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Meet Momo Elizabeth who is ready to rock your world in music.

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Who is Momo Elizabeth?

I am Momo Elizabeth who has been a model for two years now and I am just joined music. I am releasing my first song. I am so passionate about music and modeling.

When did you start singing?

This was when I was 12 years old. I didn’t come out to sing for anyone. I had to go in for school when I got done, I wanted to do modeling first. I enjoyed modeling a lot, people loved my work but then I thought it’s time to go to music.

What do you love most about music?

I love the feeling that someone always has when singing. It is so inspiring. When you get into the studio the feeling is so good and everything changing.

How do you balance music and modeling?

I love fashion and I love music. You don’t have to be in fashion all the time, you just have to know what to do and where to be. Music needs practice and has it’s own time. So I give modeling the time it requires and do the same for music.

Where do you see yourself as a musician in five years?

I can’t say where I see myself. I know am good and I have something to show the fans. I am ready to work hard so in five years I will have done something nice. In five years I would like to see myself like Beyonce.

Tell us about your latest single Ndibawuwo.

It is a love song that is an RnB song. It has some touch of ballet to it. My writer called Isaac inspired me to do it. I called him up and told him that I want to become serious with music and he hooked me up with the song. He sent me the song on WhatsApp, I listened to it and I loved it before voicing it. This song has taken me one year to release. I premiered the song on Juice FM, it will play on Simba, CBS, Sanyu, Beat and Galaxy.

When should we expect the video for Ndibawuwo?

We have started planning for the video and by the end of June we shall have the video out.

Are you in love and if Yes who are you in love with?

What I can say is that I am in love and that’s it but I cannot mention the person.

What are your thoughts of the Ugandan music industry that you have joined?

The industry is quite expensive and it is all about the connections that you have. I know I will make it.

What are your final words to fans or even your starting words since you are kicking off the career?

Guys, I just need your support and I need everyone to support me, like my music, follow me up and believe in me. I know I will make all of you proud.

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World Music Day fete on this Saturday

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One of the acts at a previous edition of the Fête de la Musique concert.

World Music Day 2018, also know as Fête de la Musique, celebration is on this weekend. The annual music fete which is aimed at promoting music for everyone, from amateurs to professionals, and encouraging artists to perform in public spaces for free will be held on Saturday, June 23 at the French School along Lugogo Bypass.

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To be held under the theme, “transforming the youth through music, creation, fusion and the power of the MC”, it will be headlined by UK hip-hop artiste Rodney P alongside Skitz in a hip-hop reggae fusion showcase. The concert will also feature performances from regional artistes including Uganda’s Byg Ben Sukuya, Nemesis Keya, Recho Rey, and Yallah MC, and DRC’s  Control Posse Kongoloko and R’Afrika among others.

The music concert will be preceded by a traditional instrument making workshop which will kick off at 3pm at the same venue. The session will be led by Albert Ssempeke, a well know instrumentalist and creative hailing from the Buganda Kingdom.

Started in France in 1982, Fête de la Musique has grown to over 120 countries and 700 cities around the world, transforming the event into an iconic international music affair.

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Socialite Zari Hassan named judge for Miss Uganda Pageant

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South Africa based Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan has been announced as one of the judges and patrons for the 2018 Miss Uganda Pageant.  She will also be a guest speaker at a CSR (corporate social responsibility) activity targeted to young girls organised by the Miss Uganda Foundation.

According to Brenda Nanyonjo, CEO of the Miss Uganda Foundation, Zari was chosen as one of the judges because she is the epitome of “beauty and brains”. “Zari is the perfect example of our motto at Miss Uganda which is beauty with a purpose! She is not only a beautiful woman but she has managed to achieve so much in her career as a businesswoman while she is raising 5 children. We believe she will be an excellent judge for the pageant.” She said.

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai also noted that, “We are really excited to have Zari as a part of our team for the Miss Uganda Pageant. She is a strong independent women who is an inspiration and role model to young women in Uganda. The things she has achieved are phenomenal, she has been though many hardships but she always find a way to bounce back and keep developing and building her personal brand to be one of Uganda’s most celebrated personalities.”

The Miss Uganda finale is slated for August 10th at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

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When Drugs Become The Music: The Addiction Problem in the Entertainment Industry

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At his peak, Bobi Wine, now a member of Parliament remixed one of the Late Paul Kafeero’s songs; ‘Dippo Nazigala.’ The Kadongo-kamu singer had sang about his long journey towards quitting alcohol, Bobi Wine on the other hand sang about his struggles with marijuana. He laid down reasons why he had quit and went on to take a swipe at his musical competitors; Chameleone and Bebe Cool both of whom had come close to death. He blamed Chameleone’s fractures and Bebe Cool’s bullet injuries on addiction. Yet subtly, Bobi Wine had blown the lid off the drug problem in the entertainment industry, but no one did take him serious, at least no serious case had yet to surface.

It’s more than five years since the ‘Ghetto Nazigala’ song, the country awakens to the Ginkesse Star, Qute Kaye, who’d just survived a lynching over stealing car headlights. There were more questions than answers; “what happened? what went wrong?” How could a music star fall so low into an abyss that could not be explained any longer? “Drugs,” some guessed. But if it was drugs, how many had gone down this path? Did they ever find their bearing back to a normal life?

1. Dave Dash (Davis Lukwago), TV and Radio Presenter

Dave Dash

Last year in September, social media was hit by shockwaves as a video circulated. It was of Dave Dash taking a naked mile, his dreadlocks had given him away. Dave Dash would immediately check himself into rehabilitation at Butabika. A month later, he were to give a testimony of his recovery describing this moment as the most alive he’d been his entire life. Today, he seems to have left his past life behind and seems excited about the future ahead. He’s also gone on a drug awareness drive, partnering with organisations such as Reach A Hand Uganda to sensitise the youths about the dangers of drug use. He clearly did not live in denial about his problem, he came out and confronted it and seems to be winning so far.

2. Kennedy Zziwa, Hair Stylist at Hair by Zziwa

Zziwa

Speak of relapses, and Zziwa is there as a witness. He first publicly shared his story in light of the Dave Dash saga. In April this year, he once again came open and talked about his relapse. “I discovered from the news sites that I knocked an electricity pole in Biina. Survived being lynched. And then I was whisked to Rehab where I have been for two weeks,” confessed Zziwa. He’d been unaware of being high on drugs. Despite the relapse, he described it all as part of the recovery process and apologised to those he’d disappointed. It was no clear that there comes a point when drugs take control of one’s personality enslaving them in ways they can’t explain.

3. Iryn Namubiru, Ugandan Musician

The Ugandan music artiste was detained in Tokyo Japan for illegal possession of drugs. The singer claimed innocence and blamed her promoter, one Nigerian Kim Ueno for setting her up. Although Namubiru survived a punishment that could have gone up to seven years in jail, it still left the country talking. Till today, the facts of the matter remain unclear. Was Namubiru trying to export drugs? How many other Ugandan celebrities were in this kind of business?

4. Jackie Chandiru, Ugandan Music Artiste

Jackie Chandiru

Of all the former Blu3 girls, none has faced it rough more than Jackie Chandiru. The cracks of her life were first revealed by a leaked photo that showed her body with needle marks at various points. She had morphed into the Ugandan Elvis Prisley. Drugs were digging gold from her music stardom. But what could have driven Chandiru to drugs? Could it have been her failed relationships? Was it something she’d started out as an experimental exercise only to find euphoria in it? Chandiru last surfaced in public in 2017 during another of her relapses. The family rushed her back to rehab in a Bunamwaya health facility. We thus wonder; “did she hit a point of no-return or will there be a music reformation for this artiste?”

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