The Goodlyfe Crew member Moses Ssekibogo, best known as Mowzey Radio, is described as a "talented young person" as news of his death grips the nation.
PIC: This image captured the emotionally-gripped sister of Radio after news of his death spread on Thursday. (Credit: Ashraf Kasirye)
MOSES SSEKIBOGO: 1985 - 2018
KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni and thousands of Ugandans have paid glowing tributes to Ugandan musician Moses Ssekibogo, best known as Mowzey Radio, who died Thursday morning.
"The King is Gone," the musician's official Twitter account said.
The King 👑Is Gone 😭😭😭— RADIO & WEASEL (@RadioandWeasel) February 1, 2018
Music promoter and one of Radio's managers Balaam Barugahare told New Vision at around 8:15am local time that Radio breathed his last at Case Hospital in Kampala, where he had been hospitalised for the last ten days.
"Yes, Radio is gone. He died at 6:00am this morning," he said on phone at the time. "They are preparing to transfer his body to Mulago Hospital."
Radio was 33.
Local media is awash with Radio's passing, with users posting various condolence messages and naming their favorite songs by the rich talent that was Radio.
Radio and TV stations are playing his songs as well.
The Goodlyfe Crew duo of Mowzey Radio and Weasel became popular across the land
"Have been told about the untimely death of musician Moses Ssekibogo aka Mowzey Radio. I had only recently made a financial contribution towards his treatment and hoped he would get better. He was a talented young person with a great future ahead of him. May he rest in peace," Museveni tweeted.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga posted on Twitter: "I’m saddened to hear of the death of the young talented singer Moses Ssekibogo aka Mowzey Radio. My deep condolences to family and friends."
The music star, widely admired for his sensational voice, was a victim of an attack at a bar in Entebbe barely two weeks ago. The altercation left him with serious head injuries that necessitated a brain surgery at Case Hospital in Kampala.
Up until the time of his death Thursday morning, the Ugandan artiste, who sang alongside Douglas Mayanja, aka Weasel, in the Goodlyfe Crew, had remained in critical state at the health facility.
Addressing a press conference inside Case Hospital, Barugahare, flanked by colleagues and Radio's relatives, said the musician received "five-star treatment" and doctors did all they could to try and save his life.
"At any given time, Radio had three doctors monitoring him," he told reporters.
The music promoter said Radio's body would be transferred to City Mortuary for a post mortem examination, before being taken to his Neverland home in Makindye for a vigil.
On Friday, a Requiem Mass will be held at a yet-to-be-disclosed Catholic church for the fallen musician ahead of Saturday's burial at Kagga in Nakawuka, Wakiso district at 4pm local time.
Radio's mother and other family members are at Case Hospital on Thursday. His fiancees were at the health facility.
Radio's death comes just days after his mother, Jane Kasubo, had told a press conference at Case Hospital that his condition was improving, as had been confirmed by doctors.
"My son has been breathing with the help of machines, but now he can breathe on his own," she told reporters last Friday. At the same press briefing, socialite Bryan White gave the family sh25m for Radio's hospital bills.
Radio, famous for songs such as Heart Attack, Sweet Lady and Can't Let You Go, was revered for his "heartwarming" and "lovely" voice by fans local and global alike.
Alongside Weasel, he made several collaborations with several musicians.
On Wednesday, Case Hospital said it had received sh30m from President Yoweri Museveni towards Radio's hospital bills.
"We thank you [President Museveni] so very much for the generous deed of contributing to hospital bills for Ugandan music vocallist Moses Ssekibogo alias Moze Radio," a statement by the health facility said.
"We admire your sincerity and dedication to your people. Moze Radio has been hospitalized at Case Hospital since 23rd January 2018 after he suffered major injuries during an altercation. He has been undergoing treatment in intensive care and everything possible is being done to ensure his recovery," the hospital said.
The management of Case Hospital acknowledges the payment of UGX 30,000,000 received from H.E The President of the Republic of Uganda @KagutaMuseveni .We are grateful for this generous deed of contributing to hospital bills for the amazingly talented Ugandan vocalist Radio. pic.twitter.com/E5uakimJ7f— Case Hospital (@CaseHospital) January 31, 2018
When news of Radio's death began to spread early Thursday, a large curious and shocked crowd gathered outside Case Hospital as Police tried to keep them at bay.
Many were seen with blood-shot eyes from incessant wailing.
"My Radio is gone! I cannot believe this," cried a one Julius, who, like many others, stood outside the health facility. "I loved this guy so much. I will miss him so dearly."
Weasel appeared at Case Hospital wearing a dark hooded jacket. Several other musicians, family and close friends also made their way to the hospital as the mood-dampening news spread.
Inside, Barugahare told reporters that Radio's condition had "connected" his fiancees. He also particularly consoled Weasel by telling him to "be strong" in "this difficult" moment.
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, who is better known by his music stage name Bobi Wine, was at the hospital. On a "dark day", he described Radio as having been a "very outstanding" personality in the country.
Bobi Wine said despite his flaws, Radio remained an inspiration to many.
"He was not the perfect human being, like many of us, but he still inspired many people."
The Case Hospital medical director called it a "sad morning" and told of how Radio was rushed to the facility after being referred by Nsambya Hospital.
She said the attacked musician "was brought in a very low mental state".
Later, he seemed to have improved, but kept having convulsions. Radio's conditon worsened on Saturday and he had to be put back on life support.
The following few days would be his very last alive.
Meanwhile, in conjuction with the Goodlyfe, Pastor Wilson Bugembe of Light the World Church in Nansana had dedicated a special service this Sunday for Radio.
In the wake of the Neera hit star's death, Bugembe took to social media to pay his tribute: "Gone too soon my brother. Can't imagine Uganda without Mowzey Radio. May the Lord Comfort friends and the family ........ Psalm 46:10 ("Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.")."
MP Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) showed up at Case Hospital after the news of Radio's death reached him
Radio's body was transferred from Case Hospital to City Mortuary for a post mortem examination
A BELOVED RADIO GOES SILENT: Rest in peace Moses
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