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Celebrating Singer Paulo Kafeero’s Legacy




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By DJ Erycom. 
Suprisingly, Paulo Kafeero died on Thursday 17th May 2007, and today is Thursday 17 May 2018. Below is what you din’t know about the fallen legend. Please SHARE after reading.

Kafeero was born 12 July 1970 to Vicencio Nanganga and Phiromera Nannozi of Kirembe, Nkokonjeru in Buikwe District. This region is also known as Kyaggwe County.

In 1977, Kafeero began school at Nkokonjeru Demonstration Primary School, and went on to Ngogwe Baskerville secondary school, walking the four kilometres there each day. In the same year he began school, his father left the family. Because of his mother’s opposition to his interest in music, he went to stay in the nearby village of Masaba with his older sister Grace and her husband. Grace’s husband intermittently paid his school fees after his father’s abandonment. With no secure source of school fees, Kafeero did not finish secondary school. He earned money by making bricks, cultivating beans, selling used clothes, and tailoring. Kafeero’s father gave no further support and had no contact with his son until he became famous

As a child in the village, Kafeero was interested in music. He joined the primary school choir, but was dismissed by the choir director for being too quiet. When Kafeero learned of a neighbour in Masaba who owned a guitar, he became a regular visitor and learned to play. His mother was virulently opposed to his passion for Kadongo Kamu, afraid he would waste his life in useless pursuit. He would gather the stems and fibres from banana plants to create stringed instruments, which his mother would destroy. He eventually pooled resources with his sister’s son to buy a four-stringed guitar from the neighbour who taught him to play. He would interrupt his work in bean gardens to listen to Radio Uganda’s Kadongo Kamu show, featuring the stars Dan Mugula, Fred Ssebatta, Christopher Ssebaduka, Fred Masagazi, and Matia Luyima, most of whom eventually came to work with or for Kafeero.

In 1987, when he was sixteen and still in Masaba village, he founded his first musical group, the Pluto Boys. In 1988, he travelled to Kampala in hopes of joining a Kadongo Kamu group. By 1989, he was singing with Makula Guitar Singers with young stars Livingstone Kasozi and Herman Basudde. Kafeero wanted to lead his own group. He formed Kabuladda Dramactors, which he dissolved to start Kulabako Guitar Singers in 1992 with his sister Nantongo, his wife Nasuuna Mariam, Ssekate Charles, Nasanga, Bukko Brite, Namata Immaculate, Kizigo Sarah, Musange, and Kizito Misambwa. He led Kulabako Guitar Singers until his death.

Kafeero became a household name in 1989 when he released his first album, Muvubuka Munange. This immediate hit was followed by: Abatunda eby’Okulya in 1990; Ekijjankunene III in 1991; Temukyagasa in 1992; Kiwenenya Amazina in 1993; Ebintu by’Omuko in 1993; Tulera Bilerya in 1993; Walumbe Zaaya in 1994; Obutamatira in 1995; Ekyali Ekintu Kyange in 1996; Gwe Musika in 1996; Dunia Weraba in 1997; Eduma ly’Embaga in 1997; Omwana w’Omuzungu in 1998; Baabo Bagambe in 1999; Nantabulirirwa in 2000; Kampala mu Kooti in 2001; Dippo Naziggala in 2003; Bamutalira in 2005; Olulimi Lwange in 2005; and Nsonda Nnya released posthumously in 2007.

While still very young, he achieved a place among Kadongo Kamu icons Kasozi, Jimmy Katumba, and Elly Wamala. In the tradition of Ssebadukka and Basudde, Kafeero remained loyal to the essentials of Kadongo Kamu. After the early deaths of most Kadongo Kamu stars, he battled Fred Ssebatta for the kingship of contemporary Kadongo Kamu. He declared himself “Prince” at the height of his rivalry with Ssebatta who had declared himself “Lord.”

Paulo Kafeero doing what he was best at – Music. Artwork by DJ Erycom.

He was respected by colleagues as a favourite of Ugandans who appreciate grassroots, original, message-driven music. With his deep understanding of rich and ancient Luganda, his songs maturely and innovatively address social issues. His lyrics are marked by unexpected contrast and humour, often laid over characteristically Kiganda rhythms. He constructed his narrative songs around the quotidian problems of ordinary people, weaving into his long epics the traditions and lessons of his culture.

Popular Ugandan music promoter and top disco jockey – DJ Erycom explains that, Paulo Kafeero was unique among Kadongo Kamu musicians in that he composed, sang, played guitar and dramatised his music on stage. Kafeero was a multi-talented versatile musician whose music touched every generation upto date. Keeping himself thin and smartly dressed, he successfully maintained the image of the young boy who had appeared on the musical scene at age eighteen. His melodic voice, charming stage presence and vivid costumes, combined with his meaning-laden narrative songs crafted in his beloved Luganda, endeared the star to most Ugandans in whose hearts he remains. His song Olulimi Lwange, which explained how people across the world embrace their culture, is loved throughout Buganda and Uganda. He composed this song to educate youth on how to build their future.

Early 2006, DJ Erycom remixed most of Paulo Kafeero’s songs so as to ensure that they could be played in most happening places such as Clubs, Bars, Beaches and places where people gathered in big numbers.

At his death just before his thirty-seventh birthday, in Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the out-pouring of grief from across Uganda, and from Ugandans around the world, confirmed his esteem. In the weeks after he died, stories about his life and death doubled the sales of Bukedde, Uganda’s only Luganda daily newspaper; Bukedde’s sales were the highest since its founding in 1994, beating the New Vision, the leading English daily paper. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Kampala for his requiem mass at Christ the King Church and his viewing at the National Theatre. Music shops, vendors, and radio stations played his songs almost exclusively for weeks. Police and military unsuccessfully tried to control the throngs and traffic at his village funeral in Masaba. On 19 May 2007, officials from both the Ugandan national government and the Buganda Kingdom witnessed his burial, with his guitar, a few yards downhill from his first, tiny, three-roomed, cement house.[4] It should be noted that Paul Kafeero never formed Kabuladda because right from Makula Guitar Singers he formed Kulabako.

Just as Kafeero established himself as an artist dedicated to the traditions of Kadongo Kamu, his lyrics and lifestyle established him as a man grounded firmly in the family and community traditions of the Buganda Kingdom. While he spoke fluent English, he composed and sang only in Luganda, the language of the Baganda people, which is spoken predominantly in Buganda (central Uganda). His great love and respect for his language is evident in his song Olulimi Lwange. His songs reveal his social cosmology and unabashed promotion of his heritage. Like many traditional Ugandan men, Kafeero had deep and permanent roots in his village, where he insisted his children be reared, while maintaining a lively business life in the capital city Kampala. In 1987, when he was sixteen, he used the earnings from three years of odd jobs to buy a plot of land in Masaba, on which he built a thatched house. He bought this land with the currency of the government of Milton Obote because, while Yoweri Museveni overthrew the Tito Okello regime in 1986, Museveni did not replace Obote’s currency until February 1987.

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Kafeero had his first child when he was eighteen. In 1989, Simon Peter Kafeero was born in his mother’s home in Mbiko in Mukono District, but when he was eight years old, he came to Masaba to live in his father’s first cement house. In 1990 his second child, Nagawa Elizabeth, was born in Masaba to Nambi Josephine. In 1994, the couple had another child, Kafeero Benedict Dube. In 1992 his third child Thomas Kafeero Schwarzeneggar was born in Nkokonjeru to Kulabako singer Nasuuna Miriam, with whom he lived while in the city. Immediately after his death, other women claimed other children as his. This number of children, unclaimed by a man fiercely proud of children and unafraid of children outside of legal marriage, is probably more a marker of his fame than of his fertility. But he does seem to have acknowledged only the children whose mothers released them to be raised by him. Well known in the city were his childless wives Grace Mukanga and Robinah Namatovu. The public remains curious about Kafeero’s marriage to American Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, immortalised in his song Omwana w’Omuzungu, written before he met her, and in their duet Baabo Bagambe. Barrett-Gaines still lives in the home they shared outside of Kampala, and looks after his sons. She has translated and published his entire body of work in a book published by Fountain Publishers in Uganda: One Little Guitar: The Words of Paul Job Kafeero. True to his traditional beliefs, he married only one wife, Nasuuna Mariam, in a traditional ceremony, and he married no wife legally.

On Thursday, 17th May 2007, this Legend was announced dead after undergoing treatment in London for over 4 months. During those four months, the Late Paulo Kafeero managed to record his last album titled “Nsonda Nnya” that includes songs like Olulimi Lwange, Kudayo Bukunja, Ebisigala Byabaffu, Tukole Mpola amongt others. This album was 80% recorded in London by one Sam Kad, who happened to be one of Kafeero’s best guitarists of all times.

You can get this full album by clicking on this link

During his time, Kafeero won himself international awards from South Africa, Egypt and USA. In 2004, The government of Egypt rewarded Kafeero with honors and later in 2005, the Government started using Kafeero music as a simpler way to teach students about the BANTU SPEAKING PEOPLE.

Before he died, Kafeero was awarded an international award for the GOLDEN BOY OF AFRICA beating many African legends.

Some of Kafeero’s greatest HITS of all time include:
Muvubuka Munnange
Abatunda Ebyokulya
Ekijjankunene, part III
Kiwenenya Amazina
Ebintu Byomuko
Tulera Birerya
Walumbe Zzaaya
Ekyali Ekintu Kyange
Gwe Musika
Dunia Weeraba
Edduma Lye’mbaga
Omwana W’omuzungu
Baabo Bagambe
Kampala Mu Kooti
Dipo Naziggala
Olulimi Lwange
Nsonda Nnya
Eyali Amanyi Okupanga
Galenzi Mmwe
Musaayi Gwange
Singa Nalinze

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards



Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Philanthropist Ladiva Millen Magesa celebrates birthday at Sanyu babies’ home (Photos)



Tanzanian born philanthropist and BET global good will winner Millen Magesa has today celebrated her birthday in Uganda and made s a delibarate decision to celebrate ot at Namirembe based Sanyu babies home where she also cut and ate her cake with friends, babies and their care takers.

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Millen amongst many other items carried and donated items like pampers, food stuffs, beddings and further pledged more support.

Millen is the CEO of Millen Magesa Foundation and her foundation has extended extensive aod to Ugandans woth recently donating over 100 life jackets after the boat that capsized on Lake Victoria.

Here are some moments at Sanyu babies home.

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Tecno Camon 11 Pro to be launched



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Ugandan’s who want to keep up with the latest in trends and gadgets know that Tecno is one brand that always has their back. Tecno is launching the Camon 11 Pro soon with a promise that it will be bigger, better and smarter. This has caused a lot of excitement on Social Media.

According to the Tecno Mobile Uganda Social Media pages, the Camon 11 Pro is nothing less than the best at the moment at a pocket friendly price. The phone prides itself in the latest budget camera technology hence the tagline Capture more beauty. We also have it on good authority that with the new camera, you can now capture extra beautiful selfies even under very low light.

Although the team at Tecno remains tight lipped about the full spec of the phone, we have been told that AI – Artificial intelligence which is a must have for all new smartphone is available in the new Tecno Camon 11 Pro that will hit the market soon.

Tecno Camon 11 Pro Specifications and Features

  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) + HiOS 4.1 OS
  • Display: 6.2-inch HD+ (720 x 1520 pixel) IPS LCD Display
  • Processor Type: 2.0GHz octa-Core MT6762 Helio P22 CPU
  • Graphics ProcessorPowerVR GE8320
  • Internal Storage: 64GB Internal Storage Expandable to 256GB via SD card
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • Back Camera : 16 + 5 Megapixel dual Rear Camera with quad-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 24 megapixel front Camera with LED flash
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, FaceID, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM and 4G LTE Networks
  • Battery: 3750mAh with Mediatek Pump Express
  • Price: Not yet confirmed

We cannot confirm how much this phone will cost but we know that it won’t exceed a million shillings. We will keep you posted.

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