Jose Chameleone

Joseph Mayanja[1] better known by the stage name Jose Chameleone, (born 30 April 1979) is a Ugandan AfroBeat artist and musician. Chameleone sings in Luganda, English, and Swahili and has won awards.[2]

Jose Chameleone
Birth nameJoseph Mayanja
Born (1979-04-30) 30 April 1979 (age 42)
LabelsLeone Island Records
Associated acts

Sometimes as mononym Chameleone or at times as Dr. Jose Chameleone, he is one of the most popular and most outstanding Ugandan musicians in the 21st century. He started his music career in the early 1990s with the Ogopa Deejays, a Kenyan record label then and managed to gain popularity because of his talent across the entire African continent. Chameleone's music style is a mixture of Ugandan folk music, central African rumba, zouk, and reggae. He has won quite a number of awards (about 20 of them), and continues to stand strong as the country's most outstanding musician in the 21st century enjoying strong popularity across the African continent.[3][4]

Musical careerEdit

Chameleone's career began in 1996 as a DJ at the Missouri night club in Kampala. He was later signed to the Kenyan record label Ogopa Deejays, which released his first single, "Bageya" that featured Kenyan artist Redsan.[4]Throughout years he has recorded record selling albums like Mama Mia, Mambo Bado, Jamila, Kipepeo, Bageya, Shida za Dunia, Bayuda, Njo Karibu among others. Jose released his first album in 2000 and by 2013, he had released a total of 13 albums. Some of them include Kipepeo, Shida za dunia, Valu valu, Bayuda, Badilisha, Sweet Banana and Champion. He is currently the CEO of Leone Island which is a music label.[3]Some of his hit songs include Valu valu, Jamila, Shida za dunia, Bayuda, Tatizo, Nkwagala nyo, Kipepeo, Dorotia and Kipepeo. In his career, the musician performed to the largest audience at the Lugogo Cricket Oval Stadium in Kampala.

Jose performed to an estimated figure which was above 40 000 fans who attended his Tubonge Live Concert. In East Africa, no one has come close to his numbers.

Jose had yet another outstanding journey in 2017 when he sold out his annual LEGEND concert which was made to celebrate the music in Uganda. The tickets were sold out due to space and he still had more fans waiting outside to purchase tickets. Jose is still considered to be the best performer in Uganda and this comes after his sterling performance with his young brother, Weasel at Saturday’s Club Beatz At Home online show.[5]

Other activitiesEdit

The speaker of the parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga, designated Chameleone to be the Ambassador of the Busoga Tourism Initiative.[6]

Chameleone is a member of a coalition of musicians who use their fame and fortune to help reduce poverty and create awareness campaigns for HIV/AIDS.[7] [8]He has performed overseas including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium,[9] Malaysia, China, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, Germany, and Switzerland, among others.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Danielle Atim. The couple have five children who are all living in the United States. He is also currently pursuing a political career as Kampala (Uganda's capital)'s lord mayor.[11]

His younger brother Pius Mayanja is a well known artist under his stage name Pallaso.



Year Album Record label
2000 Bageya Ogopa Deejays
2001 Mama Mia
2002 Njo Karibu
2003 The Golden Voice
2004 Mambo Bado
2005 Kipepeo
2006 Shida za Dunia
2007 Sivyo Ndivyo
2007 Katupakase
2009 Bayuda
2010 Vumilia
2012 Valu Valu
2013 Badilisha
2015 Wale Wale
2016 Sili Mujawo
2017 Sweet Banana, Superstar, Mshamba
2018 Champion, Mateeka, Kilabe


2019 Tonsuna Feat Papa Cidy, Tondekangawo feat Baliruno K. Hanson
2020 Baliwa, Bolingo ya Nzambe



  • "Wale Wale"
  • "Valu Valu"
  • "Tubonge"
  • "Badilisha"
  • "Milliano"
  • "Bayuda"
  • "Bomboclat"
  • "Jamila"
  • "Dorotia"
  • "Nkoleki"
  • "All Di Girls"
  • "Relaxing"
  • "Going On"
  • "Moto Moto"
  • "Africa Kiboko Yao"
  • "Bei Kali"
  • "Mama Rhoda"
  • "Ndivyo Sivyo"
  • "Only You"
  • "Mama Mia"
  • "Bwerere"
  • "Meeme Katale"
  • "Naumia"
  • "Nekolela Mali"
  • "Shida Za Dunia"





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  26. ^ 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards
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