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Coke Studio Africa Season 4 New Twist And Surprises Unveiled

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Chameleone on Coke Studio Africa

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A total of 38 artists will feature in the new season of Coke Studio Africa. The artistes are from Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and French West African countries – Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, increasing the number of participating countries to 11 up from last season’s 5.

This diverse line-up will include breakthrough performances from fresh talent such as Lydia Jasmine from Uganda, Kenya’s Dela Maranga whose rendition of hit song Hello by British singer Adelle went viral and Simi from Nigeria. Feli Nuna from Ghana, Tanzanian Ruby and Sosey from French West Africa will also be part of the glittering array of talent on offer.

“The music industry is constantly evolving and this season we will take African viewers on a journey of discovery of talent. These new talents are the ones to watch out for and we are glad to have them on Coke Studio to present new African sounds,” said Mr. Ahmed Rady, General Manager, Coca-Cola East Africa Franchise.

Speaking about Coke Studio Africa Season 4, Mr. Rady explained this season’s theme;discover. “During the season, all the artistes will get a chance to discover each other’s music, discover new rhythm, try out new music genres, immerse themselves in other cultures and embrace diversity by performing each other’s songs,” he explained. “They will get a chance to discover what they are made of as they try out new singing styles and genres away from their comfort zones,” he said.

Jaguar, Sauti Sol, The Kansoul and Bahati from Kenya, Stonebwoy, Efya and El from Ghana are some of the big names also engaged for season 4. From Mozambique, Neyma, Lizha James and Yuri da Cunha will entertain their African fans. Nigeria will be represented by Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan, Waje, Kiss Daniel and 2 Face Idibia (also known as 2baba). Tanzanian heavy weights Yamoto Band, Navy Kenzo, Vanessa Mdee and Joh Makini will also grace the Coke Studio stage while Uganda will be represented by Chameleone, Rema Namakula, Radio and Weasel and Eddy Kenzo. Toofan from Togo will represent his area code.

“This season we will dig deep into each of the artists’ psyche. The audience will discover who they really are by finding out their motivation behind their biggest songs and behind the scene videos of a day in their lives,” said Tim Horwood, the Creative Director of Coke Studio Africa Season 4.

The musicians along with the highly talented Coke Studio Africa band will entertain viewers each week with tracks produced by both local and international producers. The broadcast will also be done in 5 languages to accommodate the new markets; Amharic, French, English, Kiswahili and Portuguese.

Partnering for the second year with Coca-Cola, national carrier Kenya Airways will fly in the Coke Studio Africa artistes and producers. “The airline connects over 40 African cities through our hub in Nairobi and earlier this year we improved connectivity in Africa by 30 per cent. These connections are not only catalysts of intra-African trade but also cultural exchange where artists from different cultures, speaking diverse languages, with different musical sounds come together on one platform to share their talent with the whole of Africa,” said Kenya Airways Head of Marketing: Africa Jacquie Muhati. “We are excited to partner with Coke Studio Africa for a second year as we discover Africa’s rich musical talent,” she said.

For the first time in partnership Chevrolet will be providing artist transport throughout the production phase. The Sarova Stanley will provide food and accommodation for the artists and Samsung will be the communication partner.

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Fun factory celebrates 10 years with 5 star madness exhibition at Serena

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Comedy group Fun Factory today announced they will be celebrating 10 years of existence and togetherness in a 5 star madness show on Serena on holy Thursday of 9th April. The 5 star madness show will mark their 10 years since their first show on 5th January 2010.

The 5 star madness show at Serena will be aimed at giving an opportunity to all their fans a chance to be apart of the show.

Tickets are on sale at 80K early birds and 100K on the day.

Fun factory will also take a countrywide with 9 other showd in Mbarara, Mbale, Jinja, Gulu, Lira, Masaka among other towns.

The comedians have also given 10 free shows to their fans online starting tonight on their official FaceBook page.

“Fun Factory does 52 shows in a year and we do not take that lightly. We are rewarding our fans and also celebrating 10 years of togetherness” Richard Tuwangye said.

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Miss Uganda – Canada inaugural edition launched

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Former Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo (2nd L) and Miss Uganda Foundation CEO, Brenda Nanyonjo(3rd L) pose for a photo with a team from BigSeal Foundation during a press briefing to announce the Miss Uganda -Canada pageant on Wednesday.

Former Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo (2nd L) and Miss Uganda Foundation CEO, Brenda Nanyonjo(3rd L) pose for a photo with a team from the BigSeal Foundation during a press briefing to announce the Miss Uganda -Canada beauty pageant on Wednesday.

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The inaugural edition of the Miss Uganda – Canada beauty pageant has been launched.

Organised by BigSeal Foundation in partnership with the Miss Uganda Foundation and Uganda High Commission in Canada, the pageant is aimed at celebrating and empowering Ugandan women domiciled in Canada through appreciating their beauty and different talents.

“The Ugandan community in Canada has not been given due attention with other pageants like the Miss Uganda North America,” Kyobe Jack, a representative from the BigSeal Foundation explained. “We want to exhaust all the Ugandan communities and will  be traversing all the provinces in Canada.”

The beauty pageant auditions will take place in the four provinces of Canada, kicking off on 6th June in Ottawa, then 13th June in Toronto, 20th June in Vancouver and 27th June in Edmonton. They will culminate into a grand finale on 4th July in Toronto where the Miss Uganda – Canada beauty queen will be crowned.

While speaking to media on Wednesday, Brenda Nanyonjo, the CEO Miss Uganda Foundation revealed that their partnership with the BigSeal Foundation comes as part of their efforts to build relationships with other pageants in the diaspora.

“The Miss Uganda franchise under Kezi Entertainment is celebrating 10 years this year and this partnership is very timely as we are now trying to build relationships with the diaspora community,” said Brenda Nanyonjo, the CEO Miss Uganda Foundation . “Our role in the Miss Uganda-Canada pageant will be to mentor the beauty queens and readying them for the big stage.”

The top three finalists will go on to participate in the Miss Canada and Miss Uganda–North America pageants.

They will also be involved in different charity projects in Uganda through the “Beauty with a Purpose” initiative by Quin Abenakyo, a former Miss Uganda and Miss World Africa.

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Singer Gabriel K drops 17 track “Love Ocean” album

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Gabriel K has dropped his second album in less than two years. Love Ocean” is a 17 track album. It was released and made available on all online platforms on March 1st, 2020.

This is clearly an amazing feat seeing as he released his debut 16 track album “Done Waiting” in May of 2019.

This then brings his total collection of songs to 33.

Watch the trailer of the video here

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Zzina awards announce 2020 nominees

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The official celebration of Ugandan art and talent….. ZZINA AWARDS is back again for the 7th consecutive season under the theme “For the Love of Ugandan Music.”

Following a whole month online nominations by the Bazzinyi, tonight we officially unveil the full list of contenders for this year’s awards which Mark’s the beginning of the voting process set to be conducted solely on our website www.galaxyfm.co.ug

On this beautiful night we are also pleased to welcome on board 3 great partners in telecom giants MTN Uganda, cosmetics gurus Movit plus betting powerhouse Kagwirawo.

These noble partners joining the winning team gives us more confidence to continue our project of uplifting, promoting and nurturing Ugandan talent to the highest of levels.

Attached the full list of all nominees under 20 categories.

It should however be noted that 2 of the 18 categories are not up for voting and the winners are determined by a select committee of experts. These include;

1. Legend Award.

2. Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Song Of The Year

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Chikibombe – Levixone

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Parte After Parte – Bigtril

• Bango – Rickman Manrick

• Sikikukweka – Daddy Andre

• Semyekozo – Eddy Kenzo

• Do Dat – John Blaq

Artist Of The Year

• Spice Diana

• Fik Fameica

• Eddy Kenzo

• John Blaq

• Daddy Andre

• Rema

Best Female Artist

• Vinka

• Sheebah

• Winnie Nwagi

• Karole Kasita

• Rema

• Spice Diana

• Cindy

Best Male Artist

• Fik Fameica

• Eddy Kenzo

• John Blaq

• B2C

• Daddy Andre

• Bigtril

• Feffe Bussi

Best Producer

• Nessim

• Daddy Andre

• Artin

• Diggy Bauer

• Ronnie

• Bomba

• Rinex

• T.O.N

Best Fans Team

• Sheebaholics

• Team Eddy Kenzo

• Fresh Gang

• Spice Gadgets

• 100% Chameleone

• B2C Soldiers

• Rema Diehards

Best Lugaflow/Rap Song

• Bambi – Fresh Kid

• Parte After Parte – Bigtril

• Bomboclat – Ykee Benda Ft. Bigtril, Santana, Feffe Bussi, Navio, Don MC & Enef

• Sima – VIP Jemo

• Bango – Rickman Manrick

• Cheating – Recho Rey

• Wulila Ebaala – Suspekt Leizor

• Baagala Feffe – Feffe Bussi

• Naye Tunyumirwe – Rickman Manrick

Best Luga Flow/Rap Artist

• VIP Jemo

• Suspekt Leizor

• Bigtril

• Fresh Kid

• Recho Rey

• Fik Fameica

• Rickman Manrick

• Feffe Bussi

Best Dancehall Song

• Yaka – Karole Kasiita

• Boom Party – Cindy

• Sikikukweka – Daddy Andre

• Tebimala – Vyper Ranking & Cindy

• Do Dat – John Blaq

• Sikyo – Kapa Cat

• Jangu Ondabe – Spice Diana

• Copy Cat – Cindy

Best Dancehall Artist

• Cindy

• Daddy Andre

• Vyper Ranking

• Karole Kasiita

• Vinka

• John Blaq

• Beenie Gunter

• Kapa Cat

Breakthrough Artist

• Kapa Cat

• Grenade Official

• Fresh Kid

• VIP Jemo

• Suspekt Leizor

Best Contemporary Urban Song

• Anjagala – Maro

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Squeeze – Voltage Music & Fille

• No Lettin Go – Beenie Gunter & Lydia Jazmine

• Amaaso (Remix) – Winnie Nwagi, Vinka, Feffe Bussi, The Myth & DJ Harold

• Falling For You – Allan Toniks & Fille

• Jangu – Winnie Nwagi

• Kyosaba – Chosen Becky

Best Contemporary Urban Artist

• King Saha

• Daddy Andre

• Spice Diana

• Lydia Jazmine

• Rema

• Winnie Nwagi

• Fille

• Allan Toniks

Best Afro Beat Song

• Nkuloga – Grenade Official

• Enyanda – Sheebah

• Love Yoo – Feffe Bussi

• Ekilo Munzikiza – Pallaso

• Tell Me – Fik Fameica

• Semyekozo – Eddy Kenzo

• Sunday – DJ Slick Stuart, DJ Roja Ft. Allan Toniks

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Hana (Remix) – Pallaso & Jose Chameleone

• Signal – Eddy Kenzo

Best Collaboration

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Amaaso (Remix) – Winnie Nwagi, Vinka, Feffe Bussi, The Myth & DJ Harold

• Telemundo – Voltage Music & Chosen Becky

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Squeeze – Voltage Music & Fille

• Don’t Stop – Daddy Andre & John Blaq

• Omu Bwati – Fik Fameica & Patoranking

• Yitayo – Chosen Blood & Winnie Nwagi

• Replace Me(Remix) – Grenade Official, John Blaq, Sheebah

• Hana (Remix) – Pallaso & Jose Chameleone

Best Song Writer

• Dokta Brain

• Producer Ronnie

• Daddy Andre

• Sheena Skies

• Yesse Oman Rafiki

Best Comedian

• Mighty Family

• Maulana & Reighn

• Mariachi

• Bizonto

• Madrat & Chiko

• Teacher Mpamire

• Salvado

Best Inspirational Song

• Bikyuuka – Eddy Kenzo

• Ensi – David Lutalo

• Bambi – Fresh Kid

• Topowa – Suspekt Leizor

• Mama – Vivian Tendo

• Ndikuwaki – Pallaso

• Ebizibu – Ziza Bafana

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