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MultiChoice announces initiative to nurture young Filmmakers in Africa

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Chairman MultiChoice Uganda Steven Musoke delivering his speech during the MultiChoice Talent Factory launch.

Chairman MultiChoice Uganda Steven Musoke delivering his speech during the MultiChoice Talent Factory launch.

MultiChoice Africa, the continent’s leading video entertainment services provider, announced a bold new Pan-African social investment initiative – the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) – aimed at igniting and growing Africa’s creative industries into vibrant, economic centres.

“The African development story has long been defined by investment in the vast mineral wealth on the continent, leaving our creative industries to fend for themselves on the fringes of economic development for far too long. As a result, the film and television industries have not developed at the same rate as other industries on the continent, and not for a lack of talent, passion or imagination,” says Steven Musoke, Chairman MultiChoice Uganda.

“We are abundantly blessed in these areas, however, the space given for this expression has at best been limited and at worst, been relegated to the fringes of the mainstream economy, leaving in its wake, unfulfilled dreams, unexplored talent and unwritten stories. As an African business, MultiChoice, together with our valued partners and stakeholders across the continent, have collaborated to make a positive socio-economic impact in the communities in which we live and work through the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative.” He added.

For over two decades, MultiChoice has been committed to investing in the development of original African programming and showcasing it on the DStv and GOtv platforms across 49 sub-Saharan African countries. The launch of MTF forms part of the company’s new strategy of furthering this investment through creating shared value by using its core business resources, people, skills and networks to affect a positive change in society that yields benefits for the business and society.

The MTF initiative will deliver three touchpoints that launch throughout the year, the MTF academies, Masterclasses and the MTF Portal. The first to launch is the MTF Academy, a 12-month educational programme aimed at furnishing 60 deserving, young, talented people who want to work and innovate in film and television production.

The MTF Academy students will be provided with skillsets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum comprising theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling. The programme will take place at three regional MTF Academies based in Kenya for East Africa, Nigeria for West Africa and Zambia for Southern African countries and will be overseen by acclaimed local film & TV industry experts. In East Africa, Ms. Njoki Muhoho has been appointed as the Academy Director for the hub.

“Film making knowledge and skills that translate into enhanced livelihood, is what our youth in the creative industry desire,” says Muhoho, MTF Academy Director for East Africa.

She adds: “The MultiChoice Talent Factory is the response to this cry. MTF is a 12-month long film making boot camp where the student will be taken on an experiential and practical film-making journey that will result into a highly-competent graduate who is a passionate, employable and an entrepreneurial film maker. My role is to be a catalyst to this process.”

During the course of the programme, MTF Academy students will produce television and film content that will be aired on our local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform including Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Bongo, Zambezi Magic, M-Net and SuperSport to reach African audiences on the DStv and GOtv platforms. Upon graduation from the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy, the MTF student will leave the Academy with the knowledge and skills to contribute professionally to the film and television industry.

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Fille set to make first public appearance this year

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Fille Mutoni

By Our Reporter

It is no secret that songstress Fille has had a difficult start to her ‘tweny tweny’ with her name being caught up in the mix of stories connected to her ex-lover MC Kats and his recent revelation about his HIV status.

The truth of the matter is that Fille has been under the radar as social media fell awash with the news about her on and off boyfriend.

News reaching us now indicates that the dismayed singer will finally be making her first public appearance of the year this Saturday at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi at Kampala’s first Social Media Fest.

The ‘Sabula’ artiste will be sharing the stage with other artists like Allan Tonix, Micheal Kitanda, DJ Xzyl and many others live at the Social Media Fest.

Social media junkies will also get a treat with the many online-based activities like free WiFi, Snapchat Challenges, Selfie Challenges, Virtual Games, Live Streaming and #tagging, basically, an online junkies’ haven.

The event is sponsored by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Tusker Lite and the Ruparelia Group of Companies among others.

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Chaka Demus & Pliers NOT coming to Uganda

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Chaka Demus & Pliers

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Jamaican reggae duo, Chaka Demus & Pliers are not coming to Uganda, we can confirm. Popular for songs like “Tease Me” and “Murder She Wrote” among others, the Jamaican stars had been rumored to be the headliners for a Valentine’s Day show to be held at Kololo Independence Grounds. As it turns out, it is just that, a rumour.

Salavdo who is hosting the Africa Laughs show at the Kololo Independence Grounds on Valentine’s Day debunked the rumours while speaking to media on Tuesday.

“Chaka Demus & Pliers coming to my show were simply that — rumours,”  Salvado said. “This is why you have not see any artwork or official communication from us about them.”

Salvado, whose Africa Laughs show is returning for the 5th edition, further revealed that the show will instead feature Tanzanian bongo star Harmonize.

“Harmonize is going to bring the Valentines feeling to the show,” he noted.

The Africa Laughs show will also be graced by top comedians from across the continent like Nigeria’s Kenny Blaq, Kenya’s Eric Omondi, Congo’s Eddie Kadi and Zimbabwe’s Alfred Kainga. They will crack up comedy lovers alongside Uganda’s very own like Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko among others.

The show is slated for 14th February this year.

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South African based Lubi Lubi brings music back home, features Mikie Wine

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Lubi Lubi is a name you may hear so often henceforth. The South African based Ugandan singer has returned home to concentrate on his music passion that has turned into a career.

Lubi Lubi has lived in South Africa since 2014 and has mostly been a song writer until his ‘Kansasanye’ where he feels his singing passion should come alive. He has promised many more songs this year off his upcoming album of 8 songs like Kutama and some South African house songs that you will love.

The audio was produced by Laura Vdh and the visuals were shot in South Africa by Ugandan videographer Oneal Eyes. Watch the video below

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