Singer Emma Signal, originally Emmanuel Sewaguma born December 25, 1991 is a Ragga dancehall artiste that deserves not to be left out when we talk of the artistes that are currently flourishing.
He came to attract our attention in the early days of this year 2017 when he released his club banger tune I don’t care that was followed by the monster hit Never Listen.
Emma is one of young and promising singers that are currently ruling the Uganda music industry. He caught our attention with his fast rising career.
He visited our offices and shared a lot with us.
Tell us how and where did your music journey start from?
It is a long story. But to cut it short, I started way back in my high school. I was in school choir at all levels in education life. From Primary Seven, I would sing at school assemblies. I joined Secondary and also made it to top school choir.
In my A lever, it happened that I became a school choir leader because teachers were amazed by my voice and energy. With that background, when I joined University I decided to live my dream. I started going to studios and recording a few songs and yes my journey started.
When was your first day in the studio recording your first song?
It was in 2015. I stepped in the studio to record my first song “ I don’t care”. Gosh, I recall as I stepped in the studio around town, I left like I had achieved everything I need in my life. The set up in the studio was amazing. The excitement became too much that the song even became a hit. I put in all my best. It was one of the best moments in life.
And what was that hit song that made your break through?
I have recorded very many songs but I can say one that made my breakthrough is Tutaase. People all over the corners of Uganda and abroad sang it. Some would even come to my inbox request to send them and listen. All radios in Kampala and the US Played my song. All my social media channels grew. The hit made me big.
When you heard the song played on air for the first time, did you feel you’ve finally arrived at your ultimate dream? How was the feeling?
Ofcourse I knew I am destined for greatness. I wished I could switch on all radio stations so I could listen to the song. Then a moment came in my life when I realized that I don’t have to look back. Actually that song Tutaase made me feel like getting a pen and paper and writing a song through the feelings I had that time. The situation encouraged me and made me push on more.
Today you’re slowly climbing to the table of men musically, how are you handling the fame?
Well, everyone I believe wants to be famous as long as it is long it is for a good cause. I feel good when I move on streets everywhere in the world and I am recognised. But one thing on my mind is that I have respect for my fans that keep making me who I am. I control my good feelings. I don’t let fame use me.
Who can you attribute your music success to so far?
I only say God. He has enabled me to meet the right people in my life. He has enabled me to get resources to finance my music. And the success I have today is all because of him.
Lots of upcoming artists are just producing bubble gum music, how different is your music?
My music is way different. Mine is just soul touching. I put in a lot of energy to give out quality music. I don’t just release bogus sounds. I use experience and good producers. I want my music to live even when I am gone. People will be able to feel me as my music lives on.
We all strive to be well off in life, what is your goal in this industry?
I just want to use my music and change people’s lives. I want my music to inspire people both in love and other sectors of life. I want to see many people’s hearts getting healed when they listen to my music. So then, I shall be content that I have made a contribution to the population.
To those you’ve stepped on on your way up, what is your message to them?
We can’t always be good. Music is a struggle and surely we all end up not meeting other people’s expectations. So I can use this chance to say sorry to those I have hurt. Where business didn’t go well, I say forgive me.
By the way what inspires you to compose songs?
I am going to sum up your question and say only Thirst drives me to compose many songs. I just have unending thirst for music.
What challenges have you faced today in the music industry?
The biggest challenge so far is selfishness of people. Man!! People do so much to make sure you’re down. Even the little energy one puts in, they want to see it gone. In the industry, no one wants to see you grow big. It sucks.
With no doubt , we have a big chunk of talented singers, how ready are you for the competition?
I never take things for granted. I take every comment and compliment my fans make as a big point. That helps me go through the competition.
Let’s talk about life, Apart from music, what do you do?
I have other businesses I ran. I am a very busy person.
Don’t you think venturing into music is a waste of time?
No sir. My music career is my dream. I don’t waste any bit of time in my life.
How are you promoting your music?
I use local media promoters. I use all other social media pages. And I am always in and out to make sure my music reach Ugandans
You can’t separate musicians and girls, how do you handle them. You look young and energetic
I welcome all kinds of fans in my life. Yes girls are everywhere but I maintain them as my music fans that’s all.
Since you’ve a variety of them on your side, what qualities of a woman would sweep off you?
I need a woman with brains. I just like a woman we can share a conversation with be on the same spage. I don’t looks that serious.
In a few last words, how Do you see the ug music industry in the next five years?
The industry is growing at very fast speed. Sometimes this freaks me out. I need to stay at the top of my games. With no doubt, UG music in the next five years will be a head.