Teamwork makes the dream work

Picture this - one day, you're a regular group of friends casually rapping in class, and the next day, in the snap of a finger, you are sharing a stage with some of Africa's biggest names in music. It happened to Mighty Ill Game (M.I.G.).

16 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Pull quote: “People look at us and wonder how we make it work as we are a big group. It is not a challenge to us because we share the same goals and enjoy the process of creating music together.” - Callous

So it's like this, right? I met two of the M.I.G. members; P-Star and Callous many years ago. We both went to a school called Elia Mukongo Neromba Senior Secondary School (Elia Neromba stand up!). We were in the same grade but we specialised in different fields as they did agriculture and I did accounting.

Quite frankly I never thought much of them. Like now, back then they were young men of very few words, seemed unaware of their surroundings and generally zoned out. The earliest specific memory I have of them was me praising them for their rap skills.

So there is a very real possibility that with all the “shout out to my day ones” lines riddled across their debut album Unkurungu, I am included in the group of those who believed in them from the start.

Unlike back then, they are stars now and have added four more members that make up M.I.G. and in their own words, it has taken every bit of conviction, teamwork and perseverance to get to where they are today. Overall, M.I.G is made up of P-Star, Callous, Slim, Chuwee, Jimmy and Rockid.

In an interview with tjil, fresh after their GazzaMilli Concert performance, the group announced that they are releasing their second album in September.

They have just released their lead single titled Gang Gang from the forthcoming album, a song they have been performing before its official release. “People love the lead single already, and we cannot wait to share the entire album with them,” said Slim.

Rockid added that they took a different sonic direction on the new album compared to their previous work.

The album will be a montage of different genres including Afro-pop, dancehall, and trap music.

“On our first album the concept was sharing what we are about through our vernacular languages and incorporating cultural elements in our music; the new album on the other hand has a universal sound,” added Rockid.

The group's music manager Prince Muha told tjil that he has big plans for the group's second offering. He mentioned that with this album, he wants M.I.G. to break through in all spheres of the commercial music scene.

“Our rollout plan entails a lot of strategies. It is not only going to be about launching the album, we will have listening sessions with different media houses and the fans. We are bringing the music to the people.

“The physical copies will also be available countrywide, not just at Antonio's Arts like it was the case with Unkurungu,” said Muha.

Summing up our conversation, Callous described the group's working dynamics.

He said, they do not clash a lot as they leave their egos out when creating music.

“People look at us and wonder how we make it work as we are a big group. It is not a challenge to us because we share the same goals and enjoy the process of creating music together,” said Callous.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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