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Eddy Kenzo blasts UPRS over music money

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Big Talent music group boss, Eddy Kenzo, in unhappy with the way Uganda Performing Right Society (UPRS) has been handling music money matters for the past couple of years.

The singer blasted the association’s bosses for mismanaging music money and paying out very little to some articles for their works after swindling most of the proceeds.

While appearing on the NTV The Beat show, a vividly angry Kenzo said that the association has done more harm than good in the music industry by cheating artistes who invest alot of time in their work only to be paid peanuts. He also added that some of the music is used without proper consent from the artistes concerned. 

“I go to studio, make my music and then they sale it without my consent collect money from DJ’s, music library owners and even from Radio and TV stations, then they call me after a year and give me one million shillings with out any explanation, what happened to transparency?” Kenzo quizzed.

He also commented about the issue of callertunez and how Telcoms cheat musicians leaving them broke as they become richer yet they create the content. “Imagine musicians and their content providers and the government only share 10% of the revenues collected from their songs used for caller tunes and 90% goes to telecoms,” Kenzo said.

“A culture of onesness, selfishness unhealthy competition among the musicians looking up to themselves but not up to the industry’s best is also the problem here. I therefore call upon all musicians to team up as one and unify the industry for the better of today and tomorrow generations,” Kenzo added. 

The singer then went on his Facebook page to expound on some of the issues that he didnt get a chance to talk about on air attracting numerous comments from fans and sympathizers. 

We hope that one day, the issue of copyright is worked on in Uganda so that artistes can benefit from their works.

We will keep you posted.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Ykee Benda to compile list of “worst” Songs produced this year

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As the year comes to an end, people usually make a review of how it has unfolded in terms of their specific areas of life.

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Last year, musician Bebe Cool came under fire for writing a list of his favorite top artists and songs,a list that left very many disgruntled as their favorite artists were left out, while others complained that some acts that made his list were not deserving.

Looks like Ykee Benda is picking a leaf from Bebe, only this time, he will be compiling a list of the bad songs, call them not so nice songs that were produced this year.

“Am making a list of all the bad songs this year …wait for it…bad I mean not nice songs!”

Like he has asked us to be patient, we shall do just that and keep you posted on which artist makes this ‘not so good’ list.

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Teenage mothers graduate with aid from NBS’s Annatalia Ozzie

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Early Pregnancy is a life changer for teenage girls who drop out of school. NBS TV uncut presenter Anatalia Ozzie supports teenage mothers in kitala Entebbe based rehabilitation school by providing sewing machines, clothes and stationery to study and train away from the stigma.

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Over the weekend, 13 young women graduated with hands on skills in bakery, tailoring, hair dressing am other skills. Speaking to canon Jonathan kisawuzi the chairman board of governors informed the media that his so thankful to the to tvstar annatalia ozzie for always spearing time and sharing with the stigmized teens when ever needed.Wamukisa youth centre was started to help out teenage mothers,end stigma and provide second chance to the girl child through providing counselling,footing medical care till the give birth and provide care to the newly born baby for 3months” said ssalongo canon kisawuzi the chairman board of governors. Gold_hearted annatalia how just recently Celebrated her birthday with tenage mothers at wamukisa youth centre pluged to get raw materials for the girls that will her them durimg their trainings like weaves and tailorings machines. “share whatever littel i have with such people not to show off but because of the love i have for girl child since girls are the mothers of this nation” said annatalia

“Use the skills u have acquired very well because am skill is the biggest tool one can have” she added

Through her girl project named ” annatalia for her ” she empasises more on girls health,education and human rights just like we all saw in the first edition of annatalia for her that happened at lugujja a few months back where she have out sanitary pads, argued girls to go for hiv testing,family planning and taught them skills like cooking and makeup lessons recently.

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