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Chameleone’s Success Story Inspired Bobi Wine

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:06

Last Sunday, the National Social Security Fund held a career expo at Makerere University and among the key speakers was Bobi Wine whose speech left many inspired.

The self-proclaimed ‘Ghetto president’ said that he started adapting to the real world at a very tender age, making toy wire cars, making bricks and selling pancakes. All this was because there were no jobs especially for someone who came from the ghettos.

“After school, I tried to look for work but failed. Growing up, I was taught to adapt. I made wire toy cars and sold them and also other things. By the time I was 13, I had my own money from laying bricks and selling pancakes.” He said.

Dr Jose Chameleone’s success story inspired Bobi Wine (photo by Habre Muriisa)

He also said that Chameleone’s making it inspired him to also try out his luck in music but because he didn’t have money to hit studio, he sold grasshoppers for four months and earned enough to record ‘Akagoma’ which turned out to be his breakthrough.

 “My friend Jose Chameleon made it & changed, he was even smelling different. I questioned my course, my life choices and all because I knew I had the talent to match anyone. I resolved to write a song and a made a beat. That is how the song ‘ Akagoma’ came about. I knew about the wealth in the Ghetto so I sold grasshoppers for 4 months and had enough to record ‘Akagoma’. The song started it all and as they say, ‘the result is history.”

 

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Prophet Mbonye Shifs Fellowship To Kyadondo Rugby Club

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:29

Kyadondo Rugby Club is known for not only being a rugby ground but one of the most sought after places to catch a drink and grab some bites by the corporate fraternity. That has been the case for a very long time as people come back from work, frequent the hangout and drink some beers on their way home but that is about to change going by the recent developments we are getting.

It is reported that the place is from today becoming a worship area and will be so every Tuesday evening due to the agreement management had with Pastor Elvis Mbonye of the now popular The Zoe Fellowship.

Prophet Elvis Mbonye will now hold his Tuesday fellowships at Kyadondo Rugby ground

The pastor has reached an agreement to have his weekly prayers/fellowship at the hangout every Tuesday but the problem is that, it has been one of the busiest days for the hangout. Tuesday is a must attend day for most patrons to visit Kyadondo mainly because some drinks are at a discount or there are promotions running.

With the huge following that he has, Pastor Mbonye’s fellowships are going to distract other activities at the spot but no further official communication has been released on whether the bar will be closed on that specific day or not.

Mbonye’s prayers have previously been held at Kololo Airstrip but they are shifting with no clear reason. Some speculate that it’s because of too much rent while others pointed out that some bigwigs who stay in Kololo were complaining of the loud noise.

Prophet Mbonye at one of the fellowships at Kololo Airstrip

 

 

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Tanzanian Singer Vanessa Mdee In Jail

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:22

In a bid to enforce the drug crackdown in Tanzania, our very own celebrities have also started to fear for their luxurious lifestyles that are usually littered with illegal substances.

Tanzanian Songstress Vanessa Mdee who graced us with her talent last year left her fans in shock when she got arrested over a drug investigation.

Vanessa Mdee was among the celebrities mentioned on the list of people using, peddling and engaging in the drug business. The crack down on the drug cartels kicked off early last month.

Vanessa Mdee jailed over a drug investigation (photo by Habre Muriisa)

She was picked up while shooting her south African TV series ‘Shuga’, This her debut into film moreover on an international platform.

Apparently her house was searched and she was tested for drug use even tho the results are not yet released to media

On the plus side, Tanzanian artists like Lady Jaydee have reached out and shared their support and love over social media.

We all love her and hope this scandal is resolved as soon as possible.

Vanessa Mdee performing in Uganda last year (Photo by Habre Muriisa)

 

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Rashy K And Yung Mulo Team Up In New ‘Nuff Style’ Video

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 17:40

The last time Sweden-based Ugandan Hip Hop and Dancehall artiste Rashy K real names Rashid Kibirige Ssebunya came to Uganda was in September last year and he had come to promote his Sweden Uganda Connect album to the local market.

He returned in December and the little we got to know is that, he was in studio working on a tune with Dancehall artiste Yung Mulo. The two released the song dubbed ‘Nuff Style’ (Jamaican Patois for many styles) produced by Hannz Tactic. It is a Dancehall tune where the two are complementing the girl’s various styles of dance she pulls in the dancing hall which gets them hooked thus wanting to keep on looking at her.

The video

The 3 minutes and 49 seconds video entirely displays the ‘Nuff Style’ they sang about where one of the video vixens clad in hot pants is pulling different erotic dance styles in a smoky background which dominates throughout the entire video although in a way the smoke kind off disturbed the shots clarity.

Although we don’t know the intention, the video director Superstar 1488 maintained the smoky background which in a way adds some art in the video without forgetting the video vixen’s scenes while whining and jiggling to the beats. This makes the entire video nice to watch and it also cements the meaning to the song in which they sang about the girl’s different and many dance styles.

The artistes themselves Rashy K and Young Mulo spice up the video too as they pull rare dance strokes in some scenes especially Young Mulo. This video comes in at the right time when the ardent fans have been waiting for it although we expected more than one video vixen.

Conclusion

‘Nuff Style’ has been in fans’ ears with no video but all that became history after the video release and we hope it will earn more mileage for Rashy K back home in Uganda where he needs his Sweden Uganda connect album to sink roots.

Check out some behind the scenes pictures of ‘Nuff Style’ featuring Rashy K and Yung Mulo

Watch the video

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How UBL Hosted Special Women’s Day Party

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 17:31

Women’s day!! The very mention of these words brings up smiles on the faces of women because it’s undoubtedly a special day for them. Uganda joined the rest of the world on Wednesday to celebrate the International women’s day under the theme, “Be bold for change.”

Beer giant Uganda Breweries on that day held a party for their female staff to not only celebrate their contribution at work but also acknowledge their importance at the workplace. The brewery also officially opened a mother’s comfort room, a space where mothers back from maternity leave can get away from the work madness and tender to their babies nursing needs.

According to Rhona Arinaitwe, the communications Manager, the party was meant to celebrate the extra ordinary role they all play in a male dominated industry. It was a tribute for all the hard work and tremendous jobs that make the female employees part of the team.

“At the heart of our value preposition is our deliberate effort towards pushing for diversity at Uganda Breweries. One of the interventions is place, is the spirited women programme that aims at bringing all UBL women together to discuss and tackle issues that affect them in their careers and personal life. The programme allows for Mentorships, counselling, spiritual and life coaching for the UBL women.” She said.

“We are proud that 30% of the management positions are filled by women and we continue to see growth in more females taking up leadership positions. “She added.   

Including the men to the table to discuss issues that affect women, each female employee was urged to bring a male college as a date; who were tasked to share their experiences of women that have positively impacted them in the work place.

Clad in “spirited women” t-shirts, the UBL women along with their dates hit the UBL rooftop bar. The party was lit with lots of Nyama choma, music and a flow of cocktails mixed by Uganda’s top Female mixologist who raised the bar and left everyone astounded.

A number of activities and games were done during the event with lot of prizes given away and the night was crowned off with karaoke and a dance battle.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Rumored To Become A Father Of Twin Boys.

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:54
  • Cristiano set to be father of twin boys.
  • He wants his son to have brothers to grow up with.
  • this comes after Ronaldo and Georgina  a model make their relationship public.

Cristiano_Ronaldo the real Madrid striker is rumored to be expecting twin boys from a surrogate in the USA.He is the football superstar rumoured to have sired his first son Cristiano Jr via surrogacy back in 2010. And now a source has told The Sun that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be father to ‘twin baby boys’ by a surrogate mother in the USA – who is said to be due ‘very soon’.

Cristiano Ronaldo with Georgina and his son.

The news comes as the 32-year-old  Real Madrid forward continues to date and appear publicly with Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, 23.Aura of mystery: Ronaldo is known to be a generally private person and the circumstances surrounding his first son’s birth are still unknown.

On Saturday The Sun reported that a source close to Cristiano said he had told his inner circle he will fly his baby twins to his £5million mansion on the outskirts Madrid when they are born. The source said: ‘Cristiano and his family can’t wait to meet the new members of their clan.He likes to keep a tight lid on his private life but has told loved ones and close friends the baby boys are due to arrive very soon.’  As reported by the Sun.

Ronaldo and his son

The source reportedly said that the family does not know the identity of the mother of the twins.He added:  ‘[Cristiano] feels the time is right for his boy to have brothers to grow up with.Parallels could be drawn with the mystery surrounding the mother of Cristiano Jr, who lived in San Diego and was allegedly paid £10million by the footballer; but whose name has never been revealed.

Before he met Georgina, Cristiano dated Russian model Irina_Shayk, but the couple did not have any children together.In January, Georgina and Cristiano made their red carpet debut as they stepped out with the Cristiano Jr to attend the FIFA Football Awards in Zurich.And the model was snapped having fun with the young boy and giving him caring attention at a recent Real Madrid game.

At the FIFA awards.

Cristiano is apparently proud of his son, posting several pictures to social media of the pair despite generally keeping his private life to himself. At the end of January the star posted a father-son shot to Instagram with a Cristiano Jr, where his son looked incredibly similar to his famous dad.Both had swept, gelled black hair and natural pose on camera, and Ronaldo Sr cheekily captioned the snap ‘perfect couple’ with a couple of love heart emojis.Within days it had raked in over millions of likes, including from famous sporting names such as John Terry and Anthony Joshua.

Looking suave on the red carpet.

Georgina is reported to have worked at a Gucci store in Madrid and as a nanny in Bristol before embarking on her new romance.The pair are believed to have met after she caught Cristiano’s eye in the VIP section of a recent Dolce & Gabbana party.It is said that they dated in secret for a few months, before going public with their romance by enjoying a date at Disneyland Paris in November.And since then they have been seen going on several dates in and around Madrid – though their social media interaction has been minimal.

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Photos: Sights At The Thrilling Inaugural Yella Cultural Festival

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:25
  • The inaugural Yella Cultural Festival in Uganda thrills revellers
  • Artistes like Giovanni Kiyingi, Haka Mukiga, Suzan Kerunen, Igulu, Winnie Lado (South Sudan), Blood Brothers Reggae Band and Famous Friends Acrobats lit the fest up

Yella Cultural Festival is a project conceived by the Senegandan (Senegalese origin/Ugandan resident) percussionist and musician, Mame N’Diack Seck Thiam of Mame Sounds. The fest aims at bringing young people together to embrace cultural heritage and diversity through the arts and last Saturday (11th of March), the very first edition went down successfully at the 5th Street Industrial Area based Design Hub Kampala amid thrilling performances from the night’s headliners.

Performances were all live and they kicked off at 7:20 PM with a showcase from Giovanni Kiyingi a folk singer who thrilled the fair crowd of revellers with songs like ‘Happy’, ‘Buddu’, ‘Nkwesuunga’, ‘Tebalimba’ and ‘Ssemusajja Agenda’.

Famous friends Acrobats added on to the crowd’s excitement with their energetic and eye catching acrobatics and other entertaining things like playing with the fire, sitting of 6 inch nails and many more as the revellers ululated.

More performances came in from Winnie Lado from South Sudan, Haka Mukiga, Suzan Kerunen (Alur Queen) and finally Blood Brothers Reggae Band. According to our observation, revellers enjoyed every bit of performances from the artistes and each reveller represented for their culture. Kitenge was the dominant attire amongst the attendees.

Apart from the performances, there were other things that took people’s attention like the art pieces which were on exhibition and other African things like cloths, bags and footwear which some bought.

Here is how the whole event went down through the Chano8 lens.

Folk singer Giovanni Kiyingi doing what he does best

The attendees enjoyed every bit of the performances

Famous Friends Acrobats just thrilled the crowd with their acrobatics

One of the Famous Friends Acrobats’ members playing with fire

Haka Mukiga performing

All the way from South Sudan, Winnie Lado doing her thing

Singer Igulu performing

Suzan Kerunen (Alur Queen) was simply flawless

Urban TV’s Denzel Mwinyeretsi was the host

 

 

Reggae singer Jamal Waswa was there too

Dj Ras Brown Mugisha entertained revellers with reggae music

Blood Brothers Reggae band doing their thing

Joe Kahirimbanyi the lead singer Qwela Band and a friend were there too

Yella Cultural Festival organiser Mame N’Diack Seck Thiam (left) with a friend posing for our camera

         

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Heathens Cement 2017 Uganda Rugby League Championship.

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:48
  • Heathens cement 2017 championship.
  • Brian Odongo pops shoulder.
  • Can Kobs take the Uganda Cup this year.

Hima Cement Heathens RFC is to be crowned the 2017 Nile special rugby league champions after their brilliant display of rugby on Saturday 11th March at Legends Sports Club over the weekend.

Heathens players in an earlier game

When Kobs visited Heathens at Kyadondo in the first round, the former lasted 40 minutes before letting in second half tries to lose 33-17. Kobs had taken a 17-13 half time lead but their lethargic display in the second period gave Heathens the advantage to win the game and finish the first round unbeaten.

Yet, even with the title lost, Kobs  did not lie on the ground and accept to be stepped onto. It has been a stop-start season for Kobs who had to axe former head coach Mirko Dal Molin earlier in the season with the team struggling to impress. Betway Kobs put up a formidable fight to try and win this particular game for the fans that came down in numbers to show support for the blues.

Betway Kobs celebrating a try.

Betway Kobs started the scoring earlier on in the game by taking advantage of Heathens mistakes and taking two penalties in the first ten minutes. However this run both ways as Heathens quickly equalized with two penalties. Both sides made several mistakes and they conceded a number of penalties. Brian Odongo aka Captain Fantastic steam rolled a one Ogwal Romano from heathens as he took a leadership role to help the blues get their first try from Aredo Joseph. It was converted by Kobs kicker James Ilonjat.

Joseph Aredo from Betway Kobs in an earlier fixture with Black Pirates.

Betway kobs failed to convert a total of four tries that could have seen them at least win against their arch rivals. Heathens captain Romano Ogwal revealed, ahead of the clash, that the loss to Pirates was a reality check which should help them deal with Kobs better. “Pirates gave us a reality check and we have to work hard against Kobs,” the flanker said ahead of the tie. Heathens were outsmarted, outhustled and figured out by a youthful Pirates side for their first loss of the season.

Scrum down time.

The champions did not want to lose another game and they pushed hard through the Kobs defense. This led to an injury for the Kobs Captain Brian Odongo when he ended up popping his shoulder. The captain had to step off leaving kobs without leadership the rest of the game. Heathens won the game 20 -16 making them the 2017 champions. Betway Kobs are to regroup and try to win the Uganda Cup later this year.

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Is P-Square The Richest Duo In Africa?

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 08:08

Wealth is measured by many things and assets is one of them. When it comes to musicians, an example of Ugandan ones, they are always quick to point out their houses as their most expensive asset. We are talking about Bobi Wine and Eddy Kenzo to mention a few.

 But if you are to compare their houses and the rest of the houses owned other African artistes, we can say P-Square are perhaps the richest artistes in Africa if houses are the parameters.

 The Nigerian singing duo entered their new manshion a few days ago in Park View Ikoyi Nigeria.

It consists of three different houses, in three different compounds. It has a state of the art cinema hall, swimming pool, fancy red and white kitchen, a huge sitting and dining room among others.

 Peter Okoye said on his Instagram that. “This is why I don’t go to the cinemas bring the movies to the house, theatre at home.” in regards to the cinema hall in the house.

 It is reported that the duo charge $100,000 (359,900,000 Ug Shs) to perform outside Nigeria and with such a fee for a performance yet they are always travelling for performances and with such a house, you could say they are the richest in Africa.

 They have performed twice in Uganda previously and during the first time, Uganda was the first country they performed in at the start of their career.

 

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Stylist Abryanz Takes Career A Notch Higher

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 12:05

He achieved what no other Ugandan designer has and he has done it at quite a tender age. Ahumuza Bryan alias Abryanz has two boutiques in town, he is the Ciroc brand Ambassador in Uganda and not only that, his annual Abranz style and fashion awards are the best award ceremony in Uganda.

He’s continuing to grow his brand and being into fashion, there was one thing that Abryanz was paying little attention to. And that was sewing his own clothes.

This is so vital to the fashion industry because almost all renowned fashionistas sew their brands. This would have triggered him to think about going for sewing lessons.

 

The stylist didn’t comment much on who and where the lessons are taking place but said that this was the only missing link in his trade. “I’ve always felt a vacuum in what I do and it’ time I fill it up,” He said.

Bryan also confirmed that he will soon hold an exhibition where he will showcase his first designs and also intends to have a whole set of designs that he hopes to showcase at his Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards (ASFAs) in December.

We were able to get a glimpse of his first hand made piece and if he could pull it off like that, then the future is bright for him.

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Major Lazer’s Dj Diplo Confirmed For Mega Performance In Kampala

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:56

 News reaching our desk is that Talent Africa has confirmed world renowned DJ and producer DIPLO for a mega gig on April 21st in Uganda.

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai states “We look forward to hosting DIPLO one of the world’s best DJs and Producers here in Kampala as a part of his African tour. This will go down to be the biggest party to ever happen in Uganda with a mind blowing production. Stay tuned.”

Thomas Wesley Pentz better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in the music industry today. A superstar Dj, sought after producer, label owner and the wizard behind Major Lazer.  The Grammy award winner has an unprecedented career that has taken him from the outer fringes of club culture to the top of pop’s A-list.

Dj Diplo at one of the events he performed at

Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers in the music industry. He has produced massive hits for numerous A-list artistes including Justin Beiber, Madonna, MIA, Beyonce, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Sean Paul, 2 Chainz, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and many more. Diplo has created a unique blend of electronic dance music fused with pop, reggae, dancehall and hip hop. Major Lazer is Diplo’s outlet for his lifelong love of Jamaican Dancehall music.

Major Lazer’s single “Lean On” took the world by storm, becoming the most successful independently released song of all time after peaking at #1 on the Top 40 chart, becoming the most streamed song on Spotify of all-time with more than 673 million streams to date. The song is currently the most played track on Sound Cloud, and became one of only a handful of videos to reach 1 billion views on YouTube and the 7th most watched video of all time. “Lean On” is certified six times Platinum.  

Watch ‘Lean on’ below;

 

 

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Meet The Hosts Of The First Ever Blue Carpet Event In Uganda

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:18

Through the years, we have had a lot of red carpet events which have in a way gotten common to people’s eyes but the Club Pilsener organised Club Music Video Awards will for the first time ever have a blue carpet run way on Saturday the 18th of March at Kampala Serena Hotel’s Victoria Hall.

According to the organisers, this blue carpet is intended to observe Club’s brand colour which is blue and a group of four hosts has been called on board to host this session where they will be having one on ones with revellers who will be expected to speak out their experience and what they expect of the awards.

The hosts are none other than Urban TV’s Denzel Mwinyeretsi, former Miss Uganda 2012 Stella Nantumbwe aka Ellah, NTV The Beat’s Sheilah Gashumba and Radio City’s Deedan. These four have already taken to social media to create hype and call upon the fans to come in hundreds and witness how Uganda’s music videos will be recognised and awarded.

Club Music Video Awards are organised to seek, celebrate and recognise the best of Ugandan music videos. They first happened in 2013 and for some scanty reasons, they din’t happen again until this year when they came back with a big bang.

Nominees will tussle it out in 15 categories but the public will vote in only 8 namely Male Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, New Comer of the Year, Collaboration of the year, Best Duo or Group, Inspirational/Message Video of the year, Viral YouTube Video of the year and Video of the year where as the other 7 will be voted by the technical team and Judges.

(L-R) Radio City’s Deedan, Sheilah Gashumba and Stellah Nantumbwe will be the hosts of the Blue Carpet session at the upcoming Club Music Video Awards

“Super excited to announce to you that I will be hosting the first ever BLUE CARPET experience at the @clubmusicvideoawards on Saturday 18th March 2017!! You already know what time it will be, it’s time to get your glam team ready because it’s SLAYINGGG time.” Sheilah Gashumba posted on her Instagram.

Urban TV’s Denzel and Sheilah Gashumba

All roads lead to Kampala Serena Hotel for these anticipated awards whose entry fee is only Ug Shs 100,000 ordinary and 150,000 VIP.Top of Form

 

 

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Ziza Bafana Rubbishes Hospitalization Rumours

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:10

It has been reported that Dancehall musician Ziza Bafana is in critical condition after he was beaten by unknown people last night but the artiste has come out and disregarded those rumours saying that he’s well and doing his daily routines.

“Contrary to words going around that I have been hospitalized, I am well and doing my routine duties as always, I was not beaten or even been involved in any acts of violence as rumours had it last night.” He said.

We can also confirm this because we heard the musician on Galaxy radio today morning where he was hosted to premier his latest ‘Joker’ song.

He added that, some people are just determined to do anything to fail him but the works of his enemy to tarnish his name have again ‘fallen on barren land’.

While on radio, the musician talked about a lot of things where he also clarified about his involvement with Bukedde TV’s Fifi Da Queen whom he says is just a friend. “Fifi and I have never been involved in a relationship beyond friendship. She was part of my management back then but beyond that, nothing else.” He added.

 

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PSG Offers Wenger Escape Route As Fans Riot.

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:09
  • Around 200 Arsenal fans protested outside the Emirates on Tuesday night
  • They called for Arsene Wenger to leave, accusing him of ‘killing the club’
  • Fans held up signs urging the club not to renew the Frenchman’s contract
  • PSG’s sensational loss at the hands of Barcelona could impact Arsene Wenger 
  • Arsenal took an unprecedented step to release statement about Wenger’s future

Arsène_Wenger is seemingly the unhappiest coach in the English Premier league this week after suffering a major thrashing from Bayern Munich in the UEFA champion’s league. Arsenal lost their chance to contend for the cup in the first round when they conceded four goals. This meant they had to fight to score at least six goals to get back in the game.

As a result Arsenal supporters staged protests calling for Arsene Wenger to leave the club prior to their thrashing by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, even accusing the manager of ‘killing’ their club. Wenger has faced increasing dissent from the stands in recent months after Arsenal slipped out of the Premier League title race and suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The Frenchman, who has been in charge since October 1996, is in a tight spot but stands his ground. “I will not be forced out of a club I helped build up.”

Arsenal Management reacts to the Riots.

Arsenal broke their silence on the speculation about manager Arsene Wenger’s future Thursday, with PSG interested in snapping up the veteran boss. The Gunners board took the unusual step of releasing a statement to clarify the future of their under-fire boss; who remains defiant despite calls from disgruntled fans for him to leave at the end of the season. Intriguingly, the statement indicated that the decision over whether or not Wenger will sign a new deal would not be made solely by the Frenchman, but collectively with the board.

A message to Arsene Wenger from his fans.

But the statement from the club’s chairman Sir Chips Keswick was met with apathy from Arsenal fans given its ambiguity. The statement read: ‘We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate.We respect that fans are entitled to their different, individual opinions, but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart. Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.’

Fans protesting against Wenger.

PSG persues Wenger.

The statement stopped short of publicly backing Wenger, with results between now and the end of the season likely to be the key factor in whether he stays. Wenger, privately, retains the full support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Indeed, in an ideal world Wenger would prefer to sign the two-year contract on the table. But, as it stands, the animosity towards him from growing sections of the club’s fanbase means announcing he is staying at this juncture would only serve to fan the flames. The surprise statement acknowledged the differing views of supporters regarding Wenger’s future.

And the manager admitted the discontent would be a factor in his final decision. He said: ‘Yes, fans’ opinion will have an impact on my decision, you consider everything. It will not be the most important factor, but of course, you consider it.’ And following Barcelona’s remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint- Germain on Wednesday night, Wenger then pointed out how opinions about Barca coach Luis Enrique have changed.

‘It just sums it up that two weeks ago he (Enrique) was an idiot and everyone said, “You have to leave”, so he did. Today he is a hero. That sums up the job,’ said Wenger.The demise of PSG at the Nou Camp could yet have an impact on Wenger’s future. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Paris club’s chairman, is a huge fan of Wenger and has failed on more than one occasion to lure the manager to the French capital.

Key players not happy.

Meanwhile, Arsenal players and staff are more convinced than ever that Alexis Sanchez wants to leave the club at the end of the season, having noticed a drop of intensity in training.The former Barcelona striker’s mood has deteriorated recently, culminating in him storming off during a training session last week. It appears Sanchez erupted because his side were losing a training match and then he suffered a heavy tackle from a team-mate.

Alexis Sanchez looking very disappointed.

Laurent Koscielny, among others, went into the dressing room to confront furious Sanchez, who was then dropped for last weekend’s defeat at Liverpool. But Wenger said: ‘We have a good, united, determined group. When you go through disappointing results, you always have some disagreements.‘Overall, on that front I don’t worry. In our job, you have to be competitive and competitiveness doesn’t always mean love.‘It is about performing. In the past, it’s not the team who loves each other the most who is the best on the football field.’

Laurent Koscielny on the pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos: Reggae And Nyama Nyam Affair At Roast And Rhyme

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:53

When do you ever get the chance see Reggae stars like Bebe Cool, Mighty Son, Benon and Vampos share the same stage? Well it happened last Sunday at the Roast and Rhyme picnic event that took place at Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo.

The event organised by Swangz Avenue record label which has picked up so first, was this time held under the theme “Raggae Nyam Nyam” and true to the promise, there was massive reggae as revellers enjoyed meat in different forms on the backdrop of the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

Reggae fans started storming the venue as early as 1pm and wanted to have fun to the maximum with some carrying their own meat and cooking stoves, drinks in ice coolers and mats. Others stormed the place with their families and got to business immediately.

After the DJ’s warmed up the crowd with some Reggae mixes, the event kicked off officially with Mighty Son giving the best of his vibes and veterans Benon and Vampose proving to fans that they still got it with their old-time classics like ‘Mumuleete gyendi mwe,’ ‘I know,’ ‘Smart wire,’

“We are grateful for turning up in big numbers and supporting local talent. Next time it will even be bigger and better”. Said Benon one of the brains behind the event.

Bebe Cool concluded the night with some energetic performances backed up by his Gagamel band as he performed both old and new jams till midnight.

Our cameras captured some of the best moments.

  

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Legendary Reggae Maestro Maddox To Finally Hold Concert

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:21

It has been a long time coming for the legendary Maddox to step on stage, not to support others but for himself and this is happening at Imperial Royal Hotel on Good Friday in what is dubbed as ‘The Return Of The Champion’.

The show is going to cost Ug Shs 50, 000 and Shs 1 million with other subsequent shows happening at Satellite Beach Mukono and Resort Beach Entebbe for Ug Shs 10,000 each.

Legendary Reggae Maestro Maddox Ssematimba Ssemanda set for his Return Of The Champion Concert (Photo by Habre Muriisa)

Maddox last staged a concert in 2001 when he had just returned to Uganda and it was highly attended going by the fact that his Namagembe album was on heaving rotation.

He recorded his second album two years later and the artiste hasn’t recorded anything in 15 years but the love he has been receiving has been overwhelming.

His career almost came to an end when it was reported that drugs had taken the best of him but he bounced back. It was at this point that events promoters decided to use him as the headlining act on most of their shows like Qwela Junction, Tula Ku Mukeka, Roast and Rhyme among others.

 

 

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Will Smith Did Not Visit Uganda, Kenya

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 19:42

Social media and even main stream media has been awash of Will Smiths African tour which saw him visit East Africa after connecting from Egypt on Women’s day eve.

However, there have been varied reports of which country he had actually visited with twitter having 3 different accounts as Uganda claimed Smith had visited and Kenya as well had twits of the movie and music super star’s visit when actually he had visited Tanzania and not Uganda or Kenya.

After photos emerged of Smith at the airport disembarking from his jet, many excited people started posting about being ‘proud of hosting’ of Hollywood’s greatest ever actors and calling up on him to visit their respective countries ‘again’.

The different posts claiming Will Smith visit

Smith, who jetted in Tanzania for a private visit, is believed to be on a mission to check out nice sights for his next movie project while at the same time enjoying the beauty of Africa.

Will Smith pictured at Serengti with Chantal Iman 

Uganda has also recently become a hub for movie shooting with the success of bloc-busters like The Last King of Scotland and Queen of Katwe. However Smith has not yet posted any confirmation about his visit or where exactly he is.

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All Star Female Djs Light Up Kyadondo

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 16:19

Women’ day is celebrated worldwide and the entertainment celebrations in Uganda happened at Kyadondo rugby grounds for the 3rd edition of the women’s deejay event which happened on Tuesday.

The event had deejays like Mary Jo who was the host, Xzyl, Rachael, Sheilah Ats, Lolah, Pofia, Kathy and each played mixes for 45 minutes during their sessions but Mary Jo only played for fifteen minutes and later the event got done because it had exceeded midnight, yet Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) only allows events to have happened before that time.

Veteran Dj Rachael on the ones and twos, she caught the crowd with mixes

 

Every Deejay came with a different strategy of exciting the fair crowd that attended. Some played old school jams, some concentrated on a mixture of Jamaican and Nigerian hits and others just played whatever they felt comfortable with.

The deejay line up was cool, the set up was on point and the crowd loved every bit of the performances. However, the publicity was so bad in that some of the people who attended had just gone to the venue to do their own stuff, only getting to know that there was an event of such magnitude after noticing the stage and asking around

Dj Pofia was simply good

 

 

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Is Barcelona FC’s Win Over PSG The Biggest Comeback Ever?

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 15:19
  • Barca thrash PSG 6-1 to reach Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Late Sergio Roberto volley sends Barca through 6-5 on aggregate.
  • Edinson Cavani goal looked to have killed tie off in second half .
  • Neymar scored twice in three minutes before Roberto struck.
  • Barcelona through to the last eight for the 11th year in a row.

Wednesday night will be a night that goes down in history as Barcelona FC managed to beat Paris Saint Germain 6-1 at the memorable Camp_Nou stadium.This was a game that will resonate; a match that goes down in history. It was the first time ever in the Champions League that a team had overcome a four-goal deficit. But it was more than that. It was so, so much more than that as the disbelieving looks on the players, the staff, coaches, fans of Barcelona showed.

Barcelona FC players celebrating after final whistle.

Barcelona FC and its players have done everything but they have never done this. Even the stoniest of hearts will feel for Paris Saint-Germain, this fledgling team who were overwhelmed, despite their formidable advantage coming into this second leg. They scored a precious away goal, which should have ended it, then missed two golden chances and somehow conceded three times in the final eight minutes, including five added minutes. This will hit them and their coach, Unai Emery, hard. Glory turned to dust.

That explanation, though, does not do justice. But, then, what does? Barca had managed to get themselves three goals in front after 50 minutes and the impossible seemed possible, seemed probable, before they conceded. Then it emphatically appeared over and it was only on 88 minutes that Neymar scored the first of his goals, before creating the decisive third with effectively the last kick of the match and with goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen having abandoned his role as he played as a striker.

The goal keeper tries to deny Barcelona.

Neymar said he would score twice. No-one expected the Brazilian to leave it so late. Barca coach Luis Enrique – tired, haggered and on his way out at the end of the season and broken after the first leg of this last-16 tie – said if his team could concede four goals in Paris then they could score six to reach the quarter-finals. And they did score six.

These are two of the biggest, wealthiest clubs in world football with huge financial backing. But it boiled down to a desperate football match desperate because of the desire to win not because of the quality, which was brilliant and a flood of emotion as PSG were over-wrought and Barca were left with nothing but naked competitiveness and some wonderful, remarkable skill to see them through.

The view as seen through the net.

Neymar, Luis_Suárez and Lionel_Messi all scored and it was a night when they had to reassert themselves; when Barca had to reassert them and show defiantly that reports of their demise, that the obituaries are premature. They are. Wildly premature on this evidence. The decisive goal was scored,by a local boy, substitute Sergi Roberto.

History at Camp Nou.

The drama on Wednesday night not only equaled but superseded that crazy night when Bayern Munich’s ribbons were on the trophy but they didn’t get to take it home. “Football,” as Sir Alex_Ferguson famously said, “Bloody hell!” I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that Patrick Kluivert was at that 1999 game and he was here again, in this same stadium, watching Barcelona not only score six times like Enrique  but hit three goals in the last eight minutes against Paris Saint-Germain, the team for which he’s now Director of Football.

Neymar Jr. celebrating after his goal for Barcelona FC.

By the end, Kluivert’s eyes had that thousand-yard stare. His expression said: “Haven’t I seen all this before?”Eighteen years ago, Bayern fans filed out of the stadium, despondent, as Manchester United players and fans celebrated with the trophy. Barcelona aren’t there yet, obviously — this was just the round of 16 — but the post-match fan scenario was different here.Not only couldn’t the PSG fans do anything but sit there, so high up in the stadium that they could whisper “Why, Lord, why?” to the clouds, but the Barcelona fans, who aren’t renowned for their ferocious loyalty, hadn’t left; not one of them had moved when Luis Enrique’s side still needed three goals from the 87th minute onward.

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The Fun At Gekko Lounge Silent Disco

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 13:37

The Silent Disco is becoming a trend in Kampala nightlife of late. From Garden City to Gatto Matto and many more venues that have hosted one previously, it is highly evident that we are yet to see bigger and better silent events in the months to come. Last Friday at Gekko lounge revelers were treated to a silent party Courtesy of Kellagram, RadioCity, TangaFX and House Of Djs.

 

The event started at about 8:30pm at the Mackinnon Suites based hangout and this saw revelers trickling in steadily, picking up their headphones and heading up to the ­terrace. The place was dead silent and all you could hear were mumblings of song lyrics. The djs were all at the top of their game and you could see everyone dancing to one of the 3 music channels. Well, all these events are not limited to a certain audience hence we got to see some celebrities stepping in to experience the silent experience. These included comedians; Anne Kansiime, Salvado and Bugingo, musicians; Navio, Flex D’Paper, Ken Kayongo of Swahili Nation, Timothy Code and socialite Judith Heard.

The venue was full house by midnight and everyone was enjoying tunes from a concrete lineup of Kampala’s finest deejays including Deejay Jo, Dj Simples, Dj Crisio, Dj Naselow, Dj Ciza, Selector Jay, Dj EdWizzy and many more. The event went on till late and everyone went home with total satisfaction. We are also sure the neighbors had no noise complaints raised and no one asked the organizers for their money back. We hope to see you all at the next edition.

Below is the pictorial:

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