MC Lumoex is a musician. At least, that is his passion. When he’s not making music, he is a businessman. A sit down with MC Lumoex, and you can see how brilliant and introspective he is. A further discussion about his music and purpose in the society and you can feel the creativity and wisdom pouring out of words.
Since launching his foray into music in 1997, the singer has gone on to release hits that received massive airplay and collaborated with South Sudanese (S.S) artistes such as Princess Golda, Tutu babe/Sbizzy, Djcent, Hani Breva, Cool Nabo, WJ and Dynamic (S.S/ USA), among others. His regional repertoire of collaboration includes Ugandan artistes such as Ziza Bafana, Anita da Diva and Prince Ali, among others.
He is also the founder of the Alabu Dance contest, which seeks to reward your birding talent in dance choreography.
MC Lumoex’s story is still unfolding. We are so glad he agreed to an interview!
On why he makes music and what his songs are all about
Nature and life rules pushed me down the path of music because it was the only way that I felt connected with my people. Everyone knows about the history of S.S; therefore, anything that could bring people under one roof regardless of ethnicity or political stands was a welcoming course. I must say that I’ve been lucky enough to keep going because several have quit over the years for one reason or the other. Challenges are part of the job though – being able to perform as well as you can even though the circumstances are frustrating!
On which artist he listened to while growing up
I am a traditional boy; this means that I enjoy my classical music a lot. Culture is the only thing that distinguishes us from each other, but it also brings us together. I would not say I have a favourite artist, but I sample music based on its content rather than an individual. One thing that’s for sure is how I make my music is based on how I value my roots as a south Sudanese and an African at the same time.
On advising young artist looking to venture into music
Many people will try to discourage you, but never give up. You’ll have to face many difficulties, but it’s part of the game. So always stay focused on your goals and finding the best ways for you to achieve them. One important aspect not to forget is originality – sound original and unique that will guarantee you a following.
On what legacy he wishes to leave behind
I want to be remembered as a musician who was true to himself and not being afraid of fully expressing himself. My music goals would be further my collaborations in other countries. This way, I can introduce the S.S culture and languages. I want Arabi Juba to be known across the region and continent. My videos are a depiction of our cultures, and the art of singing depicts the same. My music videos also stand out as they meet my taste, my values, my search of a meaning and constant need of identifying with where I am from.
On funny/interesting stories from life as a musician?
This is hilarious! So I was performing on a very high raised stage feeling and then suddenly I stepped on an open space, and I fell off the stage. But the upside of it is that I continued performing despite experiencing sharp pain in my knee. The crowd assumed it was part of the show, and I kept cheering. In the morning, pictures of me were all over, and the media even branded me ‘best performer wish they knew. The lesson here is that you can turn any misfortune on stage into an art of performance.
On his latest project
I am currently working on releasing a song on human trafficking titled ‘Tebiu Nas’. The song seeks to educate my people about the dangers of human trafficking. It is a collaboration with Crazy fox. Once the restriction on the pandemic subsides, I would wish to conduct a nationwide tour because this is a message that hits close to home. Young people must not be lured with promises of a better life only for them to be hurt once they leave the country.