Gaining momentum

Rapper Makila is one alternative hip-hop musician who is slowly and steadily earning his stripes his own way.

12 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Makila's first album The Inferno, released in March, is piled up with songs that prove what we have just said in our introduction. His music has developed to a point where it is quite difficult not to be noticed.

As cliché as it may sound Makila emphasised that he primarily makes hip-hop music but does not confine himself to one genre. He mentioned that on his first album he tried to demonstrate his music-making skills, hence the diversity on it. The album was inspired by his life story, but sonically Young-T influenced the sound direction. “Most of the songs on the album were recorded at Young T's studio, who has been playing the role of big brother to me in the industry.

“I was lucky to have met Young-T at the beginning of my career, because his guidance has helped me improve my artistry. He shaped my album and most of the songs on my album are inspired by his sound,” said Makila.

He revealed that the first batch of the physical copies that were ordered sold out within two weeks, a response he says he did not expect. “Not that I do not have confidence in my music, but the way people supported me when the album came out took me by surprise,” said Makila.

Makila, real name Abraham Sheehama, believes his music is doing well because it is something different from what is already out there on the market. He announced that plans are at an advanced stage to complement the album with music videos. Makila admitted there is a lot that goes into shooting a music video, stating that the budget and concept must be well thought out first. “I did not just want to shoot a music video for the sake of it. There were many factors I had to take into consideration,” he said.

Even though he is content with the reception of his album, Makila maintains that his priority still remains marketing it so that it can reach as many people as possible. He said he has a lot of unreleased music but he is not in a rush to put out new music. “I will be releasing music in the future but for now I want people to take their time to digest this album. I said a lot on my album and it won't be fair to my debut if I ditch it and start focusing on another album already,” he said.

He admitted that completing the album was a struggle as he is an independent artist with few resources. He is grateful for the help he received from different industry friends and calls on them to be that helpful to other aspiring musicians. “Being a new artist is tough, because producers most of the time avail studio time to established or bigger artists, I am just happy I finally completed and released the album,” he said.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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