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Music Artiste Apio Moro Pens Ultimate Guide for All Upcoming Ugandan Artistes

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By Staff Writer

Dear brethren and sistren, I come in peace but I mean business

The crazy thing about being an artist and pursuing your goals as you envision them is you meet people that seem to see it too, but their goals can change from the ones you shared with them and that can take a toll on you in more ways than many people may think…it’s why you find some artists have different band members, team members than you first met them with. It doesn’t mean that person has a problem, it’s just that their goals didn’t align at some point..
Now, the way that they deal with this from within is what matters most. Not to the other party, but to THE artist coz artists need to keep a healthy mind and spirit and need to protect that at any cost. I for one experienced

1. POOR TIME MANAGEMENT which is equal to lack of respect for one another

We all have things to do, we all wanna go home and just relax with nothing on our plates, we all have meetings to attend. If one of the team members shows up late, it disorganises everyone mentally, spiritually and also as far as everyone’s schedule is concerned, we all fall back including the practice venue owners. So it is very important that we respect each other’s time and meet as is agreed

2.COMMUNICATION
If you suspect that you are gonna be late even by 5minutes, it’s a kind thing to let your team leader know about it, hence saving everyone the stress of wondering if you will show up. Also on that note I recently encountered a band that had a team leader who never communicated the practice schedule to the rest of them. This wasn’t a pleasant thing to encounter at all and having to be in a position to tell them wasn’t something I enjoyed but it was necessary or otherwise they may have dragged me down a rabbit hole with them. Secondly I am not perfect so I have been late for my own practice too, and the thing about it was my band called me out. I respected them for that because they treated and saw me as their equal we were one and that was a very humbling experience I tell you. If they never did that, I would never have changed and I will always respect them for this

3. LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
The reason we do practice sessions is because we need to put into reality what you listen to through your headphones
It’s not a nice thing to come to practice and kill 30minutes each time teaching you a song all over again…it’s frustrating. Remember, practice time is always pre-booked and it is expensive. Anthing we do beyond the pretty-booked time has to be accounted for. It’s not fair that you put everyone through that considering some of the jobs we get don’t particularly favor our pockets when we need them to. Some of these jobs are to help us get to the next level we all want to get to. They aren’t done for profit gains. I know that everyone is on a hustle and I respect that personally really, but if you chose to commit, do it whole heartedly.

4. ARTISTS LEARN TO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER
As I work, I listen to the band members, I take their ideas in and try them when suggested, If a practice venue owner tells me am out of time, I will request for alittle more if there’s no other band coming after us. It’s sad to walk into practice at your alocated time and find another artist taking 30 more minutes, and the venue owner doesn’t stop them because the other artists are a bigger deal than you are. It’s. Not. Right!
Another thing is as artists we are co-existing with depression, stress and all the like, I will say this coz I have been to a point where I took it out on a lot of people, but I was told and I apologised. Be remorseful. We are all human and are bound to make mistakes but don’t be proud when you are told, these people tell you coz they actually care about you and if they didn’t they would leave without a word or maybe you would get fired or something like that. Back to number (2) communication. This creates a huge bond you can’t replace between you and your band and it always shows

5. MANAGEMENT
A lot of people ask about artist management and living in in a place where (I mean no offence to anyone honestly) the artist management system isn’t something that is very clearly defined, most of our managers are learning on the job and you have to appreciate that. As an artist I would in my humble opinion say, if you meet some people that see your vision and are with you the whole way use that to your advantage because they know how to do certain things way better than you do and you gotta respect that at the end of the day. The managers can show up later and they will know what to do when you meet them.
This is a crazy place we are all in (the world I mean) and the only way we can create some likeliness of unity is how you deal with the people immediately next to you…
And always remember never to be ungrateful because you would never be who you are without them
Your team and that includes the people that totally support you art (I hate to call them fans…not a nice word in my world)

So always REMEMBER you aren’t perfect. Nobody is. In this whole process those few people that love you will always love you

You can go check my website

www.apiomoro.com out and feel free to share your reviews on there. Thanks for all your love and support
Have a goodnight

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Najjera and Nansana Seek City Status

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Latest coming in from Najjera and Nansana is that the two suburbs are seeking city status in a bid to show their might and prove their glory.

Najjera in particular is seeking city status because their level of madness exceeds the normal levels experienced in other Ugandan suburbs. “We have the most serious block parties. We have the highest number of Subarus. We have all the slayqueens. Why can’t we be a city? We have more apartments in Najjera than Mbarara or even Jinja,” argued one of the Najjera residents.

Nansana on the other hand thinks it’s high time the country puts a respect on their name. “Can you believe we are the only place in Uganda with a capital city. The capital city of Nansana is Ku Masitoowa. We deserve city status,” Mukiibi argued while munching on Axil pork. “We even have the best pork joint in the country. Anyone who has tasted Axil pork will confess that nothing comes close to it in this country,” he added.

For the first time, Nansana and Najjera will be collaborating on something. “Together we are signing a petition and delivering it to the Speaker of Parliament. If Fort Portal can be a city. Then surely Nansana and Najjera too should be cities. Nansana and Najjera lives matter,” said a member of this Nansana Najjera coalition.

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How Kiira Motors Bought Buses from China and Rebranded them as Kayoola, Ugandan Made?

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Yesterday, we shared a story of how Makerere Professor Tickodri chased the original ideator of the Kiira EV car from the Project. Today, we have learned that the Kayoola Bus was never manufactured in Uganda as earlier reported.

The much hyped solar-bus made in Uganda was never made here, but in China. BigEye.ug has learned that the Kiira team used the funds to contact a supplier in China to send them a bus which they would later re-brand to ‘Kayoola’ and claim that it was manufactured in Uganda.

The team at Kiira Motors used this link: https://cv-export.com/electric/electric-cat/bus-electric/chtc-htk6711gbev-electric-city-bus-408.html to order two buses from China. They would then proceed to change the logos and tags on the buses to reflect ‘Kayoola.’ Nothing about this bus ever got manufactured in the country.

All the specifications laid out about this Chinese bus would later turn out to be the same features that were exhibited by the Kiira team.

BigEye.ug has learned that the original Kiira EV team was dismantled when the funds came in, leaving Musaazi to bring in his new team, without the context and ingenuity of the original team. The question is; why would a whole country be taken for a ride? Why did such a great project turn out to be a shadow of its former past?

To Be continued…

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UCC Confirms Urban TV’s ‘Scoop on Scoop’ ban

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Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suspended a programme airing on Urban TV after several viewers complained about its content that was deemed offensive and scandalous.

Although the Commission has since learnt from social media that the programme Scoop on Scoop is currently off air, the regulatory due process, which was already in motion, continues. UCC first received complaints about Scoop on Scoop in May 2020, and accordingly wrote to Vision Group on May 25, 2020, seeking an explanation, including information on the qualifications of the staff behind it.

However, Vision Group didn’t comply as directed, prompting the UCC Ag. Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo to suspend the programme as investigations commence.

Tinah Fierce the former Scoop on Scoop show host on Urban TV.

In her letter of May 25, 2020, Ms Kaggwa Sewankambo said the Commission had received complaints to the effect that the content and nature of Scoop on Scoop airing on Urban TV violates the Minimum Broadcasting Standards as enshrined in the Uganda Communications Act 2013. The complainants had explicitly alleged that during the month of May 2020, Scoop on Scoop featured content that was “abusive, demeaning and inciting; opinionated and not attributed to any reliable source.”

Accordingly, the Commission initiated investigations in accordance with sections 5(1)(b), (x) and (j), 31 and 45 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013. To facilitate the investigations, Urban TV was asked to submit a written representation in response to the complaints, and to submit recordings of the programme for the period May 1 – 20, 2020.

Urban TV was also to provide proof of certification and registration of the producer and the host of the programme, in accordance with sections 5 and 27 of the Press and Journalist Act, Cap. 105.

In response, Vision Group wrote to the Commission on May 29, 2020, stating that the complaint had been forwarded to its Human Resource Department for disciplinary proceedings. Vision Group enclosed DVDs of the programme, but neither made representations on the complaint as requested nor provided evidence of the producer and the host’s qualifications.

“Once the process is completed we shall advise on the outcome,” the Vision Group letter stated.

Consequently, and following further complaints about the same programme, the Commission decided to act. In her letter of June 30, 2020, to Vision Group, the UCC Executive Director pointed out that Urban TV had not complied with the Commission’s directives.

“The Commission notes with concern that other than generally stating that Urban TV had subjected the said complaint to your internal processes, your response of May 29, 2020, did not comply with the Commission’s directives as indicated in the letter of May 25,” the Executive Director wrote.

Ms Kaggwa Sewankambo further noted that in addition to not complying with the Commission’s directives, the TV station had continued to air the same programme, in the same manner, leading to other complaints, including one dated June 24, 2020, from M/s Balondemu & Co. Advocates.

In their complaint, Balondemu & Co. Advocates alleged that Urban TV had in the past three weeks used Scoop on Scoop to broadcast “false, offensive, scandalous and harmful content” against their clients Ali Marcus Moses Sempija and Ms Sheila G. Gashumba.

The programme is to remain suspended until Urban TV has satisfactorily demonstrated to the Commission that Scoop on Scoop “has sufficient controls to avoid the risk of breaching the Minimum Broadcasting Standards and the rights of other members of the public.”

Besides, the TV station is required to comply with the Commission’s directives issued earlier on May 25, 2020, and to submit recordings of the programme for the period between June 1-26, 2020.

The UCC Executive Director warned that Urban TV risks “other appropriate regulatory sanctions” if the station doesn’t adhere to the aforesaid directives. Sanctions available to the Commission in the event of failure to comply include suspension of the station’s broadcasting license.

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How Makerere Professors Stole Kiira EV Project from Their Former Student?

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Makerere University is no stranger to controversy, this time round, it’s about a group of Professors who stole a final year project from one of their students. It was a case of a supervisor taking over the brain work of one of their students and claiming it as their own. Put simply, it’s the biggest idea theft in the history of modern Uganda.

But how did it all start? It all started in 2011 when a young Makerere University student, Steven Jeremy Ntambi approached his lecturer to commercialize his dream of a Ugandan made electric vehicle. Ntambi approached Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa and shared his idea that had been in the pipeline since 2008/9.

In 2009, Ntambi had graduated from Makerere University with a first class degree in Electrical Engineering. https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1251842/ntambi-leads-makerere-team-generation-car By then, Ntambi had also led a group of eleven students to building Uganda’s first ever environment friendly and most cost-effective vehicle. It was heralded as the next generation car.

The car was presented in Italy at the World Design Exposition. After the expo, President Museveni then offered to fund this project all the way to commercial manufacturing. It’s here that Prof. Tickodri came back in the picture despite having scoffed at the project earlier.

“During the work Paul Isaac Musasizi always scoffed at the project and mentioned that it was impossible, and I was being too ambitious…during the time we worked I was labeled a fraud and always threatened to remember he supervised my final project as a student. After we had the project delivered in Italy with global teams, Museveni agreed to support this project. And immediately Professor Tickodri and Paul Isaac Musaazi claimed to have had this dream,” Ntambi narrates.

Upon his return from Italy, Ntambi reached out to Professor Tickodri who had then met the President and taken over the project and the funds. Musaazi would go on to install himself as the CEO of Kiira Motor Corporation. It is at this point also that Professor Tickodri vehemently warned Ntambi off the project and warned him never to set foot anywhere close to this electric vehicle. As they say, the rest is history.

It turns out, that the Professor and Paul used the opportunity when Ntambi was pursuing his masters to carry out a coup d’etat. They presented themselves to the president as the ideators of this grand project. Ntambi would be sidelined as just another former student that had worked under them.

To be continued…

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