name is Crean Ray aka Hussein Omar, a gospel Hip-hop artist. I
have been singing ever since I was a kid of about 5 years old. I
used to sing with my young brother Dickson who is now at
Makerere University. Am also at Makerere studying development
I became serious
with music when I joined Abundant Life Faith Center at Seguku
hill. I was inspired by a guy called Richard who happened to be
my best gospel rapper of the time at Church. Some external
artists like Gospel Gangsters, cross movement and many others,
also inspired me.
I was once with
‘Pure Souls’ and did a song called John 3:16 with them. This is
the group I first started with but due to some circumstances
that came by, I had to leave the group, and embark on other
things like school and filming as a part time job. When John
3:16 came into my mind, I had to come back and do what I believe
God called me to do. I was also inspired by some local groups
like Thug Squad, Gospel Rappers and Limit X.
I am a gospel rapper
but I can also sing RnB, Techno, Ragga, Slow jams, Praise &
Worship and many other styles of music. I also enjoy watching
movies, reading magazines, outings and chilling out with
friends. During my free time, I write songs, which I can even do
for other people.
I record my music at
Faith studios in Kabowa. My current producer is Job. He was also
with me at St. Ann primary school in 1994 and 1995 so we know
each other very well. I like his working style because he
understands me and makes for me exactly what I want.
My first song was a
combination of Hip-hop and RnB I featured Jackie who is at
Kampala Secondary School in Senior 3. We pray at the same Church
and is a member of the youth group there. She is a very talented
young girl who can sing in many different voices.
I am trying to
develop the talent in me and am also helping out some young
talents around church by teaching them how to compile songs, how
to sing/rap and a lot more. I was called by God in this music
ministry, “I believe”. I would like to set up a camp of gospel
artists called ‘True Creed Gangatas’ (T.C.G). I believe God will
take us far.
the moment, I don’t have any sponsor or manager for my music but
I hope I will get one soon. I have plans of coming up with a big
music and Video label in future and having international artists
in it. I also hope to go to many countries including the US, UK
and others. I would like to perform in these countries and link
up with artists there.
If all goes well, I
will release my first album next year (2005). At the moment, I
am still working on promoting my first song which is ‘Do it
now’, a song that is meant to strengthen the people who are
going through tough times and think they cant make it through.
The song also calls for those who were chosen to serve God in
the ministry to come and serve him. They should not postpone
because no one know what will happen in the days ahead. Am
planning to shoot a video for it very soon.
My message to
upcoming artists it that they should not give up but keep
working hard to improve on their music. Aim for the best and
pray to God for guidance and help.