Jun 18, 2021

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Veteran Ugandan musician Sammy Kasule dies in Amsterdam

The mercury guitarist and composer died Tuesday evening in Amsterdam, Holland.

According to a family source, Kasule traveled from Kampala to Stockholm for medical treatment. He collapsed at the airport in Amsterdam and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

On Wednesday morning he spoke to the Daily Nation . Thhem Mushrooms bandleader John Katana said he spoke to Kasule’s colleague Moses Matovu of the Afrigo Band, who confirmed that Kasule had traveled to Sweden after a tragedy.

Kasule’s Swedish counterpart Dekula Kahanga said , the family of the deceased musician had started to fly his body from Amsterdam to Stockholm, where he is likely to be buried as a Swedish citizen.

“Since 2014, when he moved to his home in Kampala, Kasule has occasionally Swedish check-ups were also carried out. We teamed up, ”said Dekula.

Kasule, the versatile guitarist and composer who spent the first part of his musical career in Kenya in the 1970s, moved to Sweden with his family in 1985 .

After the announcement of his death, awards went to doctors, including the Kenyan artist Lioness Afreeka, who lives in Sweden.

“Kasule was an inspiration for many of us who live in Europe, ”said Afreeka in her condolences.

Veteran US Congolese musician Samba Mapangala praised Kasule for his guitar and singing skills.

< p> Mapangala announced that he had worked with Kasule on a song that was to be included in a new album.

“I received the news of Kasule’s death with great shock,” said Mapangala. < / p>

During its heyday, kasule was highly regarded by Kenyan, Tanzanian and Congolese musicians in the then lively showbiz scene in Kenya. Nairobi then hosted several top bands from DR Congo and Tanzania.

Unknown to most of his fans, it was Kasule who played bass guitar in Les Noirs’ hit Sikia Souce . Les Noirs were one of the first multinational bands to be based in Mombasa from the 1960s, including Mzee Chuza Kabaselleh, Kajos and Kuka Matthew Rojeamong.

Kasule’s star rose higher in Kenya in 1978 when he joined Eliud Adonga, Shaban Onyango and Ali Magobeni joined forces to form the Somajeko International Band.

At that time, Kasule was used for great Kiswahili songs such as Uzima and Marie Wandaka (which was dedicated to his Kenyan wife).

‘Shauri Yako’

He was later among the founding members of the Makonde Band, another multinational group based in Nairobi led by Greek-born Taso Stephanou.

The group toured London in 1979 and upon their return to Kenya, Kasule teamed up with Kenyan singer Zembi Okeno to create an English version of the famous Shauri Yako hits, originally from the Congolese Esian legend Nguashi N’timbo and his Festival Du Zaire Band.

Kasule later composed another popular Swahili love ballad Kukupenda.

1985 it belonged to to the founding members of the Orch Vundumuna Band, which was based in the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi.

The group consisted of Mofranck, Kelly Kanku Tabu Ngongo, Frantal Tabu and Nsilu wa Basilu ‘Manitsho’.

Some of Vundumuna’s most popular songs are Vundumuna , Wivu Sina and Mariam .

The date of his funeral is expected to be announced later by his family members.