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Maurice Kirya serenades fans at Serena concert

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Maurice Kirya entertains fans during the Kirya Live 2018 edition held at the Kampala Serena hotel.

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By Our Reporter

2nd November 2018 won’t be like any other day in the calendar. In the books of history, it will be the day when the Club Beer-sponsored Kirya Live 2018 sold out, just like the other past Kirya Live editions.

The clock was ticking towards 9pm, and on the floor people were literally fighting for space to have a glimpse of their star – Maurice Kirya, the King of Mwooyo. Upcoming acts like Shifah Musisi, Afrie, JC Muyonjo and Body of Brian had warmed up the stage. It was the right temperature for a man who’s melted hearts with his voice.

“Ssebo Headmaster…” a familiar voice seared through the Victoria Hall, Kampala Serena Hotel. “Maurice!” Hundreds of fans shouted as they paced towards the stage, a phone in a hand and excitement on their faces.

Maurice Kirya stepped on stage to officially kickstart his highly-anticipated Kirya Live 2018 edition.

A head sock perched on his head, stylish dark glasses with a golden tint and a yellow jumper, backed with an army of talented instrumentalists, he kicked off the show with ‘Headmaster’ off his Free Dreams album. What ensued thereafter was an unstoppable train of an exhilarating performance that will stay in people’s minds for a while.

Fenon had done a decent job and the shimmering lights cut through the audience like a Samurai. The VIP section was packed to the rafters with Kirya’s diehard fans and they hanged onto every song he pelted.

Song after song, his fans sang along. Lyrics spilling out of their mouths with ease. He took them on a brief detour back the memory lane and performed classics like Misubbawa. Maurice’s creative candle hardly burns out. And it was lit for the entire show. He kept on leapfrogging from song to song off his past albums and, the audience sang along to every song, on top of their voices. He performed Heart Back from his Free Dreams album and his fans, mainly ladies, made a beeline and literally handed over their hearts. ‘Crippin’ drove the audience ‘Insane’.

He would later join the audience as he performed his emotive Mulembe Gwa Kirya song. Girls, now shouting themselves hoarse, raced to the front and took a plethora of selfies with their star. “…children will rise, taller than the mountains…” he sang and, his fans, indeed rose taller than the mountains and hungrily wanted a slice of the crooner.

10:30pm.

Every space was literally occupied. The floor was teeming of people dancing and singing to Kirya’s songs. “Next year, I want to do it differently,” he said, pausing the show for a brief speech. “I want to help young talents, to give them a platform like this one. So, next year, we shall have a festival,” he added, amidst thunderous chanting from the audience.

The clock ticked on, so did the show. A few minutes past 11pm, he sang his popular gospel ballad, Nze Ani that not only took people to church, but closed the show as well. He left his ardent fans yearning for more of him, more of his songs.

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Ykee Benda to compile list of “worst” Songs produced this year

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As the year comes to an end, people usually make a review of how it has unfolded in terms of their specific areas of life.

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Last year, musician Bebe Cool came under fire for writing a list of his favorite top artists and songs,a list that left very many disgruntled as their favorite artists were left out, while others complained that some acts that made his list were not deserving.

Looks like Ykee Benda is picking a leaf from Bebe, only this time, he will be compiling a list of the bad songs, call them not so nice songs that were produced this year.

“Am making a list of all the bad songs this year …wait for it…bad I mean not nice songs!”

Like he has asked us to be patient, we shall do just that and keep you posted on which artist makes this ‘not so good’ list.

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