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A Ka Dope returns with a bang

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A Ka Dope, a multi-art show that took a hiatus earlier this year, returned over the weekend with its seventh season and did nothing but steal hearts.

Dubbed the A Ka Dope Fusion, the Uganda Waragi – sponsored collaborative experience featured the legendary Tom Mayanja, popularly known on the Ugandan music scene as The Mith as mentor to upcoming artists Riddym 256, a young dancehall king; Lamu, a vocal powerhouse and one of the ambassadors selected for Mr. Eazi’s Empawa Project; and Shirley May, an upcoming rapper and nominee at the UG Hip Hop Awards.

The A Ka Dope band brought on the energy and set the pace for the performances that turned out to be hearty and engaging; filled with renditions of oldies from way back. When The Mith finally stepped on stage to perform collabos with the individual artistes, the crowd went into overdrive.

This season of the show will feature three episodes, all of which shall be headlined by a Mentor Artist whose role is to support the growth and development of the upcoming performer. At the end of the season, all three artistes will battle it out to select a winner. The finale will be held in December this year.

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Beera Nange’s Lilly Ahabwe drops debut album called, “Freedonia”

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Lilly Ahabwe’s vocal prowess left Ugandans enchanted when she sang Beera Nange with Allan Toniks back in 2008.

She dropped a her debut album called Freedonia on Monday 22nd June 2020 and it was the buzz about town with many celebrating her return to music with positive and heart felt messages on social media.

Freedonia is a 12 track solo album that embodies Lilly’s 12 year journey back to music. Each track weaves a tale of love, loss, enlightenment and triumph demonstrating her musical growth with her gorgeous vocals, versatility and lyrics.

Her neo soul style of music, quality of masterful songwriting, beat selection and gorgeous vocals make Freedonia a must listen to album.

Lilly Ahabwe worked closely with producer Andy Music to create the “Freedonia” album and choose the title because; Freedonia is a metaphor for a special place in my mind (my world) and it is really an invitation to the listener to immerse themselves into my thoughts as they are expressed through the lyrics and the music put to those lyrics. Having been out of the industry for years, it was important for me to come back with not just one or two songs but to work on a whole album because I feel like a full album tells you a little more about the artist and what they are potentially about. This album is a more mature and diverse representation of who I am as an artist in comparison to who I was back in 2008.

With her new sound she is hoping to carve out her own niche in the Ugandan music industry.

Lilly’s sound focuses heavily on thoughtful emotional lyrics and sensual vocals. Her current influences are the new female RnB acts of the millennial generation (like Jhene Aiko and Ella Mai) and the Afropop sound of East and West Africa.

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Meet Swedish- based ugandan singer Haddy Nana

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Haddy Nana is a Ugandan born musician born and raised in Mbale who later flew to Sweden for work.

“I started music during my childhood but i realized that i could actually singing years after joining High school.” She says.

Since she has been busy with work, she chose to come out (2020) due to too much love and passion she has got for music and all she promises is to deliver good music to the world.

A few years later, she went to Sweden where she’s currently working as a nurse, midwife and lives with her family.

“Life as an artist hasn’t changed her life so much, not yet at list, challenges found in being an artist is learning everything that comes with it”. She added.

Nana said the idea of hitting a studio came way back in 2018 from her desire of music as a young girl, since she was young, she listened to a lot of music and sang for herself.

Signed under Alex promotions,Nana so far has two songs to her name including ‘Dodo’ and ‘Ssenkulu’ which carry relevant messages to the World.

Whether she has any project with any artiste or not, or does she probably intend to collaborate with any singer either in Uganda or elsewhere in the World,Nana said, “I have no collaborations yet but I look forward to giving in my ‘A’ game with the talented and passionate people who will be willing to work with me and most importantly, at the right time.

Dodo and Ssenkulu are one of her latest projects that are slowly rising on music charts and online platforms.

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Video | Black Magic Records Outs First Project ‘International Local’ For Newly Signed Songbird, Martha Mukisa

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By BigEyeUg Team

After dropping its working relationship with sensational ‘frog-voiced’ artist, John Blaq earlier this year, top Ugandan music label, Black Magic Records has not delayed opportunity to reviving its cope of music investment in the country. In this regard, Black Magic Records has finally set-off it’s first music scheme named ‘International Local’ for it’s fresh talent, Martha Mukisa.

‘International Local’ is Martha Mukisa’s latest EP cover track thronged with love and affection to thrive couples and relationships.

Having gripped a reputable experience in music writing and composition, for example in her old songs; Ssebo, Kingereza, among others, Martha is responsible for her new project initiation and creation categorized in an Afro-pop genre.

Martha Mukisa

The audio production aligned by Producer Wani (Master Mind Studios) is dominated by typically African drums, just more than enough to extract a dancing vibe plus switching to an adorable feeling at any time.

When it comes to the video, it’s a product of neat and stunning nature scenes captured along the shores of Lake Victoria in Jinja, also alluring bedroom shots by videographer, Director Ell V Mugisa (Black Magic Films).

Martha’s dress code was trendy and on point to derive the song inspirational message and this she accompanied with intimacy seductive moves all along in the visuals.

Martha Mukisa performed at Blankets and Wines with Azawi and Maleek Berry where her performance was applauded by the audience which spotted her and blessed her to be the next big star of her generation.

Although her musical style is primarily a combination of Afropop and R&B, Martha doesn’t conform to a particular genre of music.

She believes that her musical prowess covers different genres, and stated that music draws from things that inspire her.

When it comes to artistry and role models, Martha Mukisa strongly cites, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Juliana, John Blaq as mentors.

International Local which is expected to be a crossover album to the continent and east Africa at a whole under her new label.

The song bird who penned down contract under the label earlier, is proving a top notch on the music charts in the country.

Watch International Local video by Martha Mukisa here:

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Bobi Wine’s ‘Freedom Concert’ slated for this Sunday courtesy of Freedom Foundation Africa

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It is yet another phenomenal musical experience that one ought not to miss as Ugandan singer cum politician and activist, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine showcases in an online concert.

Bobi Wine and musical ally, Nubian Li will feature again in an online live concert dubbed ‘Freedom’ on Sunday, 28th June 2020, commencing at 4PM in partnership with Freedom Foundation Africa (FNF in Africa).

Freedom Foundation Africa (FNF in Africa) is the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, an independent German organization that is committed to promoting liberal policy and politics around the world in the form of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, innovation, digitalization and free trade.

Bobi Wine and Nubian Li

It is responsible for organizing campaigns, media events, seminars, workshops, study tours, cultural happenings, and training courses.

They have activities in many countries in the region such as Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The foundation prioritizes human rights including freedom expression, freedom of the press, violence against women, capital punishment, children’s rights and LGBTQI+ rights.

They believe that Africa has to be free from corruption, free from red-tape, in order to be #FreeToAdvance.

The highly anticipated live virtual broadcast will be accessible on Bobi Wine’s Facebook handle and YouTube channel.

Bobi Wine’s recent ‘Ensasage mu nyumba quarantine special concert’ is one of the topmost successful online concerts that Uganda has registered and still the main talk in the country.

Consequently, this is another musical blast that his fans and followers would not hesitate to miss out.

We will keep you posted.

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