Born 2 Conquer (B2C) group hit the trifecta.
B2C on meeting Mowzey Radio, MP funding first video, splitting with Andy
Very few things in life are as memorable as meeting your idol. Even better when they accept to mentor you and allow you to work with them.
The opportunity for the group came as they promoted their breakthrough song ‘Tokigeza’ at Casablanca Pub in Kampala.
The late Mowzey Radio saw the trio moving out of the pub and grabbed Mr. Lee’s hand.
"We used to fear them... but ‘Tokigeza’ was the reason we met Radio... we were promoting our song at Casablanca and they used to be there,” said Mr. Lee during an interview with Faridah Nakazibwe on 'Mwasuze Mutya'.
"As we are passing by, Radio pulls my hand and tells me he knows our songs 'Tokigeza' and 'Nkwagala'.”
Mr. Lee continued: "We were so happy... someone you’ve always looked up to appreciating you... It's one of the best moments in our career.”
That meeting inspired conversations that facilitated the singing group, whose other members are Bobby Lash and Julio Delivad to do a hit song titled ‘Gutamiza’ with the Goodlyfe Crew, which was a duo of Radio and Weasel.
Radio liked the song so much, according to Mr. Lee, he (Radio) leaked the audio before the planned date of release.
The relationship between B2C and Goodlyfe was sealed by their former manager Andrew Mugerwa, alias Andy Events, who had known Radio for a long time.
Lee, which is short for Left Every Evil, was born Richard Mugisha and he hails from Kakiri. Bobby’s real name is Peterson Ssali and he is from Mukono. Julio’s real name is Julius Kasagga and he hails from Buikwe.
They trio met as kids in Luwafu, Makindye, Kampala.
Bobby and Julio were childhood neighbours. Mr. Lee, who was with a dancing group called Chain Breakers joined Julio after being hired to dance for their (Julio’s) group.
They all participated in church choirs and acquired most of their music skills from there, including Julio learning to play the keyboard.
They all failed to complete university, mostly because of failing to raise tuition and their music career was also taking off.
"We can sing... but our siblings aren't singers... I think it's better we concentrate here for now since everything else has failed," Mr. Lee said that’s how he advised his group members after realising finishing school may not be possible. "So, we can support them."
Their first song as B2C was called ‘Champion’ and it was written by the singer Geosteady. They were still in high school at Crested Secondary School. They started writing music in senior two.
Andy Events played a major role in their success because he connected them to most of the musicians they have done collaborations with and he bankrolled most of their music projects.
But they split with him after he organised their first concert and didn’t offer them anything on the returns.
"We weren't focusing on money. We were about the dream. Andy came and told us there is no money (after the concert) and we accepted,” said Julio.
Mr. Lee said: “We don't blame him because he invested in us, so if he decided to repay himself, we didn’t mind... but the problem came when we failed to raise money for future projects yet we were working.”
According to Mr. Lee, after failing to get any more from Andy, they told him they would collect the money for the next concert themselves and give it to the videographer.
"We told him for the next show, let's go alone, so we can collect money for the videographer... and he appeared not to take the proposal seriously. But when we got the money, we gave it to the videographer,” he said.
After that incident, Andy stopped working with them.
MP saves their career
To shoot the video of 'Wansesera', which was released in 2014 and played a big role to their success, one of their friends invited a Member of Parliament (MP), who was a relative and he paid Shs2 million at a concert they had organised and collections from other revelers were Shs1 million. They didn’t name the legislator.
The Shs3m was used to do the video and market it.
The trio has since released great songs and done 'collabos' with household names like Rema Namakula, Maro and Eddy Kenzo.
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