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Meet Hanson Baliruno, An Award Winning Ugandan Singer Based In Sweden

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HansonHanson Baliruno is currently Africa’s King of music in the Scandinavian countries after he was crowned Best African Artiste of the year in the 2013 African Crown Music Awards that were held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The singer was recently in the country where he premiered his new video–“Love Letter. He shares with us about his life and music.

1. Who is Hanson Baliruno?

I am a recording artiste, performer, composer, and song writer. I was born in Uganda, though I now reside in Sweden.

2. Describe your kind of music and where do you draw your inspiration from?

My music is mainly afro pop/afro beat/afro zone.

I draw inspiration essentially from my African roots. Things like true life stories, African life style, tradition, and the culture are my inspiration.

3. As an artiste what makes you different from the pack?

I am a great performer; I think that gives me a comparative advantage over other artistes.  The way I compose and write my songs plus my vocal ranges are also good.

Hanson Baliruno4. What’s your say about the Ugandan music industry in relation to making it a career?

To take on music as a career, implies it’s a full time job, and this requires a lot of time, concentration, determination and capital. However much Uganda’s music industry might look small compared to the rest of the world, it’s not easy to make it a full time job.

5. Which local artistes would you love to work with?

I don’t have a particular artiste I would love to work with. Actually, I don’t mind doing a song with any local artiste as long as he’s talented.

6. Are you working on an album and when should we expect it to drop?

Yes, am working on an album titled “Unresistable” and it will have at least 7 songs. The album cost over Ugx 7million and most songs on the album draw inspiration from Africa because that’s where I come from. You should expect my album before the end of this year.

7. Besides music, what else do you do?

I am also a businessman.

8. Any advice to artistes who might want to start a music career overseas?

To make a breakthrough in the music industry overseas, obviously you ought to have talent. You must also possess a good personality, be focused and trustworthy.

Watch his new video “Love Letter” below:

Interviewed by Edwin Junior

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Jose Chameleone explains what Happened between him and Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, apologises

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Singer Jose Chameleone made headlines when he grabbed the microphone from Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa in the middle of her speech at the Saba Saba concert held last Friday night.

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It all started with mixed voices from the audience with some revelers heckling the Kiboga Woman Member of Parliament with a few voices chanting People Power, a political pressure group led by the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine.

The Afro Beat artiste real name Joseph Mayanja then jumped on the staged and grabbed a microphone from the MP who was left gawking and he said “This is our Moment. We thank you honorable. I think that is enough from you. Let us move on,” as he went on with the performance.

Chameleone has, however, explained that he didn’t not intend to be that ‘undisciplined’ but he was not informed about the MP’s speech at his concert.

“Honorable chief whip, I apologize to you because am personally a good man. I didn’t do nothing to touch your emotions, or demean or disrespect your office. What happened is we didn’t have this thing communicated. They did not communicate to me that there was another honorable in the building who was supposed to give a speech,” Chameleone said.

He also said that his adrenaline was high at the particular moment when she was invited on stage and he did not want to lose the high energy after the speech.

“My adrenaline was so high and I did not know how long she was going to stay on stage. As professional artistes, we draw graphs of the music. That show started on a high pitch with songs like Kipepewo then we took it to a valley with songs like Katupakase..So she came at a time when my show was rising. My patience was less. I pumped up and my adrenaline could not wait any other second,” he passionately explained.

He likened the moment to a power-charged boxing match when one opponent is about to give the other a knock out then he is asked to pause as the coach wants to tell him something. Kills the vibe, right?

“Honourable, I did not do nothing because of political reasons. She is my friend. We have been together in Seattle. She is my neighbor in Akright and she has a high office. People ae trying to flip it around to say Chameleone wanted to favour Bobi Wine but for me it was about my show. I didn’t want to mess it up,”

He has disputed claims that he grabbed the microphone to ridicule the MP since he later gave the same microphone to MP Bobi Wine.

“I just looked through the crowd and saw Bobi Wine, then I called him up as an artiste. I did not call him for any political reasons. If you remember I was very clear. I told everybody who was wearing those red beret to take them off. We came on stage, played about with him as friends,” Chameleone said.

He has asked the event promoters and organiserd to notify him before the show and said that he was also trying to save her from humiliation

“You saw the way people were reacting. They had begun throwing bottles though the speakers. I was trying to save myself and her being a victim of the hooligans so I really pass my apologies,” he said.

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“I was looking for something artistic and unique”- Spice Diana on ASFAs outfit

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The recently concluded Abryanz style and fashion awards were such a spectacle as we saw different people grace the red carpet with all kinds of styles, fashion and designs.

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One of the outfits that left tongues wagging was that of singer, Spice Diana, who walked the red carpet, adorned in a non conventional kind of lime green dress, and kept the same color going for everything else on her body, including her hair.

The ‘Ndi mu love” singer has now come out to explain her choice of dress code, saying she was looking for something unique and artistic. She also goes ahead to say she has knowledge on fashion and design since she went to school to study it.

Spice Diana who took home the award for most stylish Ugandan female artist on the night, is currently promoting her upcoming concert slated for 25th January next year.

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Chameleone discloses political siding, it’s not people power

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Many people have been often confused on which political party singer Jose Chemeleone sides with. While some think he should be siding with fellow singer Bobi Wine, majority think he is for the ruling party NRM.

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While at his recent concert at Lugogo cricket oval, the singer closed the debate when he disclosed he was not people power. “I belong to AGIP not People Power. Any Government In Power” he said.

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