Singer Eddy Kenzo’s manager, Martin Muhumuza has said that his employer (Kenzo) is the “greatest musician Uganda has ever produced to the world”
Muhumuza’s comment first shared on Twitter Thursday come amidst debate of who is greater between Kenzo and Philly B. Lutaaya, after the former did a cover of the latter’s Born In Africa song.
Kenzo’s manager who describes the boy from Masaka as “a singer, musician, performer, composer, song writer, arranger, producer, director, sportsman and a humanitarian” who “didn’t get the chance of going to school” but “has rose to the top music tables of africa and the world” says that he has lived to witness Kenzo pursue his calling.
According to Muhumuza, Eddy didn’t go to school but “has made sure hundreds of young people get a chance to go to school and stay in school.”
“I wanna thank you my brother/chairman Eddy Kenzo for a job well done in your line of work which I have lived to witness and I know it is your calling. You have inspired those who wanna be inspired, helped many and still going hard amidst the huge wave of ridicule. I salute you for that. I wanna talk to y’all who always find something bad to talk about Eddy or any successful Ugandan even when there isn’t in most cases. Eddy is a pure human and sometimes he might not live to our expectations(But why would you want someone to live their lives to your expectations) Over the 14 years of Eddy Kenzo’s career, insults and ridicule have been his daily bread from the people who claim to love Uganda, and country, from the so called “Professionals” (oba of where) less informed, biased, ignorant and envious people all in the quest of seeing his brand down, but guess what he has embraced the daily ridicule y’all decided to offer and made the strongest, unbreakable and lovable brand Uganda will ever have, I still applaud him for that,” Muhumuza writes.
He adds that whenever Eddy Kenzo wins, “we choose to trash his win”.
By trashing Kenzo’s win, Muhumuza says that “we are not damaging him because he has won anyway, But we are damaging our own young brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles aunties who would have been inspired by these achievements and make Uganda even greater, we are damaging the growth of our country because we cannot have more if we cannot appreciate the little.”
“We are damaging culture coz it will be seen as stupid to be and do who we are. We are damaging the future by killing the reputation of the present,” Muhumuza says adding that “Eddy Kenzo is the greatest musician Uganda has ever produced to the world, it is the bitter truth but the earlier we respect that the better.”
Muhumuza notes that “there is too much negativity everywhere that people do not know what is positive anymore.”
“Every successful person in Uganda is being abused on a daily, people have done things we haven’t done but we find more peace in abusing them than learning from them. eg. Hamis Kiggundu, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and many other great Ugandans. How are we shaping the future of the country we brag of Loving so much, do we really love Uganda oba tetumanyi what love is. To love is to be kind, protective, caring, honest and generous, are we really doing that to Uganda. If we wanna have more like or better than Eddy Kenzo Kiprotichs, Kiplimos, Ghetto Kids, Masaka Kids, Onyangos, Lukman Ali and many more in the future, we must appreciate these ones first so that the ones coming work hard. We can do better, we can give everyone there flowers as they still live, and not be funny at funerals, we can end the narrative of a good Ugandan is a dead one. That’s how generations are inspired.”
Muhumuza tells his fellows in the creative industries not to “become successful by putting down a fellow, because your taunts are seasonal but their had work is consistent.”
“To the positive Ugandans wherever you are I thank you so much and wish you all the best, and to the always complaining/abusers or ABASABUZI as you call yourselves I pray you all see reason in Uganda beyond self. To the people who see self-esteem as pride we are so sorry we shall blow our trumpets at some point, because they are our trumpets anyway,” Muhumuza says in a long post.
He urged “all doers of good to keep doing what we have to do and let the talkers yawn.”
Muhumuza further urged Kenzo’s critics to stop using emotions but intellect, and that “hate shouldn’t cloud our judgment to the extent of destroying our country.”