Bebe Cool

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Bebe Cool
Bebe Cool at HiPipo Music Awards 2014 Artist of The Year.png
Bebe Cool at HiPipo Music Awards 2014 won Artist of The Year
Background information
Birth name Moses Ssali
Also known as Big Size
Born (1977-09-01) 1 September 1977 (age 41)
Origin Kampala, Uganda
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996 to date

Bebe Cool (born 1 September 1977) (real name Moses Ssali) is a top African reggae and ragga musician from Uganda. He started his career around 1997 in Nairobi, Kenya, but a few years later he moved back to his native country. Bebe Cool was one of the first artists affiliated with Ogopa DJs, a production house and record label in Kenya.

Bebe Cool proclaims that he is a top African Reggae and Ragga artiste with roots from Uganda. He attended Aga Khan Primary School, Kitante Hill School and Makerere College School. At the college school, he studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics (PCB/M). It is also noted that Big size Bebe Cool (formally Bebe Bunton) started his music career right from his high school when he was acting as an entertainment perfect.[3]

Two of his popular singles are "Fitina" and "Mambo Mingi".[1] He also collaborated with Halima Namakula, a Ugandan veteran woman musician, on their crossover track "Sambagala". He has released two solo albums, Maisha and Senta. His lyrics are in Luganda, Swahili, and English.

Bebe Cool is a three times winner of the Artist of The Year Award at the Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards[2] and won several accolades at Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards).[3] He was nominated for the Kora All-African Awards in 2003 and 2005. He has toured in the UK and the US.[4]

Together with Kenyan duo Necessary Noize, Bebe Cool has formed a reggae group known as the East African Bashment Crew. They have released one album, Fire, and two hit singles, "Africa Unite" and "Fire". The group is nominated at the inaugural (2008) MTV Africa Music Awards.[5]

In January 2010 he was injured when a policeman shot at him.[6]

On 11 July 2010, Bebe Cool was performing at the Kyadondo Rugby Club when a bomb set by Somali Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab exploded (July 2010 Kampala attacks). According to Cool, "Most people who died were just in front of me. The blast was so loud—the next thing I saw were body parts flying over."[7]

Bebe Cool performed Nelson Mandela 46664 concert at Hyde Park London and was also named by Nelson Mandela as the 46664 African ambassador. 46664 is a campaign of raising awareness against HIV /AIDS that was initiated by the late Nelson Mandela.

In 2014 Bebe Cool’s remade Born in Africa remix song, a remake of the late Geofrey Lutaaya's song was voted among Africa’s greatest songs of all time.[8] The song came at number 15 in Fifty anthems for the African continent. BBC World Service listeners suggested the African songs that summed up the continent to them.[8] This was to mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union – formerly the Organization of African Unity, From the suggestions, the BBC’s DJ Edu, who hosts a weekly African music show on BBC radio, compiled them into a special five-minute mix of 50 songs from 50 countries.[8]

Bebe Cool has performed in the Big Brother house twice.

In 2013 Bebe Cool had a music battle with one of Nigeria's top artists D'banj in a neutral place Glamis Arena Harare Zimbabwe.[9] The show was organized under the theme Battle for Africa Bebe Cool put up a great performance at the battle.[9]

In the period 2016 to 2018, there was rising controversy against Bebe cool for his alleged selfishness that saw him as a chief organizer for the continued over stay in power of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the then president of Uganda who had become dictatorial. Ugandans at one time chased Bebe cool off the stage in a show before he could sing.




  • 2003 Kora Awards – Best East African Artist[23]
  • 2007 Mobo Awards
  • 2011 Tanzania Music Awards – Best East African Song ('Kasepiki')[24]
  • 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Reggae Song (Ntuyo Zange), Best Dancehall/Ragga Song (No Body Move), Best Musician on Social Media[25]
  • Nominated in Afrimma Awards 2014
  • Australia Radio Afro Song of the Year 2015


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  3. ^ [1] Archived 5 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
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  6. ^ "Standard Digital News - Kenya : Ugandan singer injured in scuffle with police". 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ Wonacott, Peter (2010-07-13). "Uganda World Cup Bombings: Somali Militants Shift Tactics with Attack - WSJ". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
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  9. ^ a b "D'Banj disappoints as Bebe Cool shines". 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  10. ^ "The Pearl Of Africa Music Awards". Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "PAM Awards". 2007-07-02. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  12. ^ "2006 Uganda Pam Awards Winners". Uganda Online. Archived from the original on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
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  18. ^ [2] Archived 6 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "The Observer". 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  20. ^ a b "Music For Nature | Videos | News | Uganda | East Africa". 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h "HiPipo Music Awards | The Fans Decide". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Winners of the 3rd HiPipo Music Awards | HiPipo Music Awards". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  23. ^ "Kora Awards". Archived from the original on 2 March 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Tanzania: '20 Percent' Grabs Seven Kili Music Awards Nominations". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  25. ^ "Music For Nature | Videos | News | Uganda | East Africa". 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 

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