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American singer Ginuwine confirmed for Uganda show

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Roger Agamba, the International Premium Spirits Manager UBL addresses media. Looking on is the Stanbic's Sonia Kasagga.

Roger Agamba, the International Premium Spirits Manager UBL addresses media during the Johnnie Walker Soul Safari press briefing held at Club Guvnor on Friday. Looking on is Stanbic’s Sonia Kasagga.

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It is now official! American singer and songwriter Ginuwine is coming to Uganda, it has been confirmed.

The 47-year-old star who will be performing in Uganda for the first time has been announced as the headliner for the Johnnie Walker Soul Safari which will take place on Saturday, December 1 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. This comes after the Johnnie Walker Jazz and Soul Safari was this year split into two separate events, with the jazz show preceding the Soul Safari.

“Ginuwine has pedigree and consistency, which is the criteria we use to choose artists,” said Soul Safari show  organiser and co-founder TShaka Mayanja said during a press briefing to officially unveil the singer. “He’s coming with a full band and dancers.”

The Washington born singer who has seven studio albums to his name hit the upper reaches of both pop and R&B music charts with charming hits like Pony, Differences, So Anxious, What’s So Different, Stingy, None of Your Business, plus the vastly popular Same Ol’ G, among others. He will perform alongside Ugandan musicians Naava Grey and Kenneth Mugabi.

“Ginuwine stands out as one of the most iconic artistes of our times, an example of progress and success. He gave R&B music a sleeker, sexier feel. As one of the most iconic global brands, Johnnie Walker is excited to be at the centre of giving Ugandans this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch him live in concert,” said Roger Agamba, IPS and Reserve Manager at Uganda Breweries Limited.

Speaking during the press briefing, Stanbic Bank Marketing Manager Sonia Karamagi Kasagga revealed that are they offering discounts on ticket purchases when one buys a ticket using VISA card.

“As the official financial partner of the Johnnie Walker Soul-R&B Safari, we will be will be promoting Credit and Debit Card usage by subsidising ticket costs for those who will purchase using VISA cards. All one has to do is use any VISA cards to purchase tickets and get amazing discounts,” she said.

Early bird tickets are on sale at 100k (80K when purchased using VISA card).

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Ykee Benda to compile list of “worst” Songs produced this year

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As the year comes to an end, people usually make a review of how it has unfolded in terms of their specific areas of life.

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Last year, musician Bebe Cool came under fire for writing a list of his favorite top artists and songs,a list that left very many disgruntled as their favorite artists were left out, while others complained that some acts that made his list were not deserving.

Looks like Ykee Benda is picking a leaf from Bebe, only this time, he will be compiling a list of the bad songs, call them not so nice songs that were produced this year.

“Am making a list of all the bad songs this year …wait for it…bad I mean not nice songs!”

Like he has asked us to be patient, we shall do just that and keep you posted on which artist makes this ‘not so good’ list.

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