'Toyota is my OB' – Chameleone explains relationship with Museveni’s brother

Singer Joseph Mayanja, alias Jose Chameleone, has said his friendship with Michael Nuwagira, aka Toyota, started while they were in school.

A collage of Jose Chameleone and Michael Toyota Nuwagira

The 'Bageya' singer was dismissing claims that he associates with President Yoweri Museveni's brother because he is a schemer trying to tap something from the First Family.

"Mum, this is Toyota," he said while introducing him to his mother, Proscovia Musoke.

"Most people think I know him because he is Museveni's brother. No. I studied with Toyota. He is my old schoolmate. [Chameleoene went to Nakasero Primary School, Mengo Senior Secondary School, Kawempe Muslim Senior Secondary School, Katikamu Seventh Day Adventist Senior Secondary School and Progressive Senior Secondary School. He didn't mention where they met.]"

The introduction was made while Chameleone was performing at Cubana Bar and Lounge in Munyonyo, Kampala, on Tuesday night.

The 'Shida za Dunia' singer also introduced city businessman Emmanuel Ruhakana Akandwanaho, alias Emma who gave him a Range Rover Autobiography in September of 2021.

"He gave me a new Range Rover," Chameleone said.

The 43-year-old AfroBeat singer used the stage to appeal to people close to Museveni to arrange a meeting between him and the president.

"My friends, I am for everyone; pagans, Christians...the time I have spent giving Uganda… Museveni should consider us. I ask he gives us a chance," he said.

"I have had shows in Zanzibar, I have sung in Tanzania, Zambia, Russia... all along working alone. Do you want me to die singing 'Wale' Wale' [Swahili for only]... Uganda will judge you... that you had a man like Chameleone and you didn't support him."

Chameleone launched his music career in 1996 as a DJ at the Missouri nightclub in Kampala.

Later, he was signed to the Kenyan record label, Ogopa Deejays, which released his first single ‘Bageya’ featuring Kenyan artist Redsan. Over the years, he has dropped record-selling albums including ‘Mama Mia’, ‘Mambo Bado’, ‘Jamila’, ‘Kipepeo’, ‘Bageya’, ‘Shida za Dunia’, ‘Bayuda’, and ‘Njo Karibu’.

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