East Africa’s Got talent comes to Uganda this May

By Deo Wasswa

Tanzanian media conglomerate, Clouds Media has today announced the inaugural season of East Africa’s Got Talent TV show to be shot in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The show will be adapted for the East African Market in partnership with Free mantle SYCO and Rapid Blue Productions from South Africa.

Speaking at the launch, Joseph Kusaga, CEO, Clouds Media International note that the show, which is part of “Got Talent” franchise started in 2014 by Simon Cowell will see acts ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous battle it out for a chance to be crowned the most talented East African.“We are excited to bring this show to East Africa and give performers of any kind a chance to showcase their talent and tell the East African story through song, comedy, traditional music instruments and magic’’. He added.

Auditions for the show will kick off in Kenya in May, with pre-auditions in Nairobi then move on to Uganda on 19th May at Pearl of Africa Hotel, and to Tanzania and Rwanda. The show, due to start airing in August this year, will have 10 episodes, with the semifinals and grand finalé shot live on location in Kenya.

Qualified participants from Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda will travel to Kenya for the live shows. The winner will walk away with USD 50,000 (UGS 190,000,000) as voted by the audience.

“Got Talent” is the world’s most successful reality TV format ever and has since spawned spin offs in over 60 countries. The “Got Talent” format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide.

It is open to performers of any kind, including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, comedians and novelty acts. Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime has been announced as the host. Judges will be announced at a later date.

President Museveni sued over “another rap” song

By Sania Babirye

President Yoweri Museveni has been dragged before the commercial court by a local Musician Richard Kaweesa for allegedly stealing his song “Another Rap” which he used in his 2010 presidential campaigns and later acquired copyrights to the song.

Kaweesa is also suing President Museveni together with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau for failing to carry out due diligence before illegally registering and granting President Museveni copyright adding that he produced the said song using a few Kinyakore words that were contained in the president’s speech of the 9th of October 2010 at Statehouse.

Capital FM injects 100M in Ykee’s upcoming Singa show

BY Gloria Nakiyimba
Capital Radio has injected millions of shillings in the upcoming concert of singer Tugume Wycliff aka YKEE BENDA due on the 29th March at Serena Hotel. Speaking after signing a partnership agreement with the “Capital Radio Chief Executive Officer Peter Jackson Mungoma says this is to help promote young artist on the block like Ykee

Capital radio is giving the singer an advertising package worth 100 million shillings.

Capital radio has always supported Ugandan artists, and excited to be working once again with YKBENDA.

“Capital FM has been supporting Ugandan Music for the last 25 years. And over the years we’ve seen several artists grow and develop, have grown into international artists and all play different genres of music. But Ykee Benda, his music is particularly special because it speakes about the Ugandan society, it speaks about the everyday life” said Mungoma

On the 30 Ykee Benda will entertain his fans at Mukono Sate light beach and will have another concert at Freedom city on the 31 of this month.

Ykee Benda is famous for hits such “Farmer” and “Ssinga” which you can always listen to when you tune in to Capital FM.

“This career began about three years ago, and Capital, has been right there with YKEE BENDA. I am very excited to tell the world that I have one of the best partners on board that is Capital FM” Benda told this reporter.

He is promising to give his fans a great performance at the concert “Thank you so much for the love, I can’t wait to see you, what I have prepared for you, you won’t see coming. I am really ready for you Uganda”.

“You all know how famous his music is, songs like farmer, songs like Ssinga and many others you’ll get to listen to at the concert” CEO added.

Ykee Benda applauded Capital radio for supporting his musical career “When I started out my music, this was the radio I came to; you know to share my music first. And It’s been love, it’s been support all the way, it’s exciting. They’ve stood up for me every time , and I can’t wait for what’s gonna happen because when Capital is on board, Ykee Benda is gonna blow”.

The station’s Promotion coordination John Paul Mugwanya says Ykee Benda is a brand that is worth the support of Capital FM.

“Ykee Benda has provided the content that we believe is our priority, because we are musical station. Ykee Benda has supported Capital radio in most of our promotions; he has supported the brand and its one of the reasons we came through to support him to see him grow bigger and better” said Mugwanya

MTN Sponsors Jose Chameleon’s Legends Saba Saba Concert

By Patricia Osman

MTN Uganda has today announced sponsorship of Jose Chameleon’s “Legends Saba Saba” concert slated for Friday, 7th December 2018 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Chameleon, whose music recently crossed the 20-year mark, has been one of the long-term musicians that MTN Uganda has supported over the years.

Valery Okecho, the Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda said that for the last twenty years, the telecom company has supported the music industry and continues to do so.

He adds that “MTN and Chameleone have had a strong working relationship over the years; MTN has benefitted from having Uganda’s biggest star entertain MTN customers during MTN events while Jose Chameleone has earned severally from his performances or album launches sponsored by MTN,” Okecho says.

On why the name “Legend Saba Saba;” “I was born in 1979 and that was the time when the Tanzanians came to help oust Idi Amin. There was a big gun mounted at the time in Mutukula called the Saba Saba. It was a powerful gun and I would want to stand in the might of that gun.”

Balaam Barugahara the event organiser says “It is going to be a very different night of music. We have prepared for this concert and this time it is going to be a fully exclusive Jose Chameleon show. We shall not have not have curtain raisers that have been within for previous concerts. This time it is going to be only Jose Chameleon performing from as early as 8:15 pm till late “adds Balaam.

MTN launches global music app TIDAL in Africa

Global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL and MTN Uganda have announced an exciting first of its kind collaboration where the Mobile telecom company will offers its customers a variety of options for a data-inclusive TIDAL membership as part of their mobile plan to gain access to exclusive high-quality streaming music, videos, concerts and more.

tidal in Uganda

What to expect: Speaking at the launch in Kampala Lior Tibon an official of TIDAL says Africa is a continent that has long been an inspiration for music  around the world and TIDAL is excited to highlight the vibrant musicians on their platform adding that they are thrilled to bring a new wave of digital music to Uganda as part of this collaboration.

What’s next for TIDAL in Uganda: MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout revealed that in celebration of the Ugandan music industry and the start of a digital music revolution, the 2 companies will hold an exclusive Collaboration Conference and ‘The MTN TIDAL Experience’ on 27th and 28th September respectively.

Report by Patrica Osman

Welcome to Africa.

What you need to know: TIDAL has over 50 million songs in our catalog and over 200,000 high-quality videos, offering passionate music fans both a premium and high fidelity sound quality, along with high-resolution video, and expertly curated editorial content. TIDAL provides a 30 day free trial period to all new customers on both subscription tiers.

27 goats set for the Royal goat race

By Deo Wasswa

Over 75 goats, both female and male are expected to participate in this year’s Royal goat race due to take place on 25th August at Speak resort Munyonyo.

Sources from the organizing committee of the race reveal that so far 27 goats have been registered by the owners for the competition and among the goats including the one of renowned musician Bebecool  and  the other of business man Elvis Ssekyanzi of silk events.

According to the chairperson organising committee, Sheena Ruparelia, the competition will involve six races, comprising of 10 goats in each race.

She added that preparations are in high gears and Kampala executive aviation has come on the board to offer air trips at affordable charges.

This has been confirmed by stating Mathew, one of pilots at Kampala executive aviation, he noted that each trip will fly 3 fans and this is done to help funs bypass traffic jam that may deter them from reaching to Munyonyo in time.

Kanye’s new song is out, he raps about poop

Kanye West has finally dropped new music, and it appears that his new tune ‘Lift Yourself’ is all about poop. We’ve got the wild song where he riffs about ‘poopity scoop’ and other poop related lines

This can’t be real, right? Kanye West has dropped a new track called “Lift Yourself”  via his website on Apr. 27 and its beyond bizarre. It starts just fine, with a sampling from the 1973 song “Liberty” by Amnesty.  The singers soulfully harmonize “Lift yourself up on your feet. Lets get it on.” Then its Ye’s turn, a bass beat comes in with some electronic riffs and then comes the next verse where he drops bars like “woop de poop de scoop, “poopity scoop,” “poop poop” “poop diddy woop scoop” and “scoopity woops.” He already revealed that a new album chock full of seven new songs would be dropping on June 1, but we’re not sure if this, umm interesting, new track is going to make the cut.

 

~Hollywood life

Kenyan authorities ban new Rafiki movie

A movie about love between two women has been banned in Kenya, ahead of its premiere at international film festival Cannes.

Kenya’s Film and Classification Board (KFCB) said Thursday “Rafiki” was banned because of intent to “promote lesbianism,” in the country.
“The film has been restricted due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law,” a statement from the board said
It added that the film should not be distributed or shown anywhere in the country and anyone found with a copy would be in breach of the law.
Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, who directed the movie, took to Twitter to express her disappointment, saying,”We believe adult Kenyans are mature and discerning enough to watch local content but their right has been denied.
“Rafiki” is Kenya’s first LGBT-themed movie and makes history as the first Kenyan movie to premiere at Cannes, with its debut appearance next month.
Inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winning short story “Jambula Tree” by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko, “Rafiki” which means ‘friend’ in Swahili is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women amidst family and political pressures.

Why was “Rafiki” banned?

The board said “Rafiki” was banned because it had homosexual scenes and undertones which were not in the script originally submitted for approval.
It had called the director when the movie was finally submitted and asked for some homosexual scenes to be removed, however the director refused.
The KFCB said in the statement that foreign sponsors who intend to introduce and normalize homosexuality in Kenya through movies should desist from such acts.
“Kenya is a country with a culture, beliefs and shared values which must be respected,” it said.
“Hare-brained schemes by foreigners funding film producers in Kenya to promote homosexuality in the name of equality and inclusion will be exposed and strongly resisted.”
The ban has sparked quite a number of reactions on social media. The film’s supporters lashed out at the film board for “restricting” the movie.
“This idea of ‘we do this for the children’ has been used all across history to yank away rights from people. What happened to freedom of expression?” Brian Kelwon said on Twitter.
But some Kenyans have expressed support for the ban, saying the film board did the right thing to preserve the culture and traditional values of the country.
“If the movie’s content will promote and encourage our youth into homosexuality then it should be banned,” said Kennedy Onkoba.
KFCB has banned some movies in the past.
In 2014, it banned the Oscar-winning “Wolf of Wall Street” for extreme scenes of nudity, sex, alcohol, drug-taking and profanity.
It also forced Coca-Cola to scrap a kissing scene in an ad because it “violated family values.”

Singer Zanie Brown pulls off the 100$ show, show sold out

Behind what may be the most expensive dinner concert in Uganda, there lies a humble soul named Zanie Brown.

On Sunday evening, the singer held a dinner at Gardens Hotel, Entebbe where guests were charged $100 (Roughly UGX 360,000) for entrance and $1000 (UGX 3.6 Million) for a table.

The show was massively attended by corporate companies and key sector stakeholders in the country.

“She wanted an exclusive, special show for her fans,” said a close source. “In terms of ticket prices, this is one of the most expensive shows not only for the artist, but Uganda at large.”

At the show, as earlier publicized, the singer premiered her new song “Mugulu”, an inspirational, melodic track synonymous to her recent uplifting projects like “Muyaye.”

“Mugulu may not just be a track, it could be her album title too,” a source speculated when asked for details of the song.

Despite the subtle advertising, Zanie pulled, according to eye-witnesses, one of the most epic, well-attended plush dinners ever.

 

~Howwe

 

Serena Williams unveils Baby Alexis to the world

Twelve days after being born in a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospital, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. has made her debut to the world in an Instagram post and accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.

The video goes far beyond your average “Hello, world“ first glimpse at a newborn; it cuts together home video and social-media posts from Williams‘s entire pregnancy, including what looks like a Snapchat selfie from the Australian Open in which Williams, clutching her winner’s trophy, writes, “No one knows I’m 8 weeks pregnant.“ As she told Vanity Fair for the August cover story, Williams took the pregnancy test in January just to prove to her friend that she wasn’t pregnant, and on seeing the positive result thought, “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

Williams won the Australian Open, with only her sister Venus, two friends, a doctor, and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, aware of the pregnancy. When she announced it months later she somehow found a way to surprise people once again with her strength. And she plans to do it again soon, too; she told Buzz Bissinger that she plans to be back on the court in January.

The video ends with all the usual newborn baby stats about baby Alexis, who is named after her father in a way typically reserved for boys (though no surprise that Serena Williams’s daughter is already breaking barriers). Weight: 6 pounds and 14 ounces.

-Vanities