Culture Man back
to the roots
you have been to the Jam at the Theatre, you have probably been
intrigued by the antics of the longhaired lean man at the back,
playing guitar and providing the backbone of the different songs
on stage. You have got a taste of Culture Man. And you are
blessed because he is a legend where he comes from.
Richard Jakisa a.k.a
Jaki a.k.a Culture Man has done the band circuit and he is now a
pro at his craft. He has played with various artistes and
everywhere he went, he only gained more expertise and
experience. When you hear him play, you could be excused for
thinking you are not listening to a son of the soil.
He was born on
November 15th, 1978 in Kampala. His family lived on William
Street when he was a child but he later on moved to Gulu when
his father was transferred there. He attended nursery school in
Gulu but later moved back to Kampala for lower primary. After
doing stints in Jinja and Kibuli, he wound up back in Kampala.
His education up to when he finished was in Kampala at Nakasero
Senior Secondary School.
His interest in
music started early on when he was still in primary school.
Later, after school, he joined Trumpet Music centre but this was
not because he wanted to learn how to impress in a band. All he
wanted was to learn how to play guitar and since he had no
access to it, Trumpet was a godsend.
After 1 year at
Trumpet, he started playing in church, specifically at Sharing
Youth Centre, Nsambya and even up to this day, he still plays
when he has the time. He has also done kyeyo in different bands
since then. He started out in Afrirena Band but he says they had
a very strong Congolese influence and he wanted to do a lot more
than that so he looked elsewhere. He has played with the Jones
Band, Miami Angels Band, a band owned by fashion designer,
Sylvie Owori’s mother. This was the band in which he played
longest, 6 months, before he joined the Blood Brothers.
The reason he seems
to be a free agent is that the Blood Brothers don’t necessarily
play every day or every week. They are involved in other work
that is not music related and the specialists can do this but it
is private. That leaves the other band members without work. The
way out is to find work elsewhere until the Blood Brothers
regroup. This explains why people we have associated with the
Blood Brothers keep on forming their own outfits. A case in
point is Ras Buffalo Ssali of the Namagalo fame.
So Culture Man has
come out with his own project too. He has dropped an album
called Jamusuma and by the way it has been received in the North
of Uganda and in Kampala, he is going to be a sure hit shortly.
He worked on the project for six months and the result is a more
authentic Ugandan mix of Afro Beat and traditional ballads with
On Jamusuma, the
title track, he exhorts bachelors to get their act together and
settle down because that is the only way they can get respect.
It has a catchy African beat that will be infectious everywhere
Other tracks on the
album are Adimodong also called Cham Pajudong. It is a popular
Alur anthem. Akelle is a reggae track, the only one on the
album. It is in praise of the beauty of a girl and Akelle is a
You can also enjoy
the remix of Jamusuma at the end. Culture Man sings in English
mostly but on this effort, he has tried to keep it local, an
effort to endear himself to his people, many of whom have had
doubts as to his real origins. Sometimes, he has had to endure
comments that he sounds more like Alpha Blondie than Jakisa.
He will be launching
this album at the Gaf Hotel in Nebbi on July 8th, 2005. On the
9th, there will be another do at the same venue. The album is
being promoted by Sam Semugooma and stage directed by Ssali