St. Nelly-Sade born "Nsubuga Nelson", is a Ugandan Lugaflow rapper. He has performed on national and international stages including Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, LaBa! Arts Festival, Uganda Hip Hop Summit, as well as performances in South Sudan, Arusha, Tanzania and in various regions all over east Africa.
Nelly-sade has contributed to many projects such as The Hip Hop Canvas album 2009 and 2010, Voices Initiative Uganda, WAPI, Open Mic Night Kampala, End of the Weak Uganda, Spoken Truth and Mic Stand Hip Hop night, which he started in 2011. He was Co-coordinator for the End of the Weak International Hip Hop Festival held in Kampala in 2014.
Early life and education
St. Nelly-sade was born "Nsubuga Nelson" in 1988 in Kampala, to Lule Edward and Nantongo Jane. He attended "Buganda road Primary School" and "St. Joseph primary school Nazigo", for his primary education, and "Old Kampala Secondary School" and "Yale high school" for his secondary education. He proceeded to "Do it Virtual Institute"for a diploma in project planning and management.
Nelly-Sade started rapping in 2002. He formed his first rap group, The Hip Hop Gangstarz with a group of friends in 2004. The group broke up when they failed to find success. Nelly-Sade soldiered on. He was rapping in English but was not well received. In 2007, he recorded his first duet, My Lover with A.B Khale, which became a hit on local radio stations in the eastern region of Uganda. He took part in a number of Hip Hop battles organised by "Hot 100" including "Hip Hop Canvas", "End of the Weak Mic Challenge Uganda", and one on one battles organised in different areas of Kampala. He rapped in Luganda. In 2009, he joined "Bavubuka All Starz" where he became a stronghold in the Luga Flow Hip Hop community. Along with a few of his peers, they emerged from the foundation to form a platform for their future success as The Luga Flow Army.
He has had hit singles like "Tubale", "Nzijukira", "Kakuubidde wa" and "Nva Ntinda" "Neighbour (kankuwaneko)". He has collaborated with Ruyonga, Enygma and Juma Nature. He has future collaborations with Lyrical G, Keko (rapper), The mith and Navio (rapper). He released his debut album "The translation (Okutaputa)" in 2013.
- The translation (Okutaputa), 2013
- Omulondo N'engero (Stories of elevation), 2015
Awards and recognition
- Nominated for Teeniez Hottest Hip hop song in Buzz Teens awards, 2014.
- Nominated for Best Luga flow artist in Rising Star awards.
- "Ntale tops Buzz Teens nominees". http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30765:-ntale-tops-buzz-teens-nominees&catid=42:sizzling-entertainment&Itemid=74.
- "RISING STAR AWARDS (RSA) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED.". http://bigeye.ug/rising-star-awards-rsa-nominees-announced/.