If there is one artiste who has kept a low profile out of the scandalous celebrity life, it is Ronald Magada, popularly known as Maro. Having been in the Ugandan music industry for the last ten years, we should have at least seen something about him, far from it! He either knows how to keep his mess under wraps or is just a good boy.
Last evening, the self-proclaimed Kyabazinga was hosted by the Rotaract Club of Kampala South at Hotel Africana to share his life story and journey to Music. He told the youngsters of his battles with his father over his career choice.
“My father didn’t want me to do music. After one year, I got success from the songs that I did, I got tuition and paid for my Degree in Development studies,” he said. Because he was making some good money from his music career, Maro could have chosen to buy a car, but he didn’t.
The reason; “I just wanted to be me… I have tried to be that person up to now… I didn’t want to put myself up there. I felt more comfortable being myself. If I wanted to go and eat kikomando or rolex, I would do it with no restraint.”
“Truth is, I cannot sugarcoat anything about myself… if you lie, you have to defend a lie using another lie and that life is difficult,” he added.
On how music has benefitted him as a person, Maro said, “Music has given me a voice. Growing up, I didn’t really have a voice… Living my life around stepmoms, it was hard for me to speak my mind. In fact, if my dad found me speaking to you with this confidence, he would tear.”
More so, Maro said he bases his writing on his life experiences. When asked how he has been able to stay away from scandals, the artiste admitted that he know the media find him boring.
“When it comes to the news, I am boring, because I am not fighting anyone.”
Dialogues like this one are always climaxed with a question and answer session. While other speakers normally wait for someone to hand the microphone to their audience, Maro did not wait. He walked to each of the participants who had questions for him and handed them the microphone. He would then listen and node his head as he prepared a response. That uniqueness is what swept many off their feet.
The singer will be holding a concert to celebrate his 10 years of doing music on Valentine’s day at Mestil hotel.