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The Beginning (Album Artwork)

“The Beginning” – Batabazi’s maiden album. This album has been in the making for the last 2.5 years. It signifies our musical journey the last few years as we have traversed through & experimented with different genres, but staying true to our Hip Hop origins. On this album we have tried to create our own Hip Hop sound by fusing Reggae, R&B, Afrobeats & Jazz. It will be available on iTunes on December 15th. The artwork has been designed by Jona Kagimba a freelance artist based in Uganda. Follow him on twitter @patient143. Welcome to our world, the Batabazi world. We hope you will get yourself a copy and enjoy what you hear.

Battle of the Producers (#BOP)

WEB BOPBOP what is #BOP? BATTLE OF THE PRODUCERS. 

You’ve heard rappers do it, you’ve heard singers do it, now it’s time for the producers to show us what they’re made of in Uganda’s first ever Producer battle!

Batabazi will be releasing their debut album, “The Beginning”,  on December 15th 2012, and to mark that occasion, they are organizing what has been labeled “Battle of the Producers” featuring some of the top brass of Ugandan urban producers. These are producers who have also contributed to “The Beginning”. This event is going to be a first in Uganda and East Africa, four producers all on one stage doing what they do best! This will be a LIVE beat making session, meaning that a beat will be made completely from scratch to completion within a set amount of time. The general public will be getting a very rare opportunity to see the creativity of the beat making process. For sure this is an event one should not and cannot miss!! We are honored to have Just Jose, Hannz Tactiq, JT & O’Lee Branch all on the same stage doing what they do best! And yes, there will be a special preview and performance by Batabazi of “The Beginning”. See y’all there!

Date: Saturday December 15th 2012
Location: Garden City Rooftop (near Boda Boda)
Time: 7pm
Cost: 10K only
Music by: DJ Aludah, DJ Batenga TheMyth, DJ Sentie & DJ BK
Sponsored by Xfm (94.8fm), Dmark Mobile & BaSe Entertainment

Batabazi opens for J Martins (7/20/2012)

Batabazi opened for J Martins during the Boston Leg of his US tour. The show was on Friday July 20th at Club 58 in Quincy, MA. J Martins is a popular Nigerian artist with popular songs with P Square (E No Easy) and Fally Ipupa (Jukpa Remix). The show was full of energy to say the least.

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The story behind the East Africa Cypher

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“Hip Hop is in our body, Music is in our Soul”

“Hip Hop is in our body” – A group of guys used to frequently gather in a small basement in Watertown, Massachusetts and do nothing but freestyle and cypher, expressing themselves through free thought in Hip Hop. The year was 2007, when some of these guys decided to form a hip hop group known as “Batabazi Warriorz”. In 2009, the “warriorz” was truncated and they became known as “Batabazi” simply translated as wanderers or warriors and like they say, the rest is history.

“Music is in our soul” – Fast forward, Batabazi has shown their versatility by recording music traversing and fusing several genres such as Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae & Afrobeats. Such songs include, Turn it Up, Dirty Shame, Cheater, Sweep, Uganda Nka (remix), Buuka, Mikono Juu, This is Hip Hop, Binsobedde, Set it Off etc

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East Africa Cypher (Batabazi, E-wize, Daddy V)

“Hip Hop is in our body, Music is in our Soul”

“Hip Hop is in our body” – A group of guys used to frequently gather in a small basement in Watertown, Massachusetts and do nothing but freestyle and cypher, expressing themselves through free thought in Hip Hop. The year was 2007, when some of these guys decided to form a hip hop group known as “Batabazi Warriorz”. In 2009, the “warriorz” was truncated and they became known as “Batabazi” simply translated as wanderers or warriors and like they say, the rest is history.

“Music is in our soul” – Fast forward, Batabazi has shown their versatility by recording music traversing and fusing several genres such as Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae & Afrobeats. Such songs include, Turn it Up, Dirty Shame, Cheater, Sweep, Uganda Nka (remix), Buuka, Mikono Juu, This is Hip Hop, Binsobedde, Set it Off etc

“Hip Hop is in our body” – Recently, while in Dallas, Batabazi felt an itch to go back to where it all started, freestyling and doing cyphers, this time however, they decided to take it a notch higher and  record a quality video to complement the cypher. They recorded the cypher with fellow Ugandan, E-wize and Kenyan, Daddy V. A bit of a background on E-wize, he formally was with a Ugandan Hip Hop group known as “Urban Life”  in the late 90s (around ’98). The group consisted of him, Wordstorm, Lyrical G, JT (Yego) and Krukid (now known as Ruyonga). Back to the the cypher, it was done to highlight some of what East African Hip Hop artists based in the USA have to offer, this cypher has been dubbed “East African Cypher”. The cypher beat was made by Batabazi’s producer, Tha Mayor and the video was directed & produced by Molek Ular & E-wize. What is a cypher, some of you might ask? In hip hop, a cypher refers to something like a jam session in which everyone, in this case, rappers, contributes to the creative experience one after another. The cypher may be a freestyle or quickly written. That said, here is the East Africa Cypher with Batabazi, E-wize & Daddy V. Hope you enjoy it and comments are very welcome. Make sure to check out and subscribe to the Batabazi official Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/ugwarriors.

“This is a Man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing…without a Woman”

“This is a Man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing… without a Woman” -James Brown

by PG of Batabazi

As International Women’s Month continues, we appreciate and remember the great things women have brought to this world, but let’s not forget that it includes us because each and every one of us “came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a…..” in the words of the late great Hip Hop royal Tupac Shakur. Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water. They bare a lot of pain but in the same breath bring a lot of pleasure and happiness into this life. March, is Women’s Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day and as such I want to give a big shout-out to my lovely mother Anne Grace Kiyimba (Kironde) and all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and “cousin-sisters” (lol for my Ug fam) out there and certainly not forgetting my band-mates Gera & Tasha and to let you all know that you are appreciated and loved way more than you know! This is your month to shine but you don’t need 31 days because you shine every day and God bless you!

However, there is one other lady I want to give special mention to and to salute this Women’s Month and that is my father’s sister, better known to me as “Ssenga” (auntie) Katiti Kironde. She was the first Black woman and model to grace the cover of a major fashion magazine, Glamour. Originally from Uganda but having studied in America, she stumbled upon an opportunity that would open doors for many others after her. In August of 1968, as a teenager in college, she was encouraged by a family friend and editor-in-chief of Mademoiselle Magazine to apply for Glamour’s Top Ten Best Dressed College Girls. To her surprise, auntie KK won and was placed on the cover, which paved the way for women like Michelle Obama, Beverly Johnson and Tyra Banks. This particular issue is their biggest seller to date… 40 some odd years later.

I believe in giving people their flowers while they are here to smell them so shout-outs to you Auntie KK for making Black History! She now owns a label and self-titled clothing line “Katiti – The Essential White Shirt” which is available at Nordstrom and other department stores… for more information about her and her clothing line visit her website: www.katiti.com

HAPPY WOMEN’S MONTH!!

AfroMovement Mixtape Vol. 2

11.11.11 — Catchy date right? Yeah that’s what we thought too, a date that will never happen again, not like any date repeats itself but you catch the drift. This is the date that our long overdue mixtape titled “AfroMovement Mixtape Vol. 2” will be released for free online download. This is our second tape. Our first, titled “Batabazi Mixtape” was released in January 2009. The first time we ever put any of our music together. This tape had songs like Turn It Up (our very first music video (2009)) & Uganda Nka (which we letter remixed into Uganda Nka Remix (2010)). These songs were collections of songs we had been doing since 2007. Though we still have several unmet milestones, a lot has happened since that tape dropped. We have been blessed with opportunities that we had never imagined. We have travelled places, worked with Charity organizations, several performances & shows, recorded good collaborations and released the first ever EP (Set It Off EP) in Uganda (please allow us to brag a little🙂 … very proud of this accomplishment!!…).

Early this year we got hungry for another mixtape in the midst of preparing for our very first Album (this is an exciting project!! — we will talk about this in another post). Back to the present though..the AfroMovement Mixtape is a very special to us. It is titled “AfroMovement” because it is a collaborative effort between Batabazi, other artists and producers who have either African roots or support the African Hip Hop Movement. The artists and the producers who have contributed to this project are individuals we know well and respect (some of whom we have worked with in the past e.g. Ewize, Wordstorm & Jackie Chandiru who featured on the Set It Off EP). Our goal is to spotlight in a small but significant way the talent and versatility that Afro Hip Hop has to offer.

The artists who contributed to this tape are:

  • Batabazi (Uganda & USA)
  • Jimmy D (Haiti) – “Runaway (Kanye West)”
  • J Pusha (Haiti) – “Pressure”
  • Wordstorm (Uganda & UK) – “For Your Own Safety”
  • Pl@y (Uganda) – “Excuse Me Sir (Mr. President)”
  • Ewize (Uganda & USA) – “Who Shot Ya”
  • Meelz (Haiti & USA) – “Fresher”
  • Debri (USA) – “Pressure”
  • Atlas da African (Uganda & Canada) – “Toronto2Boston”
  • Enygma (Uganda) – “African Mzungu”
  • Blu3 – Jackie Chandiru, Lilian Mbabazi, Edith Baganda (Uganda) – “Touch My Body”
The producers who either made the beats or mixed & mastered the tracks are:
  • The Mayor (Batabazi) (Uganda)
  • Hinga V (Uganda & USA)
  • Koz n’ Effekt (Uganda)
  • Oukinz (Uganda)
  • Samurae (Uganda)
  • Aydee (Uganda)
  • Bob Jameson (USA)
  • Kender (Uganda)
The Album artwork was done by a very talented Ugandan graphics artist, Jona Kagimba, a former schoolmate of two members of Batabazi (PG & Mayor).
This is only the beginning, we hope to expand on this project in the future and work with more hip hop artists, for now though we hope you will enjoy the tape as you await us to drop the Album in 2012. The mixtape is available for FREE download on DatPiff. Click HERE for your free download.
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