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Here is the Biography of GNL Zamba aka Earnest Nsimbi, the godfather of LugaFlo and Ghetto Story teller

Uganda legendary rapper, Founder of Baboon Forest Entertainment and Nsimbi Music record label Ernest Nsimbi aka GNL Zamba (PHOTO /Courtesy)

GNL Zamba, born Ernest Nsimbi, is a popular and influential hip hop artist in Uganda, credited with bringing rap and Lugaflow style of music to mainstream radio and other media in Uganda.

His stage name, GNL, is short for “Greatness No Limits”.

He is the founder and CEO of the independent hip hop record label Baboon Forest Entertainment, which nurtures new talent in Kampala, Uganda.

He is also an actor, filmmaker, and ambassador for Ugandan brands and social initiatives.

He began his professional music career in 2007, after completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental science at Makerere University in Uganda.

He was originally signed to Platinum Entertainment, and formed his own company Baboon Forest Entertainment in 2008.

GNL Zamba Music style and career

GNL Zamba sings in urban Ugandan hip hop style called Lugaflow.

Lugaflow is rap in Luganda, the most spoken language in Uganda.

Since the late 2000s, Lugaflow has inspired a new generation of Ugandan rappers to create popular music in their native language.

GNL Zamba provides his lyrics in both Luganda and English.

He auditioned for HIPHOP CANVAS in 2005 and 2008, organized by Platinum Entertainment’s Shadrak Kuteesa.

In these multilingual projects, GNL Zamba stood out by engaging audiences with locally relevant stories in Luganda, with lyrics that addressed Ugandan social issues.

GNL Zamba was first recorded as part of the award-winning song “MotherAfrica”, released by Hip Hop Canvas in 2005.

He released his first mainstream album, Koyi Koyi, in 2009; it was praised for bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary sound.

GNL Zamba has toured around Africa, Europe, and North America, performing at various festivals and conventions.

He is also credited with inspiring the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, to release his first single, “You Want Another Rap”.

GNL Zamba inspired Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to release a song, you want another rap

GNL Zamba Discography

Dreaming in Colour (in production 2016)

I Am Zamba / Ceazar, 2014

The Renaissance / Uganda Yaffe, 2013

Speaking Vernacular, 2011

Koyi Koyi (Riddles of Life), 2009.

GNL Zamba Social campaigns

GNL Zamba participated in Friend A Gorilla, an Oxfam-sponsored campaign about environmental education with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

His song “Story ya Luka” was selected by the Uganda Ministry of Health to headline a 2010 AIDS youth education campaign.

His video collaboration for “True Manhood” with Young Empowered And Healthy (YEAH) Uganda encouraged Ugandan youth to use condoms, and it won the People’s Choice Digital Media Award at the 2011 International Entertainment Education Conference.

Over a three-year period, GNL Zamba worked with Buzz Teenies to tour Ugandan schools, offering youth mentorship, encouraging social unity and staying in school.

In 2014, the Twaweza Initiative awarded GNL Zamba for the positive social impact of his song “We Cry”, which speaks about street violence and safe sex.

Since 2013, GNL Zamba has partnered with Reach A Hand Foundation Uganda to participate in a series of youth edutainment campaigns.

He has been invited to lecture at Makerere University’s College of Humanities on oral literature and Ethnology.

Twaweza Initiative awarded GNL Zamba for the positive social impact of his song “We Cry”, which speaks about street violence and safe sex (PHOTO /Courtesy l

GNL Zamba Music Award

2019 – 256 Hip-hop awards African rapper of the year (win)

2014 – Twaweza Best Social Impact Through The Arts Award (Win)

2014 – Zina Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Nomination)

2014 – Hipipo Awards: Best Hip Hop Artist (Nomination)

2014 – Rising Star Awards: Best Hip Hop Artist (Nomination)

2013 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Group (Win)

2013 – Club Music Video Awards: Video of the Year (Win)

2013 – Club Music Video Awards: Best Male Video of the Year (Win).

2013 – Kadanke Awards: Best Group (Win)

2013 – Kadanke Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Win)

2013 – Kandanke Awards: Artist of the Year (Nomination)

2013 – Kandanke Awards: Best Male Artist (Nomination)

2013 – Kandanke Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Nomination)

2012 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Male Artist (Win)

2012 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Nomination)

2012 – Kandanke Awards: Artist of the Year (Nomination)

2011 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Hottest group (Win)  Baboon Forest.

2011 – International Education Conference: People’s Choice Digital Media (Win)

2011 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Win)

2011 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Single (Nomination)

2011 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Male Artist (Nomination)

2011 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Artist of the Year (Nomination)

2010 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Win)

2010 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Hood Rapper (Win)

2010 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Artist of the Year (Nomination)

2010 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Male Artist (Nomination)

2010 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Group (Nomination)

2010 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Single (Nomination)

2010 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Song of the Year (Nomination)

2010 – Kisima Awards, Kenya: Best Hip Hop Artist & Single (Nomination)

2009 – Pearl of Africa Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Win)

2009 – Press Association Awards: Artist of the Year (Win)

2009 – Pearl of Africa Music Awards: Best Single (Nomination)

2009 – Uganda Buzz Music Awards: Best Male Artist (Nomination)

2005 – Pearl of Africa Awards: Best Hip Hop Single (Win)

GNL Zamba Personal life

Born Ernest Nsimbi in 1986 in Uganda’s Mukono district to a technical electrical engineer and civil servant, GNL Zamba was first encouraged toward music by his grandmother, a leader in the church choir

The family settled into Kampala city’s Kawempe slum following the Ugandan civil war, at a time of continuing instability and poverty, which shaped the upcoming artist into a storyteller who drew inspiration from the struggle of his youth.

In secondary school, GNL Zamba served as the head writer of The Kiira Mirror, a member of the debate team, and chairman of the junior literature club.

He went on to graduate with honours from Makerere University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management.

Through the success of his music career, GNL Zamba was able to open a sports bar and bought land around Uganda.

Born Ernest Nsimbi, on stage GNL Zamba, got married to Miriam Tamar who is also an artist from America (PHOTO /Courtesy)

On April 29, 2019, the Lugaflow Veteran, GNL Zamba, tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Miriam Tamar at Cielo Farms vineyards in Malibu, California.

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