KAMPALA, Uganda. The country’s top superstar, Dr. Jose Chameleone and UK based Rwandan legend and ambassador of peace Jean Paul Samputu are set to release an international hit ahead of their European tour next month.
The Investigator can exclusively reveal that the song that is done will hit Ugandan airwaves in the first week of September. Dubbed ‘mapenzi haitaki mali’ a Swahili statement literally meaning ‘love can’t love” consists of an afro-rhythm, and percussive beats sang in five different languages; Luganda, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French and English.
To help promote talent among local producers, Chameleone requested that the song be recorded and produced here in Uganda and not France as Samputu had decided. We have established that one of Uganda’s best producers Paddy Man from Audio 1 Records is behind the international hit.
Samputu, a genocide survivor, who has lived for over 20 years in New York and the UK told The Investigator he decided to do a collabo with Chameleone because he considers him an ‘international artist’. “Chameleone has for long been a close friend in the music industry but that aside, his music is not local but international. His Valu Valu song is an international hit that rocks dancehalls in the UK and Europe,” said Samputu.
“I realized he (Chameleone) had backtracked and wanted us to hit the international waves once again. This song is going to rock the international waves including the francophone states,” said Samputu. He revealed to the Investigator at the studios where the recording was being done that starting from October to December, the duo will be hitting audiences in Europe with various shows.
“As an ambassador of peace, we want to relay messages of love, hope and forgiveness. This is just one of the many songs lined up as a joint collabo between me and Chameleone and other East African artists,” said Samputu. Another collabo will be between Samputu and Radio and Weasel as soon as they return from their US tour.
Chameleone told the Investigator that music in Uganda and East Africa as a whole had become so competitive. “I must admit. This year has been low for me. I have not done much, I acknowledge. The industry has become so competitive but despite that I still remain a superstar.” “I respect Jean Paul Samputu. He is a legend. When he comes and asks to do a collabo with me, I feel humbled because he is an international artist. He is the king of francophone, while I am the king of Anglophone.”
He said at the studios that he has a big plan to have a mega come back next year. “My focus now is bringing the Grammy to Kampala next year and I will do it. Now I know the formula. Apart from the series of collabo I have planned with international artists, next year is gonna be hell, because Dr. Jose Chameleone is coming back like a bomb,” he boasted.
The Investigator has established that Chameleon will be performing in Paris France on October 14, before he heads to Geneva, Zurich and Italy where he will have shows with Jean Paul Samputu before he heads to South Korea and Asia.
We have also ‘heard’ that also lined up is a mega concert in December this year with Congolese legend and Lingala maestro Awilo Longoma. Watch this space.