Love Ssega (Music for Change, 2022)Love Ssega, photo by Nick ObankLocation - 281 New Cross Road (SE14 6AS) The project: Love Ssega is leading a local campaign to get Black people talking about the impacts of climate change in their neighbourhoods, with the launch of a song that illustrates how toxic air is caused by pollution from the nearby South Circular Road: Our World (Fighting for Air), and a comic book that explains the effect of climate change in our everyday life through the eyes of 3 characters. You can see more about the project, listen to the song and read the comic book here: The song and video released will be accompanied by a conversation starting billboard campaign which will be displayed around Catford.

Love Ssega

Fellow in 2022 for Music for Change

Being awarded the Arts Foundation Music For Change Fellowship was a very proud moment in my career to date, one that has led me onto an even broader and more exciting artistic journey. Music can absolutely make a change in society, and to be awarded such a fellowship shows that my work is moving others in a positive way. In terms of my artistic career, the unrestricted financial support enabled me to develop my musical skills and also build out my wider artistic practice. It has also given me the time and space to approach artists from other fields for collaboration.

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Love Ssega is a British-Ugandan musician, performing artist and songwriter. He has built a varied career collaborating across art forms, while also speaking up for social, educational and environmental issues.

His music and compositions, blending a vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s Hip-Hop, African polyrhythms and NYC Disco into smart modern Pop, have been played internationally from South London to LA and the Sydney Opera House. His work has received radio support across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6Music’s flagship new music programmes. Love Ssega has collaborated internationally, working in Berlin, Paris, New York, Seoul and China. 

Love Ssega is also known as a founding member of Clean Bandit – co-producing “Mozart’s House” for the future Grammy winners – all whilst studying at Cambridge University doing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Alongside his music practice, he holds ambassadorial and trustee positions with a focus on youth opportunities in music and educational outreach. Most recently he was invited by Brian Eno to join the founding committee of his environmental charity EarthPercent. 

Love Ssega’s overall music and artistic vision continues to evolve, more recently turning his attention to public-focussed art with a strong emphasis on climate justice and environmental activism. His last commission for Season For Change, “Airs of the South Circular”, used music to highlight how air pollution afflicts the Black community in South London and reached over 100,000 residents in Lewisham. Love Ssega also features in Music Declares Emergency’s campaigns “No Music On A Dead Planet” and “Turn Up The Volume.”