Picking up the pieces: Weasel back on Coke Studio
Weasel is one of East Africa’s most respected entertainers, best known as one half of the highflying Ugandan music group – Radio & Weasel. Since Radio’s passing, Weasel has been forced to pursue a solo career. Radio & Weasel made their Coke Studio Africa debut in 2016. In 2019, Weasel returns to the show for a special tribute to his fallen brother and other heroes that the African music industry has lost along the way.
With mega Pan African hits like “Magnetic”, “Hellena”, “Breathe Away” and “Don’t Cry” featuring Wizkid, Radio & Weasel had a good run on Africa’s entertainment scene, garnering several awards like Hipipo (Uganda) and the Tanzania Music Awards, as well as notable nominations at respected ceremonies like the BET and MTV Awards. Radio’s passing was a big blow to Weasel and the African entertainment industry in general. However, Weasel is on the path to healing and he shares: “Radio and I were friends who had become like brothers and we used to do everything together. It’s hard to lose someone like him but there’s nothing I can do, I hope to find the grace and peace to move on because I’m still shaky right now.”
Plans to release new music
In the face of Radio’s demise, Weasel has no plans to slow down as far as music is concerned. On the contrary and in true fighting spirit, he intends to release his solo album in 2019 together with a number of Radio’s unreleased songs. Weasel reveals: “I have a 15-track album ready that features quite a number of artists such as Chameleon, King Saha, Pallaso and Messiah. I hope to drop it sometime in 2019.”
Coke Studio comeback
Radio & Weasel collaborated with Togolese duo – Toofan in the 2016 season of Coke Studio Africa to create among other songs “Shuga Danse”- produced by Kenyan hit-maker Madtraxx. On the 2019 season of the show, Weasel returns to collaborate with fellow Ugandan singer King Saha and Yared Negu (Ethiopia) on a special episode honouring fallen African entertainers. He says: “I hope that working on Coke Studio Africa will help push me out there as a solo artist and that people will love my music.”