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Eddy Kenzo, Ghetto Kids to headline “Voices Without Borders” concert

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French Ambassador Stéphanie Rivoal (C) speaking during the press conference.

French Ambassador Stéphanie Rivoal (C) speaking during the press conference.

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As part of the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) celebration, the French NGO Voices Without Borders (Voix Sans Frontères – VSF) together with Children of Peace Uganda and Alliance Française Kampala are organising a children’s concert slated for this evening(June 14) at the French School. In honor of the youth, Eddy Kenzo will grace the stage with the Ghetto Kids to close the night. The event will also feature a performance from Giovanni Kiyingi Kremer.

Voices Without Borders (VSF) and Children of Peace Uganda is a project focused on using music as a tool of repair and resilience for the children and adolescent escapees in the Bidi-Bidi camp-Uganda and former LRA abductees in northern Uganda’s district of Lira.

Singing is a way of enabling the youth to find joy and the energy to surmount the trauma and shock of exile and displacement. VSF believes in the power of the song to repair and enhance resilience. Song liberates the person to find what is essential, to feel that one inhabits the body despite the wounds and traumas. To learn to breathe for song is to exist in a different way. Song can be the process to self-repair and resilience.

As Boris Cyrulnik said, ‘resilience is a means for the body to resist pressure, and regain the former self. This is both physical and psychological. Psychologically, resilience is the capacity to live and succeed despite adversity.’

VSF seeks to establish a practice of choir song thereby enabling the youth to find joy and the energy to surmount the trauma and shock of exile and displacement.

Eddy Kenzo has been invited to this concert in recognition of his use of music as a tool to uplift the ghetto children in Uganda.

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Bergman100 Film Festival Launched in Uganda

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Samuel Sandberg, the Head of Administration at the Embassy of Sweden, and Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, address media.

Samuel Sandberg (L), the Head of Administration at the Embassy of Sweden, and Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, address media.

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On Thursday evening, Ugandan film enthusiasts alongside media enjoyed a movie giving insight into the life of iconic Swedish film maker Ingmar Bergman. The screening which was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda  at Alliance Francaise offices in Kamwokya marked the launch of the Bergman100 Film Festival in Uganda.

The Bergman100 Film Festival is an on-going global showcase aimed at celebrating the life and legacy of legendary Swedish film maker, Ingmar Bergman, who would have turned 100 years this year. The festival will be a 5-day cinema showcase taking place from 15th -19th October 2018 in Kampala.

According to Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, they will screen four films by Bergman during the festival. “We have carefully selected four films, each from a different decade in Ingmar Bergman’s career which spans over four decades,” he said. “We want to highlight his growth journey as a film maker as well as his consistency in his cinematic themes.”

Speaking during the event, Samuel Sandberg, the Head of Administration at the Swedish embassy, noted that festival  is timely as it coincides with the European year of cultural heritage and also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange between Uganda and Sweden.

“We will host several individuals in the Swedish film industry during the festival, and this will be an opportunity for Ugandan film makers to network with them,” he stated.

Meanwhile, there will also be a discourse on gender representation in film during the festival featuring a panel of experts as they discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions to the plight of female film makers in Uganda.

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Bryan White parades 3BN Shillings as he prepares for Arua return

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Bryan White Foundation (BWF) boss Bryan White has today announced that he will return to Arua to continue his quest of rehabilitating members of criminal gangs in the town.

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Address Press at his Makeshift offices in Munyonyo, the humanitarian said he will continue his activism of reducing poverty among the young generation but said this time he is focusing more on intoxicated criminal gangs’ members. He unveiled billions of shilling to be used during the entire period of 4 months of project.

Under his Bryan White Foundation, he is set to return to Arua on Friday 19th October for a period of 4 months as a way of reforming the criminal gangs in the area.

Members from notorious youth gangs in Arua will go into a residential camp for 4 months where they will receive training to acquire individual skills in different categories like mechanics, carpentry, brick laying and concrete practice to mention but a few.

The members will also acquire financial discipline and will rehabilitated from their drug and weed affected lives.

“The foundation will spend 4 months skilling and rehabilitating criminal minded youths. After Arua, he will head to Busia and then Kampala doing the same,” a source said.

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Kanye West to visit Uganda

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American rapper Kanye West is coming to Uganda.
The “No More Parties In LA” rapper has revealed in a video that was taken during his impromptu speech at one of the Apple Stores in Georgia that he will be coming to Uganda to finish his ninth album “Yandhi”.
Kanye revealed earlier this month during his appearance on popular US show Saturday Night Live that he was going to Africa to complete the album that was meant to be released on October 1.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye WestHowever details about his visit like where in Uganda he will be staying and if his family, Kim Kardashian and their three children will be joining him remain scanty.

 

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