Kakye’s love for turntables

“I escaped countless times from secondary school to go to night clubs. Strangely, unlike other nocturnals, I would not dance but rather spend time in the Deejay booth appreciating how they did their thing, KAKYE ALBERT alias “Alberto 43” confessed to The Standard

BY ALEX TAREMWA 

“It did not take long for me to get my hands on the decks. When my school, N y a k a y o j o Secondary School in Mbarara, procured an entertainment system for students it was a rare opportunity to kickstart my deejaying career,” he said.

In an interview held at the Desert Island Lounge, his current work station in Mbarara, Kakye walked in donning a checked shirt and a navy-blue pair of jeans.

“Too formal for a DJ,” I thought to myself. He grows his hair to a manageable height and wears a wide smile that exposes his broken front tooth. This time he didn’t have his usual cap on the head. Alberto 43

Who is Albert Kakye? 

He was born on January 9, 1989 in Ruhaama, Ntungamo district to Rev. Canon Ronald Kakye and Night Kakye. He attended Mbarara Municipal School from nursery until Primary Six but soon he moved to Nyakayojo Primary School because his father had been transferred there, before joining Nyakayojo Secondary for O-level and Mbarara Modern School for A-level.

He joined Uganda Christian University (UCU) in 2010 to study Mass Communication but dropped out in the last semester due to tuition and family related problems.

Deejaying 

Although Kakye has a passion for machines and sound since childhood, he had no intentions of being a deejay to earn a living. He instead wanted to do it for the fun of it. Life took a different twist when his friends at UCU dragged him to Casablanca, a popular hangout in Mukono, and asked the manager to give him a job.

“They convinced the manager that I was good and I got a job immediately but on probation. First, he gave me Wednesday nights but when I passed, I moved to Friday nights,” he recalled.

Kakye would soon be invited irregularly to play at events, although for little pay, and he worked in the UCU sound room at Nkoyoyo Hall to raise part of his tuition. It was here that he encountered Emmanuel Owot, then a sound engineer whose lessons in sound management and balancing propelled Kakye to the top of his game.

Kakye has played at over 20 popular hangouts including Mist Bar in Kabale and Life Lounge in Kigali, Rwanda, where he travels every weekend.

“I work Monday to Monday but I enjoy it. I have two contracts here (Desert Island) and Mist Bar in Kabale and I have to deliver on both equally,” he said.

Despite the late nights, Kakye smiles all the way to the bank with an astonishing Shs2.5million every month, excluding the off book events he is invited to play at.

All is not well for him though. Being the son of cleric, public opinion has been quick to judge him because of his career path, which most argue is for the bayaye (crooks). His father in particular is not comfortable with his son bar-hopping every night.

Kakye

Kakye though, is currently benchmarking to start a Deejaying academy to give professional training to youth who wish to join the trade after he personally re-joins university to study sound engineering.

For his work, Kakye has won the Blink Media DJ of the year award twice in a row (2015 and 2016) and the Royal Events DJ of the year for 2015. He has secured a plot of land on which he plans to build a house and settle with his family. 

Away from the both, Kakye is a part-time farmer, music critic and parent. He and Ronah Akandinda, whom he met while at Mbarara Modern School, have a son, Rodney Atukunda who will be two years in September.

His advice to students is not to “sit” on their talents but rather develop them by constant practice and determination.

“I do not understand why someone would do something they do not love or why one would sit on their talent. The moment you realise you have a passion or talent for something, give it your best. it will not let you down,” he concluded.

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