Tuesday, July 11 2017
Ugandan musicians to vie for political seats in 2021
The battle lines have been drawn after Bobi Wine won the Kyadondo parliamentary seat with a landslide victory. In the next elections, we could see up to 10 artists vying for political posts in their respective areas.
Top on the list are Dan Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee, who gave a shot for the Lord Mayor of Kampala, but failed, Eddy Yawe (Bobi Wine's brother) who has tried twice for a parliamentary seat and failing on both occasions. The other is Afrigo Band's Rachael Magola who is going to give the Iganga Woman MP slot another try after the passing of Hon. Hailat Kauda Grace.
Magola was trounced by the late Kauda Grace. The Obangaina singer was specifically bitter with those who tried to belittle artistes following the win of Bobi Wine, no doubt, she's coming back with a bang. Hon. Judith Babirye is already in the house.
We now bring you the other artists that are likely to pick up the nomination forms come 2021;
Sunday, April 03 2016
Radio presenter, Comedian and artist, Messe Bontwe, was the guest speaker on Dembe FM's Talk N Talk show this Saturday. He talked about how all these top artistes ought to accord him some respect as he literally opened the way for them.
Messe (the local word for a rat) talked of how he traveled with Bebe Cool to Kenya while going for his Japan visa application, he left Bebe Cool in his room that he had booked for two weeks. It’s from there that Bebe Cool started his music journey. Messe is behind the Bamusakata song that they did together with former Lord Mayor Candidate and singer, Dan Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee.
Messe was the first to do Ragga Dance hall, in fact, he advised all these top artistes to embrace the genre in Luganda if they were to eke a living out of music, it later did magic as seen from the then hit, Sirika Wo Baby.
Messe let out so much info that could otherwise not be in the public domain, but thanks to the Talk N Talk show host, Issac Katende aka Kasuku and his fellow show hosts, Eddy Sendi, Batt Badru and Jenkins Mukasa. Messe had so much info that two hours was not enough, you can be sure, he will be brought back to the same show sooner rather than later.
Among the biggest secrets that Messe revealed was how Chameleone’s first lover, Dorotia, the mother of his eldest daughter was dating Ragga Dee before hooking up with the Bayuda singer, small world it is!
Thursday, February 25 2016
"In politics, there is a winner and a loser," Ragga Dee noted while being interviewed by a local television. Lukwago was declared winner this morning from UMA-Lugogo where the votes from over 1,000 polling stations were being tallied.
"The 75.5% garnered out of the results from 82% of the polling stations so far tallied certainly surpasses my earlier expectations. I may not be wholly in a celebratory mood given the debacle we suffered as a nation during the presidential election, and the fact that my brother, Dr. Besigye is in shackles and chains, but permit me to express my heartfelt gratitude to the entire electorate in Kampala for the unreserved trust and honour bestowed upon me in yesterday's polls."
"It's quite a humbling experience and a historic moment that I will always treasure in my life. I reiterate my total commitment to the social contract we've executed in this civic exercise. I will remain steadfast on matters of rule of law, social justice, accountability and all the values you hold dear as humanity. My leadership shall be guided by the Will of the people and the philosophy of a shared vision."
"Transformation of Kampala into a modern capital city befitting the Pearl of Africa is critical but it must be guided by proper planning, taking into account the values of social justice, equity and sustainability. I once again THANK YOU for the overwhelming support and love manifested through out the entire process. May God bless you all."
The Balalu singer will now have to concentrate on his music and other businesses as he waits for another five years to give it another shot.
Related: Bobi Wine urges all to go and vote
Wednesday, February 24 2016
It's two hours to the end of the polls for the local government leaders but many polling stations are still registering a low voter turn out.
The Lord Mayor is being voted today and the three candidates contesting for the post are; the incumbent Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago taking on NRM's Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee and DP's, Issa Kukungwe.
"Today I found my self at the polling station.The Ugandan in me still believes in Democracy, I believe in #DemocraticChange. If you have not voted yet, I urge you to go and exercise your constitutional right, some times we do not vote to win but to make a statement...As youth,it's our duty to practice democracy and as for the authorities, it's their duty to respect it. #ObululuTebutwawula," Bobi Wine wrote after casting his vote.
Ragga Dee is confident to take the day home and so in the incumbent Lord Erias Lukwago, but the winner can only be known after the voting process ends at 4pm.
Thursday, October 29 2015
Asked on whether he will continue with his singing career, Ragga Dee compared himself to Austrian-American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is an actor, businessman, investor and now politician. I will also sing as Ragga Dee and also serve my people as Mayor Dan Kazibwe.
Ragga Dee will next year be tussling it out with the current Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who has expressed interest in running for the seat. NTV presenter, Miles Apuuli Rwamiti has been fronted by FDC to take on Lukwago and Ragga Dee.
Saturday, August 08 2015
Veteran singer Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee has removed his most defining physical feature that he has had for the last 20 years to venture into politics. Ragga Dee has cut off his trademark dreads as he prepares for the Kampala Lord-Mayoral race early next year.
His fans who had become familiar with his identity will now have to get used to the new look. Ragga Dee picked nomination forms for the Kampala Lord-Mayoral race that will be held in a few months time. He will be contesting on the NRM ticket.
If Ragga Dee is successful, then tag lines like; 'Lord Mayor Ragga Dee', 'Omuloodi Lagga Di' and so on will be common phrases in parts of down town Kampala. Before the posters could come out, the Owakazeke singer had to make sure the dreads were off.
Other than music, Ragga Dee has been keeping busy with his business of dealing in posh rides..
Monday, July 15 2013
Yesterday, the GRANDPA of Ugandan music Ragga Dee real name Daniel Kazibwe paid a courtesy visit to the Ghetto president Bobi Wine at his One Love Beach in Busabala. The two music weights first enjoyed fish and chips plus their favourite drinks before embarking on the cruise.
Bobi Wine was cruising his costly yacht while Ragga Dee was in a black boat. Trust Bobi Wine, after taking a little too much, he could not go in the water without a life jacket. Ragga Dee later gave up on his boat to join Bobi Wine to get a feel of the Omubanda Wa Kabaka yacht.
In one of Bebe Cool's latest songs, one has a line that goes: 'Olina Amatto agebeeyi, ebyo biyamba gwe, Tomalira Budde' translated as: Your having costly boats does not help me in anyway, so don't waste my time. It would not be surprising if that particular line was aimed at Bobi Wine, like it has been in the past.
Ugandan artistes in general and these two in particular have been outing songs aimed at each other. However, the recent nomination of the Goodlyfe Crew in the 2013 BET Awards is likely to change this, because if you have to feature in those awards, certain things must change.
Friday, April 19 2013
The latest info we are receiving on our desk is that Ragga Dee has bought a house in Nalumunye Estate off Entebbe-Kampala road. The Grand Pa of Music and also the 'Balalu' singer is equally loaded with a lincoln navigator and an Escalade among posh rides you find in his parking lot.
Apparently, he was forced to buy and not to construct the house in the above pic after it became an issue of who is the richest Ugandan musician following MTV Base and other Nigerian sites ranking Jose Chameleone as Africa's number 10 and by default Uganda's richest musician.
Ragga Dee adds that: "I already have a place I call home so my buying this house does not mean I have no house but just to put this issue of who is the richest to rest." Ragga Dee just laughed it off when asked what his take was on Chamelone being ranked number 10 in Africa.
If Chameleone is number 10, then I'm the richest in Africa because according to me, Chameleone and Bobi Wine are just kids when it comes to money matters but for Bebe Cool, his house is incomplete, but massive.
Wednesday, September 05 2012
While other celebrities are celebrating their birthdays at 25 and working their way downwards, Bebe Cool has just made 35. On 1-Sep-2012, the 'Akamwako' star celebrated his birthday at Asylum bar and later crowned the night at Guvnor.
Zuena who could not hide her excitement had this to say: "Happy birthday to my hubby, friend, father to my angels, my one and only Musa Bebe Cool. I wouldn't ask Allah for a better husband am proud of you and I cherish each day with u. Long live my love."
Amazingly, Bebe Cool is older than Bobi Wine(30), Chameleone(33) though Ragga Dee beats them all at 39. This is the soul reason you will not get Ragga Dee in these cats fights.
Sunday, January 22 2012
Mike Ezra - He was good at financing sports activities through his Ezra Track Team Board, spent Shs60m on the Uganda Cranes to send them to Niger for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. In 2004, Mike Ezra through his ETTB made a £60m bid to buy the English Premiership club Leeds United, but the bid was rejected by the club.
The last time he made an appearance in Uganda was when he was displaying dollars at Emin Pasha Hotel to disprove those who thought that he was broke. The last of him was when he waws arrested in Kenya for issuing a bounching cheque.
Meddie Ssentogo - He was popularly known as Young Money with a fleet of posh vehicles ranging from a Tundra, Range Rover Sport and all the vehicles had his name 'Meddie' as number plates, donated a BMW to Jose Chameleone but the Meddie of today, has now sold off almost everything including his house in Munyonyo to pay off debts.
Bad Black used to give him all that money before David Greenhalgh came in to block the taps and now for fear of attaching his property, he has sold off everything. He now cruises a range rover sport in UAQ series.
Desire Luzinda - Her curves and body shape did a lot in boosting her music career. She released some good music like 'Nyumirwanyo', then did a collabo with the Ngoni's. Right now she continues to release tracks but not hits.
Juliana Kanyomozi - Have you listened to her style of music lately? It's totally different from the Juliana back then who you could not dare compare to any artiste. Its not clear if she is trying to follow the crowds but you could appreciate her music the moment your ears could interact with it, now it takes time before one appreciates it.
They were a team with Iryn, split and went solo but she was still better than Iryn, right now, looks like Iryn is at the top of the game when you compare the two may be because Juliana takes long breaks and yet Iryn is constantly releasing track after track.
Ragga Dee - The Digida star also known as the Grand Pa of Ugandan Music had resorted to performing in bars a move that was for the upcoming artistes and not the 'big sizes' like him. His last album launch was a flop at Kati Kati last year.
Phina Mugerwa - Used to do well especially with her waist dance which earned her the 'Shakira' title but from the time she became a mother it has been a bit tight for her though she continues to release tracks but not hits.
Tuesday, June 08 2010
Ugandan musicians have identified another avenue of conflicting and this is none other than launching on the same date. It started with Bobi Wine and Bebe Cool last year and just recently we saw Grace Nakimera and the Goodlyfe Crew launching on the same date something that forced Nakimera to even fake an acid attack just to solicit for supporters.
The latest is General Mega Dee and Ragga Dee whose war is not only Mega Vs Ragga but according to the posting on Mega Dee's wall, he is so bitter bearing in mind that this was the second time he had rescheduled his show and chosen a date that was free but just a week ago, Ragga Dee decided that he would be having a show on the same day and the same venue.
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