Who is Saint Nelly Sade?
My name is Saint Nelly Sade Nsubuga, you can call me Kikola sense or kakubiddewa meaning it makes sense. A, a lyricist, am a poet am a storyteller and a Ugandan Hip-hop artiste.
When did you start rapping?
I started rapping way back in 2004 when I was still in high school, Yale High School. But by then I was just miming people’s songs, I was just miming other rappers’ songs , my idols, rappers like Nas, Mosdef, Talib Kweli. But I started serious music business in 2016 when I recorded my first song, my first single
What inspired you to go into music?
I was inspired by the desire to make a world a better place. I looked at hip-hop as the only tool I can use to tell stories from my community, tell stories of where I come from.
Any challenges faced?
There are so many challenges. But as a rapper there are so many challenges you face because when you look at the hip-hop scene in Uganda. It’s not that big, it is competing with bigger genres like dancehall, afrobeats, and so many. So we find challenges of competition with other genres. And then maybe finances to make better videos, to make good quality audio sounds and all that stuff.
The story behind Saint Nelly Sade is bigger. It is a long story but to cut it short, my real name is Nsubuga Nelson. So when I was growing up, I grew up with people who drink alcohol, people who get high, people who use drugs so the fact that I never tasted any, they nicknamed me saint and grew up with that saint name…
Besides music, what other hustle do you do?
I do a lot of things but I concentrate much on advertising. I do a lot of voiceovers for the adverts, and maybe rap advertisements
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next five years, I see myself as one of the greatest source of inspirations to the young generation. Because besides just rapping, besides just a microphone, I teach hip-hop. I teach kids in different organizations how to rap, how to use hip-hop as a tool for self-empowerment, as a tool to fight violence in their communities. So I look at myself in the next five years as a true source of inspiration for the next generation.
Currently, what new projects are you working on?
Currently am working on my forthcoming album. It is going to be my third album and will be coming out in 2018 which is next year, a bit collaborative, I have a lot of artistes on the album, artistes like Nutty Neithan, Peter miles. So am trying to challenge myself, to put myself out of the comfort zone where you knew me from. It is going to be epic, it is going to be one of the best albums in Uganda.
Besides that, am working on my end of the week ambassadorial role, expecting to take end of the week champion to the world championship next year in Europe, I will be organizing the end of the week MC CHAMPIONSHIP next year in Kampala and will be flying with the champion to Europe.
Tell us what is the story behind your name Saint Nelly Sade?
The story behind Saint Nelly Sade is bigger. It is a long story but to cut it short, my real name is Nsubuga Nelson. So when I was growing up, I grew up with people who drink alcohol, people who get high, people who use drugs so the fact that I never tasted any, they nicknamed me saint and grew up with that saint name. They used to call me saint at home, in the hoods where I grew up from. That’s the saint part of it. But Nelly Sade came from nelson, I had to cut my name short to Nelly and added Sade because Sade was my love of my life, she lost her life in 2006, passed away due to lung cancer. So I cut my name short to Nelly and added Sade in honor of her memory.
What would you tell your fans and people people out there?
To the fans out there, I just want to let you know that am working on big projects, big stuff, you just have to be patient with me. The thing is support what you love in whatever way you can, it does not cost you anything to share the music on social media, to recommend saint Nelly Sade to anyone, a friend or a relative. Am working on a lot of musical compilations including the album and on top of that, support the music by buying the merchandise t-shirts, album CDs and so many things in the stores. Support the art you love and do not trash the art you do not love.
Habiba – Saint Nelly Sade ft. AB Kale