Pallaso, born Pius Mayanaja was born in Kampala, Uganda. He was signed by the Leone Island Recording Company and his music became well known in East Africa. He came to America when he performed at the UNAA convention in New York, and decided he would like to begin living here to become an international artist. His music is inspired by reggae, hiphop, RnB, and African music, "so it truly is something like a new genre that doesn't have a name yet," he said.
I came across Pallaso's video on YouTube and was personally moved by it. I wanted to talk to him about what inspired him to write a song about Ayla Reynolds who was only 20-months-old when she went missing from her father's home in December 2011.
PALLASO: I have a son and a daughter that mean so much in my life. I heard the story about Ayla when it was at its peak and I followed it, like all Mainers, and a lot of people in my circles knew her family. When the Sandy Hook tragedy happened it also added to the same questions I had in my head. What really happened to Ayla?
EXAMINER: What led you from wondering what happened to her to writing a song?
PALLASO: I am a kid person so the story was very touching to me. It was in the winter so I felt so lonely and missed my family and became very emotional. I believe in God, so in a way the song was also me talking to God.
EXAMINER: What were you saying to Him?
PALLASO: Like, what is going on? Do you see these things happening? Ayla's missing, Sandy Hook, wars. Pretty much it felt like we were going through plagues and in that song I wanted to talk to God himself, but all in his will. We are only human, so we never question.
EXAMINER: What are you hoping people will take away from watching your video or listening to your song?
PALLASO: That there should be justice for Ayla and all the other missing people. Everybody should do whatever they can to keep the Ayla case alive. It should forever haunt whoever is responsible, so they never have peace for as long as the truth remains undiscovered.
EXAMINER: What would you like to say to your fans and to the public.
PALLASO: To all my fans, I just can never thank them enough for believing in me, taking the time to discover and relate with my music because I know it is not easy giving up time for all the main stream music that the radio plays to discover an underground artist and become a fan and a supporter. There are so many options out there and to consider me one of them really humbles me a lot
To watch Pallaso's video please click on the video above. Also, you can download the album called "Change" which has the song "It's Cold - Tribute to Ayla Reynolds" on it, or purchase the single by going to iTunes.
In an unprecedented act, Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds says she will be releasing information pertaining to the disappearance of her daughter from Waterville that she believes points to her husband as the culprit on September 24 on a blog called United for Ayla and Justice for Ayla, reports Missing Persons of America.
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