The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Uganda: Madina Exit Cripples Revival Band

When Hajjati Madina of the controversial Bibuuza fame quit Revival band sometime back over poor pay, many, specifically the gospel group's frontlady and former crony Maggie Kayima a.k.a Nabi Omukazi, were quick to lambast her.

"We gave her enough but she was never appreciative. We are better off without her," Kayima told stunned viewers on Bukedde TV's Omubimba show.

However, news filtering in from the band's Kawaala neighbourhoods suggests otherwise. Sources tell us that in a desperate effort to fill the Bibuuza star's seemingly big shoes, Kayima has resorted to recruiting her family members. Most of the new recruits, including Kayima's two kid sisters, have, however, left little to be desired about the once glorious band, sources say.

And such was evidenced last week when the band was again hosted on Omubimba. One of the girls has been identified as Namuleme. She has a new song called Ebibaati, a lament about love gone wrong. Clearly, it will take her time to match Madina's vocal prowess. The only consolation is that she's younger and sexier.

Meanwhile, the band has come under fire from their Christian fans who accuse the singers of deluding to secular music. Indeed, most of the band's latest songs, including Ebibaati and Kayima's Sanyusa Mukyala Wo are secular. But Kayima says there is no need for a fuss.

"We have decided to sing about human-interest issues because they draw people to church," she reasoned.

And as if to spite Madina the more, the band has also recruited Winnie Kayesu with whom she is battling for ownership rights of the groovy Bibuuza hit. But it seems Madina is also grassing. Otherwise, why hasn't she released any meaningful song since Bibuuza?

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