South Sudanese born and Ugandan based artiste, Okuta Ceasar Malis alias Silver X , is learning Kiswahili and collaborating with local musicians in an effort to break into the Kenyan music market.
“I released “East African Lover” with Renee, after which I collaborated with Wyre, Kenrazy and Visita,” he adds.
This is not the first time that Silver X is trying to familiarise himself in the Kenyan music scene, having being nominated as the Best East African artiste in this year’s Bingwa music Awards, a title that he however lost to Ugandan sensation, Jose Chameleone.
TO RELEASE SIXTH ALBUM
It is this passion and hard work that has seen him release five albums including Wehe, Masuara, Carolina, and Ana Biwore, with the sixth one to be launched later this year.
He feels Kenya will give his music a fresh flavour that will distinguish him from his Ugandan and South Sudanese counterparts whose music , he says, resembles dancehall.
“I would say Kenya’s identity music, Kapuka is a unique beat and I would really want to incorporate that into my work,” he says.
His musical journey started eight years ago but he had to postpone his ambition to finish his A-level education, a dream that he revived three years later when he came back this time round with an album that not only left fans yearning for more, but also left a mark in his home country.
The album “Fetisu Sukol” which means looking for a job was a great inspiration as it was touching on matters close to most South Sudanese hearts.
“It was about the hardships of looking for a job in a time that my country was ravaged with the nightmare of nepotism and tribalism,” he adds.
It is a momentum that he intends to maintain even as he looks forward to work with other major Kenyan artistes and in particular Sauti Sol, and bring this kind of message to the East African fans.