Uganda’s youngest and biggest music producer of recent years Dan Mukisa aka Danz Kumapeesa has died, his friend Kat Vianney has announced.
The Sunrise has also confirmed from his other close friends, that Kumapeesa died at Nsambya hospital where he had been taken for routine check-up.
Kumapeesa’s death, at the tender age of 25, comes rather as a shock after his mother revealed recently that he was improving steadily.
When Kumapeesa was released from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nsambya hospital a few months ago, his family opted to have him sleep at home and commute to hospital for drugs and examination following an escalation of hospital bills.
Sources tell Rafiki that Kumapeesa’s single mom, was overwhelmed by the hospital bill, which by the time of his death had allegedly grown to over Ushs80 million. Efforts to raise money at two fundraising events that were spearheaded by Douglas Lwanga, the presenter of The Beat on NTV, failed to raise significant amount of money.
Kumapeesa’s demise leaves a huge scar in the music industry as he was considered by many as one of the best producers at the time. At his young age, he had produced some of the biggest hits of recent years including Winnie Nwagi’s Musawo, Magic and Mukwano gwo. Bebe Cool’s Mboozie za Malwa, Eddy Kenzo’s Tereera.
Kumapeesa will also be remembered for producing Rema Namakula’s Juice wa Mango, Fille Mutoni’s Nakupenda.
Last month, (August 2017), Kumapeesa was awarded the Best Producer of the Year by the Uganda Entetainment Awards held at Serena Hotel in Kampala. The awards are organized by one of Kampala’s socialites Kabs Halola.
His demise will likely deepen wars and mistrust in the industry after rumours that one of his clients and friend, Eddy Kenzo hired hit-men who attacked him on June 5, as he was returning home from a nightclub. Kenzo has denied any involved in the deadly plot that has claimed one of Uganda’s most promising talents.
Several artists have expressed dismay at Kumapeesa’s death;
Lydia Jasmine, another young female artist wrote on her page that:
“I just got the sad news about the death of my dear friend /producer Danz ku mapeesa, it is a pity and a big loss for all of us in this industry/nation. You are gone too soon but you really faught a good war. May the Angels receive you in heaven. Rest in peace Danz. Your works will always live on and forever. You will never be forgotten.”
Rema Namakula, arguably the biggest female artist at moment added:
“FARE THEE WELL DANZZ KUMAPEESA…. RIP YOUNG FIGHTER…. MAY GOD STRENGTHEN YOUR FAMILY.”
Winnie Nwagi has also vented at Kumapeesa’s attackers as well. She said: “Katonda talya nguzi bannange…. Whoever attacked this sweet soul will face the day of judgement with God himself cz we never get the killers here anyway… Tufiiliddwa abantu baffe banji naye netuviilamu awo bwetutyo….. It’s very sad… RIP my dear friend/producer Danz Kumapeesa.”