It all started last weekend when Veteran Reggae artist Shaka Mayanja Winston of Jazz Safari posted a comment on Facebook about Bebe Cool’s latest hit song ‘Love You Every Day’. In the post Shaka claimed the song was written by Tusker project Fame winner Esther Nabaasa. He goes ahead and heaps praises on the talented singer. This is what he posted;
That however did not go well with Bebe Cool and his fans who felt undermined. Bebe promptly responded with his own post clarifying that, he co wrote the song with Michael Fingaz and even angrily said people like Shaka are out there to bring down other artists. This was Bebe Cool’s response;
“Just to correct Shaka mayanja of jazz safari,if u want to know who wrote love u every day,at your age,u should not nose around since u know who sang it and u have his number,call him and ask otherwise stop misleading people by under looking BEBECOOL .Micheal fingers wrote half the song and I did half and mark u,u are in for surprises if u thought u new me well.THAT SHOWS HOW BAD HEARTED UGANDANS CAN BE.Instead of appreciating an artist,they will look for things just to bring them down.LETS SAY ESTER WROTE LOVE U EVERY DAY,IF SHE SANG IT,WOULD U HAVE CARED ABOUT IT OR LOVED IT?GROW UP.LOVE YOU EVERY DAY”
And then the feud grew bigger and bigger when Bebe Cools fans joined in and started hurling insults at Shaka as the exchange of strong words continued on Facebook.
And just when we thought it had died after Shaka ‘conceding defeat’, the whole thing seems to be back especially when they started accusing and counter accusing each other on FM stations and TV programs accusing the other of not appreciating what they do or have done.
And now Shaka’s latest post (which is very long by the way) seems to be opening a new can of worms all together. You can read and judge for yourself;
“Many years ago, when I was a kid, the one who lost a debate or an argument would say something like; “that’s why your mama is ugly and your dad drives an old rickety car.” Lol! That was then. As adults, losing an argument or a debate shouldn’t mean getting personal, I would think.
There’s a new trend by some of the current crop/purveyors of music calling those from the past ‘failures’. The keyword here is ‘some’. What yardstick is being used to measure this failure? If the yardstick is wealth, possessions and being able to garner media and public attention, absolutely, the current crop wins the argument hands down. If however, the yardstick is the art of music, or musicality, I doubt that highly.
Here’s an analogy: should the one who roofs the house call the one who excavated the foundation a failure? Should the interior designer who applies finishing touches call the plumbers and electricians failures coz they’re no longer on the site? You play your part and leave the stage for the next worker, that’s life. From time to time, you can drop in to see if the work you did is still holding, but you don’t have to live there! Likewise, there’ll be a new crop of artists 20 years from now. Should they call the current crop, who’ll be old then, failures? It’s absurd.
No matter how popular you are now, if you cannot tell the key your song is in, or find a single chord let alone note on any instrument, you should choose your words carefully. You cannot force respect, you must earn it.
I used to hang around Dede Majoro, Giles Warugaba, Tony Ssengo, Richard Mudhungu, Ekodelele, Mwambala, James Muwanga, Moses Matovu, Hope Mukasa, Vincent Otieno, Tim Kabali-Kagwa, Timothy S Kizito, Frank Mbalire, Ssenkebejje and many others from a different era. Some of these guys would really tease you about your abilities, sometimes to tears! Lol! However, even if I found anyone of these folks deep down in the pits, I’d still shine their shoes in an instant, to this day. They excavated the foundation we all revel in.
The gist of this post is, we all played our part in building this house y’all flossing in. From time to time, we drop in to see and try to straighten the work we did. We’re not being disrespectful. One day, you’ll be in this very position.”