By Our Reporter
Nyege Nyege International Music Festival returns to the source of the Nile river in Jinja, Uganda from 1st – 3rd September 2017; bringing its unique fusion of international and local African sounds to the idyllic venue Nile Discovery Beach.
The festival which launched in 2015 immediately established its reputation as one of the best new music festivals worldwide.
Nyege Nyege once again brings attendees the best in influential and eclectic musical acts influenced by the continent.
Cameroonian superstar Reniss who has taken over the continent with her hit “La Sauce” will appear for the first time in East Africa alongside rapper Jovi. Ghanaian DJ/Producer Gafacci will also make his regional debut as Jowaa, representing the most cutting edge African electronic music.
This year’s festival will also be the East African premier for the Cruel Boyz, Gqom pioneers from Durban, South Africa. Lisbon’s Batida king Dj NK, Italian percussive performance artists Ninos Du Brasil, Germany’s Harmonious Thelonious, Ireland outernationalist Peter Power and dancefloor legend DJ Marcelle (NE) will all make their first appearances in Africa. Sisso Records will give Uganda its first taste of the 170bpm Singeli music driving Tanzania’s youth crazy.
With the generous support of the Arts Council (UK), NTS Radio, the internet’s most influential platform for new and old music, will curate a special stage on the festival’s first night with British DJs Moxie, A.G., Anu and Skinny Macho.
Representing locally the festival will see performances from Jinja’s own Maro, Mbale’s Byg Ben, Femme Electronic pioneer DJ Rachel, King of the dancefloor DJ Aludah, Talent Africa’s DJ Crisio and will feature a showcase from events platform A Ka Dope.
The 2017 edition places special emphasis on the rich diversity of Ugandan traditional music, with 13 different performance troupes from all corners of the country including the Domadana Kadodi Performers, Abonga the blind zither player from Gulu, and Ennanga Vision – the collaboration with Owiny Sigoma’s Jesse Hackett and Buganda Cultural Ensemble’s Albert Ssempeke.
Many of the international acts will be in Kampala for a month ahead of the festival to collaborate with Ugandan musicians and prepare performances at this year’s edition.
School girls explore their creativity, fashionable and ambitious aspirations in Miss Teen search
By Our Reporter
The ongoing Mirinda Miss Teen campaign themed “Surprise and Be Surprised” has seen girls from different schools around Uganda take part and showcase their creative, ambitious and fashionable talent in a fun and positive way.
The Mirinda Miss Teens school tour that was launched in May has created a
stage for girls aged 13 to 19 to participate in the different categories including Miss Teen, Miss Fashionista and Miss Ambitious whereby three individuals are selected per category for the overall winner, 1 st position and 2nd position respectively.
The Tours that kicked off at Hana International on 1 st June 2019 have seen
schools take part including; Rubaga Girls, Seeta High School, St Peters Nsambya, and on a regional level, those in Masaka and Bushenyi have been
The judges are looking out for; a girl who is beautiful inside and out, talented, fun, cultured and intelligent for the Miss Teens Category. A girl who knows her career goals and how she can achieve them for the Miss Ambitious Category, and Miss Fashionista category looks out for a girl with a distinct fashion sense, one who can creatively put together an outfit using the material she is given.
Kwerit Sarah a student at Nabisunsa Girls, who scooped the Miss Ambitious
title remarked, “…I and my friends embarked on a project to tackle climate change as a way of preserving our environment through recycling plastic. We are working on a website which is yet to go live.”
While giving her verdict to one of the contestants at Nabisusnsa Girls yesterday, Ms. Patience Aheebwa one of the judges remarked that “…we are
looking for a girl who is confident, intelligent, and ambitious, through empowerment and being mentored.”
Ms. Tracy Kakuru the Corporate Communications Manager at CBL remarked that Mirinda Miss Teens is a confidence building platform for girls aged 13 to 19 years. The contest does not only seek for beauty, but a girl who her peers can look up to.
“A cash prize of up to Ugx10 Million will be rewarded inform of school fees for the different contestants, in addition 4 winners will travel to the best
amusement park in the world, the destination will be revealed at the grand
finale,” added Ms. Kakuru.
The grand finale will be held on 7th September, where overall winners from different participating schools will battle amongst themselves for the prizes.
Shock as Zari gropes male sculpture’s genitals. [Photo]
By Bash Mutumba
To many, Zari Hassan has morphed into more than just a socialite over the years, and is now a role model young Ugandan and Tanzanian girls, and Africans in general; look at for inspiration.
The 40-year-old self-proclaimed Boss Lady, who is a mother of 5, and philanthropic entrepreneur; shocked her millions of followers when she groped a male mannequin’s groins, said vulgar things, and posted on her Instagram story for everyone to watch.
“Cause he doesn’t have a dick, Norma.” Said an exuberant Zari, to her girlfriend who constantly asked her what she was doing.
On further questioning on why she was pulling its genitalia by a clearly entertained Norma, Diamond Platnumz’ ex answered in an even more cringeworthy fashion, as she viciously told the statue, “Better have some dick, Nigger.”
You could say it was nothing serious, but in all honesty, such dry humor does not become of some individuals.
Pallaso warms up DNA lounge with live performance
By Our Reporter
DNA Lounge in Kololo was the scene of mass enjoyment on Saturday when Pallaso and his live band took the stage for the Bell Jamz Listeners Experience.
The evening got off to a slow start on account of the rain, but the venue was packed by 10 pm as Team Good Music and Leone Island warmed the stage right before Pallaso delivered an electrifying performance of all his hits.
A surprise guest performance from songstress Spice Diana ensured the crowd kept on their feet as the mood was set for an evening of dancing.
During the performance, Pallaso reflected on some of his struggles before achieving success including spending time in prison as well as a particularly depressing period in 2017 after his “Soma” show at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds received an extremely low turn out.
The evening was made extra special as a result of the presence of Pallaso’s mother. Pallaso gave a hearty tribute to his mother with the song Mama, which he used to urge the emotional crowd to appreciate their mothers.
The Bell Jamz Listeners Experience was launched in 2019 as a musical experience that features a Ugandan artist performing all their hits with a live band. This was the third edition, with the first being headlined by Beenie Gunter followed by Voltage Music duo, Kent and Flosso.
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