There’s something breathtaking about Wilson Bugembe. And it is not his career as a Pentecostal pastor, gospel music maestro or his past as a street child. But his indigenous spiritual touch that combines creativity and imagination have turned Bugembe into the darling of those who enjoy gospel music.From his first album Yellow which he released at 19-years to Wandibadde Mufu, Bibuzaabuza, Nvunnama, Mukama Njagala Kukumanya and now Komawo Eka, Bugembe has touched many lives …and his music has continued to enjoy a royal arena on the shelves of music stores both secular and Christian.
From pre-teens, teens, those in drive to maturity, the ordinary folk at the Old Taxi Park, to the ageing, Bugembe’s music has been an inspiration. In fact, some of Bugembe’s gospel hits have already penetrated discotheques and captured permanent space on airwaves.
Pastor Wilson Bugembe of Light the World Ministries, who also presents a show on Lighthouse Television titled, ‘There is still hope’ will tomorrow enchant his fans and touch their lives in the Komawo eka launch at Hotel Africana.
In Komawo eka, the former street child who uses his personal true-life story in his lyrics, asks sinners to turn back to God.
The gospel icon’s launch is widely anticipated to be big, for even artistes such as Eagles Production, Silver Kyagulanyi and others who starred in the Komawo eka video will be part of the fun. Call it the Jesus-packed rollercoaster drive.
Bugembe, also best gospel artiste (Pearl of Africa Music awards 2007), is the second born of six boys all of whom were born to HIV positive parents. He and his last born brother Brian narrowly escaped the killer epidemic when they tested negative at birth. “Brian and I are a living miracle,” he once told revelers during the Wandibade mufu album launch in 2007.
“My other brothers [and parents] did not survive. They were born positive and subsequently succumbed to the monster disease.”
When Bugembe starts reminiscing about his past, waves of emotion swallow up the crowds and tears, and sniffs are evident.
It is this rocky background coupled with his spirituality which has made the acclaimed gospel singer, pastor and adoptive father to many, to become one of the household names in music.
During his high school days at Makerere Highway College, next to Full Gospel Church, former classmates say that Bugembe was always funny.
Others describe him as very kind and caring.
How that translates into a memorable launch? We will see. Tomorrow.