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Here Is The Full List of Uganda’s Most Decorated Artistes,

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There is no doubt Uganda has variety of talent in the music scene and with supremacy declared on different parameters today we choose to see who is Uganda’s most decorated singer as per 2017.

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In the past artistes have been weighed on number of hits, assumed number of fans, time spent doing good music and maybe wealth. Here are the top five most awarded artistes to date.

5. Juliana Kanyomozi.

Juliana Kanyomozi

She may not be so soundly heard today but songbird Juliana Kanyomozi is still a reckoning force in the Ugandan music business. She is the female singer that dominated the past decade. Most of all her awards were with the now defunct Pearl of Africa music awards where she won female artiste of the year back to back. She has in the other awards picked not so many of them but remains the most decorated female artiste with about 20 awards accolades.

4. Radio and Weasel.

Radio and Weasel

The dynamic duo cannot go unmentioned when talking Ugandan music evolution and growth. They invaded the music scene at around 2008 breaking off from José Chameleone’s Leone Island. The duo of Radio and Weasel has managed to scoop over 70 nominations converting only 27 of them into accolades. Radio and Weasel were the very first artistes to get nominated for the prestigious BET awards but unluckily lost the award. They have been awarded in different categories and awards both here and abroad. They are ranked 4th most decorated artistes with 27 awards.

3. Bebe Cool.

Bebe Cool on Coke Studio Africa

You cannot mention awards without mentioning Bebe Cool. He is a reckoning force of the music industry in Uganda. Starting his career in the last 90s, Bebe Cool as expected has won himself most of the awards from awarding bodies in and outside Uganda. Bebe Cool still competes favourably with the present generation younger artistes. It is estimated that in his two decade career, he has won about 30 awards.

2. Jose Chameleone.

Jose Chameleone

Jose Chameleone is no ordinary artiste in these rankings. He is one of the pillars of the Ugandan music industry starting his career more than 17 years ago in 1999. He paved way for almost of the present generation singers. Chameleone was with no doubt the finest artiste of the past decade and dominated all the awards in and outside Uganda. He has managed to collect about 38 awards from within and outside Uganda. He comes in second place.

1. Eddy Kenzo.

Eddy Kenzo

Eddy Kenzo is Uganda’s most decorated artiste with a collection of more than 50 awards to his coffers. The singer has collected more awards from west Africa than from any other region. He is also the artiste with the most prestigious award of all the above which is the BET that he won in 2015 in International views choice category.

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Sax maestro Dean Fraser to perform alongside Tarrus Riley

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Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser

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Dean Fraser, a world renowned reggae saxophonist will perform alongside Tarrus Riley in Kampala on August 31st. Bell Jamz has confirmed the Jamaican saxophonist as an addition to the star studded line-up expected at the Swangz All Star concert.

The 60-year-old Jamaican is considered one of Jamaica’s finest brass players and has developed an international following for his sultry jazz-toned reggae music. Fraser has performed alongside legends such as Bob Marley and shot to fame when he recorded two covers of Marley, Dean Plays Bob and Dean Plays Bob volume II. Both Riley and Fraser will perform in Uganda for the first time.

Preparations for the event are in high gear with organizers hiring sound engineers from the UK to ensure a world class production. Robert Stuart, who also doubles as Sean Paul’s sound engineer will be part of the sound and production team.

Tarrus and Dean will be accompanied by the 12 man strong Black Soil band. Ticket sales to the show are currently ongoing with an early bird offer of 25k ordinary and VIP at 85k. These can be purchased from Capital Shoppers outlets, Mega Standard and Game Lugogo.

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Charly And Nina Could  Permanently Move to Uganda

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The Rwandan duo of Charly Na Nina have had reasonable success in the music industry,most of which they have to thank Uganda for.

I mean,they have made some great music with Ugandan artists like Geo Steady who worked with them on “Owooma.” ,Bebe Cool who featured them on his jam,”I do” among others .They have also worked with Ugandan producers and won hearts of the Ugandan music audience.

It seems Charlotte  Rulinda and Fatuma Muhoozi  have fallen in love with Uganda,plan to get married to the banana Republic and set up home here, which also makes sense since they have heard a few issues back home after recently parting ways with their manager.

The two have reportedly been living in Makindye, Kampala for the better part of this year and  are working on more music in Uganda.

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Cindy Speaks out on Loop Holes In the Music Industry

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Former Blu 3 member and self proclaimed dance hall queen ,Cindy Sanyu has come out to critic some areas of the current music industry saying that people who cannot sing are getting massive airplay only because their pockets are heavy.

She says it is not about talent anymore unlike back in the day where musicians had to work so hard to earn their place at the top of the music industry in Uganda.

“Unlike before, in the current music industry anyone can sing as long as they have money to pay for airplay. It’s no longer about talent. These days It’s easy to find a musician who can’t sing (live), can’t write or play any instrument but when their music is at the top. All one does is to pay for airplay,”she said.

“We had to compete against the likes of Juliana Kanyomozi, Irene Namubiru among others to earn our respect. But not anymore. Music is now about paying for airplay…not talent anymore.”

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