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Amakula Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday

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The Amakula Film Festival is upon us.

Now in its 11th edition, the four-day festival will kick off this Wednesday, March 14 and will be hosted in two venues. The selected venues to host the festival are; Kampala Film School ( 14-15 March) where focus will be put on the students’ film culture in Uganda and Uganda Museum (16-17 March) whose programme will put attention on issues affecting the Film industry today. There will also be screening of feature films in a drive-in-cinema-setting where audiences will be watching in the comfort of their cars with silent headphones.

During the festival, the best films in select categories will be honored. This year’s Four Golden Impala Awards will be handed out to honor the Best International Feature Film, Best East Africa Short Film, Best International Documentary Film and the newly added Best East Africa Students Film.

Organized by Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum, the festival aims to contribute to a vibrant local film industry by facilitating, presenting and promoting local film productions while also offering a professional networking platform for the film making community.

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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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Audio: Chozen Blood Drops new Song, Tomanyiira, Listen to it Here

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After successfully making Ndowozayo featuring Gravity Omutujju a mega hit, TNS’s Chozen Blood has added another song Tomanyiira which is anticipated to be a sale out to his ever growing hit collection

Chozen combined services of two great producers Baur and Artin Pro a thing that gave the song a unique and powerful sound. Listen to it here

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PHOTO: Singer Zanie Brown Breaks Hearts as she Finally Shows Off Husband

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If you had a crush of singer Zanie Brown, this seems like the perfect time to let go.

On Sunday, Zanie finally showed off her husband leaving a trail of broken hearted suitors.

“Happy father’s day my handsome, thank you for being a good Dad we love you,” Zanie captioned a photo on her Instagram in which the two were kissing.

This is the first time her lover who doubles as a Pilot and Businessman has made it to the public domain.

The “Mugulu” hit maker had hitherto kept her love life extremely private that at some point her fans thought she was just another hustling single mum.

Undeniably, there have been a horde of men dreaming to have a piece of the singer, even though it all seems done and dusted now.

The development comes at a time when Zanie is continuing to enjoy massive airplay of her latest song “Mugulu” which is spreading like wildfire both on Urban and local avenues.

Mugulu was released a few months ago to the much thrill of her fans.

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