Tuesday March 17 2015

Video: Singer Chameleon’s brother AK47 dies

Emmanuel Mayanja (the late) during the shooting
Emmanuel Mayanja (the late) during the shooting a video for one of his songs. Net photo
By Darius Mugisha & Michael Kakumirizi

Musicians in Uganda are mourning the death of their colleague, Emmanuel Mayanja Hummertone popularly known as AK47.
AK47, a Ugandan dancehall musician and younger brother to singer Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleone reportedly died on Monday night at Nsambya hospital after falling in a bathroom.
According to Chameleone's manager, Robert Nkuke, the deceased was found bleeding in bathroom at around 8pm and rushed to Nsambya Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
His body has been taken to Mulago Hospital for a post-mortem after which it will be taken to National theatre for viewing.

The singer from a musical family that comprises of three other prominent singing brothers namely Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone, Pius Mayanja aka Pallaso and Douglas Mayanja aka Weasle was pronounced dead shortly after his friends helped drop him at Nsambya hospital last night.
According to fellow singer Diamond Oscar who was with the deceased at Dejavu, a pub in Kansanga, AK47 died after falling in the bathrooms of the pub where he had gone to ease himself. "We were called by one of the bouncers who told us that our friend had fallen and collapsed in the wash rooms. We thought he had just collapsed, so we got off our shirts and started waving so that he could get some fresh air," Oscar said.
Oscar further said that a few minutes later, The youngest Mayanja was not responding at all and he was bleeding from the nose and the mouth; "a patron advised us to rush him to a nearby clinic. When we arrived at Rock pharmacy, the pharmacist advised us to rush the patient to Nsambya Hospital for xray and oxygen. The manager of Dejavu helped drive my car to Nsambya hospital. But all through the journey, i kept calling AK and asking him to say something, but he didn't. He was bleeding and he had foam coming from his mouth," Oscar added.

Left is Emmanuel Mayanja (now deceased) with

Left is Emmanuel Mayanja (now deceased) with his elder brother, Dr Jose Chameleon

Oscar further told us that on arrival at Nsambya Hospital, the doctor tried to check AK Fortyseven's pulse; "the doctor asked us to excuse ourselves out of the room and when he came out about five minutes later, he told us AK was gone. It was about 9:45pm."
AK Fortyseven was attached to Team No Sleep music crew that was formed by Radio & Weasle's breakaway manager Jeff Kiwanuka.
Other reports indicate that the fallen singer is survived by three children including a set of twins that are yet to turn six months of age.
AK Fortyseven dropped out of school after completing his senior six and at twenty three years of age, he was one of the fastest growing dancehall musicians.
Fans and fellow musicians thronged Nsambya Hospital till the wee hours of the night.
Rest In peace Emmanuel Mayanja.

Police investigations

Police have started investigating what could have caused the youngster’s death.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango on Tuesday told Daily Monitor that police is yet to establish what led to his death.
“We don’t know what happened yet but we have started our investigations. Apparently, he was found with a wound on the head, which could have been as a result of the fall. His colleagues say they found him in the washrooms unconscious and there was no other person there. Our officers are going back to the scene (club ) to find out what exactly happened,” Mr Onyango said.

Tributes from fellow singers and fans have started pouring in on social media.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)
I have received the shocking news of the sudden death of our young brother and fellow soldier AK47. My heart goes to you Dr.Chameleon,Weasel,Palaso, big bro Humphrey, mum ,Dad and the entire Mayanja family. Kitalo nnyo banange. May the good lord strengthen you through this trying period. My family mourns together with yours.

Moses Ssali (Bebe Cool)
This is the worst news ever to happen. I have just been told by Leon island manager that our young brother A.K 47 has died. RIP

Dr Aggrey Kiyingi
To the entire Mayanja family, sorry for the loss of your husband, father, son, brother, and friend....May his soul RIP.