everybody knows it is The Mith coming?
The Mith: A secret show, No. but I did perform at some clubs in India, and different places I traveled to, where guys didn’t know who I was. These shows, to me, are always about showing and proving why I think I am 1 of the best out of the East.
APW: Do you have any favorite artists right now?
The Mith: Right now I am really looking out for the younger Ugandan talent. People like Mal-X, Sonny Soweez are high up on my list. Out of UG, I’m paying attention to the scene in South Africa. No particular artist though.
APW: How should new artists work on themselves, work on developing their talent?
The Mith: I think they should use their social media outlets better, or to their advantage. Always letting their fan base know exactly what they’re working on is important. Plus they should put out more product. I mean, why not go ahead and release more, quality music?!
APW: How do you relax after a long week?
The Mith: I only get to calls and messages from family and my immediate friends. A new thing I’ve started getting into is traveling. So jumping in the whip, and driving away from Kampala is always a plan.
APW: What’s exciting you creatively, what do we have to look forward to from you next year?
The Mith: Next year, that’s too damn far, let’s talk about this year… New music is on the way. I am in a good head space, which always means new, Dope music, from me and my team. The team will be revealed soon enough.
APW: If you weren’t doing the whole music/rap thing what would you be doing right now?
The Mith: Eish, I hate to think that I’d have a 9-5/6 job. I’d probably be doing something with creativity, something with branding, and maybe advertising.
APW: One word to describe you
The Mith: Ehh, Deadly, hahahaha
APW: Who would you love to collaborate with? Internationally
The Mith: Um, I think it would have to be a producer, no artist. The producer would be Just Blaze.
THANK YOU! Buy, Listen and Share Destination Africa on https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01C8QW6B4/ref=dm_aw_dp_sp_bb_sfa
My mum always says “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” Well, i think that she should add me to that proverb because am such a foodie and never ashamed of that. Want to hang out? Better have some snacks somewhere in that plan. That is why i was instantly attracted to this page. Michael Utrera is a Venezuelan 19 year old baker whose cakes and desserts give me all kinds of cravings on his Instagram page. He is my inspiration because he knew what makes him happy at such an early age and followed his dreams.
APW: What inspired you to pursue baking professionally?
Michael: When I was young I always wished to be a chef, that was my main dream! I started the cooking academy at the age of 13 years. That was really amazing for me, little by little I started understanding that my place is the bakery.
APW: What is your favorite pastry?
Michael: My favorite pastry is always the Italian pastries because I think they are really traditional, but of course I know many other new recipes.
APW: How and when did you start cake design?
Michael: When I was 16 years old, the cooking academy had to close due to government problems, so I went to a bakery in Venezuela, my native country, and there I started working as the assistant to the baker.
APW: What is one word to describe your cake designs?
Michael: Reformist! Even though I love all the traditional cakes and all, I am really conservative with the taste but with the design it is completely different. I try to be really creative with them and each day surprise more people with that.
APW: You make a ton of pastries, what is your favorite to make and eat?
Michael: I really love to make Fraiser it is an awesome dessert with strawberries really tasty and i am always happy to make this.
APW: My favorite cake flavor is black forest with cherries, what is yours?
Michael: I really prefer fruit flavor, that is much more natural and in my opinion they are the best taste, “strawberries mouse” and “passion fruit mouse” are a good selection for me.
APW: What is your all time favorite and memorable cake to make?
Michael: The most memorable cake for me is the Black Forest with strawberry jam, this was the first dessert I learnt in the bakery.
APW: What has been your biggest disaster in cake designing?
Michael: I left cakes on the oven and I forgot them haha
APW: What is your work day like?
Michael: My day work is very exciting and really fun for me. we are always trying to innovate the menu and be better and better each day, we are a theme of work
THANK YOU MICHAEL! Please find him on instagram @MichealUtrera1
From a humble drummer boy in Church to the voice behind so many artistes. With his humble, down to earth, friendly persona, it’s no wonder his music genius as producer, drummer and also vocalist. His mix-tape dubbed Rukungiri is my favorite mix-tape because it reminds me of R&B mixed with lots of soul, heart and personality with some African Fusion thrown into the mix. This is none other than Abaasa Rwemereza.
APW: Who are your influences – music wise?
Abaasa: I think I have many different influences according to what I have done. I played drums and some production before so I have different people i look upto but the first artist I listened to and loved was John Legend, his live album, because he can sing and his songs are so simple yet inspiring. I also love Tony Royster Jr., the American Drummer. I also love Steve Jean because he was doing different stuff in the industry back in the day like having guitarists and pop performances. He has also mentored many musicians which is so good because now they are doing so well on their own.
APW: What is your favorite song on the charts right now?
Abaasa: (sings) I don’t really know the title. I rarely listen to music because what you listen to, is what comes out so am very selective. I just love BBC. hiihi. They have interesting stories.
APW: Hihi, that is a good lesson but okay, what was the first album you listened to and loved, aside from John Legend?
Abaasa: Fortune Chris Brown was really nice.
APW: I love Ntegyerize on the Rukungiri mix-tape, what is your favorite and why?
Abaasa: I liked Run Away first but I love Find Myself more because it was the riskiest song on the album as it had very few instruments but it was very simple and it just came to me, not like the rest.
APW: How do you recover from a mistake during a performance?
Abaasa: If it is with people I know, especially with drums, I will probably laugh. When am singing, if no one notices, I just continue. It helps me a lot because in studio you have to let go, even with mistakes and keep going.
APW: Aside from music how do relax?
Abaasa: I love reading books that teach how to interact with stuff, a bit technical like Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali.
APW: Who do you turn to for career advice?
Abaasa: I think Lilian Mbabazi because I play in her band and I have seen her from Coca Cola Pop stars so I ask her for advice some times. It’s always good to share and get advice from someone going through similar challenges and life experiences.
APW: What has been your coolest performance experience?
Abaasa: Every time I travel but especially to Kigali for the independence celebrations for the Uganda Community. Lilian and the band usually perform so the first time was really cool. The energy is really fun and amazing there.
APW: Who would you love to collaborate with locally or internationally?
Abaasa: Coldplay would be a dream come true! I heard their last album was the last but it would be really cool producing or playing with them.
APW: Describe your dream girl.
Abaasa: Someone who is definitely not taller than me, who is real and doesn’t really pretend around me snd who is outspoken. Attraction or connection also plays a big role in that.
APW: Where do you see Abaasa in 10 years?
Abaasa: I would be 35 years but I would love to have traveled within these 10 years like Sydney, Asia and South America. I like to keep things as pure to myself so I won’t put too much excitement or expectations on myself. Life doesn’t really go according to plan but it is cool to live it as simply as possible and go with the flow to avoid too much pressure and disappointments.
APW: Is there a ritual you do before each performance?
Abaasa: I love walking around the stage before the performance to get a feel of it and to reduce anxiety. I love drinking Fanta before a show too. Hihi.
THANK YOU ABAASA!!!! Get Rukungiri mix-tape and other songs on https://soundcloud.com/abaasar
His salon, HAIR BY ZZIWA, is one of the cutest,most chic salons i have ever seen. White walls, black leather chairs, with shimmery mirrors and an aquarium. Yessss!! (hand claps) His friendly, down to earth personality is seen in his smile and i was so happy to have him feature on my Q&A hair stylist segment.
APW: Tell us about yourself and your business
Zziwa: My name is Zziwa, 29, and I’m a barber/ hairstylist for all hair textures. I’ve got a new hairline of human hair on the market, and a hair growth stimulant product.
APW: What’s your motto/advice you live by?
APW: How did you learn hair styling?
Zziwa: I went for some basic training at a beauty school, but the rest are self taught from you tube and other stylists from different countries.
APW: What is your no.1 hair care tip?
Zziwa: Avoid any unnecessary heat on your mane. Wear some protective styles once in a while.
APW: When did you get your big break?
Zziwa: My big break was in 2014, when I started working with my Arab colleagues.
APW: How can anyone who is aspiring to join the beauty industry begin their journey?
Zziwa: Just start, all that matters is the spirit.
APW: One word to describe your hair styling
Zziwa: As natural looking as possible.
APW: What is the hottest trend at the moment?
Zziwa: At the moment, the nana grays are trending.
APW: What is the hair product every girl should have?
Zziwa: Every girl should have a Zziwa hair-gro product, it works for all hair textures even naturals.
APW: Ten years from now, you will be?
Zziwa: 10 years from now, I will be one of Africa’s leading hair brand
THANK YOU ZZIWA for doing this segment.
Find Zziwa at Hair By Zziwa, Room No.48, 3rd Floor Krishna Mart opp Acacia Mall.
facebook & instagram: hairbyzziwa
So many people post pictures on social media but what made me notice Esther most was her confidence, beauty and her owning of her amazing curves.With 10k plus followers, her Instagram page is graced with so many amazing shots, it was hard to pick just a few for this post. I was happy to hear from her about my Q&A segment and i could not wait to share. She is an inspiration,not only to me but so many girls out there with body confidence issues and this is my way of applauding her and thanking her.
APW: Tell me about yourself and where you grew up?
Esther: My name is Esther Nagawa (Nakitende is my handle on social media). I am a 35 year old proud mother of 3 children. I was born & raised in Mukono, Uganda & I am the last born of 5 children. I moved to Toronto, Canada in 2006 & have made a life for myself & my children here.
APW: When were you first discovered?
Esther: I have always loved fashion & all that it entails. When I moved to Toronto I had access to beautiful clothes, shoes, accessories etc & I began to post pictures of myself on Facebook. As time went on, I caught the eyes of various different plus size store owners who realised that when I wore their clothes it reached a large audience of plus size women. I began to get calls to do photo shoots & runway shows for various plus size designers. Although the plus size industry is fairly new I have faith that eventually the fashion world will realize we are here to stay and we may be plus size but we also love to look beautiful and sexy.
APW: As a girl, we are usually stressed about looking like this and that. Have you ever felt pressured into looking a certain way?
Esther: I would be lying if I said no. Every woman is pressured to look a certain way. Depending on where you are professionally & socially a woman has to look a certain way or else risk judgment by society. I get judged everyday because of my weight. I have learned that if one tries to please everyone all the time you end up very miserable. Magazines & the media especially in the developed world celebrate skinny Caucasian women. I have developed a thick skin because it is a fact that I am in an industry that judges you because of your physical attributes – you may be attractive to one designer & another designer prefers a different look. It’s part of life. In addition as a woman from Africa I have faced a lot of judgment because of my weight. Dressing up in sexy fitted clothes is frowned upon. Wearing a swim suit is an abomination of major proportions. If a slimmer woman of the same age wore the same outfit or swim suit it’s accepted. Why are we so ashamed of our bodies just because we are plus size??
APW: How has modelling changed you as a person?
Esther: Modelling has given me so much confidence. I am confident in my fashion choices & have learned about what makes me look good. I am contacted by many plus size women especially from Africa who want advice on being confident because they are made to feel unattractive due to their size. Most important is that modelling has made me realize that beauty is subjective. What may be attractive to one may be unattractive to another. That’s okay because beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, & colors.
APW: What does beauty mean to you?
Esther: To me beauty is what makes me feel good about myself……beauty is happiness…..my children are beauty personified, beauty is when I achieve something I thought I could not……beauty is encouraging another woman to feel better about herself. Physical beauty is easy to achieve for anyone. We live in a society of makeup, fantastic clothing, shoes, accessories & hair extentions & of course plastic surgery. It’s how or what you use your beauty for that matters. After all we all know as we age so does our physical appearance.
APW: What advice would you give to young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Esther: The advice I would give to young girls is to first and foremost love themselves as they are. If your body type is plus size you need to embrace that. People will always have opinions about you – most will be negative & vicious – ignore those opinions surround yourself with people who build you up not knock you down, people who give you constructive criticism. Never take the negative comments personal. Get ready for endless rejections after model calls. Get ready to be judged for your size. People think plus size people are lazy & unhealthy. We work out, we eat healthy & according to our physicians we are healthy but we are still judged. Young girls in this generation will have it harder because social media has made us all connected. We see endless photos of celebrities who were once proudly plus size loosing weight to comform to Hollywood standards. We need to try and be happy with ourselves rather than trying to attain the unattainable.
APW: Aside from modelling what else are you into?
Esther: Aside from modelling I am a part-time student of Community Development. I also do small scale business selling clothes to plus size women as well as styling some clients.
APW: What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
Esther: My hopes and dreams for the future is to empower plus size women into believing in themselves. I also would like fashion shows to reflect the real woman. It’s proven that the average woman is curvy…..why do fashion houses only advertise clothes for skinny young girls? ?? My hope for the future is acceptance from main stream media that we are here to stay.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ESTHER!!!! I hope everyone can be blessed from this like i have.