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Music icon Paul Kafeero dies of malaria in Mulago

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2007 03:00 AM

Job Paul Kafeero, a celebrated composer of country music has died.

By Elvis Basudde

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.

“After Herman Basudde, Kafeero’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),” said Jackson Ndaula, the president of International Theatre Institute.

Born in 1971, Kafeero attended Nkokonjeru Demonstration Primary School before completing his O’ level in Ngogwe Burkeville Secondary School in 1984.

Kafeero’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, ‘Muvubuka Munange’, which was followed with ‘Ekijjankunene’ and ‘Abatunda Ebyokulya’.

Kafeero was the first Ugandan to win a gold medal as a lead vocalist in 1994, when Institute d’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 ‘Walumbe Zaaya’, 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

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