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Nigeria’s Maleek Berry for Blankets and Wine this December

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Blankets and Wine is winding up the year in style. The last edition of the quarterly picnic series this year is around the corner, and will be headlined by British-Nigerian record producer and recording artiste Maleek Berry.

Slated for Sunday, December 16 at Lugogo Cricket Oval, the event will have Berry making his second visit into the country. The music entertainer who adopted the name “Kabaka Berry” during his previous short visit to Uganda with rapper Kanye West at Chobe Lodge last month is excited to come back and took to Twitter to officially announce his return on Tuesday.

The question on all his Ugandan fans’ lips at the time was how come he hadn’t held a show or a small party at a night club for fans in Uganda. Well, it is now clear to all partygoers that he enjoyed Uganda enough to organise a second appearance in the country within a period of two months. Revelers will now get a chance to experience his music live at Blankets and Wine.

On top of having his own recorded music, Maleek Berry has teamed up and produced songs with prominent artistes such as Wizkid, Davido, Wale, Fuse ODG, Runtown and Iyanya. Tracks like Kontrol and Been Calling, off his Last Daze of Summer album, have proved to be his biggest hits among his Ugandan fans. The artiste will be performing alongside Uganda’s local talents Irene Ntale, Tamba, and Farouq Farouq among others.

“Tusker Malt is committed to promoting Afro music and building connections through our involvement in events that connect Africans with each other Africans across the continent. We are excited about the fact that Maleek Berry is going to give Ugandan fans a taste of the best of West African music,” said Cathy Twesigye, UBL Brand Manager, Premium Beers.

The Blankets and Wine event has previously hosted international artists like Sauti Sol, The Ben, Alikiba and most recently The Distruction Boyz to bring the best of Sunday afternoon picnic settings in an Afro-fused music festival for Kampala city slayers and party lovers.

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Ykee Benda to compile list of “worst” Songs produced this year

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As the year comes to an end, people usually make a review of how it has unfolded in terms of their specific areas of life.

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Last year, musician Bebe Cool came under fire for writing a list of his favorite top artists and songs,a list that left very many disgruntled as their favorite artists were left out, while others complained that some acts that made his list were not deserving.

Looks like Ykee Benda is picking a leaf from Bebe, only this time, he will be compiling a list of the bad songs, call them not so nice songs that were produced this year.

“Am making a list of all the bad songs this year …wait for it…bad I mean not nice songs!”

Like he has asked us to be patient, we shall do just that and keep you posted on which artist makes this ‘not so good’ list.

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