Interview: Lamu discusses her forthcoming EP, her musical journey so far, and more

July 10, 2020

A few days ago, Lamu announced her debut EP, entitled “No Pressure”. She said it would be released next week.

In an exclusive interview with her, The Clan discussed the EP, her musical journey so far, amongst other things

Your project is finally ready. How do you feel?

I’m feeling good. Seriously though, who wouldn’t? I’ve really been putting in the work, my team has too and despite all the challenges faced, No Pressure, my EP, is ready. All seven amazing tracks. It’s perfect, guys.

Who produced the EP, and are there any features?

The executive producers for this project are Rey Macc and I. Rey is like my right hand man when it comes to the making of my music. We were really hands on, on this. From the songs to the cover art. 

We partnered with producers like Boris from Trendsetters, the amazing Lucian, and last but not least, Jinmi Abduls of Lagos, Nigeria, who also features as an artist on this project. 

Mugaba of Rwanda, based in Uganda, and Shawn Maine, who is Ugandan, also feature on this EP. We also got Ritchie Black aka Melanin Boy, the lyrical genius. Him and I connect and we usually partner on most of my projects

A big shout out to my music family, Trendsetters, and also to my loving and supportive group of friends, y’all really came through. 

What inspired the EP?

I’m glad you asked. I’ve been doing music for two years now which is not a long time but also is, in this fast paced world we live in. No Pressure was inspired by all the crazy things that were, and are yet to happen in my life. I really had to put a piece of me out there and not worry too much about selling and commercialism . No Pressure is about my art. I meant to put my EP out back in 2018 when I’d just decided to go professional, but the truth is I just was not ready. A lot had to be learnt about myself and my art, but it still marks the beginning of something great today.

Why the name “No Pressure”?

No Pressure signifies the calm and balance that we have to learn for ourselves in our lives especially as young adults. Life gets so crazy sometimes and it’s necessary to say, “you know what? No pressure. I got this.”

How would you describe your musical journey so far?

I don’t take it for granted because I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities as an upcoming artist, that I couldn’t have dreamed of happening the way they did, in reality.

What are some of your biggest highlights in your journey?

Performing at Blankets and Wine in 2018 and at Shorts Na Lesu, right before Nonso Amadi jumped on for his performance. Also, the time Mr Eazi and his team picked me for the Empawa100 project of 2018 – 2019.

What lessons have you learnt from the challenges you have faced?

That my dreams are valid and I was blessed with my talents, and it is necessary for me to share them with the world. That patience and persistence are key. Each day is an opportunity to be better and to learn new things.

Your growth has been fast, yet organic. What is it about you and your music that keeps the fans coming?

I’m not sure. I’d like to think that this is meant to be, and that the universe is working to help me see this through, almost as much as I am. I work hard, no doubt and I’m talented AF. I’d like to think that my story and my journey inspires more and more people, as I’m discovered by the world.

What are some of your goals that you still have to check off?

I don’t like to share my goals but I’ll let you in on two secrets for now. Traveling the world with my loved ones. And giving back to my family, because they are my everything.

Who are your top five urban music acts in Uganda?

I hate to pick favorites but I’ll definitely go with Reymacc, Jwats, King Hanny, Hitnature and Bantu vibes 

Who are the top five Ugandan producers you have worked with?

Reymacc, Big Tril, Boris Kintu, Axon and Sam Lamara. 

How has your success changed the way you look at life?

It has cemented my belief that my dreams and aspirations are valid and are possible to achieve. And that life is full of chaos but there is so much worth and meaning in truly living it.

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be remembered as the human being who had so much spirit. A woman who fought for what she believed in. Who loved and was loved back. Who eventually met death but left behind so much wealth and wisdom for generations and generations of her lineage to have comfortable lives. Someone who inspired and changed lives for the better and, for what it’s worth, made the world a better place.

What do you say to the people that secretly don’t wish you well, the “haters”?

LOL. But I’m a cup of glitters, candy and sunshine, why hate? Haha

How about the people that have always believed in you, what can you say to them?

I love you. You matter.

What are your thoughts on the urban music scene in Uganda?

We still have a long way to go but starting the race is what counts. And we are on our way to great things.

Finally, back to the EP, what can listeners expect?

My listeners should expect a piece of Lamu that they have been yearning for and have not really had before. This EP is for me but I did have my listeners in mind, knowing and hoping they’ll relate to it and love it and live it. The EP has seven songs, four singles and three features. Don’t forget to stream and share the music. Thanks for having me. 

By Wanjala