Uganda which is also very close to my heart as is Kenya and S.A, gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962 and as you may already know, Yoga Yoga (Luganda for Congratulations) is the official Jubilee song, the country is turning 50 years as an independent nation on October 9 this year.
After listening to the song you will definitely agree with me that these artistes; Barbara Kayaga, Richy, Hum Kay, Tusker Project Fame Season Two winner Esther Nabaasa, Rapper Ruyonga, and Kawesa basically delivered. But according to Nabaasa, veteran musician Kawesa, ya’ll know him from the days he was based in Kenya, feeding our souls with hits like this, is being given credit which he doesn’t deserve. here’s her statement which was sent to press:
“Not that Kawesa is claiming writing credits to the song, no. In fact, he has not even openly said the song is his. He has just conveniently chosen to omit our roles in it, yet we should be the voices and faces behind it.
He has made sure to attend all media interviews alone, without any of us, is that fair?” Kawesa’s only claim to the jubilee song are the two words, Yoga Yoga, which are a part of the cameo background vocals you might even miss if you are not attentive.
“Kawesa is not even the song’s executive producer like he cleverly implies. My husband Michael Mugisha did all the production work,”
After Kawesa had approached me with the deal, i had written and sung the whole song alone, another beautiful version of which we have heard.
“But since our independence is all about celebrating togetherness among other things, Kawesa and I decided we would add other artistes and distribute the verses amongst us.
Nothing about my original composition changed, apart from adding the rap. Clearly, the version with more artistes is better since the nation’s values are portrayed by many, and that I like.
But how dare someone conveniently omit us from our own work?”
So is Kawesa the Executive Producer or not? the official website has no doubt about that.