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Abato

by Madoxx

Reggae music with an African touch
Genre: World: Reggae
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3. Come let's rock
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4. Nakatudde
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5. All time lover
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7. Easy
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8. Leka nkulage
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9. Fed up
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Madoxx was born David Amon Ssemanda Ssematimba in Kampala Uganda, to Ananias Ssematimba (RIP) and Ephrance Nalwanga.

“My father passed away when I was only three years old. So, we were brought up under the watchful eye of our mother.”

Ssematimba reveals that he was one of the pioneer students of Makonzi Boarding Primary School when its doors were thrown open in the mid 70s. After his Primary Leaving Examinations, he joined Busoga College Mwiri.

“From college, I got a teaching job with a small primary school in Kabuusu (a Kampala suburb) that was one of those funded by Christian Life Children’s Fund. From 1989 to 90, I taught science, mathematics and music to P2 and P3 pupils.”

Madoxx says it is not surprising that he chose to take the music path.

“Music flows in our family. My sister is a choir mistress, singer and instrumentalist with Jesus Worship Centre. A brother called Alex Kaweesi leads a Gospel band. I used to startle Kampala suburbs playing my accordion, mouth organ and guitar.”

Today, no body can refute this. Sweden-based reggae singer Madoxx Ssematimba is one of the Ugandan mavericks under the sun whose heart-on-the-sleeve style of singing has won him a devoted following, both in Uganda and the diaspora.
This explains why Hope Mukasa’s Bava Promotions brought him in 2002 for the Kabaka’s (king of Buganda) birthday celebrations and he filled up Nile Hotel Gardens and Nakivubo stadium. He is a hot-selling ticket!!

But there is more to Madoxx’s popularity in the country than just having a good voice. It is the style of music he chose to pursue – reggae. When he breezed on the local scene in 1998, with the single Tukolagane (Let’s join hands and work together), unfortunately dancehall reggae, or ragga had taken its toll on the locals.
The entire country was listening to fast-paced Congolese Soukous, new age cross-fertilized Kadongokamu, Ugandan and western pop. Ugandans were also listening (and still listen) to a new brand of Ugandan ragga, where the young heathens don’t praise Jah, all they want is sex and vanity. Thus, when Kasiwukira Studios released the entire Tukolagane album in 2000, it was hardly noticed as a jewel. It stayed on the shop shelves for almost a year, yet it was moulded in the classic roots reggae of the Bob Marleys and Gregory Isaacs (his idol).

However, the beautiful and optimistic sound of reggae, and the fact he had pushed its boundaries a bit far by infusing it with a local flavor, was a winning formula that proved very hard to resist.
After spawning mega hits like Namagembe, Munnakyalo, Ddembe, Omukwano, e.t.c thousands of copies were sold, it became the most popular album of the year 2002 where his Namagembe hit was dubbed song of the year.

But who is this Madoxx who delivers intoxicating, cooing ballads wrapped in bouncy roots reggae music that has made him fabulously popular in the country and the Ugandan community abroad?
Living abroad for over a decade often makes many people very pompous. They also tend to acquire a velvety English accent. Sorry. No fanciful airs with Madoxx Ssematimba.
He is a down-to-earth dude who loves to make every one around him happy. Asked how it feels to be a super star, he shoots back almost angrily: “I don’t know what being a star means. Yes, it might feel good to show off as a star, but who am I to show off?”
All the humility has to do with his strict upbringing.
He flew to Sweden in 1991, it was a journey that would change his life forever. On arrival, he picked his guitar and started performing in night-clubs to earn an extra Swedish krona and pay for his computer studies. He met Mafo Magoye, a fellow musician then, who introduced him to a brother Aggrey Ssembatya who ran a music production studio (Small Axe Productions) on the west coast of Sweden. Madoxx embarked on recording songs and was introduced to a variety of musicians some of who he still works with to present day.
He has also toured Europe playing rhythm guitar with a Swedish-based reggae band (NAZARENES) for some time until he released his solo album Tukolagane. Since then, the world has never been the same for Madoxx and his peerless ten man band. They have performed and rocked big crowds.
His second album “Abato” (The youth) is a 12 track reggae album no reggae fan should miss!


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Edmund Lubega

Abato-Maddox a prophet?
I like listening to Maddox not because I am a reggae fan because I think Maddox is a very good singer songwriter/lyricist.Period.Full stop.

He is the most under-appreciated pop-singer in/from,Uganda though I would not be surprised if he enjoys a greater following abroad than he does at home. I dare say he is the best male Ugandan musician/singer in the pop/reggae music genre presently and perhaps among the top ten reggae artistes in the world.But I guess I am biased.

Abato is the first Maddox album I have heard that has a single English word in it. His previous album Tukolagane was pure magic from a musical point of view and amazing depth of the lyrics-all in luganda. When I listen to traditional/folk music in Luganda I get a lot of pleasure from the message and words in the songs but I am not surprised to hear such such clean and sophisticated language-I expect to hear such there. But with Maddox I get pleasantly surprised not only at his beautiful, relaxed and confident singing style but also at the way he strings his words together as I don't expect to hear such skillful writing from a reggae/pop artiste of his generation singing in Luganda. He is certainly in the same league of the likes of the now deceased Philly Lutaaya, Billy Mutebi, Fred Kigozi,Freddie Sebulime, Elly Wamala and others.

'Abato' is a worthy follow up album with clever lyrics and tight Maddox trademark vocals.The main difference is that some of the tracks are in English-but nevertheless also have quite catchy tunes and words.

My main criticism of the Maddox songs is that he does get a little carried away and makes them a little too long. Some go as long as 6 or 7 minutes while 3 and 1/2 to 4 and 1/2 minutes would have done just fine. I have never had the chance to watch him and gathering from his one video I have seen and reports I have received from friends, he is not as exciting a performer as he is a singer.

I recently translated some of the Luganda lyrics of his songs for a reggae fan, friend of mine from Botswana, who wanted to know what the theme was. His only words were afterwards were 'This man is truly a Jah Prophet!

Enock K. Kimbowa, ECO Media, Inc.

Abato Rocks
ABATO ROCKS

Apparently every time Maddox releases an album, he gives Ugandan musicians a lesson; that was the instant verdict on Maddox Sematimba’s new album Abato from metamorphosed entertainer Roger Mugisha, once known as Shadow in the other world. That could easily feel like an understatement after listening to the twelve track album; The Sweden-based reggae rocker has put together a collection of self-produced, outstanding material.

The titletrack is a beauty; an incredible blend of rock reggae and our Kiganda dance bakisimba drum in a triple-hip rhythm. That is before you get into the theme that has given us the much-needed break from the luvvie divvies that everyone seems to think they can draft in their heads then come off the streets and into the nearest studio and chirp. It is an expression of sympathy for the growing children who still need a lot of care. He advocates for straight-talking parenthood as opposed to corporal punishment since they are also as human as their elders.

Like the work song off his year 2000 debut album, Tukolagane, he breaks the ice on Abato with a greeting tune in Kampala. “It is a long time since I last greeted you,” he sings in the personification of ‘the beautiful, unifying city’. Nakatudde follows the same trend to pick off from where Namagembe left off, along the name-singing lines. Only this time he is in secret admiration of the neat, smart one. This one tops the list of songs that you tend to enjoy more the more you listen to them. So is Nga Olabye. After the long solo guitar intro, it breaks into a classic reggae rhythm that rivals that of the reggae greats as we know them.

Leka Nkulage is on the verge of dancehall; his specialty-the rhythm guitar-picks up more rhythm in an effort to prove an unchanging love situation that is over ten years old. Wa Nsonyi is slow reggae that has the beats interestingly following the vocals around the corners-something that is so annoyingly the other way round for most of Ugandan music. It is in praise of the well-behaved, albeit shy, girlfriend from Mmengo. Apart from sharing the title with Chagga’s hit, Kabiite is not the in-your-face love song.

Five of the songs are in English. Come Let’s Rock is a happy-go-lucky mood-setter. Unlike most of Maddox’s music that is more lyric-driven, this one hangs more on the beat with the vocals going round that extra bend to cope with the groovy baseline. All Time Lover is a true classic-in every sense of the word. It is a case of “love in the morning/ Love in the afternoon/ And love in the evening” from the lover of all seasons, matched by a Bob Marley/Peter Tosh style rock. Easy is in the faster lane. It is a different vocal style with just a trace of ‘ggono’ to identify with the artiste. Otherwise it is a free-flowing voice behind a beat that is probably as close as Maddox gets to party style. He says that Fed Up is what is bound to bring him to our screens. After a little consultation, he has decided to make his first video from this “mind your own business” track. Never mind the occasional use of the f-word, it is an entirely likeable tune that rides so high on the beat that you will not even know he is swearing. The fifth English song Won’t Give Up closes the album.

Abato is a true sign of advancement in the career of, no doubt, Uganda’s best-if not only- true reggae artiste. Although he picked up a lot of ground with Tukolagane as a recording artiste with music retailers Kasiwukira’s bestselling album ever, this one might still stay on the shelves for while as people discover it. It is one of those albums that can only grow on you; especially since reggae is not one of many local music fans’ favourite genre. However, Maddox’s is the kind of music that is meant to transcend that. Which explains why although he predominantly sings in Luganda, he says that the Swedes and Gambians bought more copies of Tukolagane than Ugandans.

nkamasaph

abato
it cotains 12 very nice songs from kampaal to wont give up

Abbey Rafsanjan

Mr.
Some artistes impose themselves through releasing numerous songs to stay in the limelight, however, Maddox remains on the scene with his few but polished songs.

After Namagembe released in 2000, Maddox's latest reggae album Abato (2006) which comprises Nakatudde, Nga Olabye, Wa Nsonyi, Leka Nkulage, Kabiite, Come Let's Rock, All Time Lover, Easy, Fed Up, Won't Give Up, Kampala and the title track Abato is one to reckon with. Abato is a blend of rock reggae with Bakisimba drumbeats. In Abato Maddox pleads to the grown-ups to respect and love the young ones.

The people's favourite Nakatudde has been rocking for over a year and last year it earned Maddox a Pam Award nod for Reggae Artiste of the Year.
But my first choice is the lovers-rock Wa Nsonyi, which soothes your ears with some real melodic and mellow singing accompanied with the tune of guitars as Maddox praises his well mannered, yet introvert girlfriend.

Kabiite and Leka Nkulage are also love songs whereas Kampala is a tribute to the city.Nga Olabye consoles the heartbroken ones whom Maddox advises to apologise, and remain hopeful even when things fail to work out.

The other five songs, Fed Up, Come Let's Rock, All Time Lover, Easy and Won't Give Up are in English as the titles point out. Fed Up lambastes people who pick on others whilst All Time Lover talks about a lover of all. This is a timeless album that will entertain you and lift your mood.

Abbey Rafsanjan, Daily Monitor, Uganda

A Serious Album
Some artistes impose themselves through releasing numerous songs to stay in the limelight, however, Maddox remains on the scene with his few but polished songs.

After Namagembe released in 2000, Maddox's latest reggae album Abato (2006) which comprises Nakatudde, Nga Olabye, Wa Nsonyi, Leka Nkulage, Kabiite, Come Let's Rock, All Time Lover, Easy, Fed Up, Won't Give Up, Kampala and the title track Abato is one to reckon with. Abato is a blend of rock reggae with Bakisimba drumbeats. In Abato Maddox pleads to the grown-ups to respect and love the young ones.

The people's favourite Nakatudde has been rocking for over a year and last year it earned Maddox a Pam Award nod for Reggae Artiste of the Year.
But my first choice is the lovers-rock Wa Nsonyi, which soothes your ears with some real melodic and mellow singing accompanied with the tune of guitars as Maddox praises his well mannered, yet introvert girlfriend.

Kabiite and Leka Nkulage are also love songs whereas Kampala is a tribute to the city.Nga Olabye consoles the heartbroken ones whom Maddox advises to apologise, and remain hopeful even when things fail to work out.

The other five songs, Fed Up, Come Let's Rock, All Time Lover, Easy and Won't Give Up are in English as the titles point out. Fed Up lambastes people who pick on others whilst All Time Lover talks about a lover of all. This is a timeless album that will entertain you and lift your mood.