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Something good about Tubonga Naawe, after all

Who thought we would see the day? The day when Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone and the Goodlyfe Crew, once bitter nemeses, share a stage, drink from the same bar and now, apparently, share political colours as their “yellow song” Tubonga Naawe has demonstrated!

Bebe, the song’s chief architect, said no artiste was bigger than the yellow pack. Since its release recently, the public and sections of artistes have taken to social media to accuse the stars of selling their souls and platform.

But little has been said about the song itself, now that some broadcasters have shunned it.

Tubonga Naawe is not your ordinary song – it has Juliana Kanyomozi, Radio and Weasel, King Saha, Judith Babirye, Pastor Wilson Bugembe, Iryn Namubiru, Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone, among others.

It is the first Ugandan song featuring the best from different genres: King Saha is one of the most followed rising stars while Babirye and Bugembe command the biggest following among gospel music fans. Chameleone is the king of Afrobeat, Bebe has cemented his position at the top of the reggae genre, while Radio and Weasel also dominate their own unique genre.

President Museveni greeting artists

All this makes Tubonga Naawe danceable, enjoyable and catchy. If we put all our biases and sophistications away, we would agree Tubonga Naawe is not a bad song; even the video is above average.
Videographer Sasha Vybz continues to prove that he can be to Ugandans what Clarence Peters is to Nigerians.

He had a number of impressive ideas that included slowing scenes, the name appearances, bungee jumping and the choice of Namboole as the main location.

But lyrically, Tubonga Naawe fails to state or inspire. The artistes don’t make the listener want to appreciate whoever they are fist-bumping with; they don’t say why they support but just assure us that they support. It is this take it or leave it tone of their support that has riled their fans.

Bebe Cool does not make much contribution on the song, as he only throws improvised lines such as ‘Yellow Yelobility’, leaving Weasel with the best verse.

Truth is, Tubonga Naawe is not out to communicate and neither is it there to impress; the plan was simple: produce a song and mention Sevo and Yellow more times than the man himself can take and we call it a wrap.

It may have the vibe and colour that many revellers relate to, but technically? No, thank you!

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