Jovan Ssebaggala commonly known by his stage name Kajambiya is a professional software Engineer who also ministers through gospel music with a vision to lay the foundation of power and spirit filled gospel music. Christian Bulletin’s Sarah Nabakooza sat down with him for this revealing interview.
CB: Let’s start with ‘Kajambiya’ . How did you come up with this stage name?
KM: The name ‘Kajambiya’ means sword with inspiration from Hebrews 4:12-13
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
CB: Wow sword, so how and when do you start singing?
KM: I discovered my gift many years ago while I was still in school but by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Kajambiya Music commenced on August 25th, 2017. I so far have 9 songs and there’s quite a lot I have in stock. I think next year I may release more songs than I’ve released in the last three years combined.
CB: So what becomes your first song?
KM: Bullet was my 1st song. It means a lot to my Spirit; it’s my first fruit, it’s my commissioning into the work of ministry. I 1st performed it the very day I released it. Everything happened so fast and that was a confirmation to me that God was really in it. I can’t really explain how it felt though.
CB: Assuming you are a fan; do you have a favorite song?
KM: Haha… Like most of my fans, I love all my songs but ‘Bullet’ has a special place in my heart, it is a revelation of a message God gave me as a minister. It was inspired by Hebrews 4: 12 – 13, the same scripture that inspired my name.
CB: What inspires the message in your songs?
KM: It is the word of God. I always write my music after listening to a sermon, personal Bible study or meditating on the word.
CB: Ever thought about giving up as a gospel artist?
KM: Sure. I’ve always been a reserved person who loves to take the back seat. Now music brought me to the forefront and I’ve had moments where I felt like it was too much for me. One time I told God, I was okay serving Him behind the scenes but this is just so not me. Remember like when Jesus was telling God that the cup was too heavy for Him? I’ve however realized that the most important thing is to submit yourself to His will. Every time I’ve felt distressed, He has always found ways of assuring me that I am doing exactly what He wants me to do for example; testimonies of people whose lives have been preserved and transformed through my music.
CB: Where do we see Kajambiya music in the next five years?
KM: In the next 5 years, the world will know about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through my music. Kajambiya Music to the world.
CB: Besides music, what else do you do for a living?
KM: I am a Software Engineer so if I’m not ministering I am definitely writing code.
CB: Oh wow, engineering, how do you balance these two?
KM: There is no formula for balancing, it’s the grace. There was time I was doing ministry, working and studying (when I went back for my post graduate) but somehow, I excelled in all. You know the will of God can never lead you where His grace will not sustain you.
CB: Like everyone can see, you definitely can add another person in the hustle, so any sounds of a wife?
KM: Yes, I am seeing someone, wait for the wedding bells next year.
CB: Good news, so how easy was it to find her?
KM: It’s a lot to say but God helped me write it down in lyrics. If you listen keenly to my Virtuous Woman song.
CB: All said, any advice to other gospel artists
KM: Just today God told me something really beautiful that I will be glad to share with any gospel artist out there. He said; I want you to have a relationship with me more than I want you to minister. The sound of it was so beautiful and it’s like my ministry has just started over again.
CB: It has been a pleasure having you from a busy schedule. Till next time in our part two
KM: It’s been a pleasure. God bless you, keep you and make His face shine upon you. My fans can follow my music on ‘Kajambiya Music’ on all social media pages.