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Ugandans Mourn Untimely Death of Popular Musician Mowzey Radio

The musician passed away this morning, due to injuries sustained in a brawl fight.

One of Uganda's most popular contemporary musicians Mowzey Radio, one half of the Goodlyfe Crew, passed away this morning following a bar fight, reports BBC Africa. He was 33.


The artists, born Moses Ssekibogo, was in the hospital for two weeks receiving treatment for injuries he sustained after a brawl in Entebbe on January 22. Several of his supporters visited the clinic upon hearing the news of his death.

There was an outpouring of public support for the musician's recovery. Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, donated $8,300 towards his treatment, but despite reports that Ssekibogo had come out of a coma, his condition ultimately worsened.

It's apparent that the artist touched many. Several fans and fellow musicians are mourning the artists death, sharing heartfelt tributes on social media and offering condolences to his family and fellow group member Weasel.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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