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Pulse Picks: 9 music video directors who filmed the best songs of 2023

Ugandan singers released great songs that were spiced up with beautiful videos.

Jahlive, Edrine Paul and Marvin Musoke

Some songs would never have become hits if it wasn't for good videos, so it's always important to appreciate the role directors play in the growth of the music industry.

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Below are the music video directors who filmed songs that were popular in 2023.

1. Marvin Musoke

Marvin Musoke directed the filming of Vinka's Bailando, which was the most-watched song on YouTube in 2023 at 4.3 million views.

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Bailando was also well-received thanks to the groovy beats that Daddy Andre gave it.

Other music videos that were directed by Musoke are Omwenge by Azawi, Nothing by Elijah Kitaka, Omwana (Juliana Kanyomozi), Elijah Kitaka and Vinka’s Tutu Mama and All Over You by Vinka.

2. Prnz

The video of Nana, the song by Joshua Baraka has 3.4 million views and it is the third most watched Ugandan music video this year. The video of the remix in which he featured King Promise, Joeboy and Bien also did well at 1.1 million views.

3. Aaronaire

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Aaron Mutumba directed the filming of the remix of Chekecha, the second most viewed video at 3.7 million views.

Karole Kasita's Chekecha was remixed by Vinka and Winnie Nwagi.

The other videos Aaronaire filmed are 10 over 10 by Azawi, Okwepicha by Gravity, Believe by Dax Vibez and Vinka, Ndabula by Carol Nantongo & B2C, Ndi Wuwo by Elijah Kitaka and Tonyt by Rema Namakula.

4. Zyga Phix

Zyga Phix, whose real name is Rony Mugerwa, worked on some good projects, including Onkubye Nyo by Winnie Nwagi, a new song that's doing pretty well.

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Onkubye Nyo was produced by Bangar Boi, and with its groovy beat, the video will do well.

The other music videos he delivered are Beautiful Mami by Rickman, Singa by John Blaq & Lydia Jazmine, Nkujjukira by Sheebah Karungi and Nakawere by Zafaran.

5. Jahlive

Frank Mugerwa is one of Uganda's most revered video directors, so his appearance on this list is not a surprise.

He filmed the videos of Crazy Company by B2C & Fik Fameica, Pretty Pretty remix by King Saha & Feffe Bussi, Twafuna by Jowy Landa & Vyroota, Bwe Paba by Sheebah Karungi & Fik Fameica, Tondwisa by Chris Evans & Spice Diana, Sugar Mama remix by Jowy Landa & JPC Again.

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6. Edrine Paul

Paul's latest project Cheza for Yesu by Gabriel Ntaate and the video is doing pretty well on YouTube with more than half a million views in just three weeks.

He also filmed Labisa, the song that brought together Bobi Wine, Nubian Li, Feffe Bussi, Zex Bilangilangi and Sizza Man. The video was widely criticised though the project was a big one, considering the artistes involved.

He also directed the video of Last Chance by Acidic Vokoz, another earworm.

7. Mastermind Laray

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Laray filmed the video of Mukisenge, a song by Winnie Nwagi and Crysto Panda. Mukisenge, which was produced by Nessim, is a huge project, and the video is about to hit 1 million views. Lary also filmed the video of Binkolele by Kateleya & Kandle.

8. Darlington Kalenge

Darlington Kalenge directed the filming Ebiseera Ebyo by King Saha and Onsanze Ndaba by Katono by Kataleya & Kandle.

Both videos tell excellent stories. The one of Ebiseera has 1.4 million views while that of Onsanze Ndaba has over 700k views on YouTube.

9. Director Pest

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Working with Eddy Kenzo was a huge win for Director Pest.

Pest, who works with Grate Make Films, directed the filming of Balippila Boda which currently has 1.2 million views on YouTube. The opening scenes of the video are a masterclass on creating a hook. So captivating.

He also filmed Shabada by Mudra and Ava Peace, which currently has 1.9 million views on YouTube. The other good project he worked on is Esanyu Dagala by Irene Ntale.

The other directors to look out for are Railroad Pictures who directed the video of Salary by Ugaboys & Selecta Jeff, Bust (This Year by Omega 256; Ebbaluwa by Irene Ntale & John Blaq), Sydney Wala (Risk by Vyroota), Zattabu (Chai Wenjaye by Omutume Planet), Greym (Amina by Geosteady) and Wax (Banana by Fik Gaza & Chameleone; Pose by Kateleya & Kandle featuring Fik Fameica).

Others are Heights Montage who made Engine Ekyamuke by Spice Diana & Bentiboys Africa, Visan Magic (Take It Slow by Nwagi & Vyper Ranking), Elly V. Mugisa (My Guy by Big Trill featuring Fik Fameica), Willy Jade & Alexious Doveman (Kipepeo remix by Jose Chameleone & Fresh Kid ), Dave Thymas Visuals (Kakye Katyo remix by Valley Music, King Saha & Pallaso), Sasha Vybz (Question by Bebe Cool) and Zed Concepts (Ontunulemu by Derrick Biswanka).

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