Foreign Celebrities who Found Fame, Fortune And a Home in Kenya – Ugandans Jose, Bebe and Dan Top The List

Posted November 28, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Africa ~ 5,635 views


Ugandan crooner, Chameleone is arguably the hottest property in East and Central Africa. The Ugandan singer has that ability to churn hit after hit and he doesn’t seem to slow down. His music journey started in Kenya when together with Kenyan raga superstar Redsan and his fellow Ugandan Bebe Cool combined to give us big hits like Bageya. Chameleon and Bebe Cool later relocated to Uganda as solo acts.


Kenya has been experiencing an influx of refugees from neighboring countries that have been experiencing civil wars. Kakuma refugee camp in Northern western region of Kenya is host to refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Uganda, and Rwanda. The refugee camp has produced some of the most sought after artists in Kenya like Kidum and international renowned hip hop Sudanese ace Jal. Other big names who can credit their success to Kenya include prolific Gor Mahia striker Dan Sserukuma and Radio Presenter G Money.


Lethal Gor Mahia striker Dan Sserunkuma has an even larger following in Kenya than his home country. The diminutive striker from Uganda scored some crucial goals that ensured Gor Mahia won the Kenya Premier league title that had eluded them for 18 years. The prolific striker was last season KPL footballer of the year. His form has elicited interest from Armenian side FC Banants who are keen to sign him.


RnB sensation Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, fled to Kenya with his family as a refugee following the turmoil that engulfed Burundi in 1994. His first home was Kakuma Refugee camp. The talented drummer and songwriter left the camp for Nairobi to pursue his music career. His success in the local music industry has been phenomenal. Kidum is a household name in Kenya and has won numerous prestigious awards including the Kora Award and PAM Award.

The hit maker has performed in his home country and has toured Europe, Canada and USA. He has collaborated with Kenya sensation Nameless and sassy Uganda artist Juliani Kanyomozi. Some of Kidum love ballads include Mpenzi, Nitafanya and Namba Moja.

Source – MSN African News

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