What Ugandans are listening to
Nearly half of Ugandans are under the age of 15, so it’s fitting that the country’s latest musical sensation is an eight-year-old rapper. Patrick Ssenyonjo, better known as “Fresh Kid”, burst onto Uganda’s music scene last year, fighting televised rap battles with other young stars and performing as far afield as Dubai. When a Ugandan government minister suggested he spend more time at school, and tabloids gossiped about adults cashing in on his success, Ssenyonjo fired back his reply in song. “Why are you sending me back to the village?” he raps in “Bambi” (Please), describing his ambition to build a house for his parents. On the world’s youngest continent, children are not just seen, but increasingly heard.