“I want to be remembered as an artiste of Value”, Chameleone explains


By Waiswa Brian

A few days during Leila Kayondo’s ‘Manifesto’ Video premier at Guvnor, Singer Jose Chameleone took off time and spoke to our scribe as quoted “A lot has been said about me not releasing music, its my choice to know how,when,what time to do so. Last month i released 5 new tracks for my fans,and am shooting a new Video with Rwanda’s DJ Pius. One thing i need from Ugandan is that one time they will appreciate me when am no longer doing music,i want to be remembered as an artiste of Value. My sons will grow up soon and they will explain to them how i was among the revolutionary artistes who changed our music and chased away the Congolese dominance. I want my children to eat and feed on my music even when i retire. Am a major force behind my Siblings joining music;Douglas Mayanja alias Weasel is an established Artiste under “Weasel and Radio” of the Goodlyfe Crew,Pius Mayanja alias Pallaso under “Team Good Music”, And Emmanuel Mayanja alias AK47(RIP) who had formed “Bullet Proof Music” before his death. Chameleon explained.  “In Leone Island,i signed many musicians from Uganda,i managed to groom them; Moses Radio,King Saha, Papa Cidy,Big Eye, Melody etc. Am not disappointed of myself,i have really worked hard for Ugandans,only that they don’t appreciate me” he added on.


Here is a short Biography about Jose Chameleone

Jose Chameleone’s career began in 1996 as a DJ at the Missouri night club in Kampala .He was later signed to the Kenyan record label Ogopa DJs. where he enjoyed his break through with one of his first singles, “Bageya”, which featured Kenyan artist Redsan.

Chameleone’s musical style is a combination of Ugandan folk music, central African rumba, zouk and reggae. His first album, Bageya, was released in 2000. By 2013, he had released twelve more albums, including Mama Mia in 2001, Njo Karibu and The Golden Voice in 2003, Mambo Bado in 2004, Kipepeo in 2005, Shida za Dunia in 2006, Sivyo Ndivyo andKatupakase in 2007, Bayuda in 2009, Vumilia in 2010, Valu Valu in 2012, Badilisha in 2013 and Tubonge in 2014.

Family and personal life

Chameleone is married to Daniella Atim. The couple have four children: Abba Marcus Mayanja, who has released his first single “Game Over” under the name T-REX; Alfa Joseph Mayanja; Alba Shyne Mayanja; and Amma Mayanja.

Below are Jose Chameleone’s famous music Albums.

Year Album Record label
2000 Bageya Ogopa Deejays
2001 Mama Mia
2002 Njo Karibu
2003 The Golden Voice
2004 Mambo Bado
2005 Kipepeo Leone Island Music Empire
2006 Shida za Dunia
2007 Sivyo Ndivyo
2007 Katupakase
2009 Bayuda Leone Island Productions
2010 Vumilia Leone Island Music Empire
2012 Valu Valu
2013 Badilisha
2014 Wale Wale