We have seen people making names while others have made fortunes in the music industry and today we look at some artistes who hold records that will forever remain. In no particular order, here they are
Edirisa Musuuza has always been regarded as a ‘not talented’ musician. His success rides so much on luck it has really made him achieve what no other Ugandan artiste has. He is the first Ugandan artiste to win a BET award, That was in 2015. More to that, the category he won (Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act) was scrapped that year which makes him the last artiste to have won it. Kenzo has gone ahead to win other awards like the Nickelodeon Award while his ‘Sitya Loss’ song is among the African songs with the highest views on YouTube
Bebe Cool recently had his ‘Golden Heart Concert’ at Kololo Airstrip and it was a successful but besides making lots of money, the musician for the first time convinced the president of Uganda to attend a local show.The president has never attended any show by a musician but he sacrificed 40 minutes to be part of Bebe Cool’s.
If we also go back a few years ago, Bebe Cool was the first and last Ugandan artiste to be invited and perform for the late Nelson Mandela at his 4664 concert. He, alongside Ugandan artistes Chizzo, Kuklee and Myco Chris performed ‘Born In Africa’ which impressed over 50,000 people in attendance.
Forget the fact that his music career is not as it was a few years ago, self pro-claimed music doctor Jose Chameleone deserves a lot of respect in this industry. He is solely responsible for chasing away Congolese music which had penetrated Uganda. Like 20 years ago, radio and TV stations played Congolese songs from artistes like Pepe Kale, Koffi Olomidde, Awilo Longomba, Kanda Bongoman, Shalla Mwana and Madilu System among others.
Promoters had settled on bringing them for shows every now and then but when Chameleone returned from Kenya, he ensured that the industry was restored to where it is right now. He even paved way for others to join the Ugandan music industry and bring back its glory days.
The Diva has also been instrumental in the industry. Besides giving other women confidence that they can also make a name for themselves in the music industry, she was the first female musician to win the defunct Pearl of Africa Music Awards’ ‘Artiste Of The Year’ in 2008. During that period, the industry was dominated by males like Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone, Bobi Wine, Mesach Semakula and Ronald Mayinja among others.
You may wonder what he is doing on this list but the president of Uganda holds a record. He is the first singing president in the world having outed two tracks titled ‘Mpenkoni’ and ‘Kwezi’. The two rap songs even earned him a title of ‘Singing President’ in 2015 and 16 respectively.