Tribute: Remembering Singer Denis Rackla Who Perished In A Motor Accident

Photo by Habre Muriisa

We now use past tense when talking about the late Afrobeat singer Denis Rackla who passed on last Friday the 13th of January 2017 in a fatal car accident. His death took many my surprise and on hearing this sad news, very many artistes and fans took to social media to pass on their condolences to the deceased’s family.

Denis Rackla who spoke to Chano8 exactly a year ago in an exclusive interview had promised to continue with music till death. He said music was his passion and would remain active till ‘death does us apart’.

“My fans, I want to thank you for supporting Ugandan Music, Supporting Denis Rackla, the music I do, write for other people and produce. Thank you for dancing to my tunes and am going to give you the best of me musically till I die.” Rackla told www.chano8.com


Denis Rackla at our Chano8 offices after answering our interview questions last year in January (Photo by Habre Muriisa)

Who was Denis Rackla?

It was very surprising when someone on social media inquired about who Denis Rackla is (because he has been one of the most talented music writers and producers). As Chano8, we always keep upbeat with all the information about Ugandan artistes. Denis Rackla real names Denis Mpiima was an Afrobeat singer who came on to the music scene in early 2004 doing his first album dubbed ‘Maria Rosa’ which he did a successful joint launch alongside Halima Namakula, Kyansuti and Trishilla.

He continued doing music and one of his major hit songs was ‘Cinderella’ in which he featured Ragga artiste Tool Man Kibalama which proved his singing worth amongst the masses. Meanwhile, he started music as he was in school and following his completion of high school in 2006, Denis flew to the United Kingdom for three months and later returned and hit studio releasing ‘Mungatto’ Luganda for ‘In Shoes’ in late 2006 which became a club banger.

Those who know him personally describe him as a humble person who used to crack jokes with everyone and yes we also experienced it last year when Rackla paid a visit to our offices in Kololo where had time to share with us a lot in his personal life and career.

Career and music

Apart from singing, Denis was a producer at No End studio, song writer behind songs like ‘Njakunooba’ and ‘Newadeyo’ by Iryn Namubiru, ‘Mubiite” by Desire Luzinda, ‘Tokyuse Mwami’ by Priscilla Kalibala, ‘Tombowa Mukwano’ by Juliana Kanyomozi and ‘Kibaduguda’ by Halima.

By the time of his death, Denis had released his second album dubbed ‘Munsonda’ that has songs like ‘Twevugemu’, ‘Tulo Tulo’ among others. As Chano8, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late and may his soul rest in perfect peace.

Watch Denis Rackla’s ‘Twevugemu’ song’s video below


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