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Nince Henry, Serena Bata rejected 'Ntunga' beat; Mowzey Radio liked it - Nessim

Nessim revealed that he gave Serena Bata and Nince Henry an opportunity to sing on the Ntunga beat but they rejected it.

Nessim, Serena Bata and Nince Henry

Then one day Mowzey Radio came to Nessim's studio and heard the beat and liked it.

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To Nessim, this was a big moment as he had always gone to the Goodlyfe Crew house in Makindye to hang out and got bounced.

When the song was released, it was a huge hit and played a fundamental role in cementing Nessim's influence as a producer in the music industry, he said in an interview.

"When Radio sang to the beat, he said thing song is going to make you big," said Nessim.

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Today you can't talk about music production in Uganda and leave out Nessim, who has worked with established singers and also helped some up-and-coming singer produce their biggest hits.

One of the most prolific producers, Nessim started his production journey under the mentorship of Tony Houls Bikumbi, who was at Fire Recordz, which is owned by Bobi Wine.

In between leaving school and joining Fire Recordz, he also did karaoke and worked as a salesman for music CDs.

While at Firebase, he featured in lots of Bobi Wine music videos.

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Then Nubian Li, who was dating Feffe Bussi's sister, connected the two. Bussi and Nessim teamed up to do a Luganda version of Vybz Kartel's Summertime.

He then left Firebase to join Badi Muzik Production, which was owned by Bashir Lukyamuzi. At the time, Lukyamuzi, alias Producer Badi, used to travel to Dubai a lot so it gave Nessim a lot of studio time.

Nessim was introduced to Lukyamuzi by Big Chief.

At Badi Muzik, Nessim met A Pass who was also still a budding singer. A Pass was already connected to some singers, so he brought some like Aziz Azion and Eddy Kenzo but they didn't like the beats.

Eventually, Don MC Kapata came and they made Oli Mbuzi and Nessim got a breakthrough.

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While at Fire Recordz, he had worked with Serena Bata and Lydia Jazmine who was still a student.

So, when Rabadaba came to record Love Portion, Nessim convinced him to collab with Jazmine on You Know, which also played a critical role in launching her music career.

Then Mowzey Radio came to his studio and they worked on Ntunga, the Goodlyfe song that fully launched Nessim's music production career.

Speaking to Galaxy TV, Nessim said he had given the beat for that song to Serena Bata and Nince Henry but they rejected it.

"When Radio sang to the beat, he said thing song is going to make you big," said Nessim.

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Then in 2017, he and A Pass left Badi Muzik to start their own studios.

That same year he lost his mother and he said this was a big turning point. Nessim, currently 28, said he decided to work hard and retire at 35.

He has been in the industry for over 12 years.

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