Jose Chameleone Biography: Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Songs, Albums, Family, Siblings

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Jose Chameleone, born Joseph Mayanja on April 30, 1979, is a celebrated Afrobeat singer and songwriter from Uganda. 

Renowned for his enthralling performances showcasing diverse musical talents, he fluently navigates languages like Swahili, English, and Luganda, seamlessly incorporating them into his music. 

Jose Chameleone is one of Uganda’s and Africa’s most iconic musicians, boasting a distinctive fusion of reggae, zouk, Ugandan folk, and central African rumba genres. His unparalleled talent has solidified his position among the country’s and continent’s musical elite.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Joseph Mayanja
Stage Name: Jose Chameleone
Born: 30 April 1979 (age 44 years old)
Place of Birth: Kampala, Uganda
Nationality: Ugandan
Education: Progressive Senior Secondary School
Height: 1.61 m
Parents: Prossy Mayanja, Gerald Mayanja
Siblings: Henry Kasozi, Pallaso, AK 47 Mayanja, Weasel, Humphrey Mayanja
Spouse: Daniella Mayanja (m. 2008)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Abba Marcus Mayanja, Amma Christian Mayanja, Alba Shyne Mayanja, Ayla Onsea Mayanja, Alfa Joseph Mayanja
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter
Net Worth: US$8 million

Early Life & Education

Joseph Mayanja, popularly known as Jose Chameleone and counted among Uganda’s most acclaimed musicians, was born on April 30, 1979, in the bustling city of Kampala. Born into a musical family, his father, Gerald Mayanja, and his mother, Prossy Mayanja, shared a passion for music.

Jose Chameleone is part of a musically inclined family of six siblings, including fellow artists Weasel Goodlyfe and Pallaso, known for their stage names. The siblings include Henry KasoziPallasoAK 47 Mayanja, Humphrey Mayanja, and Weasel.

Beyond his musical achievements, José Chameleone boasts an impressive educational journey. His academic pursuits led him through various institutions, including Nakasero Primary SchoolMengo Senior Secondary SchoolKawempe Muslim Senior Secondary SchoolKatikamu Seventh Day Adventist Senior Secondary School, and Progressive Senior Secondary School. Notably, he even contributed to Kawempe Muslim Secondary School by writing the school’s anthem, showcasing his versatile talents that extend beyond the world of music.


Jose Chameleone‘s path to success unfolded when he took on the role of a DJ at the renowned Missouri nightclub in Kampala. This experience ignited his passion for music, propelling him to delve deeper into the industry. In a stroke of luck in 1998, he secured a deal with the well-established Kenyan record label Ogopa Deejays. This partnership paved the way for Chameleone‘s inaugural single, Bageya, featuring the popular Kenyan artist Redsan. The song swiftly became a hit, marking the genesis of Chameleone‘s ascent to stardom in the music scene.

Subsequent years witnessed an unprecedented surge in Jose Chameleone‘s career, characterized by chart-topping singles such as JamilaShida za DuniaKipepeo, and Bayuda. Complementing his hit singles, Chameleone achieved commercial triumph by releasing several critically acclaimed albums, including Mambo BadoKipepeo, and Shida za Dunia. His exceptional talent and distinctive sound positioned him as one of the most sought-after artists in the industry, leaving an indelible mark on the global music landscape.

Jose Chameleone is a highly acclaimed musician celebrated for uplifting themes that resonate across diverse backgrounds. He is renowned for his dynamic live performances and consistently attracts capacity crowds throughout Africa. His music has transcended cultural barriers, touching hearts and inspiring individuals from all walks of life.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: Jose Chameleone (@jchameleon)
  • Twitter handle: JOSE CHAMELEON (@JChameleone)
  • Facebook: Jose Chameleone

Personal Life

At the age of 44, Jose Chameleone finds happiness in his marriage to Daniella Mayanja. Their enduring union has been graced with the blessings of five wonderful children: Abba Marcus MayanjaAmma Christian MayanjaAlba Shyne MayanjaAyla Onsea Mayanja, and Alfa Joseph Mayanja, who is presently pursuing studies and residing in the United States.


  • 2000: Bageya 
  • 2001: Mama Mia 
  • 2003: Njo Karibu 
  • 2003: The Golden Voice 
  • 2004: Mambo Bado 
  • 2005: Kipepeo 
  • 2006: Shida za Dunia 
  • 2007: Sivyo Ndivyo 
  • 2007: Katupakase 
  • 2009: Bayuda 
  • 2010: Vumilia 
  • 2012: Valu Valu 
  • 2013: Badilisha 
  • 2014: Tubonge 
  • 2015: Wale Wale 
  • 2016: Sili Mujjawo 
  • 2017: Sweet Banana 
  • 2018: Champion 

 Net Worth

Jose Chameleone, a popular singer from Uganda, has accumulated an estimated net worth of $8 million. He is known to be the second richest musician in Uganda, following Bobi WineChameleone‘s wealth can be attributed to his successful music career, which has spanned over 20 years and resulted in him releasing over 20 albums. 

He has also been recognized with numerous awards for his music, including the MOBO Award for Best African Act in 2007. Furthermore, Jose Chameleone is also an accomplished entrepreneur with investments in real estate, hotels, and restaurants. His success in music and business ventures has contributed to his overall financial prosperity.

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