Date: 22nd Feb 2016
A Bucks New University BA (Hons) Music Management and Studio Production student is gaining a following in Latin America through remixing popular Reggaeton music from the region.
Third-year student Christopher Mututuka goes by the name Colz and has won an award for Best Music Video from The Akademia Music Awards, gaining votes through YouTube for one of the remixes, Borro Cassette by the artist Maluma.
Christopher, originally from The Democratic Republic of Congo, only started remixing the tracks in June 2015 and stars in the videos. His most popular remix has gained over 50,000 YouTube views.
He said: "I remix popular Reggaeton songs, which is a music genre with roots in Latin and Caribbean music, to English and upload them on YouTube.
"I have been contacted by artists, producers and Reggaeton music platforms in Latin America, predominantly Colombia, who have asked me to work with them, so I am gaining quite a following from those countries.
"I feel very fulfilled and grateful about the success I am having at the moment which I am confident will lead to further success in the future, especially after I finish university.
"For the Akademia award, someone recommended me to them but I had to then submit my video for the competition and I was amazed and honoured to win."
He added: "I am also working with two different Reggaeton producers and I have been contacted by various artists from South America and Spain for collaborations. I also make a lot of music with the artists RJay, Sinclair The Mage, and Tmar."
Richard Gray, Senior Lecturer in Music and Event Management at Bucks New University, said: "I am delighted to see our students engrossed in their subject area and applying the knowledge and abilities developed on our course to their own ongoing music projects.
"Chris's success speaks volumes about the diverse range of music cultures our students take interest in and move into during and after graduation.
"This example is of particular merit as it is a project that Chris has set up independently and continues to run alongside his third year studies to further compliment and explore his craft."
Christopher lives in South East London and is on platforms ReggaetonColombia.net and ReggaetonTotal. Watch one of his videos at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_4Dp6AWNPc.
Picture captions: Chris Colz with Richard Gray, Senior Lecturer in Music and Event Management.