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Why King Saha’s claim that he wrote “Valu Valu” and “Badilisha” for Chameleone is false

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King Saha and Chameleone

By Bash Mutumba

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I was and still one of the few people that think King Saha is being falsely accused of conniving with Weasel to produce late Mowzey Radio’s music and take credit for it. However, his recent claim on National TV that he wrote Jose Chameleone’s Swahili classics; Valu Valu and Badilisha, is downright unbelievable.

During the Horizon Vibe show hosted by UBC TV’s seasoned presenter, Calvin Da Entertainer, King Saha maintained that he wrote the two songs for his then boss. “Yes I did. While at Leone Island, I did a lot of stuff. I might be bad at some things, but music isn’t one of them. I am very good at music. I went through many hands, but in the end, my talent never wavered.” He stressed, despite the shock-wave that covered the entire room.

When Dr. Chameleone was contacted about the issue, he couldn’t conceal his disappointment, “I can’t believe even a seasoned TV presenter couldn’t attempt to save the viewers from such blatant lies. If it’s true that he wrote the songs, why doesn’t he have any other which sounds like them? Leone Island nurtures talent, so Saha is good, and he is my friend and brother. But I don’t know what made him say such lies.”

In a personal point of view, I will give you one reason why I believe Saha is falsely claiming ownership of writing rights of the two songs. They are both Swahili songs, a signature of Chameleone since 1999, way before King Saha started singing. And also, he(Saha) has never released a known Swahili song, needless to say we are not sure if he can even speak the language.

I would like to think that perhaps there was a miscommunication and King Saha meant something else. Perhaps the rumored scenario that involved Chameleone’s late brother Akay 47 during the production of “Owakabi” is what happened with the former Leone Island singer. It is said that while Chameleone was recording the song, Akay reportedly came in and suggested the word “Owakabi” to be used in the hook, and so it was, but it doesn’t mean he wrote the song. Perhaps something similar to this is what happened with King Saha.

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Lydia Jazmine excited by Social Media verification

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From the time con artistes hit Social Media, many celebrities and brands have been doing all possible to get their pages verified so that fans know who is real and who is not.

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At one point, some celebs lost access or got hacked when they trusted the wrong elements to get their pages verified.

It is always good news when an artiste gets verification on Social Media because this protects his/her image and fans since all communication from him/her becomes legit as long as it is on the verified page.

Lydia Jazmine is the latest Ugandan artiste to get verified on Social. Her Instagram got verified today and she is over the moon because of this. She broke the news to her fans telling them that every good thing happens in it’s own time.

I Choose To Believe In TIMING And I Choose To Trust The PROCESS! Everything Eill Happen At The PERFECT Time, Don’t Push Too Hard😊Hey JAZMINE Addicts And Lovers, We Got Verified On Instagram! Munsanyukileko😆😍💃🏽🙏🏾

This comes just a day after the singer survived a nasty accident along Masaka Road as she was heading to Kabale for a show. Jazmine told fans that she has just watched as God saved her and colleagues from the jaws of death.

We will keep you posted.

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Photos: Capital FM partners with Ykee Benda for Siinga concert

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Ykee Benda and Siinga concert have got another huge boost after Capital FM became another big partner that will be sponsoring the event.

Ykee Benda and Capital FM in a press conference yesterday agreed to work together towards a successful concert. Capital FM now joins other sponsors like NBS, Coca Cola, Fenon, Mpaka records and Bell Lager.

Siinga concert is slated for 29th March at Serena hotel.

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6 Things Ugandan musicians should learn from Diamond Platnumz

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Diamond Platnumz

By Bash Mutumba

In the last half a decade or so, the biggest musical export from East Africa, has undoubtedly been Diamond Platnumz. Together with the 5 artists signed to his WCB Wasafi record label, Naseeb Abdul Juma has proved that despite the reign of West African music, East Africa has something to contribute to Afro Beat. Musically, financially and otherwise, Ugandan musicians have 6 major things to learn from the Tanzanian Bongo Flava star:

1. Social media is the new mainstream media

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Wait! I know you’re about to lash out at me on how inaccurate that statement is, but Diamond has proved otherwise – at least musically speaking. After him and his record label being denied airplay by all top media houses in Tanzania, he defied odds, and signed a new artist – Mbosso – who has achieved unprecedented success in just one year of unveiling.

How does he do it? Well, thanks to Tanzania’s big social media usage, almost everyone part of his company has a cult of followers on Instagram(with Diamond himself flying high at 6.3+ Million), who are always directed to YouTube, iTunes and other digital music platforms to support any new piece of work from any Wasafi artist. Promotional challenges are also hyped, involving fans singing and/or dancing to the song in question, and are posted by the artists themselves. In the end, even the perceived weakest artist in Wasafi is able to garner at least a million views within a week of release for a video, and two weeks for an audio.

For a Ugandan musician, earning a million views within a month of release of a video is a miracle usually celebrated. Also, no single show by Diamond Platnumz or any of his artists goes unnoticed; more about that in the next one.

2. Teamwork is everything

While a Ugandan musician will have one manager to handle everything: show bookings, stage management, costumes, welfare, photography and videography, security, payment, studio sessions, PR and all; Diamond has an individual or more for each of those items, for each artist. The team has the duty to make sure nothing goes unnoticed. Behind the scenes sessions of music video shoots, media tours and performances are always made ready for viewership on YouTube and Instagram.

Also, music recording sessions are usually seamlessly executed, as the artists spend a lot of time together as a family. They all have home studios on top of the main studio at the headquarters.

Management-wise, Diamond put the best names in the industry on board to make his label grow: Babu Tale, Mkubwa Fela and Salam SK do mentor younger managers like Ricardo Momo, Makame and Sandra to handle all artists accordingly.

He also has a video production company of his own(Zoom Production) in partnership with Director Kenny to cut costs, since all Wasafi musicians shoot big budget videos. The partnership with tycoon Joseph Kusaga to start Wasafi Media also proved he is a team player.

3. Scarcity increases demand

Unlike Ugandan musicians who do up to 20 shows or more a week, Diamond and his musicians are rare on stage, so their expensive charges are justified. If it is not his Wasafi countrywide and Kenya festival, Diamond is on tour across the world. His international performance fee is rumored at $60,000.

4. Be humble

Despite the flossing on social media and in music videos, everyone who has met Diamond says he is a very humble man. He respects every single person in their right. This one is a little hard to believe because fame easily gets to people’s heads.

5. International collabos are a fame catalyst

As Ugandan artists have failed to gain much from international collabos, say Jose Chameleone with Kelly Rowland, Beenie Man and Konshens, A Pass with Konshens, Pallaso with Davido etc; Diamond has made a killing off them. His first international hit was “Number One Remix” featuring Davido, he went on to shine brighter, with collaborations with Ne-Yo, Morgan Heritage, P Square, Miri Ben Ari, Rick Ross, Patoranking etc.

6. A star’s private life is the world’s business

This doesn’t necessarily mean he has to show everything that happens in his life to the public, but he is well aware his fans are so interested in his private life, and he capitalizes on that. Diamond has made sure drama between him and his partners like Zari, Hamisa and Tanasha makes him the talk of the East.

These are indeed ambitious things for a Ugandan setting, but if you wonder how the Tanzanian sensation does it, there you have it!



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