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Movie Review: The Equaliser starring Denzel Washington 

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The long-awaited blockbuster, finally, arrived and it is in cinemas now. And, oh boy, The Equaliser, starring the legendary Denzel Washington, is one heck of a movie. Based on the 80s TV series of the same name, Denzel, here, takes his stealth vigilante as seriously as he does his previous Oscar nominated performances. It is an action-thriller and Denzel, starring as Robert McCall, was at it again.

He lives a low-profile Spartan-like solo existence as a clerk at a Boston area Home Depot-like emporium. He is loved by his co-workers and often times, he offers guidance. They treat him with respect, something you would expect because at 59, Denzel is like a fatherly figure to many. And it comes to fore in The Equaliser as well. Later on, insomnia will kick in. To curb it down, he sips tea, in the night, while reading classics (including ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘The Invisible Man’ titles) in an all-night diner where he would later meet an underage hooker named Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz). She waits for a Russian pimp from this diner. She would pitch up with a black eye, but her friend, McCall, would offer a walk home.

The director, Antoine Fuqua, has a way of making his audience glued onto their seat. Twists are taken. And it becomes a cat-and-mouse chase when the little girl is thumped to cabbages by Russian Mafiosos rendering her to go in comma. McCall has a depthless heart; so, he eases himself, silently, at the hospital to visit her. And he looked peeved, clearly. He looks disillusioned and disappointed, and utterly angered by the deed. His insomnia-laded life turns into a gruesome pick-and-play game of cards as he hunts down the Russians. He slits jugulars. He is fast in this, something renowned of Denzel. He was at it in Man of Fire with Dakota Fanning. And he is at again in The Equaliser.

He won’t stifle a grin, no. He has a stern face. A face of a wounded man out to clear the city of bad businesses. He seeks justice, but he calls it peace. He hardly bats his eyelids because his eyes are piercing and deadly and when he dares the Russian Mafioso to say what he sees in his eyes, the Russian mutes because he sees nothing but anguish and, of course, death. Mr. McCall is intelligent and crisp smart. See, he has been dared and forced out of retirement. Here, it is poetic justice. His head is needed by a Russian gang leader, Pushkin, and vice versa. The Mafiosos comb his little place and, in turn, he combs them with sheer smartness and with his quick hands. Their necks are tilted at a fast-speed. He wears a timepiece and he fancies to time himself; he loves seconds, it seems. And in micro-blogging seconds, he will clear the place with terrific speed. He won’t stop till the last man-Pushkin.

The crime-peppered city is cleared of the bad deeds and after Mr. McCall kills the gang leader based in Moscow, he eases back to his normal life. Trotting on the streets in his iconic limp with the sun full in his face. Peace is restored, at least to him. And the city, of course. This film acts as an origin story with an ending that suggests a new franchise is afoot. It might not be bad for Washington to stay in the action in a series at the least acknowledges those who qualify for a senior discount can be crusaders, too.

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Hymn Experience to bring christians together on Good Friday

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Christians of different denominations will come together to celebrate Hymn music on GoodFriday in a Christian event dubbed The Hymn Experience. The show that will beheld at Kampala Serena Hotel is organized by Masrob Events and the idea was championed by Hymn Singer Julian Nakato also known as Nakie Julian. Accordingto Nakie, gospel events have not seen success and have not been fully supported over the years. “I sat down in 2014 and thought of how to change the mindset of those who attend gospel concerts and thought about something fresh” Nakie says. She goes on to say that the Hymn Experience is an idea he got because Hymnsongs are forgotten but loved by many church goers. This year’s theme will be Bring Back The Choir and different choirs from different churches will come together to perform for the crowd at Kampala Serena Hotel. Among the notable performers who will be on stage alongside Nakie Julian will include calvary Cross Choir, Golden GateChoir, All Saints Choir, and Jehovah Shalom which is an Acapella outfit. Singer Levixone will also perform alongside Ezekiel and Esther, the youngsters who recently won the East Africa has got talent music competitions. The only difference is that these singers will not perform their songs but will perform together with church choirs and they will perform Hymns.

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Cindy looking to inspire fellow female musicians in daring Cricket Oval concert

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Cindy Sanyu speaking to media during a press conference held at Bight of Benin on Monday.

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Musician Cindy Sanyu is set for a mega concert dubbed “Boom Party Concert” slated for this Saturday, March 7 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

The “Ayokyayokya” star will be hoping to make history as the first Ugandan female musician to take on the arduous venue, one that has predominantly been used by international artists and countable Ugandan male artists.

Although she admitted worrisomeness about the choice of venue, she insists it is for the greater good and hopes to inspire fellow female musicians with the daring move.

“As a female musician who has been in the industry for over a decade, I wanted to cement my legacy with something that has not be done before. This is why I ended up choosing to hold my concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval.” Cindy told media during a press briefing held at Bight of Benin restaurant on Monday.

“I also want to squash this notion that it is only international musicians that can fill up Lugogo as well as inspire fellow women that it can be done.” She added.

Meanwhile, Cindy has promised to give fans a memorable experience, revealing that she will be performing with twice the number of dancers and instrumentalists than she usually does.

The “Boom Party Concert” will feature other artists such as Kent & Flosso, Eddy Kenzo, Maro, Karole Kasita, Rabadaba, Silver X (from South Sudan), and Viper Ranking among others.

“I know I can’t do this on my own. I am calling on everyone to come and support me.  Join me and we make history together.” She concluded.

The concert is being organised by Nexus Events and sponsored by Tusker Malt. Tickets are on sale at Shs. 20,000 (ordinary), Shs. 50,000 (VIP) and Shs 1,000,000(table).

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Talent Africa’s Sam Lamara aka Samurae shines at the MTN Hip Hop Awards

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For over a decade, the name Samurae has echoed through the corridors of the Hip Hop fraternity as he has been producing and engineering urban music under Talent Africa Studios. His real name is Sam Lamara and has worked with some of biggest brands that have driven the UG HipHop industry including Klear Kut, Navio, The Mith, Tucker HD, Play 01, Flex D Paper, Byg Ben, Keko, GNL and so  many more. Whether he is producing the track or recording, mixing & mastering, its no secret that what Sam touches comes out a master piece. His prowess with instruments & ear for great beats have earned him his place among the most respected music producers in the country right now.  Last Friday at the MTN Hip Hop Awards Samurae was awarded the accolade of the Producer of the Year.

Another product of Talent Africa is hip hop artist Tucker HD who won Album of the Year for his album titled “Vroom” which was recorded, mixed and mastered and executive produced by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios. Tucker HD now a solo artist was signed to Talent Africa in 2012 through a talent search that formed the musical group called AirporTaxi.

The Collaboration of the Year was “UG’s Most Wanted” which featured Byg Ben, Tucker HD, Tushi Polo, Play 01 and J Watts. The project was produced by Josh B and engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered at Talent Africa Studios. 

The Inspirational Song of the Year was “Amen” by The Mith Ft Mal-X. The track was produced by Kozneffekt and also engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios.  

The Rap Fusion of the Year was a “Giddem” a collaboration by Big Tril and Talent Africa’s dancehall sensation Beenie Gunter. 

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai states “Talent Africa has always been a strong supporter of Ugandan hip hop music and culture and it very nice to see that our projects and talents are being rewarded for their hard work and dedication. We are also set to open our brand new state of the art studio premises in Kololo where we will be offering 360 degree content creation services with a brand new audio studio, video studio, editing suite, live music production and a music school. The new studios will be re-branded under the name TAG Studios.”

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Vusi Thembekwayo to host cocktail this Friday

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Acclaimed South African business mogul, venture capitalist and global speaker, Vusi Thembekwayo, will host entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts to a Johnnie Walker cocktail this Friday, March 6, 2020, at Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz.

Vusi is set to land in the Pearl of Africa this Wednesday for high-class engagements with the business community at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday, where he will host a breakfast meeting and later on Friday, where he will host the Johnnie Walker cocktail at the Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz.

The self-made millionaire will share from his well of expertise in strategy, leadership, and sales.

While addressing the media, Uganda Breweries Limited Head of Luxury Portfolio, Annette Nakiyaga, urged the public to seize the opportunity and draw from the wealth of knowledge Vusi will share at the cocktail.

“Johnnie Walker celebrates success, achievement, ambition and hard work. Vusi is a true representation of these values we hold dear and as such, we are more than honoured to host together with him, the cocktail at the Protea Hotel by Mariott Kampala Skyz. This is Johnnie Walker way of contributing to the passing down of the same values to entrepreneurs and the business community in Uganda,” she said.

Vusi is currently the CEO of Boutique Investment & Advisory firm in Africa, a firm that guides large and listed businesses towards more lucrative directions. He is also the chairman of MyGrowthFund, a venture capital Fund and business accelerator.

 

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