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Dance to Datwinz

by Ganda Boys

Catchy, contageous vocal hooks of well known Ugandan pop songs (from 2005 but re-recorded in 2019) in a joyous and internationall accessible dance style, featuring soulful and ecstatic voices in the main Ugandan language (Luganda).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wilwo O'mukyala
5:20 $0.99
2. Nakki
5:17 $0.99
3. Sente
3:38 $0.99
4. Mdomo
3:56 $0.99
5. Mpola Mpola
4:42 $0.99
6. Kwanjula
4:08 $0.99
7. Kitundu
4:08 $0.99
8. Ndeku
3:30 $0.99
9. Twetala
3:59 $0.99
10. Munene
3:51 $0.99
11. Gali Gali
3:52 $0.99
12. Ddembesa
5:07 $0.99
13. Viola
5:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
13 tracks of nationally popular hit pop songs from Uganda during the 2003 to 2008 period by iconic singing duo, DaTwinz. With their metamorphisis in 2008 to the Ganda Boys band — classy African fusion — it was an inspired vision to go back and revitalise and re-imagine their much loved hits that affected so many in Uganda growing up in the 2000's. Teaming up with Ganda Boys bandmate, Craig Pruess — an American gold and platinum record producer and BAFTA nominated film composer — these gems were lovingly re-recorded in 2019 for an international audience, still with that completely danceable and joyous vibe, catchy vocal hooks, and successfully capturing the magic of the originals. The CD booklet contains the history of the evolution of DaTwinz to the Ganda Boys and complete listing of all the African language vocal hooks and their English meanings. This is the fifth Ganda Boys album, and the band are based in the UK, and have performed for the Queen of Buganda in Kampala (Uganda), at the United Nations in NYC, Houses of Parliament in the UK and were joined in LA by 21 GRAMMY artists for their refugee campaign song, "The Forgotten People".

These songs are loved and cherished by a whole generation of Ugandans and deserve to be heard by an international audience. They are full of heart, longing, power and soul.... also fun and that upwelling of joy and happiness.

These are the hooks from the songs, and what they mean (translated into English):

1) Waliw o'Mukyala — “Waliwo omukyala abange nzegwenasiima, nze nin omukyala abange nze gwenalonda...”

This song describes a beautiful African lady: beautiful also through her hard work, navigating the hardships in life.... all the challenges that come with being an African woman.... the song challenges the African man to love her endlessly, to honor her and protect her always.

2) Nakki — “Nakki mama lwaki wandekela abana.. nze kati ndyeyo sitegela kuba wandekela abana”

This song is about a broken relationship. a mother walks away from her family leaving the husband with the young toddlers. She’s tired of mistreatment in an abusive relationship. The husband pleads with her to return home.

3) Sente — “Sente zimbonyabonyeza sente...”

This song describes the hard work that immigrants have to endure to make a living in the UK. Re-titled and re-arranged in 2008 as “Working in the UK”, it was part of the soundtrack for the BBC-TV prime time series, “Moses Jones”.

4) Mdomo — “Bamidomo midimo babela bajikuba, bamimwa jabwe.....”

The lyrics address malicious slander and hate talk that leads to criminal revenge and fights within the community. Re-titled and re-arranged in 2008 as “I Know Who You Are”, it was part of the soundtrack for the BBC-TV prime time series, “Moses Jones”.

5) Mpola Mpola — “Mpola mpola, nnyo....”

This song encourages all humans to remember that from dust we were made, and to dust we will return; to live a trouble-free life, full of love with minimal expectations — not to hurt anyone intentionally for personal gain.

6) Kwanjula — “Oo gwekyana kyange ee.. oo gwenalulunji wange ee....”

A song is about the Ganda traditional wedding, where the husband is officially introduced by the bride to her family. His life is new and re-born into his bride's family circle. The song describes the ritual of the man being carried along and renewed in this loving new circle of family.

7) Kitundu — “Kitundu, ee ngabagwakintundu”

These lyrics tell the story of a young man vowing not to commit to loving fully ever again, having been deeply hurt in love. The young man decides to commit only partially to all his future relationships.

8) Ndeku — “Ndeku ndeku baganda bange, mujjanga nemunywa...”

A song that tells about a calabash that contains all sorts of drinks, mainly taken during celebrations. The song is a call to the far-away villages to come and join the party with plenty of drinks in the Ndeku — to celebrate life.

9) Twetala — “Tuzine tuzine, ba twini twetala”

All about celebrating life with dance and party. We reflect on all the times life has thrown us into hardship and calls for total celebration whenever we aren’t embroiled in any sort of trouble.

10) Munene — “Nina madamu ngamunene, twini nafunye omukazi ngamukulu...”

The message here targets discrimination and bullying against plus size women. With anorexia amongst the youth growing at the time of the public release of this song, it has helped to empower these women against low self-esteem and combat against mental health issues around this challenge.

11) Gali Gali — “Nafunyenze omwana, ngamuto yengatanumya...”

This song describes the feeling of a young man who has just fallen in love, and`in the besotted young man describes his lady as a divine image of beauty and goodness. He then proposes marriage to her.

12) Ddembesa — “Nze buli lwontunulira Ddembesa ee...”

In memory of the late and great Moze Radio of Good Life, who was part of a ugandan singing duo we originally collaborated with for this song.

13) Viola — “Owumule owumule milembe...”

Describes heaven through Viola, a very beautiful princess of Buganda, who tragically passed away in a motor accident. Her grace, poise and beauty are legendary, and she is lovingly portrayed as akin to true paradise itself.

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Many thanks to our wonderful and devoted ladies:
Asta, Dorah and Jessie, for their love and support.

Additional thanks to Jude Mugerwe for synth and drum programming, and William Kiberu for guitar playing. All brass parts and trumpet solos by Craig Pruess, who also has played additional percussion and keyboards.

All songs mixed, produced and mastered by Craig Pruess at Heaven on Earth Music Studios in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK


Happiness, belongingness, joy and service. Welcome to our world!

The story of the evolution of the Ganda Boys from its beginnings of DaTwinz in Uganda to international African world fusion group stands unique in the contemporary popular music history of Uganda. Starting in 2004, hit after hit featured on the Ugandan airwaves from the talent and soul of Denis Mugagga and Daniel Sewagudde — the vocal duo known at that time as DaTwinz. Those years the two brothers were living in the UK, studiously recording their big hits in a bedroom in London, William Kiberu producing, with a 16 year old whiz-kid on a laptop, Joseph Kitaka, creating “Mdomo”. During this time they were promoting their songs in Uganda by remote means from the UK. Remarkably, a whole generation in Uganda has grown up adoring and dancing to their unique, original and spirited songs.

2008 was a pivotal year that saw the pair meet American world musician, record producer and film/tv composer, Craig Pruess. It was the start of a long and lasting friendship and powerful collaboration that gave birth to their combined vision of the Ganda Boys. It all started at the BBC building in White City, London, on July 30th, 2008. Denis and Dan had been asked to contribute their knowledge of Ugandan culture/language to the BBC-TV prime time drama series, “Moses Jones”, so were asked to attend the very first soundtrack planning meeting with Cameron Roach (producer), Joe Penhall (script writer), William Kiberu (DaTwinz guitarist) and Craig Pruess, who had just been commissioned to compose the music for the series. The script featured an authentic Ugandan rock/soul/hi-life band performing four songs live on camera in an African club in East London. A little over a year later, Craig’s moody underscore for the TV series, his urban Miles Davis-esque trumpet with electronica soundscapes, garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Score (2010) for Craig.

At this very first music production meeting at the BBC, four songs were collectively decided upon for specific film sequences. Unbeknownst to Craig at the time, two of the four songs, “Mdomo” and “Sente” were based on previous DaTwinz hits. English words were added at the meeting for the storyline of Moses Jones. “Homesickness” was created, too, by Denis, Dan and Craig, with Joe Penhall playing an electric guitar part on the final recording which happened the next day in a small attic studio in Kilburn, London. Before the session, the opening title track “First World, Third World” was created for the session by Craig and caught fire on the recording session — featuring William Kiberu and Max Gilkes on electric guitars and bass, the late great Alex KB on drum kit, with Sam Kimuli and Craig on keys. On the other side of the glass Denis and Dan were creating wild and wonderful vocals (quite an impact on Craig at the time!).

On the band film set of “Moses Jones” which was shot three weeks later, Denis and Dan fronted the band for these four songs as part of a high energy eight piece live band, with the lead actor of the Moses Jones show, Eamonn Walker, miming to Denis’ and Dan’s lead vocals and a rocking African band miming the four previously recorded tracks, including Craig’s trumpet playing for the on-camera brass section. “Sente” became “Working in the UK” and DaTwinz hit song, “Mdomo” became “I Know Who You Are”, complete with an important confrontation scene in the story taking place right there on stage during the song....

With 200 extras all filling the BBC-TV custom designed “Afrigo Club” as an enthusaistic club audience, a spectacular energy was released when the speakers pumped up and the cameras rolled — Michael Offer directing. That moment was the spark that truly started the Ganda Boys.... the rest is history. Those first four same Ganda Boys songs can be found on their first album, “War of Love”, released in 2009.

We hope this album gives you a joyful glimpse into the pre-Ganda Boys style of the DaTwinz, with recordings that have been updated, re-imagined and crafted with loving care and respect by Denis, Dan and Craig for a world audience. For those new to Ugandan popular music, we have included English translations of the hooks for the songs, plus a summary of the story of each of the song’s lyrics.

Turn up the volume and let the joy flow in your lives!!



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