Eddy Kenzo, the celebrated Ugandan musician, has recently received a lot of criticism for his rendition of Philly Bongole Lutaaya’s classic song, “Born in Africa.” However, Kenzo has responded to his critics by urging them to listen to Lutaaya’s original version before passing judgment on his interpretation of the song.
Kenzo’s version of “Born in Africa” has been described as half-baked and lacking the excellence of Lutaaya’s original. However, Kenzo has defended his version of the song, explaining that he changed several elements to better suit the desires of the younger generation. He also emphasized that he did not redo the song to gain fame, as he is already famous, but rather to push it beyond borders and elevate Lutaaya’s legacy.
In his interview, Kenzo revealed that he couldn’t sing the song to Lutaaya’s level of excellence because they were two different performers. He went on to explain that he had performed the song on several stages around the world, including Puerto Rico, and he plans to perform it in Senegal, Ghana, and America.
“Among the artists that redid that song who has ever performed it on a bigger stage than mine? I performed it in Puerto Rico, and I will perform it in Senegal, Ghana, and America” Eddy Kenzo
Philly Bongole Lutaaya was a legendary Ugandan musician and activist who played a pivotal role in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in Uganda during the 1980s. He died in 1989 due to complications related to the disease. His music continues to be celebrated in Uganda and beyond, and his legacy lives on through his family, fans, and fellow musicians like Eddy Kenzo, who are working to keep his memory alive.
In conclusion, it’s important to remember that music is a form of art, and artists have the creative freedom to interpret songs in their own unique way. Eddy Kenzo’s rendition of “Born in Africa” may not please everyone, but it’s important to listen to the original version by Philly Bongole Lutaaya to fully appreciate the song’s message and significance. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual listener to decide which version they prefer, and both versions deserve to be celebrated for their contributions to Ugandan music.
“ Philly Bongole has no song bigger than mine. ”- Eddy kenzo 🤔‼️
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