2005 Ugandan Dancehall Video of the week #8

Female pressure from the crew named Blu3:

This reminds me of Misteeq and the like (I still rate Alisha Dixon as an MC actually, shame she went down the sleb route instead of honing her mic skillz…) So I guess this is arguably more r&b than dancehall, but what the hell.

Nice bit of attitude, Eurovision-style bilingualism and some latex – what’s not to like?

I’m not about to dive into some global analysis of body-types and beauty but Blu3 don’t look like the Pussycat Dolls (for all their faux multiculturalism) which can only be a good thing. I have no idea how representative they are of what’s considered “hot” in Uganda.

Blu3 may stand for “Black Ladies from Uganda 3” and it seems like they first appeared in 2003 during some kind of Coca Cola sponsored talent show.

According to this biog on Musicuganda.com “Hitaji” was their first big hit: “The ‘Hitaji’ single from their debut album of the same name, went to No.1 on every radio and television show in East Africa. The Hitaji video was No.1 on musicuganda.com for 2 months, beating already established Ugandan artists like Chameleon and Bebe Cool.”

Their Myspace (not updated since 2008) reveals that the group are: Jackie Chandiru, Lillian Mbabazi and Mya Baganda. But it seems like Mya replaced founder member Cinderella Sanyu at some point “due to unavoidable circumstances” (huh?)

The Myspace includes some more commercial tracks but “Burn” is worth your time if you like my clip, and “Strong Woman” is a bit like the Drop Leaf Riddim if that’s your bag (it’s not mine).

I’ve not been able to find out what the group are up to now, but am curious – let me know if you do…