Cool led the list with his friend Jose Chaemleone, saying his song Forever has trended for the past 12 months despite being released in 2021.
Full List: Bebe Cool names top musicians in 2022
Musician Bebe Cool unveiled his annual controversial list and it features both budding and established singers.
Cool, real name Moses Ssali, said his list contains songs from December 2021 to December 2022.
He said he has the moral authority to come up with a list of the best musicians because he has been around for 27 years and that comes with experience.
Second on Bebe Cool's list is singer Grenade whom he recognised because of his three songs Picha on which he collaborated with Pinky, then his hit single Babandana and Mbuzi Nente, a collabo between him and Tg Billz.
Azawi scored position three because of her remarkable ballads Bamutute, Fwa Fwa Fwa and Majje which she did with Fik Fameica.
He named her the female artiste of the year.
In position four is Mudra Viral because he released trending songs, including Bala Balo and Ayi featuring Sheebah Karungi, according to Cool.
Ykee Benda came in position five because, according to Cool, he had two outstanding collaborations, that is, Nkufeelinga featuring Chembaz and Teacher featuring Fik Fameica
Kenzo has been given position number six and Cool said he can easily cross to the legendary list if he stays on track.
Cool also said that concerts by Kenzo, Nwagi and Azawi were the best this year.
Singer John Blaq is position seven, though he wasn't active in the past year, but Cool says he had two outstanding songs, namely Follow and Chai Mata.
Meanwhile, Cool said the list is not in order, so the position of the singer doesn't necessarily imply their rank on the list.
Other mentions on the list were Kataleya and Kandle (Do Me and Njagala Money), Rickman Manrick (Enjoyment Ft. Kenzo and Hangover Ft. Avion King), Sheebah Karungi, Carol Nantongo (Oliwa) and Spice Diana (Siri Regular).
There is also Winnie Nwangi for Malaika, David Lutalo (Kabisi Kandagala), Gravity Omutujju (Tusimbudde), Pallaso (Nsaba), Ronald Alimpa (Lusuku lwa Cement), B2C (Obulungi Bunuuma) and Martha Mukisa (Busy)
Bebe Cool advised Saha and other musicians who abuse drugs to seek help because it will sabotage their development in the industry.
"Sad but true the year ends on a sad note where this young man is admitted in hospital because of the same reasons that I always talk about. These are well documented and the public knows. We pray that Saha gets well soon. And he will in God's name," he said.
"Musically Saha did not perform well because he released many average songs, but only one surpassed. But I believe it did not become a major hit because it was a good song, but rather because of abusing and disrespecting a fellow artist and his family. This could have impressed the enemies of Bebe Cool for a few applauses but in reality, it has had a negative impact on Saha’s music this year."
He added: "There is a very big difference between abusing and beefing. Beefing might be interesting to the audience but it has a limited time because what audiences consume is music not beef while abusing is treating someone with violence, disrespect and harm. With such a good talent if you (Saha) had a responsible management team, friends and genuine fans, all would have been able to advise you accordingly."
He went on: "Unfortunately, artist like you negatively inspire upcoming talents to think it’s okay to promote and abuse drugs. For example, upcoming artist ALIEN SKIN who has good songs like “SITYA DANGER & TONKAKA” are learning bad ways from people like you. He has on several occasions appeared on stage and videod smoking."
He continued: "Uganda's population is predominantly the youths. We must inspire these young people by doing right, not wrong. I believe the platform given to us as artists by God should be used for our good and the good of our people. Entertainment and sports are very big job creating sectors which artists and sports personalities should all be responsible to promote and protect. The Bebe Cool list will never promote or credit any form of ABUSE."
Cool also made an offer: "The Bebe Cool list would like to offer free studio time- to a tune of 3 songs- at GAGAMEL RECORDS and also offer 3 free Video Camera opportunities to shoot their videos to all the artists mentioned above on the Bebe Cool list. This offer is subject to an artist having his/her own producer and booking studio time two weeks prior to the Programme. The video Camera is subject to 150 dollars as facilitation for the handler and security."
He said the list is aimed at recognising artistes for their input in uplifting the music industry and he has also promised to start giving out houses, beginning with artistes that will feature on the 2023 list.
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