Ugandan musician Eddy Kenzo says that stress and artists wanting to live expensive lifestyles they can’t afford are to blame for the overuse of drugs in the music industry.
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of drug-abusing artists in the country who have ended up in rehab centers.
In an interview with Diaspora Connect, Eddy Kenzo said that it was because they wanted to live above their means. As a result, they couldn’t keep up the image that their fans and the media thought was normal.
“Most people aren’t good at dealing with stress. They are sad because they have to eat what they make. Right now, the demands are too high because they want to live a high-class life. To get there, you have to work so hard.
“I’d like to go back to the village and see how people lived there. But you will find an artist who is happy to travel to America and Dubai on vacation. So, whenever they can’t get this, they start using drugs,” Eddy Kenzo said.
Eddy Kenzo told other artists that they shouldn’t force and fake life because they want to make people happy. Instead, they should find other ways to deal with their midlife crises.
Eddy Kenzo Bio
Edrisah Musuuza is a Ugandan singer and music executive who goes by the stage name Eddy Kenzo. He is one of the founders and a member of Big Talent Entertainment. After the release of his 2014 single “Sitya Loss” and the viral video for it, which featured the Ghetto Kids, he became known all over the world. He has put out four albums so far, the first being Roots in 2018 and the most recent being Made in Africa in 2021.
Kenzo has also won many national and international awards, such as a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in 2018, a BET Award in 2015, and multiple All Africa Music Awards. In 2015, he was the first artist from Uganda to win the BET award.
Eddy Kenzo Early Years
Edrisah Musuuza, which is what Eddy Kenzo’s real name is, was born in the Ugandan city of Masaka.
When he was 4 or 5, his mother died. For the next 13 years, he spent most of his time on the streets of Masaka and Kampala.
Kenzo wanted to be a professional football player at first, so he joined the Masaka Local Council FC’s camp when he was 9 years old. He later got a sports scholarship to go to Kampala’s Lubiri Secondary School, but he never finished school.
In 2008, Kenzo began making music under the name Eddy Kenzo. In that same year, he and Mikie Wine put out their first song, “Yannimba.” In 2010, he put out a new single called “Stamina.” During the 2011 Ugandan general election, many politicians used this song as their campaign song.
In 2011, Kenzo won the award for Best New Artist at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards. Early on in his career, Kenzo also set up his own record label, Big Talent Entertainment. He continues to be a member of the group.
Eddy Kenzo Personal Life
Kenzo started dating Rema Namakula, a Ugandan singer-songwriter. Rema Namakula and Eddy Kenzo had a daughter on December 26, 2014, at Paragon Hospital in the Bugoloobi neighborhood of Kampala.
Kenzo, who already had a daughter named Maya Musuuza from a previous relationship, admitted that he was the baby’s father and gave her the name Amaal Musuuza. In the middle of 2019, Kenzo and Rema broke up, and Rema quickly got engaged to her former doctor, Dr. Hamza Ssebunya.
In 2015, Kenzo started the Eddy Kenzo Foundation, which is a group that helps people in need.
In January 2016, he asked Ugandan soccer players Tony Mawejje and Vincent Kayizzi to help him give gifts to nursing mothers and staff at the Masaka hospital.
In July 2017, he put on two charity football games in Masaka and Kampala. Victor Wanyama played in both of them. The event raised money for HIV-infected children in Uganda.
He opened the Big Talent Soccer Academy in Kampala in March 2019. The Academy finds talented young people in the area and gives them the training to help them improve their skills.