Singer Maddox Ssematimba has given in to pressure and admitted that he isn’t a music legend as he had earlier stated.
The tag became a topical issue after Maddox claimed that singer Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone doesn’t qualify to be called a legend, and for that, he will not be performing at his forthcoming ‘Legend Live in Concert’ due October 4 at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.
But during an interview with the nbs After5 team on Wednesday, Maddox said that he is also not a music legend and it’s wrong to be called one.
According to him, the word ‘Legend’ is a myth (doesn’t exist), but the right word to use is veteran.
“The word legend is a myth, it is mainly used on stories and people the ancient people created in their minds, like the story of big foot. But I believe in the word ‘veteran’. Actually I love to be called a veteran singer because my contributions are visible,” he said.
The singer further claimed that if someone opts to use the word legend, they should at least add ‘living’ legend to give the word a correct meaning.
Maddox’s statement came just days after Andrew Benon Kibuuka requested him and Chameleone to stop calling themselves legends because they have not yet worked that much to earn the title.
According to the Chairperson for Federation of Performing Artistes in Uganda (FPAU), the music legends in Uganda’s industry are artistes like Philly Bongole Lutaaya, Elly Wamala, Moses Matovu, and Herman Basudde among others.
“A person who has faded and outlived his prime years can’t be termed as a legend. It’s for people who have seen and done it all but are still role models for several people. Both Maddox and Chameleone are not yet legends. They are still very young and active to call themselves legends. I don’t think they have surpassed the test of time,” he said.
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