AK 47, Akay 47, Ak Fortyseven, AkayFourtyseven birth name Emmanuel Mayanja (October 29, 1990 - March 16, 2015) was a Ugandan Dance hall artist, he rose to fame in 2012 with his song "Champion". He is said to be one of the best dance hall musicians Uganda has ever had.
He died on 16 March 2015 in a mysterious death.
Early life and career
Ak 47 Mayanja was born to Gerald Mayanja, who hail from Busato Mityana but lives in Seguku Kampala, he was a biological brother to famous Ugandan musicians Chameleone, Pallaso and Weasel of Goodlyfe Crew.
AK attended Kisubi high school for his secondary education where he completed A Level from.
He started as a producer and later diverted to singing. He started singing in Leone Island group which is managed by his brother Chameleone with his first song Usiende in 2008 however this song did not get enough air play on Ugandan radios and TV, he came to limelight in 2011 when he made a remix of Bayuda with his brother Jose Chameleone. This gave him popularity and much fan base in Uganda. Since then he continued with more other good songs such as Mbeera ya nsi and Champion which topped Ugandan music chats for so long, Kidandali, Kaleba with his brother Chameleone, Musajja watu with King Saha and many others. In 2014 he joined the group Team No Sleep which is managed and owned Jeff Kiwa.
AK 47 married in 2012 his wife Maggie Mayanja and they were blessed with 2 children (twins).
- Bayunda Remix feat. Chameleone
- Mbera ya nsi
- Mussajja watu with King Saha
- Ndi Mulokole
Ak 47 had recorded his latest song Ndi Mulokole, On 16 March, his last day, he went on and posted on his Facebook page saying "Nze Ndi Mulokole Nafuuka Mulokole AK Mulokole Naawe Fuuka Mulokole In God we trust" (I am saved, i received salvation, AK is saved, you also get saved In God we trust) little did he know that it will be his last update to the public. Around 8:00PM, AK 47 went with to the bar of his manager Jeff Kiwa, called Denjavu which is found in Kampalawhere he started drinking with friends. At around 10:PM, AK 47 was found lying on the floor of the bathrooms bringing blood in the nose and foam in his mouth, it was said that he went felt unconscious and fainted. he was taken to the nearest clinic for first aid and the clinic finding him in a difficult situation referred him to a bigger hospital. They reached Nsambya Hospital and the doctors found it impossible to cure his complication. He was announced dead five minutes later, after arriving in the hospital.
They called his brothers Chameleone and Pallaso who arrived on hurry, they informed the media and at around 11:PM news had started circulating all over social media. They nurses prepared his body and took the body to the mortuary.
Different versions came from Witnesses who were around the Dejavu bar that night. According to one girl, AK 47 had a quarrel with his manager Jeff Kiwa over a laptop, AK 47 wanted to play his new song Ndi Mulokole (I am saved) a thing that Jeff Kiwa never wanted claiming that the laptop had no battery, after exchanging some words, AK 47 went to the Bathroom, the bouncer was seen following AK 47 to the bathroom, after a few minutes the bouncer of the bar was seen coming out of bathroom and when they couldn't see AK 47 coming out, the decided to check there and they found him lying on the floor half dead, they believe that he was beaten and killed by the bouncer.
Others said that AK 47 left the bar and went outside to get in his car and go home. However, he was seen with blood in his nose which they believe that he had been beaten by the bouncer before, then he went to the bathroom to clean himself of the blood. Then the bouncer followed him there again and after the bouncer came outside from the bathroom, when they checked in the bathroom after several minutes, they found AK 47 laying on the bathroom helpless. Both witnesses believe that after entering the bathroom, he was followed by the Bouncer. so it is believed that the bouncer was the one who killed him. Many believe that the bouncer was working on the orders of someone above him.
- Other Stories
Immediately after his death, some reports, came claiming that it is the ghost of Karamaji that strangled AK 47 to death, Karamaji is a boy who had died in 2012 and his death was related to the Mayanja Family since he burnt dead in the compound of AK 47's brother's house however, the claims were dismissed by the police since they had no source and authentication.
Another group who claimed to be from Illuminati claimed to have been responsible for taking AK 47's family, according to them, AK 47 has been part of their team for so long and that they had helped him get fame and popularity and that he had betrayed them by declaring that he is saved, in his last Facebook post, so they had to punish him. However, police dismissed the claims too saying that they are trying to alter and divert the investigations of the police on the real cause of AK 47's death.
After AK 47's death, news spread everywhere on social media. Facebook and Twitter in Uganda were full of condolence messages, famous Ugandan radios and TV Stations interrupted their daily schedules and break the news of the fallen hero, hundreds of fans had already reached at the place where he died from, mourning alongside his brothers Chameleone and Pallaso and Various artists including Bebe Cool, Diamond Oscar, Sheebah Karungi and many others. Bebe Cool posted a condolence message on his Facebook page, followed by Chameleone and Pallaso. Later many other Ugandan celebrities and social bloggers posted their condolence messages including Eddy Kenzo, Juliana Kanyomozi, Bobi Wine, Sheebah Karungi, Nobert Mao and many others. Davido also posted a condolence message, various Kenyan and Tanzanian celebs also posted their condolence messages.
Bobi Wine one of the most famous musicians in East Africa was on his South Africa tour but he cancelled all the remaining concerts and came back to Uganda.
His death was equated to the death of great Ugandan musicians like Philly Lutaaya, Paul Kafero and Elly Wamala.
Diamond Oscar and Dj Bobby who worked at Dejavu bar were arrested to help police in Investigations however they were released the following day after making statements at police. Jeff Kiwa and Sheebah Karungi also made their statements at police. The bouncer of the bar went missing and the bar cleaner who is believed to have witnessed AK 47's death also went missing.
Chameleone composed a song, a tribute to his fallen brother titled "Tubasonyiwe" (Lets forgive them). Later a group of musicians from Uganda composed a song as a tribute to AK 47 titled "Rest in Peace AK 47" these included Eddy Kenzo, Young Mulo, Big Eye, Lyto Boss, Denis Bitone, Spice Diana, and Aziz Azion. This was followed by a tribute from his brother Pallaso titled Mubambazanga.