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Odrek Rwabwogo: My Two Remarkable Encounters with Radio and Weasel

Odrek Rwabwogo, the son-in-law to President Yoweri Museveni has also joined the fans of fallen musician Mowzey Radio to pay tribute.

Below we post a statement shared on his Facebook page, recounting his two meetings with Radio and Weasel.

It opens with him talking about the stunning homily by the Lubaga Cathedral Priest at the requiem mass.

By Odrek Rwabogo

Kenneth

Thank you for this recording. I would like to meet this Priest if you have his contact. I listened all through the 25min of his sermon at the funeral of Mowzey on my way to Mayuge this morning.

The Reverend Father is spot on and you should widely circulate his teaching. Both the richness of language, his wide use of examples and the penetrating message he delivered, is core to our youth today. All should listen to him.

I first met Radio and Weasal in September of 2010 when we were developing the theme song for Uganda Youth Convention ‘Jobs for youth campaign.

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It is that campaign that produced the Youth Venture capital scheme. The “Nze Ndi MunaUganda” song which was done by various artists was a hit and topped the charts for over a month on stations in Uganda.

There were ringtones and sounds tracks for other productions made out of the song later.

The Radio & Weasal version, however was my and still remains the best of my collections eight years later. I carry it on my cellphone.

In 2013, I met the group again when we did an international event at Speke Resort and I asked them to perform. They walked into the event pretty “high” on something, all in white/cream attire and very dark sun glasses at 11pm. And what more, they wouldn’t perform till cash of UGX3m was hand delivered to their agent.

The performance lasted 30 minutes only. This is when I understood the sea change happening in our arts and culture industry.

That one would pay so much for such a short appearance made me fully aware that our nation’s art and culture leaders had come of age. They were beginning at the time to earn so well although still a distance away from those in the West; but that this was a question of time, they would catch up, wasn’t in doubt to me.

I have been meaning in my heart to speak to the older groups led by Richard Kawesa, who is a friend, to work out a way to help the younger generation of musicians high on success that has been built on the shoulders of the pathfinders of the 1980/90s, to bring some professional Managment and other business values so that the industry can grow from singing to production and movie making.

Even more importantly to study the life and work of western musicians who built careers based on causes that eventually became political such as Nina Simone, to avoid the political compartmentalization of art and culture that we see today.

This is a discussion of another day.

For now, Mowzey’s passing on under the circumstances this has happened and at this young age is such huge set back to the industry.

Sometime back I asked for the full earnings per year report of the music industry and the amount of taxes they pay but nobody would provide this info accurately from both the private and government sectors.

I now think even more that if there is a spotlight shed on the industry, it would trigger the development of better standards, professionalize the management of artists and in the end save them from premature death.

When standards of a sector improve, it doesn’t mean that abuse ends as we saw with many western artists (Whitney Houston in 2012, Micheal Jackson in 2010 and many others) but it helps to keep their estate functioning beyond them.

Otherwise, I thank you for the recording and may Mowzey’s soul Rest In Peace.

 

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