He might not be your ideal Ugandan household name but it is just a matter of time.
Singer Apass is a top top talent without a doubt. Ever since he hit the music industry a few months back, he has been simply breathtaking. A Pass has enjoyed tremendous success on both the Reggae and Dancehall music charts. He is a dancehall reggae artiste who performs four different genres of music proving his versatility. His collaboration with Cindy and Don MC is close to world class.
Xclusive UG’s Demo Riley caught up with him…
Xclusive UG: Tell us about yourself?
APass: I was born Bagonza Alexander on December 21, 1989 in Kampala. I am both a singer and songwriter. I grew up in Kampala with both my parents and began singing in church as a child. I went to Kampala Kindergarten, Nakasero primary school, Merryland high school, St Lawrence Creamland campus and to Makerere University.
Xclusive UG: We understand you kicked off the music journey as a hip hopper, why did you change to dancehall?
Apass: I changed to dancehall because dancehall was my first love as I grew up. I really loved dancehall. However during my school days at Merryland high school around my S3, I had a friend who loved hip hop and by that time hip hop was the thing.
Xclusive UG: I hear you dropped out of Makerere University, how true?
Apass: It’s partly true. I did networking because I heard my uncle who was a professional networking technician and he wanted me to follow in his footsteps but after the course I felt music was my thing andi decided to take it more serious.
Xclusive UG: Which female artiste in Uganda would you love to work with and why?
Apass: Lillian Mbabazi, I love her voice and I think we could do something nice trust me
Xclusive UG: By the way rumor has it that you beat up NTV’s Buddie Patrick after he branded you gay. What really happened?
Apass: That is banter. First thing I don’t know the guy and I have never met him. By the way which parent in Uganda names his son Buddie Patrick? If you see him around tell him to get a life. #YouHaveAllReadyLost
Xclusive UG: What do you think is still lacking in our Music Industry?
Apass: Heavy investors with a belief that Ugandan Musicians can conquer Africa.
Xclusive UG: Single, married, searching. Where do you fall?
Apass: I have a girlfriend and I love her to death.
Xclusive UG: Apart from recording smash tunes there, what special attachment do you have with BADI Studios?
Apass: I started Badi Musik with Lukyamuzi Bashir years back and this is my family Nessim Badi and Issa the manager. A Pass is C.E.O of the studio
Xclusive UG: What are some of the challenges you face in the music industry?
Apass: No challenges I guess. Life is hard and you cannot convince everyone to play your music that’s maybe the challenge. I would tell so much but I guess let me say this, I had times as an artist when I walked to studio for work and walked back home after one day and I had not recorded a thing. I think challenges are inevitable and are the reason for us to work hard.
Xclusive UG: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Apass: The Biggest Artist in Africa.