BY JAMES MUYA
MOROTO: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2022
Isaac Ejopu a.k.a Jophex is a well-known rapper, R&B and hip hop artist in Karamoja who grown up in a suburb of Moroto town.
The singer exudes an array of amazing musical talent belonging to a music genre that he likes to call “tunapongole music” because it blends modern R&B with hip-hop and traditional Karamoja music.
Unlike many musicians who like to go solo, Jophex likes to partner with another local talent Songz whose speciality is the very traditional Karamoja way of singing and dancing.
Their new hit tittles “choices” is a carefully blended English, Nga’karimojong and little Luo that has taken Northeastern Uganda by storm.
The song is an expression of how politics, religion and family relationships have all added up to shape the modern situation in Karamoja sub-region.
“People think they don’t have a choice or options but everything happening is because someone built a system…some few people decided how we live that’s why we end up the way we are,” the young man reasoned.
“So were born in a system that we follow and never try something new. That’s why we end up thinking we don’t have a choice because you keep looking up to the system which complicates life.”
He said he decided to put his thoughts in songs because he wanted to raise awareness in the community after realizing that people pay more attention to music and do not mind what their neighbors go through.
Jophex is not only a musician but also a tour guide and visual Artist who draws, paints and raps beautifully.
It is often wrongly assumed that Karamoja has few artists but the music of Karamoja by the young people is certainly growing.
Jophex is one of the artists who has stood out to express and educate people using rap music and well sieved lyrics in every song he puts out there.
In “choices” he has challenge the Karimojong people to join hands in order to show the world that Karamoja has many choices and opportunities than the world thinks of it.