Up, Close And Personal With K!MERA
K!MERA a well seasoned artist who went public with his first single “Gwe Wange” in 2014 has gone ahead to drop some amazing music and capture the hearts of many. His talent and extreme skill goes unnoticed and most at times will get you surprised. He is one of those creatives to look out for this year. We caught up with him to find out who he is and what gets him driven.
Brief intro to who you are / what you do. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art?
Sam Kimera is my full name. Am Ugandan: born and raised here. I come from a large Christian family. I love God, love people and love music. Music was always a part of our family, from daily family altar to special events and it was there that I realized I had music as my gift/talent.
And Why the name K!MERA?
I chose the name K!MERA as the artist name because it speaks for my roots and sense of identity really. The exclamation mark adds a sense of surprise for what is yet to be seen or heard.
You are a church minister, how involved are you in the ministry? And how has that impacted your musical career?
Am a part of the worship team at my church (Watoto Church) and have been serving there since I was in secondary school (about 10 years now). Almost everything I know from singing to writing to excellence in life; basically my entire discipleship as a Christian; I’ve picked up while serving at my church.
Of what influence do you think the church has on culture and society today. And most importantly as an artist how do you fit into the picture?
“What influence the church has and what it should have on culture and society” are 2 different questions entirely. If you follow that the earth and every thing in it is God’s and the church is the representation of God here on earth; It makes sense that those of us in church would rise up to reach every extent of this earth.
With the salvation gospel but also with Kingdom culture of righteous living. Living that operates in the principles of a Biblical perspective. Using our gifts/talents and abilities and positions to further that. That’s where we should all fit in.
Talking artistry, Is there a difference between a Christian artist and an artist who is a Christian? Many people think that being called a Christian artist puts you in a box and limits your creativity as an artist.
I always find this question interesting. My preference would be to answer with: Is there a difference between a Christian dentist and a dentist who is Christian? In reference to any limitations to our creativity, I think it is us who allow those limitations to be imposed.
If my creativity is in line with a clear biblical understanding of God and his plan for us on earth, then the fruit of that creative process will always feed into furthering his word and his kingdom principles. As result, I can be sure those that see my fruit will glorify God.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
Am not quite sure actually; right now though, I’m thinking of a song called “Grace Grace Grace” but tomorrow I may have a different answer for you.
What are you working on at the moment?
Another single called… ahem. Sorry, need to check with management on how much information to share.
What are your goals for the future, both as an artist and life?
Music: a few songs for now, later on an album and the works there but ultimately, my goal is to inspire, challenge and equip individuals and groups especially those with similar giftings. In life; better husband, awesome father, and major influence in our nation’s music industry.
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I like to read, watch movies and take long walks… meet new people… catch up with old friends.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
On occasion, I can actually be silly. And it always gets an ‘interesting’ reaction.
Do you have any favorite blogs/books you read?
Writers-Yes: Max Lucado, CS Lewis, TD jakes.
What challenges is the Uganda music industry facing today and what would you advise?
I’d think its purpose and identity (and this may have very little to do with musical style). In the words of another African artist “Its not the tree, it the root. That’s why we’re bearing all the wrong fruit.” The surgical knives want to be axes and the axes want to be used in surgery.
Lets heavily consider, we can’t hope for change in the nation without first having change in the individual.
Any 3 artists out there whose works inspire you? And why?
Mali Music: Deep in the word. Simple, honest yet beautifully multi-genre.
Lecrae: Depth of theology – Clever written lyric
Lota House: So true – So cool. African spice for sure.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other artists on the journey of music?
“Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.”
Figure out what you’re good at, work at being great and in time, you will be rewarded. But before all this, have a clear understanding of WHO you are and WHY you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.
Any gigs you are a part of? Where can we see you live on a regular?
Sorry, am not doing any regular performances right now. Occasionally, we’re called up to do weddings and other events but then it’d be “interesting” to invite you to someone’s private event. ?
Where else can we find you? (Blog, Website, Twitter, Facebook etc)
Soon enough we’ll have a YouTube channel to share some videos of performances and other works.