Love Ssega is a self-producing British-Ugandan Musician and Songwriter based in South London. Social activism and justice subtly permeates through his work, alongside a general academic curiosity which has seen him obtain a PhD is Laser Spectroscopy from Cambridge University and win an exchange scholarship to MIT.
Love Ssega has always attempted to make different art-forms accessible across different parts of society and even across borders. At university he was a founding member, lead singer and songwriter for electro-classical band Clean Bandit, fronting the band’s first classical-crossover pop hit with Mozart’s House, eventually collaborating with BBC Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. He performed this and other early hits in front of 45,000 at Glastonbury on the Other Stage, live on BBC’s Jools Holland and to festival crowds from Tokyo to Rome. In 2018, he then introduced the band to African pop superstar Davido, co-writing and featuring on this multi-national collaboration ahead of the now successful Afrobeats cultural invasion to the UK.
As a solo artist and musician, Love Ssega has taken on a variety of projects, each with its own cultural significance. In 2018/2019 he was British Council & PRS Foundation Musician in Residence – China spending 6 weeks living in SouthWest China’s Guangxi region. This then saw the release of his instrumental album “The China Tapes” featuring samples of traditional Karst mountain singers, ceremonial Lusheng reed instruments and hand-forged bronze bells. A series of short films documented his live performances across China from Chengdu to Beijing and Chongqing. Love Ssega ended his residency year in Shanghai, meeting with and then collaborating with musicians from its burgeoning underground electronic scene.
Most recently, Love Ssega has been selected by Seasons For Change’s Common Ground, led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, on a national, year-long Climate Justice and Arts Activism commission in the build up to the UN’s COP26 environmental conference. His project “Airs of the South Circular” centres around uplifting Black voices in the climate crisis, specifically in response to air pollution and the communities around the South Circular road in London. “Airs of the South Circular” – multi-arts project – includes an album of new music, a specially-commissioned “Project Earth” comic by Andrew Kiwanuka, an information pamphlet of interviews and viewpoints and a visual trailer introducing the area.
Following his Season For Change commission, Love Ssega is delighted to be working with Metal Culture to expand his message of air pollution and its effect on underrepresented communities to the Liverpool City Region with his LightNight co-commission with Open Culture – “Project Earth: Liverpool! The Cut-Out Opera”. This online show will have elements that can later be enjoyed offline and “Project Earth” comics distributed to local youth groups, schools and families within the Liverpool area.
Love Ssega is also on the Founding Committee of Brian Eno-led music industry and climate justice charity EarthPercent. He is an Ambassador for Music For Youth, and Trustee for Shadwell Opera and previously a mentor for Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.