The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Friends Remember Paul Job Kafeero Tonight At Bat Valley

It is now five years since Uganda was cheated by death, which robbed fans of Paulo Job Kafeero's voice.

Kafeero was popularly called the Golden Boy of Africa after winning a gold medal for lead vocalist in 1994 organised by Institut d'Etudes Théâtrales - French body specialising in country music. He was declared winner out of 6,000 contestants from Africa for his 15-minute hit Walumbe Zaaya, in which he did not repeat a word.

He died on May 17, 2007 and his friends and fans will celebrate his music in a documentary at Bat Valley Theatre tonight at 6pm.

Kafeero, who began recording professionally in 1992 with his great album Ekijjankunene died with over two dozen albums like: Muvubuka Munnange, Abatunda Ebyokulya, Kawala ka Kinyozi, Walumbe Zaaya and Nsonda Nnya.

His music, kadongokamu (folk music) endeared him and the genre to many, who enjoyed his compositions, especially those that did not repeat a word or phrase in an entire song. Sadly, since his passing, his group (Kulabako Guitar Singers) has died out, prompting friends to find a way to keep his music and name alive.

"We hope to start remembering Kafeero and other people like Herman Basudde, who contributed to the industry annually in a more respectable manner," said Henry Mpinga Ssempijja, one of tonight's organisers.

Tonight, friends will talk about Kafeero's life in the two-hour documentary and people will also have a chance to buy new and old videos of Kafeero.

"There are some videos of his latest songs that he left unfinished and we have finished them. We will be unveiling them tonight," said Mpinga.

Since his death, kadongokamu has been struggling with only two established musicians - Fred Ssebatta and Mathias Walukagga.

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