- Every opportunity is a blessing- no matter how big or small it may seem.
Through a TV interview, Radio revealed that he was a barber when he met Chagga, who was by then working for Jose Chameleon.(He however did switch to manage the Goodlyfe crew until mid last year) ..Chagga would occasionally pass by the shop where Radio worked and the latter would sing for him. Note that Chagga would get his hair cut at a different barber shop other than the one that Mowzey worked at. (And yet still God found a way of making their paths cross!)
Chagga advised Radio to switch from his then English- the likes of R.Kelly inspired style of music, if at all he wanted to appeal to the local Ugandan audience. With that in mind, Radio took a day and a half to pen down a Luganda song which would be his first, “Jeniffer“. Later on when he saw Chagga, he sang the song for him, impressing him and Chagga going ahead to introduce Radio to Chameleon. Upon hearing Radio’s voice, Chameleon told him to come ready for work the next day, to which he was appointed as Chameleon’s back up singer and driver. The rest as they say is history.
The older we get, the harder it gets to chase our dreams. Sometimes life happens and we roll with it while shelving those dreams. You might not be where you thought you would be at this time in your life but hang in there, keep working towards your dreams and never give up any opportunity that you get. It might just be a step closer to your dream or even have you meet someone that will take you a step closer to that dream, like Chagga did for Radio.
2. Do the best you can with whatever you can, as long as you can
I know a couple of people that have the most basic of resources that they need to build on their dreams but yet choose to sit back as they wait for the “right time” and perfect conditions to start. News flash- that time is just never going to come and life will never give you the perfect conditions you need to start.
You’ve probably heard that life is too short and if you think it’s cliche then have a look at Radio’s tragic end and tell me if tomorrow’s guaranteed. All you have is today. Make use of it. For someone who died at 35 (unfortunately hitting that 35 mark on his death bed), he sure did achieve more than what the middle aged ordinary person does. It could be that he knew that he did not have much time on his side and made maximum use of whatever time he had breathing as we have heard, but his legacy at 35 (with over 250 released and 400 written songs) is one that I truly respect and admire.
3. Confidence is everything
If you followed Radio’s career and have watched a couple of his interviews, three things were consistent in all of them. Confidence, charm and a lot of deep knowledge. Sometimes, the confidence came out too strong that it would actually be translated into him being cocky. Truth is, I believed in Mowzey and his talent more because he made me believe in it. He made sentiments that had me convinced to think about him the way he thought about himself and sometimes, even more. Borrow this trait and you will have people thinking you’re the best thing that ever happened to mankind.
4. Part of your legacy is how much you let others share in your gift.
I’m not sure I know an artist from Africa that has helped and collaborated efforts with fellow artists like Mowzey (and Weasel) did. From the new entrants, to the upcoming, to the well established ones, Radio clearly knew that his gift was meant to be shared, impact others and grow the industry as a whole.
You’d think that for an artist with such a rare and incredible voice that instantly captured an audience’s attention, he would want to work alone and have all the spotlight shine on him. But that wasn’t the case. He knew he’s worth and let others with valuable input to the craft come in and work together for the creation of magic. From Spice Diana, Leila Kayondo, B2C, Ziza Bafana, Allan Toniks to the very well known PJ Powers, Wizkid and Snoop Lion. Is there an artist that Radio hadn’t worked with?
Sometimes we feel like we’re too good to collaborate with others or or we just don’t want to share in the limelight but yooh! talent is meant to be shared and to bless others, something that Radio clearly understood far too well.
5. Discipline is just as important as talent.
Some of you will hate me for this and think of it as disrespectful to Radio’s legacy but I’m going to speak my truth anyway. Radio was said to be a hot tempered guy that couldn’t hold his liquor and publicly engaged in violence more than once. From throwing a DJ’s laptop into a pool after failing to play Goodlyfe’s tribute song for Ivan Ssemwanga at his vigil, to fighting a traffic cop who arrested him for drunk driving , to beating up a university student, violence became something that was synonymous with Mowzey.
He was human just like everyone else but Radio’s death was such a senseless kind of death that I still cannot come to terms with. How can a person that was alive just 2 weeks ago be reported to have engaged in a bar fight, gotten into a comma and then died? How do you make sense of that? The most unfortunate part, he’s not the only one. There are more top Ugandan artists that have been reported to be violent. Heck! Jose Chameleon was fighting at Radio’s vigil.
Forget everything else, if there’s anything at that I would hope would come out of all this is that artists (not just from Uganda) will take away from Radio’s death that discipline and self control are just as important as talent. I hope that they will learn to walk away from situations and people that may provoke them into a mess that they have nothing to do with. You don’t have to react to everything. Don’t let a pig drag you into a fight in the mud because while you get dirty, the pig will be enjoying itself. And I say this with all due respect to Radio’s memory hoping that we will not have to loose any other talent or even ordinary person in such a a senseless way. That is my prayer.
What other lessons do you think that we can learn from Radio’s life and death?
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