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Amakula Film Festival returns for 12th edition

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Amakula Film Festival 2018 edition launch

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Amakula International Film Festival is back. Heralded as Uganda’s premier festival, it is returning for its 12th edition which is scheduled for March 15th to 17th this year at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

According to the organisers,  this year’s festival boasts a diverse pool of films which include 19 shorts, seven documentaries and nine features – representing 17 nationalities which make up the selection this year, with majority of the films coming from across the African continent.

“We are proud to announce that the number of Ugandan films participating at Amakula has continued to increase over the years with this year’s section boasting a total of 19 local films which shall be screening – and ultimately competing – alongside some of the best independent films from across the world at the moment,” the organisers said in a press statement.

This year’s programme has been divided into two sections – The Day Section (Midday-7pm) and Evening Section (7pm-Midnight) to be hosted in the Museum Exhibition Hall and Museum Gardens, respectively. The Day Section will be open to the public free of charge and will mainly feature short/documentary film screenings and panel discussions, while the Evening Section will be marked by a Drive-in cinema experience where the feature films in selection will be screened. Audiences will part with UGX10,000 each to access the drive-in.

During the festival, the best films will also be honored in four categories – Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Student Film and Best Feature – with the ultimate winners to be unveiled by an independent three-member panel of film experts.

This year’s edition marks four years since Bayimba Foundation, a leading local arts charity, took over charge of the festival with the goal of repositioning the annual cinema showcase as a major platform for film and cultural development in Uganda.

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Female deejays showcase their artistry in celebration of Women’s Day

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Uganda Waragi Ladies’ Affair 3rd edition

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In an industry dominated by men, and where music promoters, bars and club owners are likely to favour men over women, female deejays in Uganda have shown that they can break through and overcome these gender diversity challenges.

Talented and ambitious DJ Mary Jo proved no less on Thursday at Nexus Lounge as she hosted and headlined the 3rd edition of the Uganda Waragi Ladies’ Affair. Stepping onto the stage a few minutes after 11pm, the deafening cheers from the overflowing hyped crowd were enough to tell why the popular deejay is one of the country’s favourites.

The event was organised to celebrate the achievements of women in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2019.

The performances from the all-female deejay line-up of the night proved that the highly energetic and young deejays had risen to the occasion and fitted well into this male-dominated role. The female deejays XZYL, Lolah, Sheila ATS, Kathy and Nelly Rwaxxy, who have all grown to become as popular as they are influential, showed off three things that they have in common – girl power, the love for the decks and not being afraid to mix it up.

Uganda Waragi Ladies’ Affair 3rd edition

On what has made her successful this far, event host, Adero Marianne, popularly known as DJ Mary Jo remarked, “I have been in the industry a little over 10 years now and I am proud to see more and more females taking on the challenge. Deejaying is known to be the life of the party. You need to be able to resonate and understand your crowd, their mood and the music they love.”

DJ Mary Jo added that at the time she began, female deejays weren’t a thing. “Today, our hustle has become more respectable and popular,” she added.

Cindy and the Band, who starred as guest performers, were the icing on the cake as they thrilled the crowd with popular jams like Total Satisfaction, Amateeka and Onina.

The event went on till dawn.

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Top 100 Ugandan Music Artistes 2019 (Bebe Cool Tops List)

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A survey that took a full year finally reveals Uganda’s top music artistes based on radio and TV plays, number of songs, recall from a sample space of a million fans to mention but a few. Here’s the list of Uganda’s top music artistes as of 2019.

  1. Bebe Cool
  2. Chameleone
  3. Sheebah
  4. Bobi Wine
  5. Eddy Kenzo
  6. Gravity Omutujju
  7. Vinka
  8. King Saha
  9. Ykee Bendah
  10. Apass
  11. David Lutalo
  12. Chosen Becky
  13. Mun G
  14. Rema Namakula
  15. Desire Luzinda
  16. Cindy
  17. Afrigo Band
  18. John Blaq
  19. Lydia Jazmine
  20. Juliana Kanyomozi
  21. Geosteady
  22. Iryn Namubiru
  23. Daddy Andre
  24. Geoffrey Lutaaya
  25. Levixone
  26. Irene Ntale
  27. Joel Ssebunjo
  28. Haruna Mubiru
  29. Winnie Nwagi
  30. Pallaso
  31. Spice Diana
  32. Iryn Namatovu
  33. B2C
  34. Nina Roz
  35. Maurice Kirya
  36. Feffe Busi
  37. Kalifah Aganaga
  38. Chris Evans
  39. Mathias Walukaaga
  40. Fik Fameika
  41. Wilson Bugembe
  42. Dr Hilderman
  43. Exodus
  44. BigEye
  45. Lilian Mbabazi
  46. Beenie Gunter
  47. Aziz Azion
  48. Fille
  49. Jackie Akello
  50. St. Nellysade
  51. Navio
  52. Allan Toniks
  53. Roden Y
  54. Maureen Nantume
  55. Carol Nantongo
  56. Vampino
  57. Nutty Neithan
  58. Maro
  59. Weasel
  60. Victor Kamenyo
  61. Isaiah Katumwa
  62. Da Agent
  63. Daxx Kartel
  64. Ronald Mayinja
  65. Eddy Yawe
  66. Naira Ali
  67. Amooti Omubalanguzi
  68. Rabadaba
  69. Mesach Ssemakula
  70. OS Ssuna
  71. Naava Grey
  72. Jamal
  73. Diana Nalubega
  74. Peter Miles
  75. Catherine Kusasira
  76. Sasha Brighton
  77. Coco Finger
  78. Bettinah Namukasa
  79. Stecia Mayanja
  80. Bruno K
  81. Nubian Li
  82. Ganda Boys
  83. Byaxy
  84. Apio Moro
  85. Brian Lubega
  86. Kenneth Mugabi
  87. The Mith
  88. Henry Tigan
  89. Mickie Wine
  90. Viboyo
  91. Hanson Baliruno
  92. Zanie Brown
  93. Mariam Ndagire
  94. Mary Bata
  95. Jamie Culture
  96. Kezia Nambi
  97. Hassan Nduga
  98. Viola Nakitende
  99. Willy Mukabya
  100. Doreen Mutibwa

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Ykee Benda makes mom feel special on Women’s Day

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When we talk about the women we make a difference in our lives it is very difficult to leave our the mothers to gave birth to us.

For musician Ykee Benda, today was personal, women’s day was about the woman who brought him into this world.

The singer who has a concert coming up on March 29th spent his day with the most important woman in his life, his mom.

Ykee showed off his mom Social Media as he told fans that he lovers her so much.

In his message, Ykee said that his mother has prayed for him to be the man he is today.

My love ♥ ♥, I hope you loved the surprise today my mama.
Nkwagala nnyo Webale nga essaala nga tokoowa.
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#MaamaWange #singaconcert

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