Dr Chameleone rocks Kigali
Ugandan “music doctor” of the Valu Valu fame, Jose Chameleon was in Kigali over the weekend after three years to give his fans what he does best.
The music star who is one of the biggest music icons in Uganda and the most loved entertainer both locally and internationally jetted into the country Wednesday night in the company of his young brother AK 47 of the famous Movie Star song and DJ Black.
His mission in Kigali was one- performing and entertaining people at the Kesha festival that had two concerts at Amahoro stadium on Saturday and Serena hotel on Sunday.
Valu Valu song, which was launched in early March together with a customised phone- Chameleone Mobile, has been a big hit that has rocked the entire east Africa and Rwanda some bars have been named Valu Valu.
Asked what Valu valu means Chameleon says it talks about the life of a complicated person and at the time he wrote the song he was referring to himself.
Chameleone who was last here three years ago said loved the country and believes Kampala is still doing badly compared to Kigali, which is more organized. During the performances the ‘Tomwesiga ‘ song legend took time to recorganise and commend the growth in the Rwandan music industry compared to what he saw three years ago.
‘Music has really grown here, you know in the past there were few artists, probably with poor videos but now they have really improved and I would love to do a number of collaborations with various artists here, ’ he said.
When asked about what keeps him at the top and progressing, since his ‘Dorotia song about twelve years ago, the outspoken musician says it’s about him remaining focused and hard working and maintaining originality.
He also said that he express reality when writing his songs. “ I sing about real things that happen in life especially from my experiences, that is why I usually advise my fellow musicians to be real when composing songs”, boasted Nkundabagenzi Joseph, a name he is called whenever he comes to Rwanda. Nkundabagenzi in Kiryarwanda means a person who is hospitable.
Jose Chameleon who once referred to himself a Gaddafi refuted claims of hostility between him and his fellow musician brother Weasel. He said as his elder brother, he is there to look out for him and if the young brother breaks a cup, out of negligence Chameleone is obliged to punish him so that he doesn’t repeat the same mistake.
Our very own Rwanda musicians- Kitoko, Riderman, King James, Dream boys and Urban boys were the first on the stage before Dr Jose Chameleone who in most songs sung with his brother AK 47 unleashed his great and non-stop performances that excited the crowd wild.
Valu Valu concert that was organized by Next Entertainment was dubbed the Kesha festival as a way of encouraging young boys and upcoming artists to avoid abusing drugs and rather build themselves musically.