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Hannington Bugingo

Hannington Bugingo, The Uganda Comedians Association interim President

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Uganda’s comedians have officially launched a national uniting body dubbed, The Uganda Comedians Association (TUCA).

TUCA aims to elevate comedy to a recognized art form in Uganda while also fostering positive relations with in the industry. It further seeks to professionalize the comedy industry and also secure improved working conditions and other economic advantages for comedians through memberships and collective bargaining.

Speaking to media during the official launch of the association on Wednesday, Hannington Bugingo, the association’s interim President revealed that TUCA was born out of the need to offer support to fellow comedians in times of need.

He explained that deliberations about forming the association started following widespread backlash when fellow comedian King Kong passed away in June 2018 and was not given a proper send off by fellow comedians.

“It is then that we decided to create a unifying body for all comedians to address our challenges and other issues affecting the industry,” Hannington Bugingo added. “We held different meetings where comedians raised their concerns which were used to form the basis for the association.”

The Uganda Comedians Association

The association was officially registered on 16th January 2019, and has for one year been laying ground work in preparation for its launch.

“In the one year, we have been mobilizing resources, networking and finding a way to work together amicably.” He further noted. “We are now rolling out officially, and will be enrolling more comedians and holding workshops across the country.”

While membership is open to all comedians across the country, individuals are required to pay an annual subscription fee of Ugx 100,000/=. The association so far over 30 members who are fully registered.

The interim committee includes: Hannington Bugingo (President), Patrick Salvado Idringi (Vice President), Agnes Akite (Secretary), Timothy Nyanzi (Finance), Ehmah Napoleon (Spokesperson), and Abby Mukiibi (Patron).

Different comedians have expressed excitement and optimism about the future of Uganda’s comedy with the formation an association to help streamline the industry.

Patriko Mujuuka, a veteran comedian had this to say: “We have had a problem with vulgarity in the industry. It is good that we now have a team that can censor what content is being delivered on stage.”

Alex Muhangi, the Comedy Store Uganda Director also said, “the association will help us build the industry by creating platforms where emerging comedians can nurture their talent and grow into big stars.”

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Weasel to record song with Rude Boy

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After doing a song with Bebe Cool, Nigerian singer Rude Boy who is in Uganda has also expressrd interest in doing a song with Weasel, late Radio’s singing half.

“I called Weasel myself and asked him we do a song together. I anticipate you will love the song” Rude Boy said.

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I admire Bebe Cool, Cindy and the late Radio – Rude Boy

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By Stuart G-Khast

Rude Boy of the former PSquare duo landed in Uganda for his show this Friday. He addressed media this afternoon and also expressrd his admiration for some Ugandan artistes.

Rude Boy at the media press told journalists he admires Ugandan singers Bebe Cool and Cindy. While he has done a collabo with Bebe Cool he also stated he had great admiration for him as an artistes. “Our video will be out soon and am excited” he stated.

“The late Radio will always be missed and I will sing Nakudata in tribute” he finished.

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I am singing my soul out this Friday – Rude Boy promises ahead of concert

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By Stuart G-Khast

Nigerian singer Paul Okoye landed into the country this morning and has addressed media this afternoon. In his statement, he has promised to take Ugandans through his old and new songs at his concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval this Friday.

“I am performing both my old and new songs. I will perform even those that I did in that duo but most important am also performing those I have done alone” he said.

Rude Boy will perform at Lugogo cricket oval and entrance will be ugx 25,000, ugx 50,000 VIP and ugx 1,000,000 for tables.

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Video: Red Ug trio release “Nzewuwo

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Red Ug is a Ugandan trio of Edrine Mukwaya (edrine bronx), Yiga Johnson (mickey) and Ntabazi Kazzi Alexander(alex). The singing group has teamed up with U.K based uprising hip-hop rapper Ken K on this new song Nze Wuwo.

Being an urban music genre group, Red UG have not forgotten their roots even in this new Andy Music produced love song through which they go deep into their happy love story.

Nze Wuwo is an Afro-Zouk song whose video was shot and directed by Benson pro.

Watch the video below:

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