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Jazz Maestro Isaiah Katumwa electrifies Kampala

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Uganda jazz lovers came in plenty to listen to their very own Jazz Pioneer, the talented Isaiah Katumwa during the much anticipated TML 100 Club Jazz Concert held at the Serena Hotel on Thursday.

The self-taught saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa not only gave revelers a taste of his earlier songs off his 2009 album “Another Step” but also performed a host of new songs like ‘I’ve been there’ and ‘Swahili Breeze’ that had Jazz lovers extremely thrilled in a night that can only be described as magical.

Set in an exclusive setting and with a creative and well set up stage, TML 100 Club members got to enjoy only what is seen on TV, contemporary Afro Jazz played with a complete set of two bands, percussionist and three background vocalists to complete the elaborate and well thought out performance.

The two drummist and percussionist introduced the main act with a powerful one minute performance and when Isaiah Katumwa finally got on stage passionately blowing his soprano saxophone to the tune of “Nakupenda Sana”, the fans who were eagerly waiting welcomed him with applause.

Katumwa took his fans through his musical journey that truly reflected the essence of TML 100 Club concerts – smooth Afro jazz and soul in an exclusive setting with like-minded people. And as the tempo rose, Isaiah and his band members occasionally teased each other with their instruments clearly displaying the musical talent we have in Uganda.

He told his story before each song and brought to the fore his journey as a jazz artist to the reputable artist he is today.

However, this was not a solo musical performance. Isaiah brought out each member of his band to perform a solo, a unique display of mentorship that was applauded by the audience. The night could not go a miss without a surprise performance from another Ugandan Legend Micheal Ouma, whom serenaded the crowd with his guitar.

Uganda and TML 100 Club members will be eagerly waiting for the next African music legend to be rocking the country even as the weekly Jazz Nights continue in various locations around Kampala celebrating our own homegrown talent.

After the show, fans could not hide their excitement as they all thronged the VIP section in a bid to get pictures with the Ugandan Legend.

Speaking after the event, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager said “One thing that makes Isaiah Katumwa stand out is his ability to fuse the Ugandan tunes and culture with his music for the African smooth jazz. Tusker Malt Lager strongly supports this genre of music in Uganda and we promise an even exhilarating experience during the next TML 100 Club Jazz concert”.

This Isaiah Katumwa Jazz Concert was truly a special one as all the funds raised went to the Isaiah Katumwa foundation that works to promote and strengthen human development, achievement and productivity by supporting and operating programs in the core mission areas of Education, Youth Mentorship, and Health care.

The Tusker Malt Lager 100 Club which was introduced in September last year with performances from South Africa’s Zonke in November, Efya Awindor, in April this year.  This was again another event that catered to their customers passions and interest and an opportunity for the audience to join the prestigious Tusker Malt Lager 100 Club.

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Jose Chameleone cleans up Twitter, follows only two Ugandan artistes, your guess is as good as ours.

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After being unfollowed by the President or rather his administrator, Jose Chameleone has not taken Twitter lightly. The singer has done some cleaning up and has been left with only 108 accounts to follow and only two of those are Ugandan artistes.

It is not rocket science that Chameleone only decides to follow his two brothers Pallaso and Radio&Weasel, had it been any others maybe we would be wondering the criteria he used.

Chameleone is one of the most followed Ugandan artistes on Twitter and not following you may not go so well with you as an artiste.

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Judiciary secretary Bigirimana Rubbishes Reports he’s been Denied Visa to the US

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SECRETARY TO the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana has described reports that he’s been denied a visa to The United States as ‘malice’ insisting was in New York just recently.

There was a published story that Bigirimana was denied entry to The States where he was invited to attend the inauguration of Prof Jim Gash as the president of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. According prior News, Bigirimana was expected to travel alongside other judicial officials including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

Reacting to the story, Bigirimana describes the reports as malice and unfounded.“This is malice . I returned from New York recently. That’s rubbish,” he said. Indeed, Bigirimana was in the United States in May this year for the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to which he is the secretary. As part of its 100th anniversary, ILO painted a mural at the Uganda Embassy in New York in recognition of the efforts the government has put in place to solve youth unemployment.

The mural, part of the five painted around New York, specifically honours the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) for its unique approach in promoting youth entrepreneurship while contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment.To date, the Programme which was initiated by Bigirimana following his posting to the Gender Ministry in June 2013, has funded 20,159 youth projects. Up to Shs9,232 billion has been revolved to finance another youth 1,090 projects.Bigirimana has been at the forefront for integrity and has been praised by President Yoweri Museveni for his role in fighting corruption in Uganda.He has also been praised for his hard work and patriotism.

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We intend to have the biggest event of the year in ASFA 2019 – Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai

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The Abryanz style and Fashion awards are back for the 7th time and for the first time they have partnered with Talent Africa group.

Talent Africa group under it’s events and promotion wing will come active and handy in the ASFA 2019. We were keen on the partnership and quizzed Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai on why he chose to partner with Abryanz this year.“We are a 360 entertainment company and have over years mastered the art of events marketing and this is another event we look forward to evelevating further. Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards have a very good reputation and we are sure our contribution will be felt” he said.

Talent Africa Group has in the past yet somilarly big events like Nyege Nyege and hosted many foreign artistes and have at all instances sold out. With such momentum we can be sure ASFA 2019 will be another event to look upto, probably the best ever edition so far.

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