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Meet AK Dans, a proud south Sudanese comedian in Uganda

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Mr. Ak Dans. Tell us more about yourself, where does that name come from?

My full name is Akau Daniel Jambo Poundak. So Ak comes from my name Akau and Dans comes from Daniel. You must be wondering about the “S”. The “S” came about from a theory i believed in when i was growing up. I used to go through a lot of hardships and i always made it out. So i always told myself there is someone else in me that helps me go through these challenges. My guardian Angel hence the “S” to represent two people. The soul and the body.

You seem to have Family Members around the globe, how many are you?

Yes, i come from a family of 8 boys and 2 girls making us 10. I emerge as the 7th born. 6 of my siblings are in Australia and 2 in Uganda and 1 in South Sudan. The one in South Sudan who is the first born followed the foot steps of my Dad. He is a soldier too. But yes i do come from a large family indeed. My father had 5 wives and my mother was the 4th wife. Nyakir Hbre was the first, Achieu Riak Bol second, Samira Ajuong 3rd, Anai Malou Akau( My mom) 4th and Finally Leila Machut.

With Such a large Family, how did your father manage supporting everyone?

My dad Jambo Poundak was a very hardworking and respectful man. He was a Major General in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. That is the current ruling party as SPLM And he was a father who needed to support his family like any other man. That alone pushed him harder. But life then was quite easier. Life before money was a thing. My family mostly survived on farming. A lot of people did in South Sudan.

Being a family with different half brothers and sisters how do you manage to live in harmony?

We actually don’t look at each other as half brothers and sisters. We are brothers and sisters and we loved each other so much. Growing up we never involved ourselves in the issues between our father and his wives. Thats technically what every black child does. You keep your distance as a child. You don’t know where those two met so you just mind your business. All we waited for was here is your new brother or sister and then we immediately add him to the Family WhatsApp group. Lol

How hard was it to survive without your father and later your mother?

It was extremely hard bro, very hard. I had to man up before puberty. Every decision i made was a life changing decision. I had no room for mistakes. I was a parent of my own. My adolescent age was the hardest. Imagine being a parent of yourself. Imagine advising yourself not to do drugs and then you get mad at yourself because you don’t want to be told what to do. It was really hard. I cried for months for everyday that passed by, my world was falling a part but after sometime i got myself together.

What has living as an orphan taught you?

The power of Self believe and self value. We often need someone to encourage and support you and thats what your parents do in abundance. But after losing my parents, i got to find out that i can believe in myself and encourage myself. Up to now that’s what I thrive on

What message do you have for people who have gone through similar circumstances of being orphaned at a very early age?

Be patient and believe in yourself. No condition is permanent. Death only means that they are no longer with you physically but they will always be with you spiritually.

Recently you did your one man show, tell us more about it.

Yes, i did my first one man show dubbed “The Woke Refugee” in Juba, South Sudan. It was directed by my best friend Maral Khajeh and we sold out on the morning of the show. I was so happy. That was one of my best nights in comedy.

Tell us about the Woke Refugee.

The Woke Refugee is a story of a young Refugee growing up to become a comedy star. Turning the trauma of Refugee camps into Humour. The word “Woke” means waking up and turning your negatives into positives.

Do you plan on doing any in Kampala soon?

Yes, i am but sometime next year. After doing this show in August, i realized that i was doing it to a wrong audience. I mean if am trying to encourage refugees to wake up and turning their trauma in to something positive then i should take this show to the Refugee camps where the message has to be heard. So i decided with my team to do “The Woke Refugee tour in the Camps”. We are going to start with Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement camp, Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement and finally Kakuma Refugee camp where i was born. We are currently raising funds to do the show and other charities through different avenues including GoFundme.com

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Meet Kwata Esimu Hit Maker, Freeboy

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Freeboy aka Mandela Mubark Adams is talented Ugandan artist who has caught an eye for everyone after his saleout song Kwata Esimu featuring Swangz Avenue’s Winnie Nwagi

Here is all you need to know about him

Freeboy is a young artist from the westnile region / Arua town who started his singing career not so long ago, he has managed to put a couple of songs under his name that have established him and one of the most sought after artists at the moment.

He has songs like Magic, Alemi, Letaa, and Sabala Gwe Abinkubya, among others that made him the biggest artist in the westnile region,

Signed to Viva entertainment an Arua based company they teamed up with swangz avenue in an endeavour to giving him a bigger platform, thus working with Winnie Nwagi on the Kwata Esimu hit song that has become the talk of the town, topping all music charts both Radio and TV

Freeboy comes with a unique voice & style, blending kadongo kamu with afro beats & pop making him an interesting artist to watch out for

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“I earned 120K at my first job” Brian Ahumuza consoles Sheila Gashumba

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Fashion guru Ahumuza Brian of Abryanz Collection has revealed how he was also being paid 120 monthly salary. Through his social media platforms, Ahumuza Brian has revealed how much he was paid being when he had just started his fashion road years ago.

Ahumuza opened up his first store, The Abryanz Collection Store, a clothing retail opened its doors to the public in 2010 at Prime Complex and in 2014, the Abryanz Collection was awarded as the Best Youth Fashion Store at the Kadanke Youth Awards.At the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards in 2015, the Abryanz Collection launched its first custom made collection. The majority of the pieces are now on sale in stores. This collection was collaboration between Brian Ahumuza and a few fashion designers in Korea.

The Abryanz Collection has also showcased at many of the past Buzz Teeniez Awards events, and Kadanke Youth Awards. Off the runway, the collection has exhibited in secondary schools within Kampala and across Central region during the school tours organized by the fashion magnet.

The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards. (2013- To Date)

With the idea of getting the fashion industry in Uganda pronounced and established, Brian Ahumuza begun The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards back in 2013.

Abryanz was named the new Ciroc UG Brand ambassador on 14 October 2016. The fashion guru broke records as he became the first East African to endorse the Premium Vodka Brand, Ciroc.

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A Mbarara 9 year old releases her debut single

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Have you thought about the children’s entertainment specially during this lockdown? 

This is sorted as a 9 year old girl from Mbarara district releases  her first solo video titled ‘NINZA KWEGA’ literally meaning ‘I WILL LEARN’ 

Murungi is undoubtedly talented  and picks inspiration from her mother Emily Kikazi, the region’s reigning Best Female Artist. Murungi’s project does not come as a mistake since she recently featured her mother in the trending Runyankore song titled Twerinde Coronavirus. Murungi brings out a strong voice and wonderful gestures in the NINZA KWEGA single. It’s not the first time she appears before a camera. In 2019, Murungi appeared in a song visual titled ‘Mwana Wangye’ where the mother was telling her to be a well behaved child. Now in her Ninza Kwega song, the young beautiful Murungi, like her name, seems to be putting into practice what the mother taught her. Murungi is a lucky girl. She is already signed under her mother’s label called SUPER RICH GANG and the song was produced by the best producer Deus Kabagambe of sure tunes and Video was shot by VoltFilms. The mother tells us that she has a full independent management under the same label led by one U-Turn Fahard who is an influencer in the region. 

The mother, Emily Kikazi, an artist, says she is aiming at a big brand Murungi not just a stage performing artist. Murungi is having a personal music coach who doubles as her producer Deus Kabagambe. In just hours, her Facebook page MURUNGI and Youtube channel MURUNGI UG have shown pretty good growth. I recommend this video for every parent and child. Good luck MURUNGI!

Watch her debut single here

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Lydia Jazmine, Feffe Bussi, Tonix and Grenade light up Club Beatz second edition

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The second edition of Club Beatz at Home online concert took place on Saturday and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Bussi and Tonix. The show as usual was hosted by Martha Kay and DJ Aludah made his debut appearance.

The Club Pilsner organised show lived up expectations and got fans piling praise for the exhibition. All artistes performed in the comfort of their homes.

The show started with Allan Tonix electrifying ‘Swag Meter’ performance. Tonix also did ‘Sikuleka’, ‘Romance’, and ‘Sunday’ before leaving the mic for Grenade. Grenade did his master pieces Nkuloga and Akaama among other songs and still put up a good show.

Lydia Jazmine then took over the show with her ‘Masuka’, ‘You and Me’, ‘Hit and Run’ among others. Feffe Bussi, the master of free style then closed the artistes’ show with ‘Business’, ‘Love Yo’ among others.

The party went on all night with Sir Aludah on the decks.

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