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An Interview With ISAIAH KATUMWA

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isaiahkatumwaBigEyeUg team caught up with Uganda’s Jazz maestro ISAIAH KATUMWA for a little chitchat. Here is a relay of the conversation.

1. Give us a brief background of your musical career?

I would be celebrating 13 years since my first album in 2000. I am a self-taught saxophonist who has not studied it in any way. I have a traditional folk music background from school as well as singing but professionally I celebrate the fact that I have almost played all types/genres in Uganda since 1995 when I started out with WAKA WAKA band.

2. Why did you choose to be a jazz musician/saxophonist?

As a saxophonist and artist this gives me the liberty to express myself musically since the main ingredient of Jazz is improvising.

3. Which have been your most memorable shows?

My 2012 concert here in Kampala was special, Performing in Washington DC 2years ago was also very memorable because the audience was predominantly American and loved it so much and I think Denver Colorado last year when I performed with really powerful guys in US.

4. What do you do in your free time?

I like working out, I play badminton but I also love charitable work.

5. What is the secret to your huge success?

I attribute it to God mainly and of course being myself in my creativity- I try to be African and relevant.

6. What would you say about your fashion sense/style?

Well, I love being presentable, descent and unique in a subtle way.

7. Are any of your siblings into music as much as you are?

Not at all. None of them is but I think they most of them are really talented especially my brother.

8. What is the best song you’ve composed?

I would never know because I give all of them my best. When one becomes more loved or appreciated than the others then that assumes it is the best but for me the latest song would be the best.

 

9. What else would you have done with your life apart from music?

I have grown up as a multitalented person so that would be hard to decide on but I think I would have been a sportsman.

10. How do you manage to balance your musical life and family life?

Learning prioritizing is very important I think for some of us who end up in this kind of status, fame. Learning what is first is crucial.

11. Any challenges with being a jazz musician?

I think mainly it is some people who do not understand the difference between being an artist and being a musician. To me, an artist creates, a musician plays music. The challenge is mainly negative jazz critics who want you to play the jazz style they enjoy and it is usually something foreign/American or old fashioned. I chose to create something original and real to me as African and in the today generation.

12. Advice to aspiring jazz artists/saxophonists?

Do your thing as long as you enjoy and you keep practicing, listening and improving. Don’t do something to please people, first enjoy it and others will. If you can try to be original in your playing, the better but enjoy yourself first.

I would encourage them to also be African if they can.

13. Any Last Words?

I would love to invite all my fans and everyone who can to my concert on 5th September, 2013. I choose to do my best in setting standards for myself and try to beat them and this time is one of them where we are shooting higher. It is an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. In addition, you will also be contributing to helping create access to water for kids in Kakunyu School who are physically and mentally challenged. They need help, so having fun while giving a hand makes a difference.

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EMOTIONAL FATHER’S DAY: Crysto Panda leaves fans in tears.

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By BigEyeUg Team

Its really a sorrowful Father’s Day to celebrate for the fans and followers of fabled stage MC, TV presenter and singer, Crysto Panda after he unmasked secret about the passing away of his baby, Aylinda Anah a few weeks back.

In his latest social media post, the NTV Presenter seemed obstreperous with the pain of his baby’s death that he has held for almost two weeks now after receiving wishes for a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ from his friends.

Here, Crysto revealed how his baby died of multiple seizure attacks that she contracted due to over fatigue during birth.

Thank you so much to whoever has wished me A Happy Father’s Day But unfortunately, I am so sorry to inform y’all that I lost my daughter Two weeks back. My baby got tired during delivery and because of that she got dead brain cells which caused multiple seizure attacks,” Crysto revealed.

The plan to save the baby’s life was started but since she was still young, the doctors couldn’t perform theatre activities because her skull was still soft to be operated, so they advised it would be done after two months.

Crysto Panda

Unfortunately, it was within this sophisticated period that the baby passed-on after just a month of patience because the seizures had accumulated and couldn’t be sustained in her head.

Because she was still young the doctors couldn’t operate her because her skull was still soft, so they suggested we hold up a bit longer she grows like we do the operation in two months.” But as you know the seizures became many and she couldn’t take it any longer so she passed on when she was a month old,” he wrote.

Panda says that because of his unbearable love for his job, he held the pain and maintained his job performance despite his heart burning under depression.

Many of you all have been asking me about her of late and I wasn’t brave enough to speak about it and that’s why also I wasn’t posting about her like before. Because of the love I gat for my job I kept on doing my shows as you’ve been seeing me on NTV with a huge wide smile as if everything is ok but deep down inside me I couldn’t stop crying and hurting,” Panda added.

He also appreciates to have exhaustively utilized the scanty days of happiness to show love to his own baby by posting about the baby all the time.

I used to post about her so many times not because I wanted to show off but apart from the excitement, Joy & Love I knew her days were numbered so I wanted to celebrate every minute she kept her breathe and though me & her had never met but she changed my life completely & I must say it was good experience. Me & her Mum we fighting so hard to recover but all in all it goes back to God, He gives and takes,” Crysto further stated.

Crysto Panda’s deceased baby, Aylinda Anah

The ‘Kyoyina Omanya’ hitmaker also urges all men to give their best support and take-on responsibilities as fathers to their children regardless of the status of their relationships with their wives.

Let this be a lesson to every boy or man out there please be proud of your babies ,show them off , give them your attention don’t neglect them it doesn’t matter who the mother is coz a baby is a baby no matter how the mother looks like or whether you guys are still together or not and she / he will forever be your blood.

“Always take on the responsibility of being a father and never be afraid of how the public will receive you and if you’re a celebrity please be proud of your babies show them off as you want coz your loyal fans will always support you,” Panda added.

He further revealed how he gained more respect and fans after he announced that his girlfriend had birthed him a baby and he was ready to take-on the responsibility as a father.

When I posted about my baby I gained more fans than I had before why coz sensible people love people who always take on their responsibilities not matter how old you’re. R.I.P @aylindanah Me & Mum we miss u so much 
#happyfathersday my in-laws thank you sooo much,
” he ended.

Rest In Peace Baby Aylindanah!

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FINALLY: Bad Black has received her money

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By Staff Writer

City Socialite Bad Black has finally received her money. The motormouthed mother of 3 who took part in a campaign to sensitize girls about the dangers of coronavirus has been paid today.

Black who for weeks has been making noise for whoever cares to here confirmed to us today that she has her money and is happy.

Bad Black

It all started when she shot the ad under Precision Media and later demanded 500 million yet there was no paperwork signed for this. The ministry who were the client for this said that there was no arrangement for Black to be paid and so did the agency called Precision Media.

Black went haywire on the internet, saying that she had been used and now the owners of the ad were claiming that this was her voluntary contribution to the fight against COVID19.

Yesterday, after so much noise had been made, NRM Mobilizer and Radio 4 owner, Promoter Balaam gave her an audience together with her lawyers. An agreement was signed and Black would receive her money today.

Today, the undisclosed sum of money which was packed in hard cash in a boz was handed over to the city socialite who seemed very happy to receive her money.

Black on receiving the money and signing for it said that; “I am signing for my money. I have received the money after 2 weeks. The supporters of NRM worked together to make sure I got my payment. I don’t have any shilling am demanding now. I will not cause any fracas anymore. We have made an agreement and I have been paid. I have nothing bad to say about president Museveni. I have the money now and it is very heavy. I got cash, not cheque, I always want my money in cash. Thank you very much.”

Congrats Bad Black.

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VIDEO: Sexy Lynda Ddane makes appearance in B2C’s new song ‘Munda Awo’

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By BigEyeUg Team

The B2C’s (Kampala Boys) ‘Munda Awo’ fresh release this week is earning a impressive reception from both radio and TV airwaves.

It has come to our notice that, not only the song quality but also the video is scooping enormous attention and delight from the public after NTV Uganda’s presenter, Lynda Ddane featuring in it.

It’s no doubt that Lynda is currently the main talk in the entertainment industry for countless reasons that predominantly men would table and maybe, a few women to spice it up.

Lynda Ddane

One among these are, her gorgeousness, eloquent possessiveness, versatility that have obtained her a reputable position better place above her contenders of this generation.

In this video, Lynda showa off her weapons emphasized with a typical sense of style and seductive dance moves, it being a love song.

As often known for never disappointing when it comes to dressing, popular city fashionista, Abryanz did execute trendy sessions more than anyone expected for Lynda and the music trio.

This dress code outrightly merged Lynda’s brown body that would suddenly invite anyone to an intimate moment with her.

‘Munda Awo’ is in Luganda local language to mean ‘Inside there’ and the song derives a message of a better place where someone in love desires to be in his/her partner’s life.

Written by the Kampala boys themselves, the song production was satisfied with a production from, Nessim Pan (Shot Gun Studios) and the furnishing done by Anel Tunes.

The self-proclaimed ‘God’s Last borns’ clearly highlighted their sentence in this project as they preferred visuals from video director ‘Aaronaire on set’.

Munda Awo is currently, trending in the 8th position of the most viewed videos on YouTube in Uganda.

Apparently, Lynda is keen on continuously enrolling her unsung gift in the video vixen plot.

Watch Munda Awo video by B2C here;

Way to go Lynda Ddane!

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Iryn Namubiru To Headline The World Music Day Online Concert This Sunday

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By BigEyeUg Team

Ugandan sensational songstress, Iryn Namubiru has been named as the main artist to showcase at the World Music Day virtual concert that will be going down tomorrow, Sunday, 21st June at 7PM.

The concert is a joint-package from the French Embassy and Talent Africa Group.

Iryn Namubiru

Other artists lined-up to serenade in the live music night are; Suzan Kerunen, Joel Bunjo, Dodova, Cojack, Sara Vauclair, and Herbert Ssensamba.

Its live streams have been aligned via Facebook pages; Alliance Française, Bonjour Kampala, Talent Africa group and Ambassade de France en Ouganda.

https://twitter.com/FrenchEmbassyUg/status/1274267721484689409

We will keep you posted

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