Pius Mayanja, commonly know as Pallaso, is a household name in East Africa’s music industry. He jumped onto the scene in the early 2000s with ‘Lizard‘ as his stage name.
While speaking to this website, Pallaso reliably informed us about what inspired his first stage name and how he was introduced to the music business.
“I started music at a very young age of five in nursery school. I used to sing at the speech days. Our father was a very hardworking man. He bought us pianos and we started learning how to play them.
We attended church every Sunday and fell in love with the choir which taught us how to sing.
I watched so many videos of Michael Jackson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lucky Dube, and Koffi Olomide who was actually my father’s favorite artist. We watched him much and I must have listened to all his songs. That’s how we started.
Our elder brothers Henry and Humphrey were the first to enter the music industry. They formed a group and actually it’s from there that Chameleone also picked up the inspiration and started to sing.
That’s how we formed a musical home and later turned the entire village into a musical zone because everyone around us desired to do what we did.
I recorded my first song when Chameleone made his first studio in 2003. It was titled Mudigide, many people know the song but are not aware that it’s me who sang it.
I used to call myself Lizard because I was a young boy who had an admiration of his elder brother Chameleone.
Weasel also adopted his name way before Chameleone even became a big star. Shanks Vivi D loved it so much and even lied to me when I asked what it meant. He told me that it means someone who moves at any time (laughs jokingly).”
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