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MTN Nyege Nyege Ends on a High

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Earlier this year, MTN Uganda unveiled a three year sponsorship deal to support the promotion of East Africa’s largest music festival, promising to grow it from strength to strength.

From Thursday 6th September to Sunday 9th September 2018, over ten thousand revelers packed Nile Discovery Beach in Jinja to experience the MTN Nyege Nyege music festival which ended on a major high.

Set on a magical background along the shores of the longest river in Africa at the source of the Nile, revelers could not resist the urge to dance, interact, make friends and merry as they witnessed an array of musical acts from Africa and beyond.

Speaking on Monday 10th September at MTN Nyonyi Gardens, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Olivier Prentout, was upbeat about the effect that the festival had on locals, the tourism sector and the small-scale traders at large:

“When we announced the partnership, we promised to add value to this event because it plays a major role in the lives of thousands of Ugandans. We have so far witnessed thousands of happy Ugandans enjoying themselves thanks to a celebration of beautiful music performed by over 300 artists, groups and DJs across five stages”, he said.

“We have also been in touch with many Jinja based businesses and local traders who expressed their joy to the fact that they benefitted a lot from the festival thanks to booming business over the last four days. The tourism industry came alive last week in Jinja and this week, many of the internationals will be touring other parts of Uganda before they return to their mother countries.

The event organizer, Mr. Aly Alybhai, said the event went well with no major incidences: “We want to send our appreciation to the fans for enjoying the festival responsibly and to Uganda Police for ensuring security. We worked and coordinated very well with each other and this one of the reasons why the MTN Nyege Nyege Music Festival ended successfully.”  

The co-founder of Nyege Nyege, Mr. Derek Debru, was ecstatic at the talent showcased at the music festival: “Over the last four days, revelers have witnessed an amazing host of musical and artistic talents from Uganda, East Africa, Africa and Europe. The festival has been a huge success thanks to the pure but unique, passionate and expressive performances watched by thousands here in JInja”.

As the title sponsors of the festival, MTN Uganda offered the following services, experiences and products to the revelers:

  • The 1st Cash Less Food Court Area in Uganda: The festival had retailers at the food court that used MTN MoMo Pay for transactions.
  • The MTN TIDAL Experience: Revelers were given more information about the MTN – TIDAL partnership including the upcoming MTN TIDAL Warehouse Concert
  • Free Wi-Fi: In order to share magical experiences with friends and family, MTN Uganda provided Wi-Fi spots at the MTN Experiential Area for revelers to post photos and videos about the festival.
  • Revamped Network: Fiber (Data) and mobile base stations (Voice) were both boosted for a better connected experience, MTN Uganda boosted the network around the area to a tune of UGX 150m.
  • The Pulse Experience: In order to give revelers a true Pulse experience where they live with no fear, MTN Uganda hosted the Pulse Village and MTN Experiential Lounge where they interacted with other Pulsers.
  • International & Cultural Exchanges: In addition to thousands of locals, there were hundreds of international performers and revelers. Their presence promoted local tourism and increased trade for many businesses in Jinja.
  • The Special Tourist SIM Card: MTN Uganda offered a special SIM card loaded with a bundled offer of 4 GBs, 100mins of talk time local calls and 20 mins of international calls at only UGX 50,000. Several MTN staff were stationed in Entebbe, Busia, Malaba and Katuna borders.

Here are some facts about this year’s MTN Nyege Nyege Music Festival:

  • For the first time, there was no rain at the event
  • There were twenty six official sponsors (MTN, Bell, Coca-Cola, Uganda Waragi, NBS TV, Boiler Room, Music Africa, Modern Coast, British Council, SHAPE, Radio City, German Embassy, Nyege Nyege Tapes, ICAS, Nile Hotel Jinja, Rwandair, Ethiopian Airlines, IDEA, SIMENS-Stiftung, Native Instruments, Funktion-One, Talent Africa, Boutiq Electroniq and Africalia)
  • There were over 2,500 international visitors with approximately 500 from Kenya
  • Registered vendors within the precincts of the venue were well over 200 in number
  • Over 100 small scale traders lined up the roads leading to the festival

One reveler, who goes by the name Farouq Farouq on Facebook said: “I’ll stick to saying this year’s #MTNNyegeNyege fest has been just too satisfying” while Nimusiima Edward, a social media enthusiast and digital influencer noted that he ‘saw music & art come together in matrimony and friends from Kigali, Nairobi, South Africa, around the world’.

Since its inception, the MTN Nyege Nyege Music Festival has been revered for its work in exploring, producing and releasing outsider music from around the region and beyond. This year, Ugandan artistes enjoyed a unique opportunity to showcase their music and arts on the same stage with over 100 foreign artists and thousands of audiences attending the event.

Many of the revelers at the MTN Nyege Nyege Music Festival thanked the organisers for the event which celebrated culture, boosted tourism, created a platform for traders to benefit, brought together people from all walks and above all promoted the celebration of dynamic music and arts.

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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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