KCCA, SC Villa Fly High in Uganda Premier League

KCCA players celebrating a goal recently.

Considering the success of his recently concluded ‘Mubbi Bubbi’ concert, approved one might assume that Maro would no longer be the down to earth person that he used to be. But heck no, he is still the same.

From patiently waiting for our crew even though we were late for our appointment to offering us a drink when we arrived, all we can see that he is not only super talented but also kind.

I sat down with the ‘Kyokoba’ star and he opened about music, love, future plans and the shortcomings in the music industry.


ChimpLyf: Who is Maro? (Personality)

Maro: My real name is Ronald Magada and it is where I get the ‘Ma’ and ‘Ro’ to make ‘Maro’. I am a simple man, so down to earth. I don’t do much to describe who I am, I let people judge that. When they meet me, they get to know who I am.

ChimpLyf: Tell us about your background?

Maro: I grew up in Nsambya barracks. My father is a police man in Kawempe and I have many stepmothers. I have 13 siblings.

ChimpLyf: How old are you?

Maro: I am 27.

ChimpLyf: Do you go to church?

Maro: Honestly, I rarely go to church but as a believer, I say a prayer every now and then. I am a staunch Anglican.

ChimpLyf: Which schools have you gone through and what did you study?

Maro: I studied from Bupadhengo Primary School in Kamuli for primary, Light College, Mukono for O’ level and Buloba High School for A’ level. I am still doing my Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies at Makerere University. I’m in my third year. I asked for a dead year so that I can focus on my music and find a job to make some money. I had to stay put and concentrate on music.

ChimpLyf: What inspired you to join the music industry?

Maro: Music, I should say is in my blood. Joining the mainstream was a dream so I worked so hard and I saw it come true. Most people in the country now know me and those that don’t have at least heard my songs. It was a dream that I worked so hard to realize.

ChimpLyf: What are some of the challenges you faced while starting out in the music industry?

Maro: The main challenge is that you don’t look what you do. You can tell people or the producers that you are a very good vocalist but if you don’t have proof, they will not believe you. You can drop your CD hoping that they will listen to it only for them not to. It takes time for the people to believe in you so it requires a lot of hard work.

ChimpLyf: Who are the people in this industry that you look up to?

Maro: Right now, I don’t have people I look up to but when I was starting out, people like Steve Jean, Maurice Kirya inspired me.

ChimpLyf: So let’s talk about the Mubbi Bubbi concert. It was a great success, did you see it coming?

Maro: Ha-ha, truthfully, I didn’t see it coming. It was a shock to me, a beautiful surprise. You know there was Chris Martin’s show on the same night, the fact that his show was a flop while mine was a success is a thing I thank God and my fans for. I did the show for my fans and I am grateful that they turned out in great numbers. I also thank my team, they did tremendous work to make the show a success. I am actually from watching the video and I noticed we need to take the next show to a bigger venue.

Maro speaks to our reporter during the interview

Maro speaks to our ChimpCorp, Monica Nabaasa during the interview (Photo by Michael Nteza)

ChimpLyf: What is new in Vocal Police?

Maro: I have new members in the crew like Evan Vocal, Roni Stamina, Romi Romi (dancehall artiste) and Ranks Nature. They are all talented artistes and I am proud to have them in my crew.

ChimpLyf: Tell us about your collaboration with Radio and Weasel.

Maro: At first I wanted to do a collabo with some other artistes but my managers advised me to do one with Radio and Weasel because they are super talented. When I contacted them, they welcomed the idea and Radio said that we should do ‘magic’. We went to Producer Washington but he was busy so we went to Badi Studios with Producer Nassim. Recording with them was so much fun, they are down to earth people. They took recording as a simple thing as we would take time off to rest, chat and make merry. And just like that, a good song was made.

ChimpLyf: And about the Mubbi Bubbi collabo, how did it come about?

Maro: You know, I have heard that most people are shocked about that collaboration but the crazy thing is that I have friends who do the kind of music that people do not consider mainstream. I have friends like Chris Evans, David Lutalo and so many others, these guys are so talented. Their music is called downtown but it comes to uptown and they are so known. Lutalo and I used to talk about doing a song together whenever we met on shows. So one day, we decided to do it, I wrote my verse and chorus and he did his verse and a good song was done just like that.

ChimpLyf: Talking about the Mubbi Bubbi song, what inspired the lyrics? Did a girl do that to you at some point in life?

Maro: Ha-ha, not really. But I see these things happen to men. I am a story teller so I put myself in the man’s shoes and feel their pain and heartache. You know, we musicians are like poets and prophets, we relay a message to our fans.

ChimpLyf: Besides doing music, what do you do for fun?

Maro: I can say that I am addicted to movies, I watch them a lot. I am a story teller in a way so I find myself watching so many music videos to see how they shot them and all. I also love art and writing songs.

ChimpLyf: Do you write all your songs?

Maro: Yeah, I write all my songs. The problem is that whenever I try to write a song for someone else, I end up writing it for me, ha-ha.

ChimpLyf: So are there musicians that you have beef with in Uganda?

Maro: I don’t have beef with any particular artiste but I do beef our industry itself. People are not allowing Copyright law and development into the industry and for this reason, it has kept stagnant. If you notice, currently there are musicians that are called ‘big’ even when they don’t really have hits. This means that the young upcoming artistes have to work so hard to get into the system. The ‘big’ musicians that can make the system better are not doing a thing. For this reason, we are not getting international or earning any money from our social media platforms. We need an association that will bring together the musicians, song writers, producers and video directors.

ChimpLyf: What is your say about the Desire Luzinda nude pictures saga?

Maro: What happened to Desire is really unfortunate. She is an icon so whatever happened to her, happened to Uganda because she represents the country to the world. Musicians represent the country to the world.

ChimpLyf: Do you ever get stage fright?

Maro: No, I don’t get stage fright because I trained myself from the start. I do not use any drugs or alcohol. I go to the stage naked-headed, if you know what I mean. Before I go on stage, I say a short silent prayer.

ChimpLyf: What challenges have you faced being a celebrity?

Maro: The biggest challenge is the judgment. People are so judgmental, they forget that we are humans too, we make mistakes and do normal stuff. I would have walked from home to meet you here because it is so near but I couldn’t because some tabloids would have headlines like ‘Maro is too broke, he was seen walking on foot.’ There is no privacy at all.

ChimpLyf: There must be privileges you get though.

Maro: Of course, there are privileges like being recognized. It is hard though because it hurts if you go somewhere and you are not recognized. I don’t personally take myself as VIP. I can even go to a nightclub and I refuse a seat in the VIP section, I am a simple man.

ChimpLyf: How do you handle all that is written or said about you in the tabloids?

Maro: I just sleep on it, I don’t give it much thought. I mean, people will always talk whether they have evidence or not. It is all talk.

ChimpLyf: What is with the cross in your dreadlocks?

Maro: Ha-ha, I get asked about it a lot. It is my trademark. I could not go for a cowrie shell because everyone does that.

ChimpLyf: Are you seeing anyone?

Maro: Yeah, I have a girlfriend. We have been together for four years now and I love her. She is doing something on Africa Development Studies.

ChimpLyf: What is your take on love and marriage?

Maro: I love marriage, I think it is a beautiful and big step just like having children. What I hate about is the divorce part, this is why I even sang the Mubbi Bubbi song. I mean, why would anyone take the vows and then break them, marriage should last forever.

ChimpLyf: Have you ever been disappointed in love?

Maro: C’mon, I am 27. I have had my heart broken a few times but it’s all good, I take them as lessons learnt.

ChimpLyf: Being a celebrity, you must get advances or attention from girls, how do you handle that?

Maro: I don’t treat them badly; assuring them in public is quite rude and embarrassing. I smile and take their number if I need to. I don’t judge people, they might look slutty and bitchy (his words) yet they are honest fans who want to know you better or give you business. It is up to the male celebrities to remember that they are committed to someone already and not fall under temptation.

ChimpLyf: How has it been like promoting music in Lusoga?

Maro: It has been so easy in Kampala since people loved it because it is different. It wasn’t as easy in Jinja because they couldn’t believe I was truly a Musoga. Once they accepted me, they loved my music and it is doing so well there.

ChimpLyf: Speaking of Busoga, weren’t there mixed feelings about your title as the RnB Kyabazinga?

Maro: No, there weren’t any mixed reactions. Everyone knows I respect our Kyabazinga and he knows it too because he is my friend. I chose that title because I am a proud Musoga. I am never offended about what people say about Basoga because those are just words.

ChimpLyf: What do you have in store for your fans in 2015?

Maro: Well, I have a lot in store. There is a Christmas song called ‘Kikoko’ that I just released recently (this song was playing in the background on a certain radio station as he told me about, talk about coincidence).

I have an album called ‘Embera zo’ that will come out in 2015, I am still planning on a release date. I will also have another concert in either mid or late 2015. On this album, I have great stuff. There are collaborations with Denique, Nameless, Mr. Blue and I am looking at some Zambian and Ghanaian music.

ChimpLyf: Which musicians would you love to do collaborations with?

Maro: I would love to work with Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool and Maurice Kirya.

ChimpLyf: Lastly, which message do you leave for your fans?

Maro: All I can say is that I love my fans and they have made me what I am today. They should continue loving and supporting me and I will give them my best. I am not stopping anytime soon.

A spy camera hidden by working parents to monitor their home while they were away has made a shocking revelation.

The camera caught the maid whom the parents had left with their barely three year old baby girl beating her to near death for vomiting on the family’s tiled floor.

The video which has since gone viral on social media first shows the maid forcing solid food into the mouth of the little one.

When the child fails to swallow it all, pharm she slaps her with a lot of force in the face.

After sometime, pill the little baby girl who was also half naked throws up on the floor.

On seeing this, the maid throws the child ruthlessly  off the chair onto the tiled floor, spanks it with a flashlight several times, steps on its back and starts swinging atop then later kicks it hard several time in the chest and in the face.

The heartbreaking video ends as the merciless maid carries the motionless child away with one hand.

The Video (May contain disturbing content)

Star Ann Kansiime pulled a mammoth crowd at her show dubbed ‘Soul food comedy’ in Gaborone Botswana on Saturday.

The reigning queen of comedy performed at Molapo Crossing plaza shortly after meeting with a delegation from African Muzik Magazine A ward (AFRIMMA) who flew from America to meet her and discuss her upcoming shows and Tv commercials.

Kansiime showed she has become a force to reckon with which got the crowds describe her as a ‘diamond’, pharmacy which is the South African country’s leading mineral export.

Crowds turned up for the comedian's show

Crowds turned up for the comedian’s show

In 2013, approved Kansiime’s star continued to shine on the international scene as she scooped the prestigious entertainment medal at the African Social Awards Malaysia (ASAM) 2013 in Malaysia.

She had earlier been crowned Best Comedian in the BETTFA 2013 Awards.

The United Nations recently invited Kansiime to be part of the United Nations Day of the Girl film, ‘It’s a Girl Thing’.

By Charles Ndushabandi
Two goals in both halves ensured defending champions KCCA FC flew high past army side Simba SC in a game played at Bombo Military barracks on Friday evening.

The defending champions opened the score through their lead marksman Herman Wasswa in the first half before former top scorer Brian Umony took the game beyond reach after recess for the Lugogo based side to bag all the 3 points.

In Mityana, more about home side SC Villa walloped Kira Young 3nil to close the gap on table leaders Vipers who were held by tax collectors URA FC.

The record champions scored through Steven Bengo, Karim Ndugwa and Moses Gaale to bag all the 3 points.

Meanwhile, SC Victoria University beat newly promoted side Rwenshama FC 3-1 in a game that saw skipper Martina Mpuuga, Yasser Mugerwa and David Ndihabwe net for the home side.

In Lugazi, tax collectors URA FC were held to a 2 all draw by table leaders Vipers whereas Wankulukuku based Express FC were 2-1 winners over Lweza FC in another battle for supremacy in the Uganda Premier League.

Vipers still lead the Uganda Premier League log after collecting 20 points from 8 games whereas Mityana based SC Villa are second, only one point below the table leaders.

Soana and Rwenshama are second bottom and bottom after collecting only 2 points in the Uganda Premier League.

Uganda Premier League Results

Bright Stars FC 0 – 1 Sadolin Paints FC
Entebbe FC 0 – 0 Police FC
Lweza FC 1 – 2 Express FC
Simba FC 0 – 2 KCC FC
SC Villa 3 – 0 Kira Young FC
SC Victoria University  3 – 1 Rwenshama FC
Soana FC 1 – 2 BUL FC
URA FC 2 – 2 Vipers FC

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