The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Is the Bebe, Chameleone Beef Stage-Managed?

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Jose Chameleone (file photo).

Thirteen months ago when Bebe Cool appeared at Club Silk's monthly Unplugged shows with Jose Chameleone, they made quite an entrance.

Bebe Cool arrived in his monster Hummer, while Chameleone showed up in his Escalade. The pair parked their rides and then posed with fans, reminding them that they once slept on Nairobi streets.

Since that was Bebe's first time to be Unplugged, the place was full beyond capacity; even the band didn't have enough space and some patrons had to stay out. Last Thursday, Bebe was back at Silk just weeks after his lacklustre Akamwako album launch at Kyadondo rugby grounds. This time he didn't show up with Chameleone; they fell out again.

He was with just his band members and his Hummer. And this time the crowd wasn't that big, but grew steadily despite the rain. Unlike most artistes, Bebe hit the stage on time arguing, "I am different; I am not like artistes who make their fans wait. I respect you so much because you make me what other artistes want to be."

Having over ten years' experience in the industry, Bebe has a multitude of songs and he outdid himself. When Bebe took a break, his backup singers were given a chance to show the audience what they could do.

Only Rema and Ronnie Mutabazi stood out; Edith Hetty, Jackie and another one nicknamed 'Ssenga' should stick to their jobs.

Bebe Cool's wife Zuena Kirema showed up late, looking smart in a blue dress and short hair and immediately Bebe swung into Zuena-worship, saying she was the best thing that could happen to any man. Danzel and Short Cut shook up the crowd doing Big Mouth By Far, the single that hits back at Bebe's nemesis Bobi Wine.

Tuff B joined Bebe in their collabo, Ddogo Lyo. This song is usually reserved for insults directed at Bobi Wine, but last Thursday he turned the heat on his former best friend, Chameleone.

Word on the grapevine is that this new rivalry is a publicity stunt as the pair plot another "Battle of the Champions" similar to the one between Chameleone and Bobi Wine, followed by the second chapter earlier this year between Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine. They want to take on each other on stage, but have to build up to it. Mbu!

Bebe wound up with songs from his Minzani and Akamwako albums.

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