Today Friday 28th June 2019 will forever be etched in the memories of patrons, staffers and the owners of Queen’s Palace. On a day when plans to celebrate the QP boss’ birthday were underway is when news filtered in that the head of DJs, DJ Andrae, had been involved in a bathroom accident and was fighting for his life at Nile International Hospital. A few hours later, news came in that he had passed on.
Having spent a great amount of time in Kampala, the all-round DJ Andrae, real name Andrew Bogere, soon moved to Malaba to join the clearing and forwarding business. It is while in Malaba that he met Denis and Damaris Bwanika who would later become his bosses.
In 2010, or thereby, Andrae convinced Denis and Damaris to venture and invest in hangout business and it is out of the discussions that Queen’s Palace, a reputable pub in Malaba, came up. Andrae was then tasked with making it popular and profitable, something he pulled off effortlessly that they had to expand business to Jinja.
“When talking about Andrew, just know that he is Queen’s Palace,” said Aaron ‘DJ CrossHD’ Kasirye when asked when Andrae joined Queen’s Palace. DJ CrossHD has closely worked with Andrae for the last 9 years and their bond, just like the other DJs, had grown to brother-levels.
Until his shocking death, DJ Andrae has been the head of DJs at Queen’s Palace and besides the rotational deejay’s rota, Andrae was the brains behind Queen’s Palace’s Wednesday Oldies Nite, a night where he brought to life songs from the past. On the sidelines, He juggled deejaying with clearing and forwarding business.
From DJ CrossHD to the newly recruited DJ Callic, all DJs and MCs at Queen’s Palace have had to have Andrae’s recommendation to join the Queen’s Palace family and it is something none of them ever forgets. The family is now less by one person; an irreplaceable pillar.
Andrae has died aged 39 years, having been born on October 8th, 1980, and is survived by two wives, and 5 children; three girls, and two boys. May his soul rest in peace