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Judith Babirye refuses to sing Maria song at her concert


Uganda’s biggest female gospel artiste Judith Babirye held her Webale concert over the weekend. She belted out her hits like Beera Nange, Nzijukira, Alibawo, Omusaayi Gwa Yesu, and Number One, among others.

She also led a praise and worship session that got people absorbed in a spiritual moments as they lifted their hands in praise. After taking a short break, Babirye returned and did songs like Favour before she asked the crowd to choose songs they wanted her to sing.

And when the crowd roared Maria in unison, she was not about to grant them their wish. Maria is Babirye’s 2010 hit, which she wrote at the height of her marriage woes. In the song, she urges married women to persevere in troubled marriages for the sake of their children.

Babirye, who broke up with her husband shortly after releasing the song, avoided singing it for reasons best known to her. However, a section of the showgoers thought she would be contradicting herself if she had performed the song; considering she didn’t practice what she preached.
She performed songs like Embaga, Omuliro and Wanjagala but not Maria!


  • Dannie

    One of those classic situations when themed songs boomerang on artistes. It’s because of similar reasons that Mariam Ndagire cannot perform “Kiki Onvuma” [rumored to have been a veiled swipe at one of the ladies with whom they fought for her then fiancee, Segawa’s affection.

    Eminem must be have felt similar sentiments when he recorded “Headlights”, a song in which he tries, albeit in vain, to undo the damage done when he released “Cleaning Out My Closet”.

  • One of those classic cases when themed songs boomerang on artistes. It’s because of similar reasons that Mariam Ndagire will not perform “Kiki Onvuma” at any cost.

    Eminem must have experienced similar sentiments when he recorded “Headlights”, which was largely purposed to undo the damage he’d initially done when he released “Cleaning Out My Closet” in 2002.

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