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Acholi Cultural Festival receives Ugx 60 Million boost

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Acholi Cultural Festival

By Our Reporter

Every year, the people of Acholi under the auspices of their cultural institution, Ker Kwaro Acholi, hold the Acholi Cultural festival to celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions. This year, the festival is slated for December 12th to 14th.

This year’s festival being held under the theme “My Heritage, My Strength”, follows the success of last year’s edition which was a colorful display of the unique traditional music, dance, drama, cuisine, dress, tools and artifacts of the Acholi people.

Pilsner Lager, a product of Uganda Breweries has announced a sponsorship to the tune of UGX60 million towards the festival.

During a press briefing at the Uganda Breweries head office, the organizers revealed that preparations are in high gear and thanked Pilsner Lager for the continued support towards the festival.

“We are grateful to Pilsner Lager for this contribution which is a big boost to the festival and preparations that are currently ongoing. It is only fitting that the King’s beer be part of this celebration organized by His Highness Rwot David Onen Acana II for the people of Acholi,” said Ambrose Olaa, Prime Minister of Ker Kwaro Acholi.

According to the organizers, previous editions have attracted at least 10,000 people and this year they hope to have 25,000 people participating in the three-day festival. The festival will be held at the Boma Grounds in Kitgum.

While handing over the sponsorship package, Juliana Kagwa, Uganda Breweries Marketing and Innovation Director said “Pilsner Lager is a true Ugandan beer made using locally sourced raw materials and deeply rooted in tradition. Our business is about the celebration of life and this festival will bring together the people of Acholi in a unique celebration of cultural heritage.”

The three-day program features a line-up of traditional dances, music, games, displays, cuisine, a health camp and an exhibition. The festival will kick off on December 12th with a procession through the streets of Kitgum.

Some of the notable guests expected for this year’s festival include Hon. Jacob Oulanyah L’ Okori, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Chigamoyi Owiny –Dollo, Hon Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Uganda Parliament and Woman Member of Parliament for Gulu District, Hon Henry Okello Oryem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Chua East- Kitgum District and Hon Onek Hillary Obaloker, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, among others.

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Photos: Comedy Store, Rude Boy shine at cricket Oval

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By Staff Writer

The much anticipated Rude Boy show went as intended. All stars hit stage and gave a whole hearted performance to the ever music hungry crowds.

Rude Boy who was the headline act did not disappoint either as he performed his heart out. Rude Boy gave Ugandans a well deserved Valentine’s gift with his love songs as Ugandans sang along line by line.

The cricket Oval event that was organized by Comedy Store’s Alex Muhangi also saw Ugandan entertainers Spice Diana, Bebe Cool, Winnie Nwagi, Kabaako, Sheebah, Clever J, Weasel, John Blaq, Cindy and Chameleone among other singers entertain.

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Rema almost throws Chris Evans off stage over Kenzo

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What is the quickest way to ruin a good mood? Bring an ex into the picture. That was a lesson singer Chris Evans had to learn the hard way after he was almost throw off the stage while performing at Rema’s concert on Friday evening at Hotel Africana.

Evans had been invited on stage by Rema to perform their collabo, “Linda”. He however went off script, and changed lyrics of the song mentioning Kenzo, something that did not sit well with the “Siri Muyembe” hitmaker.

Rema was clearly not pleased with Chris Evans’ actions, and what he thought would please the audience quickly backfired.

She halted the performance and almost slapped Evans as he dragged him all the way towards the stairs leading off stage. All the while the crowd watched on with bated breath as he tried to apologise.

Although she let him continue singing, the chemistry between the two singers was all lost after that. Attempts to try to perform together were met with hostility and Rema was visibly livid through out the performance of the song. In fact, Rema did not sing for the remaining part of the song. She let Evans carry on alone, and later exited the stage to take a breather and make a change in a wardrobe for the second part of her show.

Evans performed just one more song after the incident and left the stage with embarrassment written allover his face.

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Sandra Suubi, Kenneth Mugabi serenade lovers in Valentines Day show

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Kenneth Mugabi and Sandra Suubi perform at Route 256

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It was no ordinary night for lovers in the house who attended the vibrantly lit Valentines Special show with Janzi Band featuring Kenneth Mugabi and Sandra Suubi at Route 256.

The love-themed nest had fans of live band music revelling to the harmonious tunes that only Janzi delivers effortlessly. They sang their hearts out with covers and renditions of popular love songs to warm up the lovers and friends who were snuggling in each other’s company. Many did not look like they wanted the night to end.

Once guitar maestro, Kenneth Mugabi and songbird Sandra Suubi joined the Janzi on stage, the performance went up a notch higher with songs like Nkwegomba, Naki, Heaven and Faya. It was truly magical as the trio fed off the vibes they were receiving from the audience, who cheered them on and begged for more of the smooth music.

The mix of jazz, reggae classic and soul music uniquely blended got many onto their feet grooving blissfully through the night.

They surely did not disappoint their fans and lovers at the love-themed night leaving them satisfied when the show finally came to a close at the stroke of midnight.

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Black Roots Unlimited delivers a Valentine’s Special Live Concert at Guvnor

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Black Roots Unlimited perform at Ciroc Pop Night at Club Guvnor

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Being Valentine’s Day, Kampala party animals were treated to a Ciroc Pop Valentines Special Live concert at top Industrial Area-based night spot, Guvnor.

The mood was buoyant as Black Roots Unlimited featuring Tonya Michelle Ahenda, Julius Sese and Lisa Sonia performed classic soul R&B love ballads. From Celine Dion to Mariah Carey to Justin Timberlake, the band took revellers down memory lane and had them reminiscing about the good ol’ times all night long.

Black Roots Unlimited perform at Ciroc Pop Night at Club Guvnor

This was different from previous Ciroc Pop series where the main act serve signature cocktails and music as Black Roots instead spiced up the evening with love ballads from the reveller’s favourite musicians.

The popular Ciroc Pop Night happens every second Friday of the month. Past editions have featured several top musicians including Bebe Cool, Sheebah, Winnie Nwagi, Kent & Flosso and Eddy Kenzo

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