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Vodafone Uganda Partners With Uber To Offer Technology-Based Transport Solution

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 08:00

 Vodafone Uganda, a 4G-LTE high-speed broadband data services provider, has partnered with Uber, the technology company that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, to provide first class transport services to Ugandans.

The partnership will be brought to life through Vodafone Uganda’s provision of 4G mobile devices and data for the first 200 driver-partners operating on the platform, to assist them in operations in and around Kampala.

According to Allan Richardson, CEO for Vodafone Uganda, the entry of Uber into the Ugandan market is affirmation of just how much technology can do in terms of solving everyday problems.

“This new exciting partnership with Uber is in line with Vodafone’s passion to use technology for the betterment of people’s lives. In partnering with Uber, an industry leader in its own right, Vodafone is driving the use of technology for safe, and affordable, transport solutions,” he says.

Vodafone CE0 Allan Richardson made the announcement

Bertrand Nembot, Uber launcher in Uganda said, “We are looking forward to working with Vodafone Uganda to offer safe and reliable rides to people across Kampala as well as working to reducing traffic congestion challenges within the City. Further, this partnership enables us to create hundreds of economic opportunities across the City.”

Uber now officially in Uganda

Riders will also benefit – anyone downloading and signing up for Uber will  get a free first ride up to UShs15, 000 which they can unlock using the promotions code “VODAFONE”. Riders can make use of this until July 31st 2016.

Uber launched operations in Uganda on June 2, 2016 and riders and driver-partners across the City have been embracing the service.

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A Pass Fuses Old And New School Look In ‘Mariana’

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 18:48

Ugandan Dancehall sensation A Pass has a very bright future in music and at least according to what he has showcased for now, we are not wrong to say that he is one of the best Reggae Dancehall artistes the Pearl of Africa has. When it comes to doing music, he puts all his might on a project and no wonder his songs are dominating airwaves and are a main stay on fans’ play lists.

After successfully shooting and promoting his ‘Gamululu’ song project on which he features Jamaican dancehall singer Konshens, A Pass recently embarked on a new mission of making yet another fresh video for his song ‘Mariana’ which promises to be another big hit for the lanky singer.

Dancehall sensation A Pass

Shot in a warehouse in Entebbe, the video for ‘Mariana’ was directed by Lukyamuzi Bashir (Badi World) and Alex Ireeta of Ivizualz. The video features guitarist and singer Myko Ouma and as is the case in the ‘Trouble Maker’ video, the ‘Wuuyo’ hit maker is seen pulling a classy look in the Moss Bros suit tailored in the United Kingdom and spotting an Afro hair style which was popular in the 70’s.

“The song and video concept was inspired by a mixture of old and new school themes” Said Maureen Asimwe A Pass’ sister who also doubles as his manager.

However when we tried to reach A Pass for a comment, he said he was busy but promised will get back to us soon although by press time he hadn’t. We however hope that the video will turn out a master piece and win him air play.

Check out the behind the scenes of Mariana’s video shoot below.

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Tusker Malt Lager Strenghthens Relationship With Blankets and Wine

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 16:01

Tusker Malt Lager, Uganda’s signature premium beer and lead sponsor for Blankets and Wine has reaffirmed its support for the premier music experience by extending its title sponsorship into the 13th edition of Blankets and Wine. Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. A quarterly picnic style music festival that brings lovers of afro music together.

In a press conference held at the Ekombe Villas, Kampala, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Mr. Alex Tusingwire said that the partnership Tusker Malt Lager enjoys with Blankets and Wine is strong and continues to grow with each passing edition.

L-R Davis Ntare winner of the Tusker Malt Project Fame 4 season, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Mr. Alex Tusingwire and songstress Jackie Akello at the press conference last week

“Tusker Malt Lager is proud to be title sponsor of the biggest musical experience on the Uganda social calendar. At Tusker Malt Lager, we are keen on giving our consumers an opportunity to discover the best Afro-music acts that the continent has got to offer and Blankets and Wine offers the perfect platform for this.” He added.

The 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine will take place on 10th July, 2016 at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum grounds. Representing the Blankets and Wine team, Mr. James Byaruhanga commended Tusker Malt Lager for their tenacious support. “Tusker Malt Lager’s unwavering support is the reason why Blankets and Wine is what it is today. We have and continue to enjoy our relationship with them. Each passing Blankets and Wine experience gets bigger and better and the 13th Edition is set to be the biggest yet.” He said.

The unbeatable Tusker Malt experience at a previous Blankets & Wine edition

A special line up has been set up for the 13th Edition: Uganda’s top multi-talented female sensation Mo-Roots, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti, Tusker Project Fame 4 winner Davis Ntare, multilingual songbird, Jackie Akello and the headline act, Mi Casa from South Africa. Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10th, 2016. In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Professional Career Journey

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:53

Everyone wants to have a successful professional career. But many have struggled to find a solution to that. If you’re planning on starting a career, there are things you need to know fore hand to have a successful one.

Here are 5 things you should know before you think of starting a professional career.

  1. Just do it

Opportunities will come knocking on different occasions. Some will be scary that you’ll think of turning them down at first sight. But, when offered an opportunity, never turned it down – no matter how it scares the heck out of you. High risk opportunities oftentimes present the best rewards, so just do it.

There’s never going to be a moment when you feel like you’re ready for something. Just do it and even though you fail, you’ll keep the lessons and experience. But, you’ll have showed your employers that you’ve a can-do-spirit. That’s one of the things your employer will value most about you. Also, you won’t be successful at your career as long as you keep turning down opportunities.

  1. Always ask for help

While doing your work, you’ll get stuck and the only way out might be a hand from a co-worker or outsider. Never shy away from asking for help. It has never been a sign of weakness – in fact it is a sign of strength.

Just imagine you spend a day working on something wrong yet if you had asked for help it would take you far less than that. You’re wasting your time, the employer’s time and of course money. So, whenever you feel like you need help, just ask for it and don’t forget to return the favor.

  1. Value every person

As you start your career, you’ll meet many people along the way. Some will seem to matter more than others at certain times. But, don’t get lured into thinking of not valuing those that “don’t matter”. Every person that you’ll meet is a potential door to a new opportunity – in your career or personal life.

So you need to build good bridges as early as possible for you never know what the future holds.

 

  1. Aim for promotion

There are scenarios of people who join a company at the same time but after a few years, they hold different positions. Same could happen to you just in case you do not set your targets as early as possible.

In fact, you’re setting yourself up for total failure as long as you don’t set your eyes on promotion. Of course the next step in your career may seem far, but this is the right time to prepare for it. So, take advantage of trainings and professional development courses. Or else even when the opportunity presents itself, you won’t be ready to take it.

  1. Take criticism Positively

You have to accept that you don’t know everything and you can’t. You might fail to meet deadlines, repeat the same mistakes or something else. In all cases, your seniors will step in and give you guidance.

No one likes criticism, but my advice is that you take that criticism or feedback as though it is a gift. The person criticizing you only wants to make you better at what you do. People let the personality or the mode of criticism get in their way. My simple advice is – don’t concern yourself with any of that.

There are other things that you should consider before starting a professional career. But I consider these to be the foundation of all. For more details or comments about any of these, you can reach out to Peter Kisadha on peter.kisadha@jumia.com or 0772628151

 

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Radio And Weasel To Team Up Madtraxx Of Kansoul And Toofan From Togo

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:13

When Madtraxx, who is a member of the famous Kansoul music group that performed in Uganda on one of the editions of Blankets and Wine event was here, he, alongside his other group members left many Ugandans yearning for more but what better way to quench all that thirst than having the Kenyan award winning group team leader working on a track for Radio and Weasel featuring Toofan from Togo.

Well, Radio & Weasel have revealed that they will be working with Kenyan top producer of the Kansoul Madtraxx on the 4th season of Coke studio as well as Togolese star group Toofan of the hit song “Eledji”.

Konsoul’s Madraxx (R) is working with Radio and Weasel’

“Good music like ours has no genre or one style and it’s a good feeling to be paired with French speaking artistes. Toofan’s music is fast and ours has different tempos, sometimes it can be slow. Thankfully Madtraxx is very good with the tracks and has created something related to the two of us without corrupting his beats.” Said Radio.

While in Kenya, Radio & Weasel have also bonded with Toofan and got a chance to discover culture exchange through sharing Ugandan and West African food. “They ate Matooke and we had their Togolese dish. It had too much pepe though!” Weasel pointed out.

Toofan from Togo are on board

The singing duo went ahead and announced that one of their upcoming singles “Sit down on it” will feature Nigerian dancehall artiste Cynthia Morgan famed for songs like ‘German juice, Simati Niya, lead me on among others.

The ‘Single and searching artistes will also be performing at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday 10th this month which will be marking their third performance in Kenya.

 

 

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Bobi Wine Calls For The Release Of Kizza Besigye

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:05

Ghetto president Bobi Wine took some time off his busy schedule yesterday to visit FDC leader Kizza Besigye who is apprehended at Luzira upper prison.

In a statement he shared with his fans, the singer called for the release of Kizza Besigye and further went to reveal what he discussed with the opposition leader,

‘We talked extensively about the state of affairs in our country. He said “once you decide to stand up and oppose an oppressive regime,you will always have two homes,your real home and prison, but that should never break your spirit and quest for freedom and justice. It’s not a matter of what political party or affiliation you belong to. We all have a collective responsibility to liberate our motherland,’ he said before going on to share a blast from the past that Besigye shared with him, ‘I was a young medical doctor in my twenties when I decided join the struggle to liberate Uganda in 1982.’

Bobi Wine shared this free Besigye picture

Besigye’s message was also a call to youth to stand up for their rights, ‘So it’s upon you the young people of this generation to get up and offer leadership.This is not a one man struggle that should start on the top downwards, but rather from the grassroots upwards, the Sema singer further revealed.

The FDC leader was arrested in May on the eve of President Museveni’s inauguration and hasn’t been released ever since.

 

 

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Beenie Gunter to Introduce New ‘Digu’ Dance In Up Coming Video

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:59

Music, dance and drama go together and like you know, dancing spices up a music video especially if choreographed well or is funny. On the same note, Dance-hall artiste Beenie Gunter is set to introduce a new dance move dubbed ‘Digu’. Whatever it means, we are not sure but all we know is that it’s a stroke where one acts as if they are riding a motor bike.

Produced by Dj Badejo of Whitfield Mastering production house based in London, ‘Digu’ is Beenie Gunter’s first song he recorded under Perfect Play Africa, a record label that recently signed him and injected a lot of money in his music projects, with Digu video shoot being the first.

Beenie Gunter in one of the video scenes

“Digu is a dance style that fans will have to see and learn when the video is out and we decided to use the Kitenge attire because Digu is an African song and I really expect a lot from this song because a lot was invested in this and it is going to be massive and entertaining and showcases a different Beenie Gunter.” The dance-hall artiste explained to Chano8 in an exclusive interview.

“It was shot by Sasha Vybz somewhere in Nateete and I just want the good work done on the video by Sasha to speak for itself.” He added.

Check out behind the scenes photos of Beenie Gunter’s ‘Digu’ video shoot expected out soon.

Savy Filmz’ Sasha Vybz in the shooting session

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Ugandan Expendable Movie “THE ONLY SON” To Premiere This Month

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 19:43

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing”, said Joseph Addison an English author and writer.    

Believe it, anticipation is an important part of life. Work is important, family is important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.  We are talking about a feeling of excitement, a pressure to get the best and the zeal to experience something worth a wait. We are talking about an event that has created an environment of anticipation; we are talking about ‘The only son movie premiere’ which is going to be a red-Carpet event that is going down on 22nd July 2016 at Serena Hotel-Kampala.

Laid on a hard concrete story line, the movie talks about a rich family doing all it can to secure a better future for the only son “Davis”, giving him a feel of life on the other side of the road, which is composed of Hustle, Sweat and lessons.

The movie is coming to your screens this month

The difference between the Rich and the poor has created a margin in the world that has eventually led to controversies and torn up the two groups into a rather separate environment. The movie with calm force and efforts brings these aspects to life, it throws exclusively more light on the power of this margin created.

Dubbed the ‘Ugandan expendable movie’, the cast of this movie includes Bobby Tamale “The Only Son”, veteran actor Michael Wawuyo Snr, Reigning Uganda Film Festival best actor and actress Mutebi Farooq and Nisha Kalema, Raymond Rushabiro, Bbale Felix Bwanika among others.

Proceedings of the Only Son Movie Premiere will be directed to EDYAC, a Non Profitable Organization that aims at Transforming the disadvantage youth, and children living with disabilities to realize their full potential to sustain purpose driven dignified inter-reliant living.

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Job Opportunities To Kick-Start The New Month

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 18:53
Its a new month and what a way to kick-start with some juicy offers. Are you job hunting or would like to try a new job opportunity? Well www.everjobs.ug has a list of interesting jobs from some major companies that could interest you. For inquiries, please write to us at info@chano8.com or go to www.everjobs.ug . Just click on links below for this week’s exciting opportunities and you could thank us later. JOB POSITION LINK Country Director, Uganda https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/snv-uganda/country-director-uganda.html FIELD COLLECTION AGENTS https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/quest-holdings-company-ltd/field-collection-agents.html Country Sales Manager https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/leading-paint-manufacturers-in-uganda/country-sales-manager.html Sales Executives https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/leading-paint-manufacturers-in-uganda/sales-executives-4.html LEGAL COUNSEL https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/fida-uganda/legal-counsel.html Sales Agents https://jobs.jumia.ug/en/employer/prudential-uganda/sales-agent-1.html

 

 

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Why South African Artistes Have Dominated Blankets And Wine Event

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 17:21

Blankets and Wine is one of the trending day and night events that has for the past 12 editions been gathering party animals, socialites, artistes and of course the media in Kampala. To those who don’t know what it is, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of Afro-based music.

Well, since it’s about music, the organisers always fly in an international artiste(s), who alongside chosen local artistes perform to the revellers who storm the venue by mid day with their wines, family and friends ready to party. If for the recent editions you have been attending, it has been headlined by South African acts.

Just like you, we were also wondering – why not other countries? But Chano8 always gets you the answers. At the 10th edition, South African songstress Zahara wowed the fans and the 12th edition was equally interesting with Uhuru, a band of four talented men also from Madiba land performing.

South Africa’s Zahara (centre) performing at the 10th edition of Blankets and Wine

“It’s not a conscious decision to work with South African artistes really. There is so much that goes into picking an act. But the main two are that we aim to bring acts that our audiences have not experienced before in Uganda and these acts have to be available on the event dates, South African acts  seem to fit the criteria lately.” Afsa Umutesi from House of Dj’s who are the main organisers of this event told Chano8 when we contacted her for a comment.

Uhuru from South Africa performing at the 12th wdition of Blankets and Wine

Well, all is set for the 13th edition and come Sunday the 10th of July, all roads lead to Uganda Museum where it expected to take with Micasa a band of three men from yet again from South Africa being the main headliners. Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa and consisting of 3 members. Dr. Dude (producer) and pianist, J’Something (vocalist and guitarist), Mo-T (trumpeter).

The band known for its hit song “These Streets” , was formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg as a result of some kind of lucky coincidence when the three members met at a night lounge and decided to perform together and a few months later they released an album titled ‘Micasa Music’. Like they say, they rest is history.

That album became popular in a few months and even went gold winning several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.The band’s other popular songs include, “Heavenly sent” and ”La Vida”

Our local artistes like surprise act from Kirya Kuti a Ugandan saxophonist based in South Africa will also showcase alongside Jackie Akello, Davis Ntare and MoRoots.

 

 

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Jose Chameleone Leaves Fans Yearning For More

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 15:17

Jose Chameleone who is currently on a US tour left fans yearning for more in Maryland after putting on a flawless performance.

The singer who made his third stop in Maryland after performing in Houston Texas and New Jersey didn’t show any signs of slowing down as he gave his fans their money’s worth. If there is something about Chameleone, it’s that he never puts on a half-hearted show, it’s always electrifying from the start to the finish. It’s no wonder he is one of the best Ugandan artistes if not the best.

Flashing lights is all Chameleone could see as he put on a flawless show

Following is massive performance in New Jersey, he took to social media to thank his fans for their unwavering support,

‘There is totally nothing I can pay back for the love People show JOSEPH. Thanks Newark | New Jersey for the connect! God bless you all.’

When it was all said and done, Jose Chameleone looked tired.

The Wale Wale singer will continue with his US tour this weekend and will perform in San Fransico and Nashville, Tenessee on the 8th and 9th respectively.

A few weeks ago Jose Chameleone woke up in the mood and changed his hairstyle, cutting it short in the process. We could refer to it as the famous Hi-Top Fade or the 80’s popular ‘French cut’.

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When Celebs, Dignitaries Donated Big At Angella Katatumba’s Charity Concert

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 14:40

Last Friday was a historical moment for Singer cum philanthropist Angella Katatumba, when she held her ‘Mulago Yaffe’ charity concert at Kampala Serena Hotel to fund-raise for the fight against cancer in Uganda.

The face of the cancer institute was in joyous mood after fans heeded to her call and turned up in big numbers for the charity concert dedicated to fighting the cancer scourge eating up into the population especially in the productive age group.

In attendance were; Key government officials,  Ambassadors, Top Diplomats, corporate company representatives, Angella’s fellow artistes, socialites, journalists, businessmen and women, sportsmen, health workers, cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Angella receives yet another pledge card

Over 20Million was raised in cash and pledges with proceeds going to Mulago Cancer Institute as notable personalities contributed generously. Chief among included businessman Rajeev Ruparelia, son to tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia who pledged Shs 2.5million and singer Desire Luzinda added $300 who was invited on stage to ‘greet the audience’ and say a few words.

“You are my inspiration and thank you very much for starting this initiative and thank you everyone for contributing to this good cause” She said.

Singer Desire Luzinda making her ‘Thanks you’ speech

Other eminent personalities who also contributed cash or made generous pledges included Jack Pemba of Pempa Sports Africa who was represented by his wife Sheeba Kasami, Gideon Kirumira son to Tycoon Godfrey of Kwagalana Group, City Lawyer Muwema, Singer Leila Kayondo,Urban TVs Malaika Nyanzi, Kabs Aloha of Uganda Entertainment Awards among others. In the audience were also former Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria Matembe, Singers Iryn Namubiru and Hellen Lukoma.

Gideon Kirumira speaking about importance of regular medical check-ups

Former Integrity Minister Miria Matembe was in the audience

The Uganda Bikers Association for which Angella is Patron, were also fully involved as they turned up in huge numbers with their monster bikes. They also did another mini-fundraising drive where they asked interested people in the audience to have a feel of the bikes at a small fee which also goes to the same cause. Angella’s family led by dad H.E Boney Katatumba and Mom.

Angella herself had put up a good performance and was dressed elegantly with comedians Daniel Omara who doubled as MC, Alachi and Akite Agnes providing the doze of laughter between the breaks. Mwoyo singer Maurice Kirya, Steve Keys, Kenneth Mugabi, Congolese duo Charmant Mushaga and Rogatien also spiced up things with commendable performances.

The show closed at around 11.00pm with speeched from Dr Orem Jackson the Director of Uganda Cancer Institute, The High Commission of S.A, Angella’s father H.E Boney Katatumba Pakistan Consul, Uganda Bikers Association spokesperson Mr. Francis Gucci and Gideon Kirumira who caused the youth to take care of their lives and urged them to go for regular medical check-ups.

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Kansiime Simply Flawless In Malawi And Zambia

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 11:59

Kansiime Anne has further proved that she’s a force to reckon with after selling out back to back shows in Malawi and Zambia.

The Ugandan queen of comedy started off her tour in Malawi where she put on a jaw breaking show on Saturday and couldn’t help herself but give all the praise to the almighty who has highly favored her,

‘Forgive me Lord for I had forgotten who is in charge. You are forever faithful,’ she said.

Kansiime does what she knows best.

Kansiime who was visiting Malawi for her second time couldn’t hide her love for the South African country, her love for the children was evident as she motivated several girls from Salima district courtesy of Save the Children. The comedienne also spent time at the beach enjoying the breeze of lake Malawi.

Kansiime was simply flawless as she sold out her show in Malawi

She’s Uganda’s biggest export when it comes comedy and that was evident in Zambia as well, when she teamed up with Teacher Mpamire and put on yet another rib -racking show something she referred to as emotional.

‘Zambia Zambia Zambia…… It’s been emotional. Thank you for loving me my dearest ninjas. And It was a pleasure sharing the stage with my partner in crime Tr. Mpamire,’ she said.

Kansiime will perform in Rwanda next as she continues on her 2016 Tour.

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All Is Not Lost For Uganda Rugby Cranes After Namibia Defeat

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 21:37

The Uganda Rugby Cranes have a mountain to climb if they are to avoid relegation from the Rugby Afrique CAR Tier 1A to the less prestigious CAR Tier 1B after last evenings loss to Namibia 31-40 at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in Kampala.

This comes after the complete demolition in the hands of bitter rivals Kenya in the Elgon Cup a few weeks back. And now the question on most fans lips is – what next for the national team?

Well first of all for starters, hope is not lost yet as the much improved Cranes still have pending matches against Zimbabwe on July 16 and Kenya July 31 to stand a chance of staying put in the Rugby Afrique CAR Tier 1A although they have to put on a better showing to keep up with the big boys.

With a full patriotic army of fans pushing the team forward, they had a better performance compared to the Elgon cup where the team looked as clueless as Head coach Robert Sseguya where the Kenyans ran the show with their tactical and skill prowess reducing the Cranes to walkers on the turf.

The teams line up for the national anthems before kickoff yesterday.    

But with more and more people now picking interest in the game, there is after all a silver lining on the rugby clouds. The Elgon cup attracted thousands of fans with some coming from as far as Gulu and Mbarara filling the Legends ground to spill-overs. Yesterday was no different as some fans who yelled their throats sore confessed having no idea of what the game is about let alone how points are scored.

I sat next to some fans who had traveled all the way from Arua for the game and they were some of the noisiest in the stands as they roared the team on for a better fight against the bigger and well prepared Namibians. The fans who kept yelling “we do this the Onduparaka style” ( In reference to the big support given to new Uganda Premier league entrants Onduparaka FC from Arua by their home fans) never lost hope and believed in the national team.

The fans turned up in their thousands

Most of the fans kept chanting, singing and dancing even long after the game as if they had won the match. This kind of patriotic support is what all sports disciplines need and with a much needed support from the government, can take us places.

We have already witnessed the massive interest shown when the national football side is playing qualification games at Mandela National stadium in Namboole. The same huge numbers are also building in Basketball with Rugby the latest beneficiary.

We will be needing the type of performance Philip Wokorach (2 tries to win Man of the Match) put up yesterday from the rest of the players if the fans are to get their reward for sacrificing their time and money to watch the boys do their thing.

Namibia out foxed Uganda in the center of the pack

Uganda’s tactical ineptitude was exposed by the Namibians in the middle of the pack as the Namibians despite being the bigger side in terms of size preferred to do it the easier way by driving in convoys with quick short passes and long kicks from defence as opposed to driving through the wall, the tactics the home side employed making it difficult to breakdown the man-mountain locks and centres.

And also work needs to be done in the handles and conversions as the kicks failed terribly despite the beautiful touch downs from Pius Ogena and Philip Wokorach. The team was on the back foot throughout and ended up tiring at the crucial moment as the chased the game with the Southern African team running down the clock by employing the Kick and run strategy that killed the game.

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Swipe Cards For 13th Edition Of Blankets And Wine

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 19:47

Blankets and Wine is one of the prestigious events on the events calendar and one to look out for but on every edition, there is something new. Either a performance from a foreign artiste, an increment in the entry, or even both.

The event started off with 50k as the entry fee but as we are heading for the 13th edition which is taking place next Sunday, the organizers are asking for a whooping 100k. This is much more than the amount Ugandans paid for R.Kelly, Akon, Neyo, Diamond Platinumz and Patoranking, P-Square and many international artistes who have performed in Uganda previously but according to Flower Kenyanji, one of the organizers of the event, she says that they put a lot of things in consideration before they decide on the cover charge.

Revellers at last edition of Blankets and Wine.

Micasa from South Africa will be headlining the net Blankets and Wine

Things like performing artistes and organization among others. “Our choice of artistes and the organization has always been the reason behind the cover charges. All the artistes we have brought in the previous editions are expensive and experienced. The likes of Uhuru, Kansoul and others. This time round, Micasa who are among the leading artistes in Africa will be the main headliners during the 3rdedition. They are good and they are prominent and it’s an expensive band.” She explained.

And more to this fee, the organizers have also introduced the ‘Swipe’ cards which replace the wrist bands to curb forgery. “No more funny people trying to cheat our clients and the first bundle are loyalty cards and what happens is that they will still use the same cards for another function let’s say Qwela junction, back to school or another edition of blankets and wine.” Kenyanji spoke of the cards.

The fans will fork out 100,000/- and also use swipe cards this time round  

However, quite a number of people are dissatisfied with the ever increasing rates and among those is a seasoned journalist known as Darius Mugisha who posted his rage about the event on his Facebook page. “Wait a minute, the cover charge for B&W is now at a whopping 100k!!!???? And the justification is carrying your own drink, a kasuka/ lesu, and watching Pakasa- simanya Micasa!!! Jesus! May be its just me that is broke! But I am dead sure so many gregarious people out there share the same views! This event is more expensive than the R. Kelly, Akon, Shaggy, even UB40 shows! Mpozi where are the Micasa fans; don’t shoot!!! But as a journo, I shall still cover the event if invited to.”

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Rapper Victor Kamenyo Crosses To Ziza Bafana’s Camp

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 18:47

There is an adage that says ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ and it simply means that two heads are always better than one most especially in the music business.

Having started out in Mzanzi management, Victor Kamenyo has been one of the most promising artistes to watch out for and goes down in the books and one of the few new talents to have successfully held a concert last year, on the same day that Gravity Omutujju also had his.

To cut the long story short, Victor Kamenyo we have learned has joined Ziza Bafana’s Magic Empire after signing a hefty deal worth millions.

Victor Kamenyo performs at Buzz entertainment bash

It is said that the artiste put pen to paper a few days back after he was convinced by Ziza that if they team up, they can actually be the best duo in not only Uganda but the whole of East Africa. Talk of a joint force between a dancehall and Luga-flow artiste.

However, the Victor confirmed that he hasn’t yet left Mzanzi because it’s his parental label but rather joining forces with Magic Empire.

Ziza Bafana to  work with Luga-flow sensation Victor Kamenyo

Victor Kamenyo came to the fore after re-doing ‘Agawalangana’, then topping it up with ‘Malala’, which both songs becoming hits over time. After that, he released more songs like ‘Baveeko’, Sijja and Olukiiko among others.

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Pallaso’s Fresh ‘Mama’ Video Builds Hipe For His Upcoming Concert

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 18:45

Ugandan artistes have become so creative when it comes to promoting their songs and concerts, although not always with the same targets achieved, Well, Pallaso real names Pius Mayanja will be holding his second concert dubbed ‘Mama’ at Freedom City Mall on Saturday the 20th of August. In preparation, he recently dropped his long awaited video for the ‘Mama’ song.

The concert’s name is derived from the song ‘Mama’ that is full of inspirational messages aimed at thanking his beloved mother for the special kind of care she showed and continues to show him from the time he was a toddler to now a big man. The same track also engages the entire community, showcasing how mothers toil to raise children and families.

The song’s video that was released late last week was one that was truly anticipated especially by the mothers and fans. It’s of no surprise that in a few days it was uploaded on line, views have been increasing every passing hour.

Pallaso dropped his ‘Mama’ video recently in preparation for ‘Mama Concert’ in August

“Am so excited that this video is finally out. I delayed it because you cannot rush perfection and so far very many local and international blogs have shown love and written about it. When I used my beloved mother in the video, I thought my big brother Jose Chameleone was going to react badly but he is one of the people who publicly showed love for the video.”

Excited Pallaso told Chano8 when we contacted him for a comment.

Pallaso’s big brother Dr Jose Chameleone personally endorsed ‘Mama’ video

“In a few days it’s been online; it’s in thousands and thousands of views and its getting viral in Uganda. The other thing, the video links with God in way that I expressed God’s might of how a mother bares kids and takes care of the family. All this shows how we are prepared for Mama Concert and we expect it to sell out.” He added.

His ‘Twatoba’ collabo with Nigeria’s Davido did well last year and he held a successful concert dubbed ‘Twatoba’ out of it at Freedom City where he is slated to hold the Mama concert on August 20th again.

Pallaso performing at his Twatoba concert last year

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Rihanna And Drake Rekindle Their Old Flame

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 18:14

Rihanna and Drake have gotten their fans excited about the possibility of them rekindling their old flame.

According to the Mirror newspaper, Drake told the crowd at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford stadium: ‘Shout out to the most beautiful, talented woman I’ve ever seen,’ while introducing her on stage. He further went on to add, ‘She goes by the name of Rihanna … I’m getting my heart broken.’

Rihanna leaves little to the imagination as she party’s with Drake for the third day

The highly talented artists went on to put a surprise performance for the fans with was nothing short of flawless.

Drake and Rihanna are rumored to have rekindled their fling or relationship after having spotted partying together in London until the wee hours for three straight days.

The Daily Mail reported that the duo was spotted returning to the same hotel following a visit to the Chiltern Firehouse, one day after he reportedly told a Manchester crowd that he was falling for her.

Drake looked stunning in his all black outfit

Just like Drake, Rihanna has often praised her counterpart, ‘Everything he does is so amazing’ she told Vogue before talking about their collaborations like work, ‘We would go to in the Caribbean and just dance and drink and smoke and flirt.’

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Millions Raised At Angella Katatumba’s ‘Mulago Yaffe’ Charity Concert

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 15:04

It has been a pretty busy half year for songstress Angella Katatumba and a fruitful one at that as the singer cum Philanthropist has rolled one project after the other since lend of last year. All the hard work she has put into her music and humanitarian and charity efforts is beginning to yield fruits.

From donating 10 million for the emergency wing to being appointed ambassador of Bikers Association, to being appointed face of Mulago cancer institute and being invited for the world humanitarian summit in Turkey, it has been a roll for the kind singer.

The singer last night held a colourful and successful charity concert dubbed ‘MulagoYaffe concert’ to raise funds for the fight against cancer in Uganda. The concert organised in conjunction with the Uganda Cancer Institute and Uganda Bikers Association so millions being raised through cash donations and pledges for the fight against the deadly cancer disease which is slowly eating up into the productive age group of the mass community.

Angella Katatumba showcasing her singing skills at the event

From Business men and Diplomats to politicians and Celebrities, the revellers turned up in droves to support the good cause which has now won Angella many admirers in the country. She has become a big source of inspiration for many of the local celebrities who have also started charity projects mostly supporting disadvantaged people in the local communities.

The elegant Angella dressed in a pink little dress and stockings stepped on stage at around 9.35 Pm looking fresh accompanied by a rapturous applause as she did covers from great artistes like Whitney Houston who she admitted had a big influence in her music career during her early stages into the career. The soothing ballads she crooned to kept the crowd glued as they followed her gentle movements on stage directed by the mellow voice she emanated through the microphone.

singer Desire Luzinda also made a pledge of 300,000/-

Rajeev and the Ruparelias pledged 2.5 million

The pledges kept flying in

Her stage setting was closely knit with just a few instrumentalists doing the live act. It was a close and personal affair as she engaged the crowd in intervals sharing her life’s stories and cracking a joke here and there. It was only when she did her own compositions dedicated to the plight of the sick and under privileged that the crowd woke up from the slumber.

Her posture shifted from the gentle sleazy movements to a more energetic stature when she performed ‘For you Gulu’ a song she did for the people affected by Joseph Kony’s LRA war in Northern region and then followed it up with ‘Mulago Yaffe’ the theme song for the night before wrapping up the first session with her love song ‘only you’.

The break was something very memorable as promising comedian Agnes Akite previously of ‘The Hostel’ drama series cracked up the audience with some fresh jokes never heard before. Her jokes mostly about herself were so original i could see some people drop a tear or two. She made some revellers almost fall off their seats when she joked about her thin legs and her Acholi tribe being stigmatised everywhere.

Her colleague Daniel Omara who doubled as the night’s MC then put the icing on the cake by claiming all brilliant people(like the comedians) of the night are all Acholi and he is proud of his heritage. He concluded by saying he will istall a car alrm in his car that will ‘Make noise’ in Acholi and when stopped will simply say ‘ni ngo’ loosely translated as ‘What’s up’ which sent the fans into bouts of laughter.

 

 

 

 

The now refreshed Angella then returned for her second and final session in a stunning black and white dress doing more cover songs and original compositions like ‘Supernatural gal’, ‘So close’ and ‘In the air’. At this point the pledges started flying in with Rajeev Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group opening it all with a 2.5 million donation. Others like Pemba Sports quickly followed suit with individuals and companies making generous pledges.

She then concluded performances that were kick-started by ‘Mwoyo singer’ Maurice Kirya  at a few minutes to 11pm. The speeches then followed with guests praising Angella for the initiative. Her proud father Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Uganda, H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba and mother Gertrude Katatumba led a delegation of family members to support her.

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Lessons From Brian MacKenzi’s Rent Nightmare Experience

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 13:11

At some point in life, you have to leave your parents’ home though there is no specific age when one is supposed to start hustling on his own, as that entirely depends on quite a number of issues like getting independent, peer pressure, among others. But renting is not as easy as it sounds because it comes with its own challenges just like how radio presenter and renown events Brian Keller MC Mckenzie explained on his Facebook wall.

 “2008. I was staying in Kikoni. My house rent was 160k per month, I got a bed from my uncle but couldn’t buy a mattress that could fit the bed, I had no curtains, so I got a cloth from home and hanged it on the window rails, the windows were broken so mosquitoes were welcome. This is around the time i had won my first award for best radio personality at Buzz.” He said.

Brian is now one of the biggest voices at Radiocity

It should be noted that, all the above happened when he was just 20 years old. The now Radiocity top 20 presenter went ahead and narrated that, he later shifted to Entebbe for 2 years and doesn’t take for granted the blessings that have come his way since then because only God knew the future was bright. He also said that, not every bad thing that happens to you or a situation you are in today should define your tomorrow.

Brian with Miss Deedan and Mun G at his (Brian’s) album release party

What is the lesson to learn from Mckenzie’s experience? One is to first plan and be prepared before renting and by this I mean first save some money that you know will cater for house items like beddings, and so on. However cheap a house is, your life matters a lot because you will always have to treat a series of diseases once in a while when you rent a place that has broken windows.

But above all work hard and belief in God for he is the only one who knows the future. No situation is permanent.
Apparently, Mackenzie is one of the best paid radio personalities in Uganda and one of the most recognized at that. All this because of the experience he went through.

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