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Jazz Safari donates learning equipment to Kampala school of handicapped

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Jazz Safari donates to Kampala school of handicappedThe Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari doesn’t happen until June 30, but its most beautiful tunes already rent the air at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped. Selected as the beneficiary of the annual jazz event’s charity initiative for this year, the school has had specialised equipment set up to help supplement the learning efforts and skills of the school’s disabled pupils.

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Charity initiatives of this nature have been a feature of the Jazz Safari since 2011, with support rendered to different causes through the Rotary Clubs of Uganda. And the latest beneficiary of this helping hand is the Balintuma Road-based school, which during the ongoing second term received equipment valued at £50,000 (about Shs250m). The equipment was obtained through friends and a partnership with Disc Manufacturing Services, a new specialist ICT center based in England.

“Our partnership has been flourishing and we look forward to reaching as far as taking up staff welfare at the school for the next five years with an annual donation of £2,500. Renovations are ongoing at the school as well,” said Tshaka Mayanja, the Jazz Safari founder.

The Jazz Safari has also championed causes in projects such as farming in Ssese Islands under Rotary Kampala-Ssese Club. For several years they have also worked with the Rotary Clubs Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital, dedicating a ward named after the late Maureen Mugoya; The Maureen Mugoya Breast Cancer Ward.

The Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari whose eleventh edition is set for June 30, will have legendary bassist and vocalist Richard Bona performing at the annual event which this year switches venue to Speke Resort Muyonyo lakeside.

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Sax maestro Dean Fraser to perform alongside Tarrus Riley

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Dean Fraser, a world renowned reggae saxophonist will perform alongside Tarrus Riley in Kampala on August 31st. Bell Jamz has confirmed the Jamaican saxophonist as an addition to the star studded line-up expected at the Swangz All Star concert.

The 60-year-old Jamaican is considered one of Jamaica’s finest brass players and has developed an international following for his sultry jazz-toned reggae music. Fraser has performed alongside legends such as Bob Marley and shot to fame when he recorded two covers of Marley, Dean Plays Bob and Dean Plays Bob volume II. Both Riley and Fraser will perform in Uganda for the first time.

Preparations for the event are in high gear with organizers hiring sound engineers from the UK to ensure a world class production. Robert Stuart, who also doubles as Sean Paul’s sound engineer will be part of the sound and production team.

Tarrus and Dean will be accompanied by the 12 man strong Black Soil band. Ticket sales to the show are currently ongoing with an early bird offer of 25k ordinary and VIP at 85k. These can be purchased from Capital Shoppers outlets, Mega Standard and Game Lugogo.

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Ngala Fiesta to take revelers on a getaway weekend at Ssese Islands

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DJ Slaughter Elly will the official deejay during the Ngala Fiesta

Revelers are set to enjoy a getaway weekend at Ssese Islands when the inaugural edition of Ngala Fiesta gets underway late this month.

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Organised by Authority Africa, Ngala Fiesta promises to be a fun-filled three day outdoor event offering revelers a camping experience. The fiesta will also have several other fun activities including swimming, trekking, beach soccer, camp fires, and kiting among others.

“Once in a while we deserve a getaway far from civilization, an escape far into the wild, to busk in the ambiance of fresh air and night breezes with a lot of entertainment and night beach music covered with lots of night activities,” noted Bagenda Marvin, one of the brains behind the event.

The fiesta will open with a boat cruise on Thursday, August 23rd as revelers set off to Kingfisher camping site on Ssesse Islands. The merrymaking will carry on through the weekend and revelers will return on Sunday, August 26.

Tickets are already on sale with couples paying 350K for cottages and 250K for tents. Singles are paying 150K.

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Charly And Nina Could  Permanently Move to Uganda

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The Rwandan duo of Charly Na Nina have had reasonable success in the music industry,most of which they have to thank Uganda for.

I mean,they have made some great music with Ugandan artists like Geo Steady who worked with them on “Owooma.” ,Bebe Cool who featured them on his jam,”I do” among others .They have also worked with Ugandan producers and won hearts of the Ugandan music audience.

It seems Charlotte  Rulinda and Fatuma Muhoozi  have fallen in love with Uganda,plan to get married to the banana Republic and set up home here, which also makes sense since they have heard a few issues back home after recently parting ways with their manager.

The two have reportedly been living in Makindye, Kampala for the better part of this year and  are working on more music in Uganda.

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