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Jose Chameleon aka Joseph Mayanja continues to inspire Uganda’s music

It is difficult to talk of Uganda’s music industry without mentioning Jose Chameleon. He is the first popular local artist that many Ugandans knew when they started to enjoy local music.

Jose Chameleon (real names Joseph Mayanja ) has probably been Uganda’s most popular musician in the first decade of the twenty first century. The musician that came into the music limelight with the Mama Mia hit has since released over 10 albums with songs in Luganda, English and Kiswahili. His music that was churned out over the years largely contributed towards the rejuvenation of Uganda Music at the turn of the century.

Jose hameleone aka Joseph Mayanja

He is a pop icon in Uganda with his hits like Basiima Ogenze, Nekolera Mali and Bayuda that turned into daily phrases in the vocabulary of Ugandans. Over the years he has scooped a host of awards both locally and internationally, which include inaugural Pearl of Africa artist of the year, two accolades as the male artists of the year at the Peal of Africa Music Awards.  He also scooped Kora Awards, Kissima Awards and an MTV international Award.

Jose Chameleon started his music career with a brief stint with the Ogopa DJs in Kenya where he recorded his first song Bageya before he fully returned to Uganda to launch into an illustrious music career. He is the leader of Leon Island music group, which produces his own music, and a host of other young talents.

More on Jose Chameleon

Chameleon profile on wikipedia

– official myspace page

on facebook

Jose Chameleon music albums

  • Bageya (2000)
  • Mama Mia (2001)
  • Njo Karibu (2002)
  • The Golden Voice (2003)
  • Mambo Bado (2004)
  • Kipepeo (2005)
  • Shida za Dunia (2006)
  • Sivyo Ndivyo (2007)
  • Katupakase (2007)
  • Bayuda (2008–2009)
  • vumilia (2009–2010)

Jose Chameleon Awards Won:


Jose Chameleon’s songs include:


Mama Mia

Basima Ogenze

Efuga bbi



Goin on- with Jacke Chandiru



Sivyo Ndivyo..featuring Prof. J


Mam Rhoda-ft. Bushoke

Tolina Kisa with Papa Cidy


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2 Responses to Jose Chameleon aka Joseph Mayanja continues to inspire Uganda’s music

  1. Namirembe catherine Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    can i still apply for the mature age entry programe?pliz help me and tell me.

  2. demou-kay 5 Reply

    January 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    napenda sana nikuwe kama kamilion mumisic nafurayia sana misic yakamilion big up mutuwangu nikumbuke namie ndafura amaukinifundisha kuwa kama weye ndafurayi ama ukinionyesha njia ndakusifu sana peace

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