Connect with us

Leader board

Specials/Features

Celebrating Singer Paulo Kafeero’s Legacy

Published

on

TODAY MARKS 11 YEARS SINCE HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Get 50% off all your Safeboda rides. Click here to download the app

.  

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. www.djerycom.com

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.

Download Kafeero Music Here https://goo.gl/QYNxSy

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 https://goo.gl/QYNxSy

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
Temukyasaga
Kiwenenya Amazina
Ebintu Byomuko
Tulera Birerya
Walumbe Zzaaya
Obutamatira
Ekyali Ekintu Kyange
Gwe Musika
Dunia Weeraba
Edduma Lye’mbaga
Omwana W’omuzungu
Baabo Bagambe
Nantabulirirwa
Kampala Mu Kooti
Dipo Naziggala
Bamutalira
Olulimi Lwange
Nsonda Nnya
Emomboze
Eyali Amanyi Okupanga
Galenzi Mmwe
Musaayi Gwange
Lucia
Singa Nalinze
Bisirikirwa

(Visited 1 time, 1 visit today)
Continue Reading

Entertainment News

BBS Terefayina launches World Cup in live broadcast.

Published

on

By

Yesterday as the long awaited World Cup final kicked off, Mengo based BBS Terefayina as the only authorized local station to broadcast all 32 games broadcasted its first match. While the station broadcasted the match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, there was also a ceremony to mark the milestone where VIP guests like the Katikiro graced the live broadcast on big screens in Bulange.

Get 50% off all your Safeboda rides. Click here to download the app

.  

BBS Terefayina will continue to broadcast the remaining 31 matches live.

(Visited 1 time, 1 visit today)
Continue Reading

Companies

PEPSI ISSUE PRESS STATEMENT ON TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

Published

on

By

Yesterday evening a Pepsi vehicle registration no: UBD 061D was involved in an accident with a pick-up and a Boda boda along the Kampala – Gulu highway at Nakasongola. Unfortunately, five people lost their lives in the incident including a member of the Crown Beverages’ fraternity, Mr Emma Kibira, a sound engineer. Other injured persons were taken to Laco Hospital in Luwero for further treatment, they are currently stable and will be transferred to a health facility in Kampala.

Get 50% off all your Safeboda rides. Click here to download the app

.  

The Crown Beverages Limited fraternity is deeply saddened by this tragic accident and send their deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones.

May the souls of the dearly departed rest in eternal peace.

(Visited 1 time, 1 visit today)
Continue Reading

Companies

Sheila Gashumba and Fik Fameika twin with Development Channel for Economic war.

Published

on

By

Media personality and NTV the Beat presenter, Sheila Gashumba and Local Musician Fik Fameika have been signed by Development Channel to promote the company’s Economic War.

Get 50% off all your Safeboda rides. Click here to download the app

.  

Sheila Gashumba and Fik Fameika are both Development Channel Ambassadors, the duo got this role in this Pan-African Economic war, to influence their following to join this war that is aimed at improving the livelihood of the Ugandan people.

Like Sheila Gashumba, Fik Fameika promised to use their social media following to address the company’s goals on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gashumba together with Fik Fameica’s manager signed individual contracts to create mileage for the company. The two signed the contracts on the following terms; to share and comment what has been posted by the company and talk about the company each time they appear on TV shows.

In support of the Economic war, Gashumba said that Africa has been waiting for something like this. The Economic war is the most influential war every African should be part of. Since there are global economic precedents that have attested to the fact that one company can lift a whole nation out of poverty, Sheila Gashumba is certain that Development Channel is here to change Africa and create a strong middle class.

“I am so grateful for this initiative and I encourage everyone to stick to my Facebook, twitter and Instagram accounts to know about this amazing company, Development channel,” she said.

While Fik Fameika commended Development Channel for the initiative to transform Africa from a third world economy to a sustainable economy.

“The idea of an Economic war will benefit the common man. African citizens should see this as a golden chance; if the idea of Economic War is embraced families will have better lives.”

The two artists signed the three months contract before Development Channel Chairman, Charles Lambert at and was witnessed by the company’s lawyers Sanyu Mukama Jamil and Joel Israel Kidandaire at the company’s head office in Kitintale in Luzira.

(Visited 1 time, 1 visit today)
Continue Reading

Yop Polls

Bigeyeug TV

Facebook

HOT RIGHT NOW