Singer Bebe Cool has admitted his music works in the just concluded year would have been bigger had it not been for his political leanings – to the ruling government.
Bebe Cool released a number of singles in 2019 that became very popular, notable among them – Wire Wire, Easy and Nkuliyo.
Many, including those that don’t consider themselves his fans have confessed his 2019 music was undoubtedly great. ‘Wire Wire’, produced by Ronie came out top among favorites for most music lovers. The captivating video shot by Sasha Vybz on location in the U.S, was the icing on the cake.
No wonder, Bebe Cool listed the three songs when he released his usually controversial list of the top songs of the year.
To little surprise, the boastful singer remarked: “I undoubtedly remain on top of the pack for yet another 20 something year” in his post.
He attributes his 2019 success to the quality of his audios & videos as well as the versatility in his music styles.
Then he added: “I believe that my level of popularity would have been much higher if not for my political lineage that splits some of my music fans”.
Bebe Cool is a sworn supporter of President Museveni and his NRM political party, while his two other singing colleagues Chameleone and Bobi Wine are critics of Museveni. The trio whose music careers span over two decades are praised for pioneering the Afro-pop sound in Uganda.
These political affiliations have left their fans split sharply.
“I must say though, I have received overwhelming praise for my good music from even those with a divergent political lineage,” Bebe Cool says.
Other artistes that featured on Bebe Cool’s list include: John Black, Fik Fameica, Greenade, Eddy Kenzo, Pallaso, Levixone, Feffe Bussi, King Saha, Beenie Gunter, Kent and Flosso.
He also named the 7-year-old rapper, Fresh Kid, describing him as “an amazing young talent with a lot of potential if he is given the right direction”.
According to Bebe Cool, Sheebah led the female artistes by a wide margin for her songs Enyanda, Sweet Sensation & Onkutudde.
“She has surprisingly remained consistent as the top female artist in the country by releasing many hit singles. She still maintains a wide gap at the top among female artists”.
He also named Winnie Nwagi, Spice Diana, Vinka, Cindy, Recho Ray and Carol Kasiita.
Unsurprisingly, music producer, singer and songwriter, Daddy Andre featured on the list too. For his songs Sikikukweka, Kyoyoya, Kukyookya, Don’t Stop.
“This is an absolute talent who triples as a song writer, producer & musician. I prefer to talk about him and a song writer and producer because most of his recognition this year comes from that,” Bebe Cool said.
Bebe Cool says rapper Big Trill’s ‘Parte after Parte’ emerged the biggest song to represent Uganda internationally.
In fact, he admitted, he is torn between WIRE WIRE and PARTE AFTER PARTE for the SONG OF THE YEAR award in Uganda.