It’s about eight months now since lyrical doctor; – Quex Music rolled out the accompanying visuals for his hit on demand single; – Kachumbali.
In an interview with The Observer, Kwesiga George also professionally known as Quex revealed that he wrote this song in January 2019 and released it in February. The audio has been around for 14 months, but people have appreciated the song after a video was released during the lockdown in March 2020,” Kwesiga said.
Speaking to Campus Bee’s David Mujuni, Quex revealed it took him between 5-10 minutes to write this song, having picked the vibe after a friend introducing him to The Booth studio in Mutungo owned by producer Klin, which he had been taken to check out.
The song’s viral opulent status is thanks to the ‘Kachumbali challenge’ which involves a group of at least five and more choreographing moves that involve spreading legs apart, followed by raising their arms altogether in the air, proceeding to touching their chests, and lower back as you swing your waist; while changing direction concurrently.
Inspired by the sections of fan- made Kachumbali challenge videos that were being uploaded on various social media platforms, this left Kwesiga and his team no choice but to record an official music video.
Opting for gospel artiste Lucas Lubyogo alias Levixone’s Chikibombe approach which features a string of Ugandan artistes and celebrities that sing and dance along to the song (a case in point; Chikibombe, which guest features Nina Roz, Salvador, DJ Roja, and others), the four-minute ‘Kachumbali’ music video was Shot by Toltape films as directed by Derrick Woko and Quex himself. Kachumbali’s has cameo appearances from friends and a few media personalities; Collins Emeka, DJ Crim, among others.
With restrictions on events & hangout/ party going areas being restricted due to the raving COVID-19 pandemic, the 26-year old’s track hasn’t been performed to a live audience as yet except at the Nkozi Hill Party where it all begun, with the students of Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi appreciating it first before blowing up to the whole country; as clearly portrayed in the opening scene of its visual.
To say the least, the song has been enjoying digital streaming success. First up: ‘Kachumbali’ sky rocketed all the way to the Top charts of streaming platforms, eventually peaking at No.2 on Apple Music, and Tidal as well. It also remains Quex’s most listened to song on Spotify and off his debut LP ‘Kachumbali’, with a whooping 23,347+ streams since.
It has also received massive air rotation on different media houses, & is currently nothing less of the Top 5 on each music countdown.
The singer, songwriter in him, who also doubles as a finalist in Med school at KIU Ishaka Campus, mid this year teamed up with talented saxophonist, Michael Kitanda on ‘Mu Bitabo’, another groovy laid-back song. Its music video is about 2 weeks old but already at 10,000 views. Hopefully, we can take it to 1Mill too. 😉
Quex shared the good news about the YouTube milestone on social, narrating what this means to him, as an artists, writing:
Very frustrating to wait for your turn that never seems to come…alot of tears..alot of betrayal…alot of self doubt…but u remain hopeful..been at this hustle since 2007…and am here to tell you KACHUMBALI made 1M views on youtube.. God was watching all along… ❤️❤️💯— Quex_the_lyrical_doctor (@QuexMusicUg) December 24, 2020
The budding star in the making;- Quex who also featured among our best breakthrough acts of 2020 ’s other releases off his album include; Batukakasa, Can’t Wait Tonight, Regina, What a Bum Bum [Ft. Big Mo 256 & Moya King], Dusk Till Dawn, Nga Amazzi ft. Moya King, Makindye, and Lovely Woman. I’d say give that ‘Lovely Woman’ tune double the listens.
Watch ‘Kachumbali’ by the Lyrical Doc right here: –