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AfroPunk Festival: A melange of fashion and music [Photos]

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It was all about fashion and music at the AfroPunk festival which was held recently in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The two-day festival which describes itself as “a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you” attracted scores of festival goers with each flaunting and celebrating their own individuality in creative, colourful and exciting high fashion looks.

Despite a heavy downpour late in the afternoon on day one that left a soggy ground, the festival goers braved the mud as they danced and enjoyed performances from several artistes who included Tha Cut, Jojo Abot, Thebe and Blitz the Ambassador among others. On day two, with the sun shinning bright, festival-goers were entertained by international artists, including British performer Laura Mvula, and American singer Anderson .Paak among others.

Meanwhile, this was the first time the AfroPunk festival was being hosted in Africa. Birthed in New York, it has also been hosted in other cities including Paris, London, and Atlanta.

The festival also champions inclusion of people of all races, genders, colours and sexual orientations. Screens flashing the messages rejecting ableism, sexism, homophobia and racism were on display throughout the festival.

Here are some photos captured during the festival:

Afropunk festival Johannesburg

All photos by Billy Ssekirime

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Selector Jay releases his first ever song

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Selector Jay, one of Uganda’s longest serving deejays, appears to be tired of being in the shadow of musicians and now wants to share in their spotlight. This comes after the disc jockey decided to venture into active music.

Selector Jay has kicked off this new adventure with a bang, teaming up with big weights in the industry on his first project.

He has released his first ever song entitled “Formula” on which he features Ugandan singer Sheebah Karungi and Ghanaian star Magnom.

Sources close to the deejay have intimated to us that this not a one off and  we should expect more music from the deejay.

It should be noted that deejays collaborating with established musicians is the in-thing lately. Other local deejays to have released their own songs include DJ Ciza, Dj Roja & Slick Stuart among others.

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Singer Karole Kasita drops “Gyal A Bubble” video. Watch it here!

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Major Lazer in Kampala, ticket details here

Talented Ugandan female singer Karole Kasita has released the music video to her latest single titled “Gyal A Bubble”.

Produced by Grate Make films, “Gyal A Bubble” is a dance video composed of scenes in which gals in skimpy outfits are seen gyrating their bums to the groovy beat. The audio was produced by Andre.

Meanwhile, Karole came into the limelight after releasing her first break through single titled “Kol 911”. She has never looked back since then. She has released a number of other songs including “More time”, “Jileete”, Ontanuude, Sample you and Musujja.

Watch “Gyal A Bubble”  video below.

 

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The Y Plus Beauty Pageant is back

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Y Plus Beauty Pageant 2018 launch

Some of the previous winners in the Y Plus Beauty Pageant pose for a group photo during the launch ceremony of the pageant’s 2018 edition held at Sky Hotel on Friday.

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Major Lazer in Kampala, ticket details here

The annual Y Plus Beauty Pageant is back. Returning for its 5th edition, it will be held on Saturday, November 24 in Kampala. The pageant which is organised by the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) is geared towards ending stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV/AIDS through empowering the young people with knowledge and advocacy skills to enable them lead the fight against the stigma.

Speaking during the launch ceremony of this year’s edition held at Skyz Hotel last Friday, Nicholas Niwagaba, the UNYPA Executive Director, noted that pageant is one of the ways through which they are building capacity of young people living with HIV and training them to be ambassadors of change in their communities.

“The success stories from the ambassadors that take part in the Y+ beauty pageant show that these young people grow and shine with this platform because firstly; they are shown that they are beautiful, secondly, they are told to embrace themselves and lastly to adhere to their medications. We hold the pageant to build the capacity of young people living with HIV to equip them as ambassadors of change in their communities.” He noted.

During the same ceremony, Nawanyanga Gloria, the Miss Y+ 2017, attested to being involved in several sensitization programs aimed at empowering young people since being crowned beauty queen last year.

“As an ambassador, I have been doing lots of outreach programs in schools and the community at large through which I have sensitized the masses about HIV/AIDS and educated them about their rights.” Nawanyanga Gloria said.

“We need safe places such as this pageant where we young people living with HIV/AIDS can freely express ourselves and also feel empowered to reach our full potential.” She added.

To be held under the theme, “Confronting HIV with bold steps”, the pageant will see several auditions held across the country where regional winners will be selected to compete for the ultimate Mr & Miss Y+ crown.  The regional auditions will first be hosted in Wakiso district for central region on October 6, then Apac district for the Northern region on October 13, Rukungiri district for the Western region on October 27 and finally Iganga district for Eastern region on November 3.

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