Bagonza Alexander born December 21, 1989, in Kampala, Uganda is a singer-songwriter. A Pass has enjoyed tremendous success on both the Reggae and Dancehall music charts. He is a highly versatile dancehall reggae artiste who performs four different genres of music. A Pass grew up in Kampala, where he was raised by his father and mother, and began singing in church as a child. The vocal talents of A Pass have been noted since his humble beginnings.
A Pass was inspired to become a musician by the songs he used to listen to in his father’s car. Among others, A Pass’ parents have been the source of his motivation in pursuing his musical ambitions. However, it was in High School that his love for music was developed and nurtured. He recorded his first song “Proud to be saved” at the age of 14, and his next song “Love is a beautiful thing” at the age of 19. Since then he has never turned back and has been quietly recording and archiving his music.
A Pass music is fast gaining popularity with hits such as “WUUYO”, “TULI KUBIGERE”, “AM LOVING” & “MUMPULIRA” dominating the Ugandan airwaves as the some of the most frequently requested songs on the popular radio stations such as Sanyu FM, Capital FM and Radio City. His popularity and musical talent has attracted collaborations from other artistes such as Patrobas (My Flair), Ekky (Troube Maker), Mun G, Dj Crim and Patrobas (Teacher), Don MC and Cindy (Am Loving - Remix), Tasha Batabazi (Amatu Maggale), which is doing very well on iTunes. International collaborations include So African ft AY from Tanzania, A.I.P CYPHER (Jamaica), Navy Kenzo (We Do Work) from Tanzania. Other popular A Pass songs include One Of A Kind, Mumpulira, Burn Op, Nyenya Omugongo, Run Bou Ya, Love Infection, I, Bartender, So High, Muliwa, Listen To Di Voice, Wyne On Time, You Don't Know Mi.
A Pass has ranked up awards, garnering Hipipo Awards Nominations for Best Dancehall and Breakthrough Artist (2014) and winning the Buzz Teeniez Awards Best Breakthrough and Dancehall Artist (2014), Zzina Awards Best Breakthrough Artist. He states “Hard Work Pays”.
Critics of the music industry had this to say about A Pass;
“His impressive delivery, and the way he slips Luganda into that Jamaican Patios it is mind blowing how he does it, means this is one person that is a welcome addition to our industry” - Dennis Asiimwe the Sun.
He has worked with a variety of top Ugandan and International music studios and producers in the Reggae and Dancehall arena such as Alex from Jamaica (A.I.P), Black Spyda from Jamaica, Nessim (Badi Musik), Imon (Southside) Baru (DustVille), Nash, Benon, Just Jose(Swangz Avenue), Samurae (Talent 256) and several others.
A Pass is outlook is International where he is looking forward to joining the likes of Vybz Kartel, Chronixx, Konshens, Shaggy, Tommylee Sparta, Alkaline, among others.
A Pass states, "It has been a wonderful journey so far, filled with new and promising encounters. It is also challenging but I love what I am doing, so it makes it that much easier." My main objective is to take music to the optimum level. "I want every household across the world to know and love my music and where I come from", A Pass enthuses. Whether it is personal or musical, I just think I'm a walking art piece, just a ball of creativity.
Currently A Pass is the most sought after brand, with association with corporate brands such as Buzz, Ambition Mission (a project that involved sensitizing the youth about the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol, encouraging students to stay in school and have ambitions and goals in life), He has worked on several projects with Airtel Uganda; Happiness continues, Kyabiise, Tugabane.