Ugandan Hip-hop Group
By Paul 'Ptech (R.I.P)' Mwandha
have done it again! After giving us the revolutionary 'Ekiro
Mbaga' hit, this Hip-hop trio which is also commonly referred to
as 'Bonsatule' (the three of them) has teamed up with Bella of
the 'Ladies' Wine' fame to make 'Mbulira Kyewetaga'. This is as
genuine as Hip-hop gets, no commercialized sugar-coated stuff;
it would actually fit into Dr. Dre's production repertoire
except that it's hardcore Luganda, like we have know Bonsatule
After trying her hands at Bobi Wine's 'Ladies' wine', which is
ragga/dancehall and the 'Anekutte' colabo with Yvette, which is
contemporary Ugandan, we can safely say that Bella has tried all
the leading Ugandan genres and is now on a Hip-hop track with a
bunch of dudes who look steady and confident with their art. The
first time 'Mbulira Kyewetaga' was performed at the weekly
Hip-hop nites at Sabrina's Pub about a month ago, the seasoned
crowd of Hip-hop artists, lovers and fanatics went absolutely
bananas! Bonsatule, who has spent a while without gracing the
most lyrical stage in the land had come through with an
explanation for their absence with this fresh presentation.
History of the group
The above hip-hop group was started in early 1995. It consists
of three guys; ‘Mr. Kkana’, ‘Avian Paul’ and ‘Ssavu’. Their real
names are Haruna Sebowa 24, Paul Kyabaggu 25 and Hassan Nyombi
Hussein 26 respectively. They were all born and grew up in the
same neighborhood, Makindye a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
Individually, each of them started music at different points in
life and got together as a group in 1994. They actually started
off as a group of four rappers but A. Nsereko a.k.a Darlen Cop
left the group and went solo. They began by doing rap just for
fun and by then, they were just free-styling other rappers’
songs. They have performed at several occasions like weddings,
graduations, Busikis, school bashes, at places like Lido Beach,
Little Flowers, Hotel International Muyenga, Club Silk etcetera.
How they got their name; they were performing at Taibah High
School in Kawempe and the Head Girl who was impressed by their
act asked the guy on the mic what the name of the group was but
the group had no name yet so he replied “we are just pals”.
Since then, they called themselves “De-P.P.I meaning The Pals
Performing Inside”. They carried on and composed their own songs
in English but they were never recorded because of financial
the group had attained some financially stability, they decided
to return to the game after being influenced by fellow musicians
with whom they used to sing and hang around with in the same
hood like Michael Ross, Simon Base Kalema, Red Bunton just to
mention a few.
They recorded their first single in luganda in November 2003 at
AV1 Studios and Andrew Kiwanuka produced it. They decided to do
it in Luganda because they wanted the locals to understand their
style and appreciate it.
Their biggest achievement is the music video for their single
“Ekiro Mbaga” meaning ‘it’s a party tonight’. The video is out
to all local T.V. Stations like E.A.T.V and WBS. It was produced
and edited by Ali, Musta and Hosea of Twisted images and Mega
Apart from doing music, the members of the group are also
barbers. Mr. Khana is religiously and legally married. Mr.
Khanna and Ssavu are from staunch Muslims families and Arian
Paul is a Christian. They all enjoy going out at night to clubs,
listening to Hip-hop and Ragga music, swimming and hanging out
at the during their leisure lime.
You can contact them through
Hassan Nyombi Hussein a.k.a Ssavu
P.O. Box 2857
Tel: 077 447362