Ambassada can! Lined up with acts such as Black Mambazo, P Diddy, Bono and Yossour N'Dour, this young man's music was featured in a promotion for the recent global call to action against poverty.
Ambassada swept to fame in 2003 with his massively successful inspirational single, Watoto Inkane, which advocated for children's rights. Its video, featuring children from Nairobi 's Nyumbani Home, has remained a favorite on numerous gospel TV broadcasts. Since then, he has been a prominent figure in the gospel music scene both in Kenya and Uganda.
Born Wamara Wyclef, Ambassada's love for music took root very early, while still in primary school.
However, like many of his industry contemporaries, support was hard to come by, especially from parents keener on him focusing on his studies rather than on what they saw as a passing fad.
In 2000, he attended the Metro launch show, his very first musical tour outside of Uganda. He hadn't even completed high school yet, but he returned to Uganda more focused on advancing his music career. He proceeded to record his very first radio single, Sikiriiza, featuring Trophy Sea. Meanwhile he became an MC in various Kampala clubs, the likes of Cave 2000 and Starnet House.
Upon completing high school, he continued performing with various groups in Kampala. 2002 saw him shift base to Nairobi in order to launch his musical career. Abakyala was the first single he released in this period, featuring Steve Dee and Dibi Ranks. Famed local producer Bruce Odhiambo was impressed with the young man, and picked him up. Bruce produced his second single, Pair-Pair, which received limited airplay. However, little did this artist know that his career was to take a significant change in direction.
About this time, Ambassada began to look more closely at his life, reassessing his position along his spiritual journey. In 2003, he gave his life to Christ, effectively closing the door on his career as a secular act.
Shortly thereafter, SoundAfrica contracted him, and he was soon releasing his debut album; a 10-track CD fusing urban gospel and afro-pop. He says his switch to gospel infused a refreshing inspiration to his music, unlike the days of his secular tunes.
His debut album featured promising gospel artistes Rufftone, Grace Gikii, Toolman as well as Next-Level producer R-Kay, who also mastered the album's tracks.
This accomplished trombone player has since been featured on numerous collaboration efforts, working with Daddy Owen (Haijalishi), Mr. George (Ruoth) and Harry G (Mwathani).
Still, his most successful work was on the aforementioned Watoto Inkane, the single that revealed one of the passions of his heart. This passion so burned in him, that he went on to establish Inca Network, an organization that actively campaigns for the rights of children and women, and vigorously mobilizes aid for children's homes.
His charity work has received recognition from various quarters, with the UN naming him as a UN global peace ambassador, joining a roster of established acts such as Nazizi of Necessary Noize and the famous GidiGidi MajiMaji duo.
Maisha Mema in Kayole, Son of the King in Riruta, and Nairobi Children's Home are but a few of the organizations that have benefited directly from the Inca Network. Ambassada's heart for children is both humbling and inspiring.
2005 saw him release his second album, entitled Yaka at a colorful ceremony at Nairobi 's Carnivore Restaurant, where Tanzanian diva, Saida Karoli, also launched her second album, Mimi Nakupenda. His new album is full of groovy beats, emotional lyrics and catchy tunes. He describes it as a smorgasbord of genres '96 Afro-pop, Rap, Calypso, Latino and African Praise.
The Kenyan-based Ugandan has also established his own recording studio, 1 Bez, located in Nairobi 's Imara Daima estate and has already signed up upcoming musician, Gloria Bahati.
Ambassada, whose stage name stems from his desire to be God's representative in the realm of music, is undoubtedly one to look out for in the future.