“I wanna be remembered for love, I live and breathe love,” clearly insists the East African King of R&B. He just dropped the “Sugua” audio on Youtube featuring celebrated Wasafi Classic Baby founder Diamond Platnumz. The song off his much anticipated debut album ‘The Love Album’ has already claimed recognition as a must play club banger across the East African market indicating the amount of impact that the album is set to generate. It’s a clear expression of how versatile and multi-talented Jux is on the mic. Being able to create slow smooth RnB vibes and still create energetic club bangers for his fans. He is an embodiment of art, choosing to bring to life mixed feelings of love and life through his music.
Juma Musa Mkambala aka Juma Jux, the African Boy, kicked off his musical journey on a slightly surprising genre. He was a rapper at the initial stages of his initiation into the industry releasing tracks like ‘Nimedata’ which didn’t turn out as he expected. He slowly realized that his gift as a singer would be blowing up into flames if he chose to follow the wave. Therefore, three years after releasing nimedata in 2010, he officially made a switch to R&B and teamed up with Cyril Kamikaze and Gigga Flow to form the musical group Wakacha. They dropped a number of hits under their new found banner including Facebook Gal and Here We Go before opting out to pursue his solo career.
His decision to go solo has worked in favor of the Tanzanian singer who managed to capture the attention of the industry at a time when very few Tanzanian artistes were the ones who enjoyed all the limelight for themselves. It was a bold move that actually ended up paying off. The computer Science graduate decided to dedicate his music to promoting love and good vibes, a niche that he argues, “I just want people to remember me for love. Wherever you are, whenever it is, when you think of love, I want you to think Juma Jux.”
Jux has grown to become a renowned figure within the East African music space due to his impressive vocal prowess. This has been solidly supported by the number of hits after hits that the singer has been putting out ever since going solo. Chart topping songs like “Utaniua,” “Zaidi,” and “Juu” featuring his former girlfriend Vanessa Mdee have put him on the landmark as one of the celebrated artistes from East Africa. This as seen him rise the ranks quite fast and bag some adored awards like Best R&B song at the Kili Music Awards, Best East African Music Video at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and being nominated twice in a row for the prestigious AFRIMMA awards. He was also among the artistes who featured at the 2019 Coke Studio show.
His impeccable success has propelled him to release his debut album dubbed ‘The Love Album’. As the title suggests, the album is a collection of 17 tracks plus a bonus track all magnifying a celebration of love and life with flawless harmonizing and soothing seductive vocals. The album portrays an insatiable thirst for deeply touching songs about out emotional aspects of life, all centered around love and reimagining the meaning of that four letter word, Love. Jux promises that this is the one album that wil send shrills all over your spine and unlock an emotional touch from deep down your soul.
“This album will make you fall in love all over again,” states Jux who is known for being the perfect gentleman when it comes to relationships at least until his previous break up. The album sheds a light into the singers love life and previous relationships, the nature of the relationships and what sparked how they ended or started. Its more of a reality show packaged in an album to celebrate the life of the singer. What most would like to know of course is his previous break up with Tanzanian song bird and East Africa Got Talent judge Vanessa Mdee who is currently dating American superstar Rotimi. “Mimi all I want is peace, kila mtu akuwe na furaha, kwa hivyo to be honest mimi nimefurahi sana sana sana. I’m sure she’s happy now, awe na furaha na aendelee na kazi yake,” responded Juma Jux on Vanessa Mdee dating Rotimi.
Juma Jux has done a pretty good job at putting the album together by bringing together some of Africa’s finest acts to grace the album. The album features Kenya’s Nyashinski, Nigeria’s Singah and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Ruby, Q Chief, Gnako, Joh Makini, Tommy Flavour and Vanessa Mdee. “Of course there are also some acts that I would collaborate with, that I wasn’t able to get into the album one of them being Sanaipei Tande who I really love her talent. I would also love to test out the new wave of music, new sounds like I hear there is one in Kenya called Gengetone. But I want to say that, I believe Kenya is where the real singers are. You look at the likes of H_art the Band, Sauti Sol, Nyashinski and even Otile Brown. They are doing some amazing stuff” states Jux.
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The king of East African R&B says this is just the beginning. 2020 will be the year of Jux, and he promises to deliver some great things for his fans. “As a musician, we are a face of the society. You have to know yourself, if you want to sing about love, then show love, be an example, that’s how people will understand you. Also remember to be humble and disciplined,” Jux advises the young upcoming generation of artistes. He concludes by urging other East African artistes to come together and work together to promote East African music.