Many top Ugandan musicians shunned the funeral and burial of famous DJ and Capital FM radio presenter Alex Ndawula.
This was revealed by Capital FM’s morning show host Lucky Mbabazi in a tweet.
Through her Twitter, Lucky wondered, “No single Artist came for Alex Ndawula’s funeral, not even the mass at the Capital FM, not even the mass at Rubaga Cathedral.”
59-year-old Ndawula died on Monday 11th June, 2022 at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.
In the two decades he spent on air, Ndawula saw the rise of the current big artistes and he helped to smoothen their road to stardom by constantly playing their music during his shows.
Surprisingly, none of these musicians turned up to say him goodbye.
This shocked a number of netizens who attacked some of these senior artistes while responding to Lucky’s tweet.
Eropu Isaac noted, “It’s sad yet at his peak when Alex played your song, we all followed you and danced to your song however boring but because DJ Alex approved of it then it was good. Musicians should style up just busy looking out for the next political gig.”
Karashani emphasized that Alex helped most of those artists, especially the old ones that claim to have developed the industry.
“By these, I refer to Bebe, Bobi and Chameleon. At least one of them should have showed up, anyways what do I know about being compassionate, that’s the world we live in today,” he added.
Andrew Kaggwa Mayiga noted, “Actually, Capital FM at its best gave local urban music a chance and an opportunity Sanyu FM had denied them. Capital was almost single handedly responsible for the rise of the urban scene, I-Jay, which gave us Julianna and Irene, Steve Jean and a group that ended up at dungeon.”
Moses Carter said, “For example he liked one group and named them the “dynamic duo”… Played their hit songs every evening…. To the likes of Chameleon…. Bobi wine…. Bebe cool… EABC was always on his play list despite the fact that by time the music industry here was just taking shape.”
Rutaraka David opined, “Chameleon, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Ragga Dee should have even slept at the vigil. Alex helped to promote those chaps music in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”
Lawyer stressed, “I hope we learnt something from this. Live the best life you can in this world without minding whether you’re pleasing anyone or not, as long as you’re happy. Your family should be the 2nd priority and the end.”
As the rest seemed to be against musicians, Solomon defended them noting that one, Alex wasn’t a millennial like most of them, “They just didn’t rhyme. Two, the ones from his days, the 90s didn’t get so close to him because the Alex I knew was somewhat introverted, a lone wolf. He knew what he wanted and was content. Hope I make sense.”
Jonan K however challenged Solomon that the music industry is not for millennials only, “there are those he (Alex) promoted by playing their music, the likes of Juliana, Bebe cool, Chameleon, Bobi wine, Madox, Ragga Dee, and Da twins.”
Kasima Nelson also noted that everyone should learn something from Alex’s life, because most presenters while working for some Media Houses think that they made it in life.
“We all need people, care about other people, they will do the same in return. Otherwise, go for a burial ‘osirike,”
Daniel Okwir tweeted, “Don’t blame them Lucky. Most of these artists are wannabes. They don’t know how great Ndawula was. I fell in love with Capital coz of that guy. Artists of today only attend a Djs funeral only if they ever played their songs.”
Matovu Moses said, “In life, everyone has his/her journey and when death strikes it doesn’t matter who came for one’s send-off or not when one does that’s the end and people forget so fast but pray that he made it to heaven.
Karashani tweeted, “Alex helped most of those artists especially the old ones that claim to have developed the industry, and by these I refer to Bebe, Bobi and Chameleon. At least one of them should have showed up, anyways what do I know about being compassionate, that’s the world we live in today.”
Millian Mushabe said, “Alex died a lonely man. He embraced and cared for so many. Even most of his friends that made moving tributes immediately he passed on & showed up for the mass and burial abandoned him at his hour of need. Lesson; keep your circle small and air tight!”
By Kalamira Hope