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BOBI WINE SAGA: Government responds to U.S. Embassy Kampala

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The government of Uganda has responded to the U.S. Embassy Kampala statement on the Bobi Wine Kyarenga xtra concert saga.

In a statement released by Media Center today, government acknowledged that everyone has rights and freedoms that they not leaving out politicians and musicians.

The statement, however, confirmed that Bobi Wine’s case is special and will be treated as such. Below is the full statement.

‘Indeed government of Uganda respects rule of law and constitutionalism which guarantees freedom of assembly expression and movement. And expects all leaders to abide by these standards and cooperate with law enforcement officers in the conduct of their activities. Save for one artiste, all artistes in Uganda enjoy the freedom of performance and the media platforms are as free. Equally all politicians enjoy free access to these media platforms.”

The statement was signed by Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director Uganda Media Centre.

Bobi Wine final rally in Gayaza

On Easter Monday, musician Bobi Wine was slated to hold his Kyarenga xtra concert at Busabala beach. The singer turned politician was told in writing hours to the concert that he had failed to adhere to some of the guidelines set by security hence stopping the concert.

Bobi Wine and his promoters spent the better part of Monday morning in running battles with the Police. In one of the fights, Bobi Wine was seen in a video, seated in his car with his security and promoters as police broke in using batons and gun butts.

He was later captured and taken to his home where he has been under house arrest. In a statement, he called for mass protests against police. This prompted the U.S. Embassy Kampala to intervene.


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Top 7 Ugandan celebs with very talented kids

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Ugandan celebs especially the musicians are very talented. For many of them, it runs in the family and these top 7 are very talented kids just like their parents. Join us as we look at the top 7 Ugandan celebs with super-talented kids.

Fresh Daddy’s son Fresh kid (Musician)
They say, like Father like son, but for Fresh Daddy real names Mutabazi Paul, it had to take his son Fresh Kid real name Patrick Sennyonjo’s take over of the music industry for him to realise his talent. Shortly after Fresh Kid became the name on everyone’s lips thanks to his talented rapping skills, his father joined the music industry. That said, it is clear that Fresh Daddy has a super talented kid in the 8-year-old Fresh kid and that is something to celebrate.

Bebe Cool and Zuena’s son Alpha Thierry – Footballer
One wonders if at one time Bebe Cool looked at his son Alpha Thierry Ssali and hoped that he would join music like him. Alpha chose a different path and he is good at what he does. The youngster chose to develop his talent in sport, football to be exact and clearly he is in the right field. Alpha has made big football appearances in the likes of the Gothia cup/tournament in China. He is super talented.

Jose Chameleone and Daniela’s son Abba Marcus Mayanja – Swimmer
The Mayanja family is blessed with so much talent. And like with Bebe Cool, Chameleone’s son Abba Marcus Mayanja chose to divert from music and get into swimming. The boy’s trophy cabinet is full of trophies that he has received for his participation in swimming from way back when he was so little. Abba who will soon be celebrating his 16th birthday recently matched the 1989 swimming record in USA. Way to go super talented Abba.

Bebe Cool’s son Allan Hendrick Ssali – Musician
Bebe Cool appears on this list again because he is not only always busy making music in the studio, but he is also busy and serious when it comes to expanding his family. His son Allan Hendrick Ssali is not only the spitting image of his father but he is also a musician just like dad. With hits like Omukwano Gwo and Ononya under his belt, Hendrick who recently changed his stage name to Papper Daddy is a force to reckon within the industry. And with daddy’s support, the sky is only the limit.

Iryn Namubiru’s son Eko – Academician.
Songstress Iryn Namubiru has been in the industry for quite some time. And if there is anything she has learned; it is that she has to give her children the best education so that they can be greater in future. Her son Eko Nyanzi Emile Morel is an academician something many people consider talent especially when you are always excelling. A year ago, he graduated high school with awesome grades and was admitted at University De Bourgogne to study Sociology in France. Tell me a better way to change the world than using your brain! Way to go Eko

Betty Nakibuuka daughter Baby Gloria (Musician)
Gloria Mulungi Senyonjo aka Baby Gloria is a one of a kind child. She must be the envy of many parents after she joined music at the age of 3 years rocking fellow kids with awesome music. She has managed to make 4 music albums, has a charity organization in her name, has done commercials for different brands and she graduated high school in October last year. Surely if that is not talent, we don’t know what is.

Julie Mutesasira’s Esther and Ezekiel

These ones need no introduction. Their talent was visible to the whole of East Africa and the world at last year’s East Africa has got talent competition. The two who represented Uganda emerged top from the competition bagging close to 200 million Uganda shillings. Esther and Ezekiel’s angelic voices are not a surprise as their mother is also a known musician.

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Tinah Teise is back with another season of Login Xtra

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Renown TV presenter, Tinah Teise has something new coming for her fans on NTV. The NTV Login Xtra presenter returns to television after a short break this Wednesday with a brand new season of the show.


Tinah who released a promo for her upcoming season is seen learning how to ride a bike as is the new thing in town since most transport means are limited apart from the bikes.


On the show’s first episode she features Comedian Alex Muhangi, his wife, Prim and other stars among which is Spice Diana.
The new season promises a different touch to the usual as she may not be covering events that were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Tinah is not only the face and presenter of the show but the show’s creative director produced by her production house Production Progress Africa Ltd.


One cannot wait to see what she has in store for her fans. Make it a date this Wednesday at 8pm on NTV Uganda.

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Sheebah Karungi Scoops Best Female Artist of the Year accolade at Hipipo Music Awards

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Sheebah Karungi aka “Swagg Mama” emerged victorious in the female artist of the year category for the song “Sweet Sensation” at Hipipo Awards 2020. Other nominated Ugandan artists included; Eddy Kenzo, John Blaq, Spice Diana and Fik Fameica who are also the most nominated artists this year. She thanked all “sheebaholics” for voting and for their continued support.

The initial date for the 9th edition of the prestigious awards ceremony was slated for 14th March at Kampala Serena Hotel but was later postponed to 29th May, 2020 due to unavoidable circumstances. Voting began on 6th of January, done virtually through the official Hiphop Facebook page. The 2020 edition was strong on Africa with nominees coming from over 20 sub-Saharan and North Africa countries.

The Swagg Mama has been at loggerheads with manager Jeff Kiwa for a while with alleged reports of them splitting coming in from different sources. Their stand is still not clear but we can see Sheebah is still winning despite the conspiracy theories surrounding her. The energetic singer also promised her mother a grandchild in not so long but didn’t reveal when. Could she be having a secret lover that we don’t know about? All this is still unclear.

However, more wins at the Hipipo Music Awards came in from other artists including Eddy Kenzo, Bebe Cool, Spice Diana, Fik Fameika, John Blaq, among others. It should be remembered that Sheebah won best female artist of the year award as well as video of the year for song “Siri Zari” back in 2016 during the second edition of Hipipo Awards

 Congratulations Sheebah Karungi on your Artist Of The Year Award and to all the winners at the HiPipo Music Awards 2020.

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Sony ATV Announces Munya Chanetsa as New A&R Manager for Africa

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Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa announced it has named Munyaradzi Chanetsa (Munya) A&R Manager, Africa, effective June 1.

In this role, Munyaradzi will be responsible for finding new talent throughout the continent, promoting songwriters’ copyright and careers, and connecting them to larger opportunities around the world. He will also work closely with colleagues to pitch new and existing repertoire into the marketplace.

Munyaradzi is a prominent music executive in South Africa and throughout the continent. With his A&R and licensing experience spanning over ten years, he has engaged mobile and online platforms, independent record labels, artists and music publishers. He has also been a featured presenter on music copyright at leading forums in South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Rowlin Naicker, Managing Director of Sony/ATV South Africa said, “I have worked with Munya previously and I have no doubt we have a person here who brings with him dedication, passion and experience, which is key as we expand our publishing business across the continent. We are excited to work with him to achieve our goals.”

“Munya is a creative talent with vast experience and a perfect fit for our company and its creative ambitions. With Munya’s position in the creative community both in South Africa and across the African continent he will be a great addition to our global team.”  said Guy Henderson, Sony/ATV President, International.

Munyaradzi said, “I am joining a great team of talented people who share my passion, and I just cannot wait to see what we can all achieve together.”

He joins Sony/ATV SA from CAPASSO (Composers, Authors, Publishers Association of SA) where he served as Head of Licensing. Prior to that, Munyaradzi was Head of Operations at Content Connect Africa whilst also assuming the role of Managing Director of Content Connect Ghana and Content Connect International. Earlier in his career, he was Head of Marketing & Promotions for Putumayo World Music in South Africa, which is based in New York.

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