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SIMON MUGOYA

Drummer & Student

Ugandan

"DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO"

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOME TOWN

Jinja is the town where I spent most of my childhood I went for my primary school and my o levels. Yep IT’S A town with its crazy, chaotic buildings and roads but beautiful sceneries.  I spent most of my time playing football with my friends which my mother never wanted me to. 

HOW DID YOU BECOME TO BE A DRUMMER?

At school is where I learnt to play drums and because my mum was in one of the women’s choir groups she was happy for me to learn how to play the drums.  I got really good at playing the drums at one point the headmistress took me out of an academic class so I could play the drums for the school choir.  This may not seem unusual but in Uganda the study of academic subjects is considered more important, more valuable than anything else you can learn at school.  So for the headmistress to pull me out of my lessons to play the drums was crazy thing to do.

 

WHY DO YOU LIKED DRUMMING?

Its part of life. You grow up watching people playing. Your not allowed to even touch a drum until you're at least 10 years old. They are sacred. So once you get your chance and you become good.  When people want to hear you play. When you become a part of that. It feels really really good.