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Celebrating Singer Paulo Kafeero’s Legacy

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TODAY MARKS 11 YEARS SINCE HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

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

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Survivors of 2010 terrorist attacks give testimonies of how Prophet Mbonye prophesied tragedy before it happened in new documentary

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Several Christians and followers of Prophet Elvis Mbonye, of Zoe International Ministries, who survived the 2010 Al- Shabaab terrorist attacks in Uganda that occurred at Kyadondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian Village, Restaurant in Kabalagala, respectively, have given touching testimonies of how the man of God prophesied the horrible incident just a month before it happened!

In their chilling confessions, the Christians, most of them survivors of the terrorist attacks at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, gave their confessions in a new documentary filmed by Zoe Ministries, in which they all revealed how Prophet Mbonye told them during a conference held in May 2010 that he had received a vision from God about a pending terrorist attack in Uganda, although none of them knew it would really happen just a month after the prophesy.

It is now exactly 10 years since the brutal attacks on July 10th, 2010, which left over 74 people dead and at least 71 injured after the Al-Shabaab terrorists exploded bombs in a fully-packed rugby field where soccer fans were watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

Frank Kakooza, who survived the bomb blast at Kyadondo Rugby grounds, said that “I just heard a blast. I can’t even tell you how loud it was But the State has to come out clearly and respect the word of prophesy that comes out of Prophet Mbonye, because he has been saying things which have come to pass. For instance he prophesied about Trump, The choppers, this bloodshed that happened in Lugogo; now why don’t you talk to that person? Fore warned is forewarned; Why wouldn’t anyone want to listen to him?”

Judith Akankwasa, another survivor, added that “we were screaming and scampering for our lives. Not many of us; really few of us had sensed that this was an attack. What made it even more interesting was the sound behind us of a second explosion. My instinct told me to take cover and I was crying to God; have mercy on me. I repent. I repent. But I was astonished to later know that the man of God had actually seen this before hand and he had endeavoured to warn his people. This message was out there although it wasn’t received by everyone, it was out there. I am amazed at what God can do.”

Robert Semujju, whose head was partly shattered by shrapnel from the bomb, miraculously survived the explosion, said that; “I was seated, watching the match. Then all of a sudden I don’t know what happened next. My skull had been blown to the extent that even part of it was shattered and it was open. I think God never wanted me to see that situation anymore. Because after Lugogo, me I went to the mortuary directly. It’s by his God grace, I am here. But later I recalled the man (Mbonye) had prophesied about it. Meaning that through him, God had warned about what was going to come.

Annet Bananuka, a teacher, said that “When I heard news of the attack, I remembered that I had been at a conference during which Prophet Mbonye had warned of the first ever terrorist attack in Uganda. He said he could see an explosion. He could see bloodshed.”

Prophet Mbonye has since prophesied about several other events that have come to pass. For instance, in 2012 he prophesied that Uganda would be engulfed in grief after losing some of her citizens in a plane crash and asked Christians to pray about it. Just a few weeks after he had pronounced the prophesy Uganda lost gallant soldiers who perished in a chopper crash that occurred on Mount Kenya. Seven out of a 28-member crew lost their lives when the Mi-24 chopper failed to negotiate the 17,000 foot altitude of Mt Kenya.

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Dishonesty is causing conflict at family and community level, how ACORD Uganda is tackling this in Wakiso

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By Staff Writer

“Children of God are peaceful, where there is conflict, then they focus all efforts on making peace.” These were the words of Rev. Father Kato Adolf while he was talking about peacebuilding to the different staff members from several organizations in Bundibugyo district recently.

Naturally, families are supposed to peaceful to each other and exercise love as these are the same people who live together, care about each other and share several other things. They are children of God; they are supposed to be peaceful. But when conflict arises, it must be changed to peace.

Dishonesty is one of the issues causing conflict at family and community levels in Uganda. ACORD Uganda has however been proactive enough as to take the first step and tackle this issue in Wakiso. The dishonesty in some families in Wakiso area are not caused by alien issues, it always zeros down to the issue of openness. This is not limited to the families themselves but also cuts across to the leadership. Through partnerships such as the one with Girls for Girls (G4G) dialogue, that aims to help young women develop the courage, vision, and skills to take on public leadership, ACORD Uganda is acting fast in Wakiso district to tackle this conflict.

Speaking at the G4G dialogue session recently, Nabikofu Fatumah one of the panelists of the day confirmed that dishonesty is causing conflict at family and community level. She advocated for openness among families and the community leadership to be able to foster peace. “Lack of transparency by the community leaders across the region. When this is achieved, the issue of dishonesty at family and community level in Wakiso district will be a thing of the past.”

What makes this issue worse is that not only Wakiso district is affected but several other districts in Uganda. It may not have happened by now, but it could happen eventually. Many youths have all witnessed conflict in one way or another and some have gone further to find out what has caused it.

The good news is that conflict negotiation, reconciliation, mediations and several other methods have been employed by ACORD Uganda to curb on conflict in the families and communities of Wakiso district and Uganda at large through peacebuilding.

The onus is on the youth of society to identify these conflicts and speak out openly about them so that we can all start a new journey to peacebuilding since we are all children of God who are supposed to be peaceful.

About ACORD Uganda

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation that has worked in Uganda since 1979 with headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country. ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas. Currently, ACORD-U Implements interventions in more than 23 Districts in the South-western, Western, Northern, West-Nile, and Eastern Parts of Uganda.

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A peaceful Uganda that starts with you and how you can play your part.

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We know that we all have a role to play when it comes to our societies. No matter who you are, how old you are, or what you do, this is a matter that concerns us all. However, the youth who make up over 70 percent of the Ugandan population, have an even bigger role since the future belongs to them. 

One of the key things about being happy and being able to make a positive contribution to society is having peace. This enables anyone be young or old to express their full potential and for the youth is helps them to harness their potential for sustaining the peace in their society.

Even when you look at securing a peaceful, just and inclusive society, it will always come back to you. The youth may wonder what it takes. Some may say, it has all be done and it still being done. This is the point where the same question that has always come up shows its face, why is our society still the same or worse becoming the opposite of what we want it to be? The interesting thing about all these questions is that it will always come back to you. What are you doing to achieve peacebuilding in your society?

The truth is nothing will or can change unless you change. You start are the one to start and we will follow. You are the one to lead and we will follow. You are the one to act and we will follow.

You would never be peaceful and face war, you would never be just and meet injustice, when you are peaceful and just, your environment will be inclusive and complete.

The takeout here for Ugandan youth is to be peaceful and just to create an inclusive society for all. The fear and violence will not have to even exist with ladies and gentlemen of peace and justice in Uganda. 

Remember the words of Rev. Mukonzo Ezra Yongeza at the ACORD Uganda peacebuilding training in Kasese about the youth position in peacebuilding, he said; “The youth are the wall of every building the iron sheets are the elders who are supported by the youth who are the majority and energetic. The moment the youth are equipped, the world changes. The adults have tried for many years and things are the way they are, the youth need to be supported too.”

We all need to do our part to foster peaceful, just, and inclusive societies in Uganda that are free from fear and violence. 

About ACORD Uganda

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation that has worked in Uganda since 1979 with headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country. ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas. Currently, ACORD-U Implements interventions in more than 23 Districts in the South-western, Western, Northern, West-Nile, and Eastern Parts of Uganda.

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VIDEO: Why the Youth need to be equipped to lead on peacebuilding in Uganda

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A word from Rev. Mukonzo Ezra Yongeza at the ACORD Uganda peacebuilding training in Kasese about the youth position in peacebuilding.

The youth are the wall of every building the iron sheets are the elders who are supported by the youth who are the majority and energetic.

The moment the youth are equipped, the world changes. The adults have tried for many years and things are the way they are, the youth need to be supported too. 

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