By Staff Writer.
Monitoring and Evaluation specialist, Isaiah Eitu, has taken on music and released a brand new song.
Isaiah who started off singing in a church choir way back in 1994 composed his first song in 1997, but only recorded his maiden single in 2006.
Asked why he has decided to get serious with music now, the rising star said that he hadn’t taken it as a career but for the fun of it.
“I had not taken music as a career but just used to compose and sing for the fun of it. Last year 2017 is when I picked interest to seriously write down all my songs and record them just for my listening pleasure but my inner circle and producers compelled me to share these beautiful messages with fellow countrymen,” he said.
Isaiah who works with the formal sector wishes to take his talent to another level. He says that he is very patriotic and would do anything to showcase Uganda as the Pearl of Africa.
Take a listen to his song ‘Together for Uganda’
Cindy, Naava Grey to headline the 2018 Oktoberfest
By Our Reporter
The world’s largest beer and food festival, the Oktoberfest, is back for its fourth edition in Kampala, promising a cocktail of food, beer and fun for city dwellers come Saturday, September 29.
The annual event which will be hosted at the Uganda Museum Gardens will be headlined by local music stars, Cindy Sanyu and Naava Grey. There will also be performances from flutist Siima Sabiti and singer Afrie, in addition to a DJ showcase by The Almost Famous DJs featuring DJ Mary Joe and DJ Xzyl.
According to Mark Kaheru of My Food Network, the event organisers, this year’s edition is aimed at celebrating women with its theme “Divas edition” hence the an all-female line-up.
He also noted that, “The Oktoberfest has become a tradition that celebrates the friendship between German and Ugandan cultures and has become an important merrymaking event for many.”
As has become the tradition, the Ugandan version of the fiesta will entail celebrations of food, blends of different cultures and merrymaking. The event will feature a mix of friendly inter-cultural activities including wardrobe fun costume competitions overseen by a team of judges headed by former German Ambassador Klaus Holderbaum.
There will also be traditional Oktoberfest games such as a beer straw challenge, tug-of-war, beer pong, arm wrestling, Stein (beer glass) hoisting challenge, eating challenge, beer speed drinking.
“Beer has always been the uniting factor at social gatherings for Ugandans. We celebrate our friendships by sharing Tusker Lite and the Oktoberfest is an opportunity for the German and Ugandan cultures to share and connect over amazing food, excellent beer and lots of fun,” said Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager, Premium Beers.
Tickets are available on discount when purchased using Visa card or Mastercard under the Blue Weekends promotion with Stanbic Bank. For those paying cash, tickets will be sold at only Shs20,000. Gates open at noon.
Salvado bringing top African comedians to Kampala for comedy show
By Our Reporter
Comedian Patrick Salvado Idringi will treat Ugandans to a steady supply of humour yet again after the return of his star-studded Africa Laughs show was confirmed on Tuesday. First held in 2013, the feast of laughter will celebrate its fourth season on October 8, 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Salvado has over the years transformed into one of the biggest brands in comedy both locally and across the continent, with his blend of laugh-out-loud humour and cheeky charm. He pulls crowds wherever he goes and with him hosting a show, the lineup is guaranteed to crank up every bit of laughter with jokes from all over the globe. Five local acts are lined up for the Singleton-sponsored event, including Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mcvex, Agnes Akite and Madrat&Chiko while international comedians Prof Hamo (Kenya), Kevin J (UK), Basketmouth (Nigeria), Alfred Kainga (Zimbabwe), Eddie Kadi (Congo), Mc Jessy (Kenya) and Arthur Nkusi (Rwanda) complete the five-star roaster.
There will definitely be no reason to miss out on what promises to be an evening of rib-cracking comedy at the Serena Conference Hall come d-day with individual tickets going for Shs100,000 and a table available for Shs500,000. The lineup promises a blend of acts that include dialects, character voices, accents, great insight into human nature and street wise humour.
For Salvado, the journey the Africa Laughs show has enjoyed is testament to the growth of comedy in Uganda and the region at large.
“The industry has risen from nothing to grace. As major stakeholders in the industry, we have the challenge of keeping things new and exciting to keep our audiences satisfied. Africa Laughs returns with lots of additions as we continue to grow and develop comedy,” said Salvado.
Desire Luzinda releases last album, announces start of new chapter in her life
By Our Reporter
Musician Desire Luzinda is beginning a new chapter in her life. This was marked by the release of her new album titled “Transition” on Monday.
During the album release party held at Sky Lounge, the “Ekitone” star announced that this will be her last album as a secular artist, and she will henceforth be doing only Gospel music.
She explained that this was not an overnight decision, but it had been well thought over for two years now, a time during which she was involved in God’s ministry.
“After my 2014 nudity scandal, I drew closer to God. I started praying harder and seeking God deeper.” She explained. “I engaged in church activities and from there on I knew that it is where I belonged. The calling for worship began to manifest in my life and I began to hate secular music, and wanted to quit.”
“I have spent 2 years praying and seeking God on how to transition and releasing this album, which is my last, is one of the steps to my new journey.” She added.
Meanwhile, Desire also used the opportunity to announce her new campaign dubbed “Girls and Goals” through which she hopes to empower women by sharing nuggets of her life story.
“We live in a society where psychological and social factors among others affect the choices of a girl child in shaping their lifestyles. I want to share my story with the young generation especially girls so that it may help them in making the right decisions while chasing their dreams.” She stated.
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