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Bebe Cool set to resume public performances

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Gagamel boss, Bebe Cool is finally set to resume public performances. The “Love Your Everyday” star who is returning from a sabbatical in the US has announced that he will return on stage this festive season. He will hold his first performance in over three months on Boxing Day as he headlines his annual “Tondeka e’Kiwatule” concert at Kiwatule Recreational Center.

Bebe Cool had previously suspended public performances over safety concerns. This came after he was pelted with bottles and stones during the Swangz All Star concert late August purportedly over his political inclination.

“I had chosen silence as a means to exercise my tolerance for the political events that are currently transpiring in the country. Unfortunately, during my recent performance I was pelted with bottles and stones by a group of people purportedly because I do not subscribe to their political beliefs,” he explained his decision to halt public performances. “For the safety of myself, family, friends and fans, I regrettably would like to announce that I will not be making any public performances until further notice.”

With public performances on halt, Bebe Cool decided to blow off the steam by going on vacation in the US. During his stay abroad, he also managed to record two music videos “Wasibuka Wa” which was released last week and “Easy”, which is expected out later this month.

Bebe Cool who jetted back into the country on Monday this week while addressing media also announced that this year’s “Tondeka e’Kiwatule” show will be dedicated to charity. He revealed that part of the proceeds from the concert shall cater for school fees of 200 pupils.

“I am calling upon music lovers from all corners of Uganda to come to Kiwatule Recreational Center on Boxing Day and support local music talent but at the same time have it in mind that part of the money you pay for the concert shall cater for paying schools fees of 200 pupils in a school I will announce soon.” Bebe Cool said.

“It will be the first time I am performing on stage after a two months’ absence and I have many surprises as well for you,” he added

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Maurice Kirya releases much awaited “Headmaster” music video. Watch it here!

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By Bash Mutumba

Maurice Kirya is one of Uganda’s music legends, arguably, and has been plucking strings on his guitar since the late 90’s. Many of the artistes that were hitting during the times of his songs like “Boda Boda” and “Binadamu” featuring Tanzania’s A.Y, have either quit music, been forced out by competition, or totally changed style, but the King of Mwoyo has remained true to his craft of Soul Music, staying relevant till today.

“Headmaster”, just like other songs on his albums like Misubbaawa, Mwoyo and The Book Of Kirya, is an acoustic driven piece, rotating on just three chord arpeggios, but with a very catchy vibe; and news of its video getting released brought many huge smiles on many a music lover’s faces. A song that talks about the need for safety by condom use, when indulging in sexual activity, Headmaster has rather deep lyrics; and can only be deciphered by either a geezer who watched “Ndiwulira”, a late 90’s play by Bakayimbira Dramactors, or a keen listener.

The video, shot in a school setting after the song’s title, shows creative dancers doing their thing outside, a teacher giving Sex Education classes to students and Kirya channelling his inner Guitar Hero inside a classroom; urging the ‘Headmaster’ not to forget his ‘coat’ while going about his business. It is actually my personal favorite off the “Free Dreams” album, but I hope he releases videos to the songs on the new album “Beyond Myself” a little quicker.

Watch video here.

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Former BBS TV reporter, Pat Robert Larubi joins Mental Health Uganda

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Mental Health Uganda has appointed Journalist Pat Robert LARUBI as their new Communications Officer where he is expected to oversee the day to day general communication needs of the organization.

Mr Derrick Kiiza, the Chief Executive Officer Mental Health Uganda in his orientation remarks said: “I am glad and welcome Pat as our communication officer. His addition to our team is a plus for reviving and strengthening our media relations, our visibility and repute. Above all, it will expand our conversations around mental health in the country and beyond.”

Pat joins Mental Health Uganda following a successful term working as a disability blogger/ media consultant with National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) where he focused on popularizing the inclusion of persons with disability in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 1, 2 and 11.

Prior to that, he was engrossed in his activism work with Pats Journal, an online, media and human rights Non-governmental organization working towards inclusion, ending stigma and discrimination faced by persons with albinism.

With the Journal, he worked as the director of communication and head of strategies where he oversaw the provision of person centered support, recognition and medical need of persons with Albinism.

He also previously worked in mainstream media where he served for years in varying capacity. Pat worked as an independent investigative journalist, special features TV News producer for BBS Terefayina as well as Lifestyle reporter and travel photographer for Soft Power News.

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StarTimes Kampala kids run 2019 unveiled

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The StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019 kicked off in jovial style at Kampala Parents School on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 under the theme “Safe Drinking Water in Primary Schools”.

This is an event founded and organized by the NGO Kampala Kids Run, in partnership with StarTimes. It is the 6th edition in total but the 2nd edition with StarTimes on board as a sponsor. Other sponsors include Riham, CityOil, The Food Hub, and Ruparelia Foundation.The StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is an annual event that focusses on helping the less privileged children in rural schools.

Founders KKR Muslim & Mariat, StarTimes CEO Mr Franklin & PR Manager Cleopatra

During the speeches, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Kampala Parents School stated that, “We are very lucky. We work tirelessly to make sure we provide the best yet many children do not have the privileges we have. It is upon us to provide for them. Kampala Parents School students will also do a fundraising to support the cause.”

StarTimes CEO Mr. Franklin Wang said, “We are excited to launch our 2nd edition of StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019. The purpose is to come together to support our children in rural schools by providing safe drinking water. We care about each child’s health. So let us make StarTimes Kampala Kids Run a great success.”Much to the excitement of the entire school, the launch was concluded with a performance from the young and talented Patrick Senyonjo a.k.a. Fresh Kid, who is also a pupil at Kampala Parents School.

Rajiv Ruparelia, managing director Kampala Parent’s school

StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is scheduled to take place on 8th December 2019 at the Uganda Museum starting at 6am. For a child to participate in this cause, all he or she needs to do is buy a kit at only UGX 20,000. All proceeds from the event will go to ensuring that there is safe drinking water for children in rural schools.

Besides the kids’ Run which has the 1.5km and 3km race, there will be bouncing castles, a work out with Zumba dancers, kid games by the clowns and more.

Kids run organisers pose for a photo

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