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Jose Chameleone in new campaign to “save” Ugandan music

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By Stuart G-Khast

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With the everyday decreasing airplay of Ugandan music on local airwaves, singer Jose Chameleone has now stepped up to lead campaign to ensure Ugandan music enjoys rotation in clubs, Radio and TV.

Chameleone together with other concerned artistes like Weasel, A Pass, King Saha last week started the initiative by meeting club owners around Kampala and negotiating with them on how they could save Ugandan music and bring it back to the dance floor.

Chameleone together with other concerned artistes like Weasel, A Pass, King Saha last week started the initiative by meeting club owners around Kampala.

Chameleone, fellow artistes and well-wishers meeting club owners around Kampala to push for more airplay of local music at their establishments.

In the campaign named #SaveUgandanMusic, the artistes requested for fair airplay from club owners and the start was a good one. “We are only negotiating for fair airplay from clubs, Radios and TV. We are not demanding by requesting. Ugandan music is slowly fading off the dance floor yet there is a lot of new nice music all over.” Chameleone said.

He added, “We who came earlier were lucky that we reaped from music but the new generation will not if this doesn’t change. We are requesting clubs, Radios and Televisions to atleast play 70% of Ugandan music, the 30% can be distributed to the rest.”

Chameleone and his team started by visiting Club Silk owner Elvis Ssekyanzi who immediately agreed to increase Ugandan music airplay at all his clubs in Bugolobi and Naalya and also gave a written commitment to the artistes. They then stormed Casablanca owner who also agreed to have 70% Ugandan music played at all his bars. Cayanne, Koko Bar, Riders and Club Play all agreed to follow and comply with the plea.

Chameleone has urged all Ugandan clubs, Radios and TVs to humbly comply and make us all winners. “The countries whose music you are playing more here already have this initiative running in their countries, they play their own more than any other and that has made them big. So it’s also up to us to love and save our own as well. I request all of you there to support Ugandan music, not for is but the generation to come.” he concluded.

The #SaveUgandanMusic campaign is still going on and artistes are devising all means to have their music played more everywhere.

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Cardi B agrees on 10M USD deal to halt divorce with Offset

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Cardi B may have settled her marital issues with Offset for a $10 million agreement. Rumor has it that the Bronx femcee has agreed to get back together with her estranged husband after he offered her a deal which is too good to be turned down.

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One of Cardi’s says that the 26-year-old star wanted to take Offset back, but she needed to make sure he would never cheat on her again. “Offset got Cardi out here looking bad. He’s not only cheating, but being real reckless,” the so-called friend explains.

Cardi reportedly agreed on the deal and wanted to put the “cheat penalty” in writing. The insider says that Cardi and Offset are no longer “separated” and are now “working on” their marriage again, adding, “It’s not like everything is back to normal. But that’s [Cardi’s] love, and her babys father, and her husband. She’s taking him back.”

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Vinka’s Chips na ketchup to be remixed with Nigerian star, Ketchup

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It is arguably one of the songs that really fronted musician Vinka as one of the artists to look out for, this year.

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‘Chips na Katchup’ was received well by music lovers as soon as it hit the airwaves, making it one of the biggest hits immediately. Vinka then became an artist to look out for.

Well it looks like we are about to dance to the same hit afresh as Nigerian artist, Ketchup jumps onto the remix to give it a more dancehall sound. Ketchup has been at Route Entertainment studios in Bbunga recording a remix to the song, produced by Eli Arkhis and Yese Oman, and we cannot wait for the magic that is about to happen!

Ketchup is popularly known for his jam,”Pam Pam” among others.

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Weasel opens up on how Radio’s death affected him

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Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to recover from, and it takes time to finally come to grips with such brutal reality. At the beginning of the year, the country lost one of the most talented artists in Mowzey Radio ,one half of singing dynamic duo Radio and weasel, who passed on from injuries incurred during a bar brawl.

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Weasel has moved on regardless, recording music as one man band and doing some collabos with fellow artists like King Saha, though he still has not been completely the same person since his music partner and ‘brother’ passed.

He recently intimated to Adelle on Kiss fm Kenya that it was really hard losing Radio. He stopped hanging out in clubs for a while because he could not bare listening to the music they had made together since it brought back very many memories that hurt him.

He also regrets ignoring some of his fallen friend’s phone calls, and leaving him without communicating his whereabouts which has taught him to treasure friendship even more. Weasel also says that Radio’s death helped unite artists in Uganda.

Weasel who is currently in Kenya recording a new season of Coke studio plans to do a special tribute to Radio on the show.

Weasel added that Radio’s death unified Ugandan artistes who had been beefing.

“When Radio was alive, artistes were fighting each other. But when he died, they all tried to come together and they no longer fight because most of them realised the importance of being united. That was a positive thing that happened,” he said.

One highlight that puts a smile on his face when he remembers Radio is when they received their first payment of USh1 million after their first hit song, ‘Nakudata’.

Weasel also revealed that he will pay a tribute to Radio with other singers on Coke Studio 2019.

“It is my second time to be on Coke Studio. This time teaming up with other artistes and paying tribute to the fallen soldiers like Radio and other stars,” he said.

He is also working on a new album that has 15 songs, as well as Radio’s album, which he left unfinished.

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