Thursday 30 June 2022

Plays as part of the Thursday programme

Alternative, non-conform hip-hop

MC Yallah & Debmaster first got in touch because of some beats Debmaster had sent to Arlen Dilsizian, label boss at Nyege Nyege Tapes. The beats caught the ears of Yallah who quickly decided she wanted to put down a rap on the production. And thus, a duo was formed.

MC Yallah and Debmaster released the debut album Kubali in 2019 through Nyege Nyege Tapes’ sublabel Hakuna Kulala (Fact and Wire loved it!). It’s an energetic affair that combines MC Yallah’s lyrics in Kiswahili and Luganda, Uganda’s main language, with Debmaster’s fragmented and detailed productions that stutter, roar and generally makes a lot of noise.

The same goes when the duo plays live.

Debmaster works his magic as a live producer, and occasionally he whips out a modified PlayStation controller to programme and manipulate drum patterns on the fly. MC Yallah has a stage authority like a skilled player – which she is, she started at the age of 15.

MC Yallah & Debmaster is presented together with Nyege Nyege Tapes, a Uganda-based label that brings chaos to the digital dancefloor and empowers artists across the African continent.