Birth Name: Daniel Lubwama Kigozi
Date of Birth: 18 October 1983
Navio is a Ugandan rapper born in Kampala, Uganda to engineer Daniel Serwano Kigozi and physician Dr. Maggie Kigozi (née Blick). He is the youngest of three children. He attended St. Andrews in Kenya for his primary school. The recording artist then joined Aga Khan Secondary school and ISSA (International school of South Africa) for secondary education and enrolled at Monash University where he studied International Relations and Media Studies.
Aged 16, Navio formed the hip hop group, Klear Kut with his four closest friends: Tha Mith, J-Baller, Langman and Papito. The group’s debut album, “Mind, Body and Soul” (2000), was a huge success and generated the several hit singles including “All I Wanna Know” (with Juliana), “Remember”, and “Let’s Get It on”.
The group helped stir the popularity of the Hip hop genre in Uganda
In 2002, Klear Kut became the first group to receive a Kora Award nomination where they were nominated for “Most Promising Newcomer” and ‘Revelation of the Year”
In 2004, they received the PAM Award for Best Hip hop Group.
Before leaving for South Africa, Navio wrote and recorded a song, “Rukus” with Ugandan recording artiste Peter Miles. The song went on become one of the most popular records of his career. It was featured in the season finale of Big Brother Africa 3 in 2008, four years after its release. During his hiatus, he was occasionally featured on other artistes’ recordings such as the all-girl group, Blu 3’s single “Burn” in 2007, Jemimah Sanyu’s “Amaaso go googera” in 2011 and many more
Navio officially returned to the music scene in 2008 after graduating with a degree in communications from Monash University’s South African branch. His debut solo album, “Half the Legend” was released in 2009 and generated positive reviews from critics
The album earned him the Best Hip hop Artist award at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards and nominations at Kenya’s Kisima Music Awards for Best Male Artist, Best Music Video, and Best Hip hop Artist.