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Coke Studio Africa Season 3 Premieres This Friday

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The third season of Coke Studio Africa is set to premiere on October 9th 2015. The non-competitive show will feature artistes from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique. It will once again showcase the diversity of African music talent and present opportunities for artistes to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent.

A celebration of African music being its core element, Coke Studio Africa’s third season will feature live music performances and more than 54 mash up collaborations from 27 popular artistes. For the past three months, the artistes have been working with internationally renowned music producers to create unique music mash ups—the latest trend in the global music industry and the backbone of the show’s new format.

Speaking about Coke Studio Africa Season 3, Coca-Cola Uganda’s Brand Manager, Rodney Nzioka says, “Coca-Cola views the music show as a means of appreciating our millions of consumers across the continent by bringing the best of African and international entertainers on one platform. Following the success of the first two seasons, we are excited to introduce the new mash up format as a core element of season three, supported by multi-talented artistes and a world-class production team.”

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Uganda’s Juliana (2R) and Nigeria’s Flavour (2L) during Coke Studio Season 3.

Recording exciting new mash up music arrangements, first time featuring artistes from Uganda will include Jose Chameleone, Maurice Kirya and Juliana Kanyomozi. They will be joined by returning artiste Navio. Tanzanian artistes will include Alikiba, Ben Pol, Vanessa Mdee and Fid Q. Kenyan artistes include Sauti Sol, Avril, Wangechi, Elani, Juacali and Victoria Kimani. Nigeria’s star-studded lineup will include Olamide, Ice Prince, 2 Face Idibia, Yemi Alade and Flavour. Mozambique’s finest will include Neyma, G2, Dama Do Bling and Hernani Da Silva. American pop and R&B superstar NE-YO will be the season finale’s guest star. NE-YO recorded Africa’s biggest mash up song with a select five Coke Studio Africa artistes including Maurice Kirya from Uganda.

In a first time partnership with Coca-Cola, Kenya Airways will fly all the Coke Studio Africa artistes and producers. Kenya Airways Head of Marketing Africa, Jacquie Muhati, says the airline is excited to support African artistes. “We want the artistes to appreciate the African continent through the Pride of Africa. With KQ flying to over 40 of the continent’s major cities, we are privileged to bring together these young talented artistes from all over Africa.”

Grammy award-nominated South African musician and producer Zwai Bala (of Kwaito group TKZee) is the new season’s music director, with renowned international TV director/producer, Brett Lotriet, working as series producer. Each week, musicians along with a highly talented house band will perform new mash up songs produced by local and international producers. They include Nahreel from Tanzania, Jaaz Odongo, Owour Arunga, Eric Musyoka and Kevin Provoke from Kenya; Cobhams Asuquo, Masterkraft and Chopstix from Nigeria and Silvastone from the UK.

Coke Studio Africa Season 3 will air every Friday on Urban TV from 7 – 8pm.

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Pastor Bugembe to use concert money to build 6,000-seater church

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Pastor Wilson Bugembe today held a press conference at his Nansana based temporary church where he will also hold his upcoming concert ‘Tuzimbe’. His concert is slated for 31st August at his church in Nansana and will be accompanied by other artistes doing both gospel and secular music.

During the press conference the pastor revealed that all monies collected that day will be used to construct a well furnished church with sitting capacity of over 6,000 people. The said church is expected to be completed by January 2020.

Bugembe urged all his fans to flock his Light The World Ministries church and also not to politicize his concert by wearing attires with political colors especially the berets because he was warned by police not to allow politics to interfere in his concert or risk being stopped from performing.

Pastor Bugembe has over years domeyhits albums and singles like Kani, Ani, Yellow, Njagala Kumanya, Akawala Ako, Sibiwulira, Wanaza, Biribabitya, and Lengera Embaata among others.

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Kenyan DJ Pierre Makena coming to Uganda

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Kenyan Female DJ Makena will be coming to Uganda and particularly to Bbunga based nightlife spot Nomad bar and grill. The grill is slated for 7th September in a night themed “All ladies affair party”. DJ Pierre will be joined by DJ Lola from Uganda.

Event will be hoosted by NTV’s MC Esco, DJ Ace and DJ Kerb. The DJ Makena is also an actress and TV host and has served in the inaugural season of popular reality music show, Tusker Project Fame.

Determined to network with industry bigwigs, she poured herself into her duties and soon enough, climbed through the ranks becoming a camerawoman. The calls she so desperately longed for also started pouring in as the producers of TV drama series Tahidi High contacted her for a role.DJ Pierra Makena won best supporting actress for her role in When Love Comes Around at the annual Nollywood and African Film Critics awards held in Los Angeles.

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The MultiChoice Talent Factory announces MTF Academy Class of 2019

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MultiChoice Africa is thrilled to announce that the final students for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy Class of 2019 have been chosen. After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lusaka & Lagos in October this year.

The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12-month fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. As the first touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, the academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.

In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.The Class of 2019 is hot on the heels of the inaugural Class of 2018, who are ready to graduate and have their first films screened on M-Net channels and Showmax.

This year’s class will reap the additional rewards of -new partnerships between the MTF Academy and Jasco Broadcast Solutions as well as Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, as well as existing partnerships with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG). As part of their curriculum, the 2019 candidates will also be exposed to the MTF Masterclasses, aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the 13 participating countries. Here’s to another year of investing directly in Africa’s dynamic storytelling spirit through the MTF Academy!

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