Mowzey Radio , a singer / song writer and the other half of the East Africa’s finest duo “Radio & Weasel , has written hit songs for the likes of Juliana Kanyomozi, Rema Namakula, Lilian Mbabazi, among others. His death was attributed to brain damage that was caused by him hitting his head on a concrete floor during a brawl with a bouncer in one of the local bars in Entebbe, a Kampala suburb. He was rushed to Case clinic for an emergency brain surgery that left him in a coma for almost a week till he breathed his last.
Mowzey Radio was a talented hit maker known for songs like Bread and Butter, Juicy Juicy, Nakudata, Potential, Ability, Neera, to mention but a few. These songs had scooped the duo both local and international awards of which one was the most gifted East African video award for the Channel O Awards. Some time last year, Radio had worked on a solo project dubbed “Kilimanjaro” a gospel and inspirational album that was produced by Eli Arkis and mastered by Benon Mugumbya of SWANGZ Ave. All rights to this album are reserved by Swangs Avenue as per the agreement that they had. The album was released in the early months of 2017 and is available on iTunes for download.
On one of the interviews Mowzey Radio did with Crystal NewMan on Sanyu FM (A local radio station in Uganda) he was asked how he writes and comes up with his music and this is what he had to say. “I never hit the studio with a written script to follow. The producer just gives me a track and I enter the booth and start to flow according to the inspiration that I have at the moment and by chance or by luck it becomes a hit and gets loved by everyone then becomes the biggest problem in the country. I always get butterflies at this moment because I don’t know how the project will turn out but I never get butterflies while hitting the stage. This is because I listen to the song for over a thousand times before I release it so by the time I release it, I already know everything about the song and what to do with it while on stage.”
His musical career started with a humble beginning. His mom used to make him cram some of the songs that spoke positivity and would later make him sing for the visitors who would later clap for him. His love for music started growing steadily. He also sung in the school choirs and was once a choir master too. Mowzey Radio worked at a barber shop that was near another salon that Chagga (one of the legendary artists) used to go for a hair do. Mowzey was still in school at this time but this didn’t stop him from stalking Chagga. He would always sing for him while he got his hair worked on till Chagga one time planned a meeting between him, Radio and Dr Jose Chameleon. The meeting concluded with him becoming one of the background singers for Chameleon which he gladly did as he still pursued his academics. At one point he was also Weasel’s background singer. Until Chameleon gave him a chance to record his first single “Jeniffer” and later a follow up song “Sweet Lady” because of his unique silky voice. About how he ended up being a duo with Weasel (Chameleone’s younger brother), He said, One idle day they were chilling home and Weasel suggested that they hit the studio and work on a project. This small thought or idea gave birth to their first hit, Nakudata and the rest is history. At the time of his death, he had also done international collabos with the likes of Snoop Dogg among others.
Mowzey Radio graduated with a degree in Psychology. His parents were not financially stable when he was growing up and were ever on the move so he kept moving from school to school but never lost the zeal for academics. This could be one of the million reasons he extended his hand to help send the less fortunate kids to school and also provide them with scholastic materials.
One of his Christian friends who also happens to be a legend in the Ugandan Gospel music fraternity, Minista Sami-K , said he had really come to a place of change in his life and had really loved God besides his challenges. “We always fellowshipped and prayed together whenever I visited which always put a smile on my face, ” he added. Am pretty sure God also enjoyed listening and watching him sing for him during these fellowships because the dude was a vocal soul-ja!
Everyone dies but a true Legend lives on. The Radio might be silent now but the radiation is still on. We will hurt when we miss you but we will still miss you the Ugandan Vocal King.