We will never let the world forget you, our brother

In November 2015 we lost our brother, Alex, but we vowed never to let him be forgotten so we decided to give him his own special home here so that everyone who comes here can see his smiling face and find out about how special he is to all of us.  

There’s a lot that people don’t know about him. He packed a lot of living into 14 years, more than some of us do in a whole life!

Alex was born in Kampala in 2001 to two working parents. He lived with his parents and 2 younger brothers Isaac and Allan in a slum.  At 7, he had to stop going to school and start hustling.  This would often be volunteering for odd jobs for tips. He had to be astute and fast, the first to volunteer, the fastest and the best so you’re the first to be picked next time around. Competition for a few coins is fierce! 

Little Alex liked to be called ‘The Outlaw’, he saw himself as a rebel.  Even though his situation wasn’t good, there was no way he was taking it lying down.  When odd jobs were scarce, Alex would find himself begging. If all else failed, he would resort to picking through the rubbish. He wasn’t fussy and he was damned if he was going home empty-handed.  He tells the story himself:

Another thing he tried his hand at was street performing and competitions to enter dance events. Among all the children trying to be noticed for their talent, Kavuma spotted him, leading to a conversation, an agreement and a futre that nobody could have imagined possible.

Alex was a keen learner and the training lead to him performing in some public events and music videos like Eddy Kenzo’s Mundeke (near the beginning) and Zivuga (at 2:40 minutes).  He also began going to school and money from the shows helped pay for his school fees, his keep and also for the wellbeing of his family.  Watch him here:

Alex was the pioneer Triplets Ghetto Kid and his style and attitude went into creating the dance group. He was the first person to help Bashir Ada Lubega leave behind his life on the streets and begin his climb to international stardom. 

Alex was 12 when the first version of Sitya Loss went viral.  The success of the video and his appearances in Eddy Kenzo’s previous videos made him one of Uganda’s newest, youngest and favourite rising stars.  He was often called Alex Sitya Loss by fans and the media, many of whom saw him as the ring leader, but Alex saw himself more as a big brother.

The growing dance group of Triplets Ghetto Kids performed in festivals, events, tours and on TV while their videos continued to clock up hundreds of millions of views online. 

Alex starred in a short documentary with the BBC and another with Canal Plus from France.  He showed the camera crews around the streets of Kampala and showed them his home and explained to the French crew that he wanted to be the president of Uganda 😂

He was seriously wounded in a bicycle accident along with Patricia when the brakes failed. He passed away a few hours later in hospital.  He rests in peace among his ancestors but he left behind thousands of broken hearts and 16 videos eternalising a now legendary Alex Ssempijja.  People love him because he was confident, fast, funny and had a natural sense for the beat.  Alex’s broad, beaming smile is never defeated by any amount of hardship or misery.

Please leave your thoughts about Alex in the comments.  Tell us: What do you like about him, which is your favourite of his videos? If Alex inspires love in you, then find something you can do to make him proud of you and do it.  Then you’re massively in the spirit of TGK Family and we want to hear about it.  Add it to the comments or to your social media #TGKalexaliveinme

Alex used to help us buy clothes, I was always so proud of him and happy he was doing so well.

Irina Nabona

Alex’s mother

He bought us clothes and shoes. At night when he had money, he could take my little brother Allan and me to get chips.

Isaac Ssempijja

Alex’s brother

He loved so much.  He liked me more as I was his little brother.

Allan Ssempijja

Alex’s brother

My son, you will always be my star.

Kavuma Dauda

Ticha Manager

RIP Alex, my brother.

Eddy Kenzo

Musician

Alex was always inspiring, he had no end of energy.

Patricia Nabakooza

Triplets Ghetto Kids

Alex kept his temper cool at all times.

ManKing Da Rapkid

Triplets Ghetto Kids

You’re my sunshine, you’re my shining star.

Isaac Tumusiime

Triplets Ghetto Kids

Alex, you will always live in our memories, rest in peace.

Bashir Ada Lubega

Triplets Ghetto Kids

I identified a lot with Alex, he was very confident and kept saying we were going to be stars.

Ronnie Vybz Ssentongo

Triplets Ghetto Kids

299 Comments

  1. Its really shocking for me, may Alex’s Heart continue to rest in eternal peace. you guys u are a blessing to me.

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    • Thanks so much, let’s keep Alex’s memory always alive.

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  2. Oooh jus found out tdae,may his soul Rest in peace

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    • Thank you so much 🙂

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      • hello my name is gracia i from congo africa i speak french i will know about how alex died

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        • Hello Gracia, Alex was injured in a bicycle accident and passed away a few hours later. He rests in peace now.

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  3. Say hi to the TGK Triplets Ghetto Kids and Patricia

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    • You did that yourself! Thank you! All the best.

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  4. Oh my goodness, i just found out today and i cant stop crying. I love you guys and i love all your videos but Alex was the reason i got so interested and wanted to watch more. He is the reason why i looked for Sitya Loss and its been one of my favourite songs ever since. Only today when i was watching dance videos did i decided to watch Sitya Loss and thats when i found out. I am deeply saddened, he was so young! Keep on going stong guys. I love all of you and your amazing dance moves. I will keep on supporting you and may Alex’s dear soul Rest In Peace❤❤❤

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    • It was a very sad event, yes, that’s why we always do what we can to remember him and keep his memory alive, our #AlexTGK is one and only. Thanks so much for your message and remember: everything we do in the spririt Alex did things would make him proud and keeps him alive among us.

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  5. Rip Alex!! I remembere when you guys made your first video! I Stumbled across the video looking at dance videos. At that time there wasn’t hundreds of thousands of views;only about 25-30 thousand views! And Alex looked so happy..so I’ve been a fan from day one ,and continue to share and tell everyone in the U.S. to support!! I hope you guys live like the kings and queens you are,and STICK TOGETHER!!!! No matter what! Theu are going to try and break you guys up..BEWARE!! Of the wolves in sheep clothing. I wish everyone the best and hope to see more videos, possibly shows in Philadelphia, pa!!! Viva Africa!!!!!

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    • Thank you so much

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    • alex left a gap that couldnt be filled but through you guys #tripletsghettokids, we have learnt a lot of things. thank you guys and RIP Alex

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      • We would never want to try and fill an Alex-sized gap in the universe because we know it’s impossible. What we can do is keep him alive by having these spaces for him and doing things in the spirit he did them: with a big smile and an even bigger heart. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. My brother Alex I will never forget u. Your soul continue Rest in Peace Claude from Norway.

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    • Amen

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  7. PRAISE GOD THE MOST HIGH HOW HE SENT YOU ALL AS A GIFT TO THE WORLD! YOUR DANCING BRINGS UNBELIEVABLE JOY! Sure, anyone can learn how to Dance, but you all as a group have such an Anointed Chemistry that makes everyones heart smile, laugh and wan to get up and dance and move their bodies blissfully! I watched your videos from yesterday in USA from 8pm a night until 5:30am in the morning! I COULD NOT STOP WATCHING! My heart desired to see more, and more, and more of you all and your success on the videos! MY GOD I shed tears to learn of Alex as he played a big role, (as all of you did in the group initially), when you guys were DISCOVERED BY THE WORLD! One day back in 2014, I was just 42 years old and sitting at my job and your video in front of the house dancing was on my Facebook Timeline! IT WAS SO AWESOME, LOVELY, FUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL TO SEE YOU KIDS FROM SO FAR AWAY IN A COUNTRY LEARNING TO HAVE FUN WITH DANCE! IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE AND SO SO GOOD THAT I SHARED WITH MANY PEOPLE ON MY FACEBOOK TIMELINE AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE SHARED IT WITH THEIR FACEBOOK FRIENDS TOO! 🙂 Then soon after, I saw another video of kids dancing similar in the dirt when Patricia was carrying something but yet at the time, I HAD NO IDEA THAT YOU ALL WERE THE SAME CHILDREN from the video dancing in front of the house! lol! I loved it so much as was MESMERIZED! I don’t think you know how much your dancing together brings so much JOY TO THE HEART! You all are always smiling, on the right beat and look to have much fun! I am now 49 years old! It’s 2018 and I was just recently introduced to the “Osinachi” video by an artist named Humblesmith! I bring this up because he had Nigerian dancers having fun in the video! I THEN REMEMBERED AGAIN, THE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN FROM UGANDA AND wanted to see the original video again of you all dancing in front of the house, so I IMMEDIATELY STARTED SEARCHING SOMEHOW FOR THE VIDEO because I did not remember the name of your group from 2014 video. I HAD NO IDEA ALSO THAT GOD GRACED YOU ALL TO COME SO SO FAR! Praise the Lord I found you and GREAT JOY CAME BACK ALL OVER ME AGAIN TO WATCH AND ENJOY YOUR VIDEOS! I AM SO FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOUR HARD WORK WITH TRAINING, BEING IN SCHOOL, DANCING, AND LEARNING THE COUNTRY USA AND STILL HAVE LOVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY T0O, UGANDA! YOU ARE BEYOND AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND GREAT LOVE FOR YOUR TRAINER AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM AND EACH OF YOU FOR HIS GREAT & MIGHTY VISION! Dauda Kavuma, You Are A Great Gift that PRODUCED A GREATER GIFT! Alex was a Sacrifice as the GREATEST GIFT BACK to God! Back to his Creator to teach everything he had in him and everything you taught him to the CHILDREN IN HEAVEN! The most High God Continue to FAVOR AND BLESS each and every one of you and your families, friends and everyones lives you TOUCH! lOVE, LOVE, LOVE AND HUGS FROM DALLAS, TEXAS (USA)!!!

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    • Wow, thank you so much for your enthusiastic message and we’re honoured that you have enjoyed our videos and searched to find out more about us, it’s humbling. We consider all the people who share this journey with us as part of our family even though the world is a big place and we can’t be with every single one of you as much as we would like. God bless you and your family and friends and thank you so much!

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      • Amen, with Much LOVE! 🙂

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        • Amen

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    • A heart of Gold stopped beating😭😭😭
      Two shinning eyes at rest.😢😢😢😢😢
      God broke our heart to prove to us.💔💔💔💔
      He only takes the best.👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼
      God knows you have to leave all of us,😫😫😫😫
      But you didn’t go Alone’for part of us went with you,the day he took you home to some you are frogetten,🤔🤔🤔To others just part of the past’but to us who loved you and lost you The memories will always last…..😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
      Once again R.I.P ALEX You will forever lived in our memories😢😢😍💔💔❤️

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      • amen

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