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High school moment with Juliana that inspired Benon to become a singer

Benon Mugumbya and Juliana Kanyomozi met at Namasagali College.

Benon Mugumbya and Juliana Kanyomozi

Mugumbya joined the Kamuli-based school in A-level and the school wanted a boy who could sing and take part in some music activities that were going on.

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He accepted the opportunity and found himself singing with Juliana Kanyomozi, he said in an interview with Crystal Newman.

To Mugumbya’s surprise, Kanyomozi was so committed to the project and was intentional about everything. On the other hand, Mugumbya gave it a casual approach.

"But I saw Juliana, she was too serious. Never missed a single rehearsal... she was too much into it,” said Benon Mugumba who was shocked when shortly Kanyomozi teamed up with Iryn Namubiru to record an album.

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“... a year after that's when they released their first CD with Iryn... and I was like, wow... this is how big this girl was seeing this. That was a turning point for me as well..."

That inspired Benon to team up with Vampos, whom he had also studied with at Namasagali to start singing.

A renowned music producer and record label co-founder, Benon Mugumbya grew up in Ntinda along Semawata Road where he was raised by a single mom, having been born after the passing of his dad. He's the last born

He went to Budo Junior School, Ndejje S.S. for O-Level and Namasagali College for A-Level.

While he started singing while in school, it’s in S.6 vacation that he teamed up with Vampos was working at a takeaway on Kampala Road to start singing.

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Mugumbya was also working with an internet cafe and they used their earnings to pay for production.

The first song titled Keep on Dreaming was produced by Arthur KD who was a hot producer at the time.

Working at a cafe, gave Benon access to the internet that he used to learn music software, and started making beats

He would later meet Eddy Mpagi as he was starting Good Enough Studios and he offered him a job.

Eddy was one-half of the singing group Ngoni and he was the first to tell Benon that he could become a good producer

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At Good Enough, he continued to learn production while still working on music with Vampos and they recorded some songs there.

After a year at Good Enough, Benon was offered a job at Fenon Records, owned by his idol Steve Jean. His first assignment at Fenon was producing radio adverts.

He was later fired from Fenon after he failed to balance production and singing. At the time they had started getting gigs that saw them fly out of the country.

In 2008, while on a trip in the U.S., he bought music equipment and came back ready to a studio, which would turn into Swangz Avenue. Its first home at Muswangali (where the name Swangz came from) on Salaam Road.

He would soon realize that he wasn't good in the business side of music and that’s how Julius Kyazze teamed up with him. They had been friends.

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