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Ecko Bazz

Merging the sounds of hardcore UK grime with dancehall, American trap and ferocious Lugandan lyrical style, the Ugandan rapper Ecko Bazz has become a unique phenomenon exploding onto the Eastern Africa hip hop and grime scene. His forceful and poignant club music is now taking the world by storm. His explosive debut album Mmaso — to be released on Hakuna Kulala on March 18 — promises to be a hard-hitting tour-de-force that interrogates violence, religion, drug abuse and poverty in Uganda through the lense of Ecko Bazz’ distinctive musical personality. Kenyan club futurist Slikback is also billed on the album as one of the producers of the abrasive rap cuts.