The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Walukagga's Bakoowu At Obbligato

What makes a lively city like our Kampala have tired citizens?

A walk around town reveals that almost all Kampalans say, "Twakoowa" (we are tired) at least once every day.

Kadongo kamu maestro Matthias Walukagga followed suit and will launch his new song, Bakoowu (they are tired) tonight at New Club Obbligato. In Bakoowu, Walukagga criticizes fellow musicians who sing for fame, without taking into consideration the message in the songs.

He thus attacks them for their use of vulgar words. He also delves into circumstances that the citizenry is fade up with such as broken marriages and a lack of concern in the teaching and medical professions.

As a result, Bakoowu is thought to be Walukagga's best song after Tomala Gasoma. He hopes the song will put an end to his critics who thought he was an average singer.

An admirer of the late John Mabirizi and Paul Kafeero, Walukagga says he composed Bakoowu after seeing his friends endure trying moments. The singer started his career in 1995, but shot to fame when he had a fight with the Samona products proprietor, Ssalongo Kasawuli Mukasa.

He released Tulepuke and Bwiino W'omutembeyi, bashing the tycoon. And it took fellow artistes like Bobi Wine, Mesach Ssemakula and the Katikkiro of Buganda, JB Walusimbi, to arbitrate in the matter before the fight could end.

"He is now my buddy, the reason I dedicated my 2011 PAM award accolade to him; he is the first person I invited.

"Even bitter wars like the First and Second World War ended; so, why not this?"

Away from music, Walukagga plays football for his clan, Akasimba and pool at the bar. He however, doesn't drink nor smoke. Although he claims to have 126 songs and 21 albums, he is famous for Ekiri e Mulago, Ekimansa Nakku, Ntinka Nkutinke, School Fees and Bizibu Family, among others.

For tonight's show, he will be accompanied by Mesach Ssemakula, Kazibwe Kapo, David Lutalo, Hajjat Madina, Jose Chameleone and his group Vision Productions.

Tickets go for Shs 20,000 and Shs 50,000 for VIP.

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