"Young people should have some respect, they shouldn't think we woke up one day and abused Afrigo Band's Moses Matovu and suddenly became what we are. We grew up respecting people that are more experienced and older than us," Chameleone said
Chameleone to Gravity Omutujju: We opened doors for you
Musician Joseph Mayanja, professionally known as Jose Chameleone, said that young musicians shouldn't get excited by the limelight and forget those who laid the foundation.
"People say Muyenga [a leafy Kampala suburb] is a good place, but they need to respect the first person to stay there because it wasn't a good place before that person went there. They attack and undermine artistes who came before them forgetting that, when I joined this business, music was full of thugs."
Chameleone's comments come on the heels of remarks rapper Gravity Omutujju made about Chameleone himself, Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine, saying they had become lazy and irrelevant and they should bow out of the industry.
He also said that they had refused to promote his concert because they are scared of him. Gravity, however, later said that he deliberately didn't invite Bebe Cool because he knew his political views would fend off some people.
After days of scathing comments in the media, Gravity received overwhelmingly negative reviews from music fans and he retracted his statements.
Last week he called a press conference during which he teared up, saying that people had misinterpreted his comments. He also claimed there are some people in the industry with an ax to grind.
Chameleone in an interview some time back noted that every industry will always need its veterans to mentor new entrants.
"... you are trying to tell us that we are old, so we should leave music. Then start with Afrigo Band and tell them to stop performing at Obligato. But I think an industry without the mega, mega stars changes dynamics, we have to stick around, so that these kids can learn something from us," he said.
Gravity Omutujju said he may not do another interview till next year.
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