From being music underdogs, to being Chameleone’s subordinates at Leone Island, and to their eventual national and international stardom, Radio and Weasel are obviously Uganda’s most successful duo. However, theirs has not been a smooth journey as we are going to see in this article.
We shall see how they’ve not allowed any obstacle to stand in their way to stardom and eventual international achievement. We shall look at how they overcame a media blackout between 2010 and 2012 to even return bigger and better. Though full of hurdles at different points, theirs has been an amazing journey.
Radio and Weasel’s love story with Ugandan music fans tangibly kicked off between 2007 and 2008 with Nakudata, a song in which they featured Omulangira Ssuuna. Nakudata was so massive and stretched airwaves all over the country.
After that, everything seemed to click well for the duo. They received a lot of support from fans and the media alike. They too did not disappoint and hit us with song after song, including Lwaki Onumya, Zuena, Nyambura and Bread and Butter among so many others.
These two had indeed won a place in the hearts of many Ugandan music fans and not even haters could stop their music. They released music consistently and won awards. Theirs had indeed become a good life [read Goodlyfe].
Unfortunately, between 2010 and 2012, Radio and Weasel reached such a point in their career where skeptics thought they had hit a point of no return. For reasons that only God knows, the media gave them an unbelievable blackout and one would think that the worst had befallen this duo.
Without the assistance of the media, Radio and Weasel put skeptics in their place when towards the end of 2012, they returned bigger and even better. They returned with such songs as Fantastic, Fitting, Magnetic, Lets Go Home, Obude, Ba Customer, Money Money Can’t Let You Go among so many other hits.
This return was followed by their successful Obudde conert, which many skeptics had predicted would fail. But as a way of surprising skeptics, Radio and Weasel put Hotel Africana on fire, on Friday the 10th of May 2013, in their massive Obudde concert.
As if to make an even bigger statement, they snatched a historical nomination at the BET Awards 2013, Uganda’s first ever. At this point, Radio and Weasel had defied odds to reinvent themselves and shoot straight to the top. They may have failed to win the award, but they had made a clear statement; a statement that they were back and much better than they were between 2008 and 2010.
Just when skeptics thought that Radio and Weasel’s BET nomination was a product of absolute lack, the dynamic duo snatched a nomination the 2013 edition of the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.
Radio and Weasel deserve credit from any objective minded human being. They’ve defied a media blackout to re-establish themselves in this rocky music industry of ours. They’ve in fact gone ahead to turn out much bigger and better, by exploring the international sphere.