Ugandan singer Mowzey Radio, who will be laid to rest on Saturday, will be remembered for his rich voice in the many songs that he sang with his partner Doughlas Mayanja aka Weasel as members of the Goodlyfe Crew.
But there is a lot that many of his fans didn’t know about him. So who exactly was Radio?
1. Held a degree in Psychology – Born Moses Nakintije Sseikbogo some 34 years ago, Radio was an alumni of the prestigious Makerere University. He started his early education at Alliance Nursery School, Malongwe Primary School, Kibuye Primary and later went to Lakeview Secondary and Kiira College for his ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels. He later proceeded to Makerere University.
2. Started off as Jose Chameleone’s back-up artiste – Having been involved in singing since his childhood, Radio was mentored by Jose Chameleone when he launched his music career. He later teamed up with Chameleone’s younger brother Doughlas Mayanja aka Weasel to produce some of the biggest hits from Uganda.
3. Disagreement with Chameleone – Mowzey Radio’s big break came when he, alongside Weasel disagreed with Chameleone over payments during a trip to perform in the USA in 2007. Upon returning to Kampala, the two broke ranks with the already immensely successful Chameleone to form the Goodlyfe Crew.
4. ‘Nakudata‘ was the big one – The track, produced in 2008, catapulted Mowzey Radio and Weasel to instant fame. The duo would later release several tracks that would greatly appeal to their Kenyan fan base including, Kuku, Zuena, Nyumbani, Potential, Bread and Butter and Neera. Incidentally, Radio’s latest track is titled Tambula Nange, which means ‘Walk with Me God’. It was a spiritual song in which he seemingly reached out to God.
5. Children and Baby Mamas – Radio sired three children with two women. He leaves behind two young kids he bore with Lillian Mbabazi, an old flame he met in campus. Lillian is also an artiste and a famed radio presenter who once teamed up with Gaetano Kagwa and comedian Oulanya Kolumbus to present one of the most popular shows on Capital FM breakfast in Kampala. Radio sired a third child with a Caucasian woman who has preferred to live her life out of the limelight.
6. Untimely demise – Radio met his death at after sustaining fatal injuries at his favourite pub in Entebbe under bizarre circumstances. He had reportedly had gone for a drink with a pal but while there he was involved in a scuffle. Thereafter, one person, who sources claim is a bouncer at the establishment, lifted him up in a bid to force him out of the premises, but he fall down and hurt his head, damaging his skull.
After staying in a coma for several days, Radio passed on at Case Hospital in Kampala on February 1, 2018. His death shocked the nation and his fans across the continent.