When it comes to music, Uganda is indeed a home of talents. Each day comes with an opportunity for a fresh talent to blossom to the top podium that has made the country’s music industry more interesting over the past 10 years.
Today, allow us to introduce promising rising musician and melody master Sylver Douglas whose amazing talent and soothing voice is yet to see him become the country’s next new R&B sensation.
He could be new in the industry but his tireless efforts and hard work has seen him so far record two full music albums and yet to release the third. Sylver is the brains behind great music pieces such as ‘Some time’, ‘Eleven’, ‘Waves’, ‘Till the sun wakes’ and not forgetting my favorite, ‘lie to me’ among others.
His real names are Okumu Sylvester Douglas, born in 1994 on the 19th of August. He got his stage name Sylver from his second name Sylvester (short form).
Sylver completed his O level education at Mukono college school but unfortunately got some health complications that came with some family troubles, being unable to join A’Level. He rather enrolled into Aptech and graduated with an A as a professional in multimedia in 2015
Early Music Journey
Sylver started recording music in late 2013 and while trying to discover his sound, he worked with Andre (daddy Andre) on a few singles that didn’t make much impact.
He then worked with word exclusive (now producer at bad man records) and this where he found a sound that suited him more. By then, he used to upload all the songs he released to sound-cloud before later deleting some.
First Album ‘Eleven’
In 2016, he started working on his first album ‘Eleven’ where he co produced a couple of songs and released the album in December of the same year on different digital platforms including tidal, Spotify, deezer and itunes.
The 10 track album didn’t dissapoint as it did relatively well, earning him a star on itunes and thousands of streams within the first few months of release across Apple music and spotify as reported by annalytics by cdbaby.
The songs on the Eleven album include; Sometime, Elven, So cold 4, Stone, Waves, The distance,Your all, Late night, The end (interlude) and Make a move.
Second Album ‘King’
In April 2018, he released his second album King, writing and producing 15 out of the 18 songs.
Though the album wasn’t properly mixed and mastered, it was able to rack up over a thousand streams on apple music and hundreds on spotify as reported by cd baby. In the same year Sylver featured dj Sting on his single “Aint ready” which was supported by a video that was released on youtube on the valentines day of 2019.
He released a couple of videos on his youtube channel for songs on both his albums. He appeared in the music video for nkooye okulinda by his friend and collegue Singer Naj Baibe as the bad guy.
The ‘King’ Album has songs including More than ever, Here with me, Till the sun wakes, Itsworking, Special, F it all, Change that i need, Lie to me, He dont know, Cant keep going, Lets, Imean it, Soul, Illusive, All along, Motion, Down 4 U and Illusive (acoustic).
Sylver is now in final preparations of releasing his third music album dubbed ‘Ever Fade’.
It is set to officially come out on the 19th of July this year (2019). It has the most diverse mix of music yet with afro pop songs, R&B songs and future bass sounds. The album was recorded at national theatre and the sound mixing done by Barnabas (producer at national theatre). All the songs were written and produced by him (Silver).
The singer likes traveling, sightseeing, watching movies
Musically, Sylver is inspired by new experiences and people (old and new friends).
His influences include singer Juliana Kanyomozi, Maurice Kirya, Nigeria’s P Square, South Africa’s Mafikizolo, Martin Garrix, Party Next Door, Usher, Timberland….the list goes on