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How Jamaican music gave birth to modern Ugandan pop music.

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The viral analysis of Club Video Music Awards jugde, Jasmine Dotiwal, which we broke stripped naked the bitter truth that 99% of Ugandan music videos is full of Jamaican stuff! In her own words,,”One thing that intrigued me was that it seemed that 99% of all music videos submitted, seemed to come straight from Jamaica, such is the passion of Ugandans brought up on dancehall music. With full patois accents and dancehall dance moves, it was like judging a Caribbean set of acts, as opposed to African.”

Instead of rushing to baseless conclusions and unnecessary criticism, I thought it wise to trace the roots of this trend. Tshaka Mayanja is the sole reason why Jamaican music is embedded in the core of Ugandan pop music. In the early 90s, he brought into the country top Jamaican artistses at a time when the Pearl of Africa was reeling the pleasure of newly found peace and freedom in the new change of guard. Red Rat, Shaba Ranks, Brian and Gold, Chaka Demus and Pliers(1996), Spanner and Banner (1997) then Third World, Papa San in 1997 making him equivalent to today’s promoter Balaam! While Congolese Lingala music ruled the music charts, through Tshaka’s efforts, he gave birth to modern Ugandan pop music.

The Ugandan pioneers included Rasts Rob, Shanks Vivie D, Menton Krono, Raga D. They blended Ugandan local speak to Jamaican patois and spotted dreadlocks but Menton Summer’s ”Sirakowo Baby” hit made the blend of dancehall and reggae a favourite among the youth. Today’s top artistes like Bebe , Bobi, Chamil, Peter Miles, Vampino, have all harnessed Jamaican styles to make their mark.

While some have gone ahead to make collaborations with their Jamaican idols, Uganadan music still struggles to create its own brand like the Nigerians, Congolese and South Africans have. Konshens, Shaggy, Bennie Man, Brick and Lace, Buju Banton, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Wayne Wonder are some of the Jamaicans that have entertained Ugandans in Kampala! Alaine, another top artiste is scheduled to perform alongside Konshens this August! Now you know!!!!

 

 

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APass: Pray for Bryan White, don’t judge him now

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Multi-talented singer Alexander Bagonza alias APass spent sometime and paid a visit to ailing tycoon Bryan White.

In his visit, APass nearly shed tears after sighting Bryan’s deteriorating health.

In response, APass took it to his social media and disclosed Bryan’s agony, that can only be resolved by joint prayers from the public.

He also begged those who wish to judge him not to bother at the moment but instead later.

Read APass statement in full;

I have never seen a brother in so much pain, guys

Please put my brother Bryan White in your prayers because he is fighting For his life every minute.

And even if you want to judge him do that later.

I was humbled to be allowed to pay him a visit at his home but he is in bad shape but strong at heart and I pray he stays that way and gets well.  #PrayForBryanWhite

Bryan White was hospitalized last month after contracting intestinal complications to point to flying his blood samples to South Africa for advanced examination.

Unfortunately, efforts to revive the tycoon’s stand as before has been in vain as he was discharged earlier this week from Nakasero Hospital after medical specialists failing to find out his illness.

We wish Bryan White a quick recovery!

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Singer Kvan drops Oliwa Audio, Listen to it here

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Black Market Records’ singer Kvan finally released the Audio of her latest song ‘Oliwa’

The audio was produced by D’Mario, this project was setup by Maro ug which was called the ‘Rolex Medley’ where he got the best musical writers in Uganda like Ratigan, Sheena Skies and Mavo Culture to write different verses on the track

https://youtu.be/5uCWljuExR4

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Singer Kvan drops Oliwa Audio, Listen to it here

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Black Market Records’ singer Kvan finally released the Audio of her latest song ‘Oliwa’

The audio was produced by D’Mario, this project was setup by Maro ug which was called the ‘Rolex Medley’ where he got the best musical writers in Uganda like Ratigan, Sheena Skies and Mavo Culture to write different verses on the track

https://youtu.be/5uCWljuExR4

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Diggy Baur: Jose Chameleone frauded Hanson Baliruno’s money in Zanzibar

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By BigEyeUg Team

Renowned Ugandan music producer, Diggy Baur can’t cease spitting fire at celebrated music legendary Jose Chameleone following their nasty brawl on Tuesday.

The ‘Sabula Records’ head producer accuses Jose Chameleone of coming at his studio disordered with an influence of alcohol hence beating-up his co-producer Hakie and himself.

Producer Diggy Baur and Jose Chameleone during their hail days

Among the highlights in Baur’s vigorous reactions regarding this incident is his revelation that Jose Chameleone is a fraudster who pocketed fellow singer Hanson Baliruno’s money.

During his interview on NBS TV’s After5 show, Baur disclosed how the ‘Baliwa’ singer swindled Hanson Baliruno’s money when they travelled to Zanzibar for a video shoot of their collabo ‘Tondekangawo’.

Jose Chameleone and Hanson Baliruno in Zanzibar

Producer Baur claims to have copied a complaint from Hanson Baliruno himself last year about this incident.

However, Baur’s shocking news were immersed by Hanson himself who was also part of the interview as he claimed to have sorted out the negative issues with the accused way back.

Tondekangawo video shoot in Zanzibar

Jose Chameleone is still playing dumb about the allegations.

watch video here (courtesy: Sanyuka TV)

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