The Wale Wale singer has a voice that is raspy and unmistakable. He is probably the only male artist in East Africa who has had most hits directly proportional to his career’s longevity. As one of the most respected artists and voices of this generation in Africa, his inclusion in Coke Studio Africa is reason to believe that all African artists can be brought together by the power of music.
Joseph Mayanja, popularly known as Jose Chameleone or just Chameleone is a renowned Ugandan musician and artist. He sings Afrobeat and Reggae in Luganda, English and Swahili. Having established himself, Chameleon has performed in many countries including the United States, United kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Malaysia, China, South Africa, DRC, Zambia, Malawi and others. He has numerous nominations and awards. Among his nominations include Best Male Artiste and Best Live Performer Act at the World Music Awards in 2014. He has won Song of the Year “Badilisha” and Best Male ZOUK Song “Badilisha” at the HiPipo Music Awards in 2014.
Chameleone is inspired by Buju Bunton, Bob Marley and General Mega Dee. Chameleone is the president of Ugandan music label Leone Island. He writes, produces and markets his own music
In terms of music, Chameleone started off as a DJ in 1996. He was later signed to a Kenyan record label where he did his first single “Bageya” featuring Redsan. He released subsequent songs under the same label before he went back to his home country, Uganda to release other singles.
Chameleone’s advice to upcoming musicians is to never forget their African heritage and always know their goals.
During his school days, Chameleone won an open competition to write the school’s anthem, which earned him a scholarship to study for free. He is a member of the Musicians Community, a coalition of musicians who help eradicate poverty and create HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in Uganda.