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Bebe Cool and Chameleone back to the drawing board

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Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone, at one of the government celebrations

After this story is published, both Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone fans will come out to rebuke whatever is said.

Truth is, since the boycott, many of the artistes involved have suffered setbacks of sorts – maybe the music was already bad and people were looking for way out, or they are too afraid to release quality songs or it may be true that Kampalans can indeed stick by their word.

For instance looking at the level King Saha was at before the campaign song was done; his Muliranwa had successfully become an anthem, enjoying over a million views on YouTube and had successfully dared Chameleone in the game of numbers by organizing a concert on the same date.

As you read this, it’s literally hard to believe that since January, King Saha has released two songs already, Mwana Gwe and Kyatule.

Mwana Gwe is a brilliant attempt with influences from the 1970s, the video brilliantly done by Sasha Vybz tries to stay true to the feel of the song and it has the potential to redeem King Saha who’s earlier Kyatule must have only become a statistic after almost two months.

But it’s not only King Saha that has attempted to make a comeback from a yellow song in vain, Radio and weasel struggled with Omwana Wabandi, Rema is doing her best to push her Sibyamukisa and of course, Iryn Namubiru has since released a number of songs, including a collaboration with Maro.

In the wake of all this drama, Uganda’s self-proclaimed number one and two artistes Bebe and Chameleone, also part of the crew have decided to go back to the drawing board.

The two know their markets so well and are aware of what made them darlings on the land, Chameleone is a master of all sorts of languages from Kiswahilli, Tswana, Kinyarwanda and many others he always tries out with that rhythm that borrows from different genres like Zouk, Afro Pop and Soukous among others.

His latest offering, Agatako offers exactly that. Agatako, which features DJ Pius from Rwanda is done in Kinyarwanda, English and Swahili with inspirations from his famous songs like Badilisha, Shida Za Dunia or Kipepeo which were all well appreciated.

Much as the song sounds like a bait for the vulgar happy Ugandans, we are yet to tell if it will make a mark.

Bebe Cool on the other hand was the guy who churned out as many bubble gum songs in the bid of landing a hit song at least before he held an annual concert and each year, the formula worked for him giving us songs like Kasepiki, Bogolako, Puss puss  and Cococidiosis among others.

It is thought that in a bid to get people back in his favor, Bebe too has had to play deaf to his own statements that after his Go Mama album, he was going to release strictly good music without pressures of searching for hit songs.

The two songs Bebe Cool has released in 2016, Taata and Ki Ekiganye totally defeat his own statements. While reviewing the song on Dembe FM’s Talk and Talk, one of the panelists noted that the song would have been a masterpiece if it were done by Bebe Cool’s son while many people from the public including his fans believe that the artiste took almost three steps back from the standards he set for himself with Go Mama.

The other song Taata, he seems to channel his inner Bobi Wine to talk about issues affecting a common man – and he’s apparently telling Taata Museveni about them.

Some of the music has been here for some time, whether the public will warm up to them, now that they are back to the basics – we are yet to tell.

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