Rabadaba Set a Mark That Remains Unscathed


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They say form is temporary, but class is permanent. This saying comfortably sums up Rabadaba’s music. He may currently be low on form, but he set a mark that remains intact. This is not to say that other musicians have not done good Raga/Dancehall ever since Rabadaba.

I’m simply saying that even in the face of other talented musicians, Rabadaba’s music remains in a class of its own. With an array of songs like Bwekiri, Lunyiriri, Mukyamu and Searching, Rabadaba is one of the best things that ever happened to Ugandan Ragga/Dancehall!

Rabadaba was born Sseguya Faisal in 1984 at Mulago hospital and went to Kampala Kindergarten for nursery. He then proceeded to Loharna Academy and Kampala Parents School.  He attended many secondary schools but started his senior one at Greenhill College and finished his Senior Six in the same school (meaning he rotated through several other schools in between senior one and six).

He then went to Makerere University with among others, Moses Radio of Goodlyfe crew and Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (IT) in 2007. But why then would an I.T graduate venture into music?

“I was inspired by my love for dancehall music, by stars way back like Shaba Ranks, Red Rat in my senior one1997, and most especially Bennieman who even up to now inspires me so much. I also like other dancehall artists like Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal plus I give respect to Peter Miles in Ugandan Dancehall, Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool.”, says Rabadaba

With such songs as Bwekiri, Lunyiriri, Mukyamu and Searching; and a number of hot collaborations, Rabadaba’s mark on the Ugandan music industry remains visibly intact.


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