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INTERVIEW: Get to Know Yaled, a Ugandan Music Producer, Song Writer

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Yaled Kaluya, commonly known as Producer Yaled, is one of the popular producers in the country who is behind a number of hit songs that have rocked Uganda’s air waves for over six years now.

He is the man behind most of singer David Lutalo’s hit songs.

Apart from being a producer, Yaled has successfully launched his singing career with a hit song titled ‘Letter’ which is among the most played songs on numerous media outlets as well as events.

The music producer, in an interview with ChimpReports, said that although the Covid-19 lockdown has seriously hit the music sector, it has opened doors for new opportunities for him, including sparing him time to produce and write more songs.

ChimpReports’ Micheal Ntezza had a chat with Yaled and here is the interview;

Who is Yaled?

I am Yaleed Kaluuya who was born in Buwenge Village, Kyelinda in Busoga region. I would like to clarify that the name Yaled is not a nickname as many would think but it’s part of my real names.

How did you join the  music industry, establish yourself in Kampala as a producer and songwriter?

I was brought to town by my elder brother Kagoda Daniel who used to stay in Katanga, Kawempe Division Kampala.

My brother had a music band and I used to assist him in managing gate collection. From there I learnt how to play the piano and later joined other talented youth to form a group which used to be hired on almost all music shows in town where live music was played.

After mastering the piano, I worked with BK studios and Surface Records as a Music producer before joining Double Kick Studio where I have spent six years now.

What hit songs have you produced?

I have produced many songs but I can mention out a few like Pretty, So Nice and Kwasa by David Lutalo.

For the Kwasa song, many people thought that we had copied it from somewhere because it was a fantastic hit with a mixture of many musical instruments. But this was not true, it was a result of team work between myself and Lutalo.

All the songs you have mentioned are for one artist, do you only produce for Lutalo?

No, I produce for all artists but most of the songs I have so far done are for him. I have produced for other artists like Fille, Sir Mathias Walukagga, Lord Fred Sebatta , Dr Hilderman and others whom I can’t mention due to the limited time.

 

How did you survive the lockdown when musicians weren’t as much active with getting songs done?

It has not been an easy period because currently in the studio, we are not busy as it used to be, but I managed to utilize this period to write down a number of songs. One of these is ‘Letter’ which is my break through hit and others.

The lockdown affected me like any other human being in a number of ways but it opened my brain to broaden my plans to tap into a number of opportunities available including singing.

Should we say ‘Letter’ is your first song?

It is not because I have a number of songs but the only problem was that I used not to push them and I think it’s one of the reasons why they are not known.

But for ‘Letter’ , one of my long time friends ,Mr. Mayanja, listened to it and he admired it. After this he signed me as his artist thereby taking up the managerial role of my music.

What is Mayanja’s contribution so far to your music career?

He has done a lot and I know he is going to do a lot. First of all it’s through his efforts that my music is being played countrywide. Secondly, he is the brain behind all my music videos and many others.

How will you mix singing and production?

First of all, I can’t give up being a producer for music despite loving both. I will handle them at once because they are all my talents and calling.

What are your future plans in Music?

I have hope that with my good management, I will be able to come up with hit songs which will keep me in the sector for the rest of the time.

I have a plan to launch a music album of my own at any of the convenient venues around town at the right time.

What should the general public expect from you?

I promise them better music now and time to come. I am more than ready to conquer the airwaves.

Currently I have a new song entitled ‘Sinado’, I ask people to support me by continuing to listen to my music.

Secondly I thank those who have granted me an opportunity to sing on their numerous functions like introduction and weddings.

What challenges have you found in the music industry?

Being that am new in the field, I have not yet encountered a lot of challenges apart from these common ones.

While in production, I have found it hard to convince upcoming musicians to come up with their own music. They always ask for productions similar to those of established musicians.

I think one of the reasons my music stands is that I managed to discover myself and came up with unique music without comparing it to any body’s.

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Agreement in principle reached over Suez Canal ship | Business and Economy News

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Ever Given container ship has been anchored since it was dislodged on March 29 after blocking the crucial waterway.

A representative for the owners and insurers of a giant cargo ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March said on Wednesday an agreement in principle was reached in a compensation dispute with the canal authority.

Work was under way to finalise a signed settlement agreement as soon as possible and arrangements for the release of the Ever Given vessel would be made after formalities had been dealt with, Faz Peermohamed of Stann Marine said in a statement.

The Ever Given container ship has been anchored in a lake between two stretches of the canal since it was dislodged on March 29. It had been grounded across the canal for six days, blocking hundreds of ships and disrupting global trade.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) demanded $916m in compensation to cover salvage efforts, reputational damage and lost revenue before publicly lowering the request to $550m.

The Ever Given’s Japanese owners, Shoei Kisen, and its insurers have disputed the claim and the ship’s detention under an Egyptian court order.

SCA lawyer Khaled Abu Bakr on Sunday told a court hearing over the ship’s detention that the vessel’s owners had presented a new compensation offer and negotiations were continuing.



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Bahrain says it invited Qatar twice for bilateral talks | GCC News

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Bahrain foreign ministry says invitations sent ‘in an attempt to move forward in strengthening the process of joint Gulf cooperation’.

Bahrain’s foreign ministry said it has sent two invitations to Qatar asking for its neighbouring Gulf state to send a delegation for bilateral talks in order to “settle outstanding issues”.

Quoting the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, the foreign ministry on Tuesday “affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain hopes that the State of Qatar will take into account in its foreign policy the unity of the Gulf”.

According to the press release, Bahrain sent the invitations “in an attempt to move forward in strengthening the process of joint Gulf cooperation”.

“The Minister further highlighted that unity among the member states of the GCC is a popular demand for all its people, which was stipulated in the Al-Ula summit statement.”

In February, Bahrain said it had sent an initial invitation to Qatar the previous month but there had been no response.

According to a report by Doha News, Qatar delayed its response because the invite was carried through a “media announcement”, GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf had told Bahraini foreign minister al-Zayani.

 

Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, broke off diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017 over claims it was too close to Iran and backed hardline groups, allegations Qatar has always firmly denied.

But earlier this year, the blockading countries agreed to restore ties in a summit hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the desert city of al-Ula, following a flurry of diplomatic activity by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

Qatar, which is hosting the football World Cup next year, emerged from the regional spat largely unscathed and resolute in the face of the assault.

It rejected the quartet’s demands, which included that it shut down the Al Jazeera Media Network and expel a small contingency of Turkish troops from its territory.

Since then, Riyadh and Cairo have acted to rebuild ties with Doha and all but Bahrain have restored trade and travel links with Doha.

A month prior to the signing of the al-Ula declaration, Qatar reported airspace violations by four Bahraini fighter jets to the United Nations Security Council and the secretary-general of the United Nations.

The letter expressed Qatar’s strong condemnation of actions which it perceived as a violation of its sovereignty and regional security, adding that these violations were blatantly inconsistent with Bahrain’s obligations under international law.





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Climate colonialism and the EU’s Green Deal | Climate Change

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Since the beginning of the year, the Amazon Rainforest, our largest tropical forest full of ecosystems essential to global climate regulation networks, has had 430,000 acres (174,000 hectares) cleared and burned to supply the logging industry and clear land for livestock breeding. Between August 2019 and July 2020, another 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) were destroyed. Much of the wood and meat produced in Brazil from this deforestation ends up in Global North markets.

In Southeast Asia, deforestation linked to the palm oil industry also continues. Between 2018 and 2020, almost 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of rainforest were cleared in just three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, leading to Indigenous communities losing their land. The demand for palm oil from top food brands in the Global North remains high, despite their commitments to reduce use.

Meanwhile, the push for greener sources of energy, particularly in the Global North, is driving the demand for metals like nickel, cobalt and lithium. Labourers in mining communities working to extract these metals face dangerous and degrading working conditions.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the use of child labour in cobalt mines is widespread, putting the lives of children at risk, damaging their health and depriving them of education. In Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, lithium mining uses large quantities of water, accelerating desertification and polluting underground waters and rivers, putting the health of local communities at risk.

According to data gathered by London-based NGO Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, there have been 304 complaints of human rights violations by 115 companies mining these minerals.

Although the end of colonialism was declared decades ago, its last effects in the form of these extractive industries are clear. The system of Indigenous land takeovers, resource extraction, labour exploitation and wealth transfer set up by European colonialists continues to operate and dispossess people in the Global South.

It is against the backdrop of this neo-colonial reality that the European Union announced its Green Deal at the end of 2019.

Underpinned by an apolitical narrative that humans have already changed the Earth’s climate and degraded the majority of its ecosystems, so action needs to be taken, the Green Deal completely ignores the fact that the Global North was the main driver of climate change and environmental degradation across the world.

European governments and corporations not only damaged and destroyed the environment on the continent and exploited local marginalised communities, but have been engaged in the same exact behaviour and worse, on all other continents.

The natural world in Africa, Asia and Latin America has been destroyed through the capitalist economic systems deployed by the Global North which normalised, expanded and strengthened hyper-extraction through overproduction and over-consumption.

The European Green Deal does not outline how it will reconcile and repair the losses and damages EU countries have caused to ecosystems and communities outside of Europe. Nor does it acknowledge how these damages force people in the Global South to migrate to Europe’s shores, where they experience pushbacks, must less offer a solution.

The European Green Deal also ignores the environmental impact of Europe’s drive for renewable energy and electric mobility on other parts of the world, where resources for this economic shift will have to be extracted. It also does not pay attention to how climate change and environmental degradation have disproportionately affected its own marginalised communities and the poor and destitute in the Global South.

In other words, in the pursuit of making the EU the first climate-neutral region in the world by 2050, Brussels is falling back on its old ways and deploying what we call climate colonialism.

The EU’s apolitical narrative on climate change – ignoring the impact of colonialism and capitalism and heavily influenced by the very corporations who profit from them – could result in climate action that is not only non-impactful but, worse, could be unsustainable and damaging for marginalised communities on the continent as well as the Global South.

It relies on tech solutions and silver-bullet ideas, promising to lead a “green, sustainable” economy with electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines and other exciting renewable innovations.

But the question is, who will this be sustainable for?

In order not to fall into climate colonialism, the European Green Deal needs a clear plan to eradicate harmful extractive models, recognise its historical responsibility in the climate crisis, and provide accountability for the damage EU companies cause in the Global South.

Working within the same system that causes injustice will only reproduce injustice. We at Equinox have put forward a number of important recommendations that could help steer the Green Deal away from its capitalistic, colonial foundation and towards new holistic, intersectional approaches that put social and racial justice at its core.

Among these recommendations are a clear commitment to racial justice, integrated policies linking the EU’s Anti-Racist Action Plan to the Green Deal, institutional reform, and a new relationship with civil society.

Only by acknowledging that it is perpetuating colonial capitalism, and committing to ending this approach, can the EU’s Green Deal be truly effective in addressing climate change. For far too long, European governments and companies have wreaked havoc across the world. It is time for justice, accountability and a complete overhaul of economic systems. Our collective survival depends on it.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.



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