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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

‘I despise people who think majority is better than minority’

Sylvester Kabombo is a rapper and songwriter from the rap duo commonly known as Sylvester & Abramz. He is currently pursuing a solo career. DENNIS D. MUHUMUZA caught up with him 

When were you happiest?
When Ugandan hip hop music crossed over to the mainstream audience and finally the media recognised it as a genre worth listening to and writing about.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Nelson Mandela, because of his positive struggle; he’s the true definition of the words “never lose hope” and “never give up your struggle”.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I got on stage, was well received and suddenly power went off.

Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A Hammer DiscMan that I own with Abramz; it’s the only one in Uganda. It looks like the Hammer vehicle. I like it because it plays all the audio files you can think of - data inclusive.

What is your most treasured possession?
My musical artistry.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Currently nothing, because I learnt to love myself the way I am.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Prolonged laughter when watching a comedy.

What is your favourite scent?
Calvin Klein for Men

Who’s your greatest love?

What’s your greatest fear?
This world coming to an end.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
That the music I do will never make it big in Uganda!

When did you last cry and why?
This year, when our brothers and sisters in Bududa and Haiti died due to mudslides and earthquakes and others seriously got injured. And then, some local officials in the Eastern Uganda stole items that were delivered for the landslide victims.

To whom would you most like to say sorry and why?
To anyone I’ve hurt regardless of age or race because it’s human to err.

Which living person do you most despise and why?
I can’t mention names but people who think that majority is better than minority.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Inspiring so many guys to join the hip-hop field.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Lemerako, our breakthrough song as Sylvester & Ambramz, because I am going to persist till death.

--Sunday Monitor,  April 18, 2010