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Music Review: Amatu Maggale – Apass Ft. Tasha B

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First rising dancehall artiste Apass reminds me of Denzel Washington’s blockbuster movie called Unstoppable. The two have something in common. And if you have a working conscience, you might have long figured that out by now. They are simply unstoppable. Apass is unstoppable. He is on a free fall, like Tom Petty sings. He is on a roll; churning out tune-after-tune and, surprisingly, leaving behind a catalogue of unrivaled tracks.

His voice is hypnotic. He reminds me of the faded Mighty Son who jumped on the scene with equal Concorde-like speed and enthusiasm like the way he vanished off. Glad, we have Apass. He is a young lad with a seemingly promising future ahead of him. Here, he merges his baritone voice with Batabazi’s Tasha who, by the way, is an eye candy. She is easy on the eye as she is in the ear as well. Amatu Maggale, whilst avoiding the corny title, is a typical dancehall track, served in pleasant patois spewed out by both parties. It is even delightful to hear the insanely sexy chanteuse Tasha pat her pretty lips and ooze out patois in crisp eloquence. She seemed charged up on the track. And Apass was at it again.

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His voice, to me, is what works magic in his songs. It offers the much-needed ingredients to most of his songs. And, boy, do they come off remarkably good, they do. Amatu Maggale will rip open your eyes and smack the ear drums because, well, it is an awesome song. Something you would nod your head to, trying to avoid the patois. The instrumentation offers the comfy bed where the song ducks in solitude. Here, we are seeing a music genius in the making. And if Apass remains at it, he might as well oust the usual suspects in the game. Apass, our ears are flung open, bring on the music. Good song!

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Music Review: Dance music King Eddy Kenzo goes soft on Signal

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Eddy Kenzo

By Bash Mutumba

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When he chose to focus on dance music, Eddy Kenzo wasn’t given much encouragement by the Ugandan audience. His efforts were however undeterred, since he had noticed a trend of virality among his music that leaned towards that style. Even though his breakthrough was “Yannimba”, a mainstream Afrobeat ballad, his first mega hit was Stamina, a dance song. Sitya Loss, another dance song etched his name on the international scene, regardless of initial doubts by local critics and media.

At over 538,000 subscribers on YouTube, Eddy is the most sought after Ugandan artiste on the platform, and you would be shocked to find that many of the most viewed videos on his channel are not the official ones, but those of comedians dancing to his songs. This is something many look down on, but it is the reason why he was contacted by Chris Brown, to feature in the American artiste’s “Back To Love” music video.

One unique thing about his latest release “Signal” is the fact that it is not heavily riddled with beats like the likes of Sitya Loss, Wankulira or Ogwo. Kenzo goes ever so calm on it, begging his lover to stay with him. Justin Campos, with his minimalist video color grading technique, did justice to the song, and the cinematic concept of a country mansion with high renaissance portraits and models clad in posh dresses, softly swaying to Eddy’s Signal, is utterly therapeutic.

Musuuza, posing as a mason in the indoor scenes, shocks the viewer when he pulls an early 2000’s RnB stunt of singing in the rain on the second verse. Generally, it is such a beautiful song, with a beautiful video, and how I wish we could appreciate our biggest musical export in recent times, a little bit more.

Watch video below.

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Ykee Benda impresses with his dancehall single — “Amina”

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Ykee Benda in a scene from "Amina" video.

Ykee Benda in a scene from “Amina” video.

Ykee benda aka The boy so tender is commonly known for his gentle touch to the note with songs like “Malaika”, “Super Man” and most recently, “Whistle”, a collaboration with songstress Rhema. In most of his songs he has  always come off as smooth and easygoing for the ear, allowing his audience to sink into his amazing creativity.

But Ykee Benda took his fans on an unexpected twist with the release of his dancehall hit single titled “Amina”.

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“Amina” is a dancehall song crafted around a man’s love for a beautiful African woman.  It’s different from any Ykee Benda sounds you’ve had before and you can be rest assured, it will get you dancing.

Last week, he released a world class video for the song in partnership with Swangz Avenue. Directed by Swangz Avenue’s Marvin Musoke, it is a well choreographed and colorful video.

AMINA is a profound demonstration of Ykee Benda’s creativity and flexibility which allows him to freely explore his vocal prowess.

Watch Amina video below.

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Review: Olives Restaurant and Bar, the Heaven in Naguru

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Olives Restaurant and Bar

By Ian Ortega

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Located in the middle of Naguru, opposite the Surgery Clinic, Olives Restaurant and Bar is that one hangout spot that immediately infects you with calmness.

It is rare to find the kind of place in the city that would make you feel at ease on a Wednesday evening. Yet, Olives is that place. Speaking of Wednesdays, they have a special where you get a free glass of wine for every meal you buy here.

None beats their traditional oven pizzas, it’s that taste that captures the buds long after the pizza is done. But the environ itself is one of calmness, and relaxation. It’s the perfect place to de-stress.

Then comes their customer care. Despite having a big white clientele, they treat all their guests equally. You really feel at home. And there’s a speed to their meals preparation. You won’t have to wait until you can’t wait no more.

Olives Restaurant and Bar

By the way, they have these quotes they scribble on their boards. Such as; “if you want to look thin, hang around with fat people.” Haha, or “why you need to hang around troubled people, because troubled people always have plenty of alcohol”.

There is some cool music that serenades in the background. It’s a super 5 star experience coming in at a very cheap price. I would definitely bet on it every single Wednesday and the days after… It’s the perfect place to grab your cold Black Bell.

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