AIDS Journey ~ How far we have come ~ “Born in Africa” Philly Lutaaya Documentary Uganda

Posted April 1, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Artists ~ 17,009 views


Philly Bongoley Lutaaya (19 October 1951 – 15 December 1989) was a Ugandan musician who was the first prominent Ugandan to give a human face to HIV/AIDS. Before dying of AIDS, Lutaaya had spent his remaining healthy time writing songs about his battle with AIDS and touring churches and schools throughout Uganda to spread a message of prevention and hope.

Philly Lutaaya was popular in Uganda in the 1960s, and in the 1970s he toured Congo, Kenya and Japan. In the mid 1980s he settled in Stockholm, Sweden. There he recorded his hit album, “Born in Africa,” which is still popular in Uganda. The Nigerian-Swedish musician Dr. Alban, who has called Philly Lutaaya “one of the greatest African musicians” later released an album also named “Born in Africa”.

After his death at age 38, the Philly Lutaaya Initiative Association continued his work. With assistance from UNICEF, the Initiative sponsors lectures in schools and communities across Uganda highlighting personal testimonials of hundreds of people infected with HIV. In Uganda, 17 October is the Philly Bongoley Lutaaya Day.

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    Yes indeed it has really been a long journey,am happy so much progress has been done in prevention of AIDS in Uganda .

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