Pallaso is a famous Ugandan recording artist, songwriter, producer, and videographer. He performs in various musical styles, including afro-pop, afrobeat, hip-hop, dancehall, and R & B.
He combines Swahili and English into his Luganda singing, which gives his songs more flavor. His musical career began in 2000 when he was still at Leone Island which is a musical band led by his brother Jose Chameleone.
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Pallaso – Early Life
Pius Mayanja popularly known by the name Pallaso was born to Mr. Gerald Mayanja and Ms. Prossy Mayanja on September 5, 1987, at Mulago Hospital. He is one of seven children born to his parents.
Pallaso spent most of his childhood in the Kampala suburb of Kawempe. Pallaso is from a musical family where his three brothers Jose Chameleone, Weasel, and the late AK47 Mayanja were successful musicians from Uganda.
Pallaso – Educational Background
Pallaso began his primary education at the Happy Hours Nursery and Primary School. After finishing elementary school, he joined Kasawo Secondary School and Mengo Senior School for O level, and for his A level, he went to St Augustine College, Wakiso.
He then moved to the USA and joined Pennsylvania High School, where he graduated and pursued a diploma at the college of direct studies.
Pallaso Personal Life
Pallaso has two children with Nicole Hayman. Maisha Mayanja and Danari Mayanja are the names of the couple’s children. They both have mixed race and their mother resides in the United States.
Pallaso – Musical Career
Pallaso began singing in Leone Island, the music group led by his brother Chameleone. While being a part of the band, Pallaso adopted the name Lizard. Later, he moved to the US and worked for several businesses. Even though he worked in the US, he never gave up on his desire to be a musician.
He picked up his musical career again while living in the US, producing songs like Ready For You which featured GNL Zamba, Coming home, and Change featuring The Mess. he released a collaborative song called Amaaso in October 2013 with The Mess and the popular Ugandan combo Radio and Weasel, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts there.
After changing his name to Pallaso, he returned to Uganda in 2014 and joined Team No Sleep under Jeff Kiwa’s management. He released many songs while in this group. He worked with Sheebah Karungi while in Team No Sleep. And thus they were able to establish themselves as some of the nation’s top musicians.
Pallaso and Nigerian pop musician Davido teamed together in late 2014 and they released a song in February 2015. Later, Pallaso quit Team No Sleep and founded his own music company, Team Good Music. He leads his business as CEO.
In 2015 he released a song that collaborated with Spice Diana. He organized his first concert at Freedom City Mall in 2015 and it was a huge success.
In the following years, Pallaso collaborated with various other popular musicians from different parts of Africa. In 2016, Pallaso released his debut album, which was titled MAAMA Album.
The album was a hit throughout the nation and in late 2016, he conducted a concert at Freedom City Mall as a celebration of the success. In the following years, Pallaso released many songs and thus he rocketed to being one of the nation’s top musicians.
Pallaso – Best Songs And Album
Even though Pllaso was active in the Ugandan Music industry, he came into prominence in 2013. He has contributed more than 100 songs to the music industry. The popular album of this 35-year-old singer and songwriter is Mama, his 2016 hit.
A few of Pallaso’s popular songs are listed below.
- Move Your Body
- No More ft. Dirty Boy Raw
- Follow Me ft. The Mess
- Bega Bega
- My Curly Gurly
- Go Down Low ft. Sheebah Karungi
- Ready For You
- African Tears
- Wekoledewo Kaki
- Tamala ft. King Saha
- Koona ft. Spice Diana
- Nalonda Nemala
- Never Came Clean
Pallaso – Awards And Nominations
In his musical career, Pallaso has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including the Ugandan Entertainment Awards, the HiPipo Awards, the Zzina Awards, and more.
Pallaso has received various achievements including Best Artist at the Diaspora HiPipo Music Awards in 2014, Hottest Collaboration, the Buzz Teeniez Awards in 2014, and the Teenies Awards for Teenies Flyest Video in the same year. In 2015, he won the HiPipo Awards for Best Afro Beat Song.
He has worked with many different musicians such as Radio and Weasel, Jose Chameleone, Sheebah Kaungi, Full Figure, Spice Diana, Slate Nation, Davido, Beanie Gunter, and many others.
Pallaso – Controversies
Due to the xenophobic attacks, Pallaso was assaulted in South Africa by an angry mob. He was reportedly attacked with stones and cut with pangas during an event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pallaso got into a physical altercation with the police, when they tried to arrest him for breaking the Covid prevention rules.
In 2014, Pallaso had an issue with the Goodlyf team after returning from the US. he said that he had disagreements with TNS CEO Jeff Kiwa regarding the events surrounding the death of his brother.
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