Job Paul Kafeero, a celebrated composer of country music has died.
Kafeero, 36, died of acute malaria yesterday at 8:30am in Mulago Hospital.
A requiem mass will be held today at Christ the King church at 10:00am. His body is to lie at the National Theatre at 3:00pm for viewing and he will be buried on Saturday at 2:00pm at his home in Nkokonjeru, Mukono district.
â€œAfter Herman Basudde, Kafeeroâ€™s death becomes a big blow. He was a great music trainer who will always be remembered. He was arguably the best composer of Kadongokamu (local country music),â€ said Jackson Ndaula, the president of International Theatre Institute.
Born in 1971, Kafeero attended Nkokonjeru Demonstration Primary School before completing his Oâ€™ level in Ngogwe Burkeville Secondary School in 1984.
Kafeeroâ€™s interest in music was noticed during his primary school days. He was an active choir participant and achieved fame as a leading soloist.
Kafeero formed a drama group, Kabuladda Drama Actors, which he later dissolved to start a musical group, Kulabako Guitar Singers
Kafeero became a household name when he released his first album, â€˜Muvubuka Munangeâ€™, which was followed with â€˜Ekijjankuneneâ€™ and â€˜Abatunda Ebyokulyaâ€™.
Kafeero was the first Ugandan to win a gold medal as a lead vocalist in 1994, when Institute dâ€™Etudes Theatreales, a French body specialising in country music, declared him winner out of 6,000 contestants from Africa. The honour came courtesy of his song â€˜Walumbe Zaayaâ€™, a 15-minute track where no single word is repeated.
He is survived by a wife, and five children.
Music icon Paul Kafeero dies of malaria in Mulago