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Nyege Nyege Music Festival: An explosion of culture, fashion and music

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Last weekend, the world headed to Jinja, Uganda, specifically to Nile Discovery Beach for the second edition of Nyege Nyege International Music Festival 2016. The festival was nothing short of an explosion of culture, fashion, music and art from various places across the globe and takes inspiration from the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966.

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Hundreds of tourists and thousands of people from all over Uganda came to the Source of the Nile to witness an action packed weekend of entertainment at the three day non-stop musical experience that ran from September 2nd to 4th. Considered among the biggest music festivals in Africa, the Nyege Nyege Festival lined-up a massive list of artists from 31 countries for the best of contemporary African music with more than 200 artists and DJs showcasing their work. It was a diverse mix of genres and styles which included live bands, singers,  instrumentalists, cultural acts, dance acts and topped off with some of the world’s top EDM DJs.

Some of the major international acts included tropical bass pioneers Daniel Haaksman&Schlachthofbronx, both hailing from Germany, Dub Morphology (UK) DJ Zhao (China) and Tropical Camel (Israel). Burkina Faso Hip Hop act Joey le Soldat and the revered African electronic music legend from Niger MammanSani also brought the festival to life. Other headliners included the multifaceted GatoPreto from Mozambique and talented Ibaaku (Senegal) and Malian Balani pioneer Luka Production.

Kenya’s TetuShani, Nu Fvnk, Cosmic Homies, Jinku, Yellow Light Machine, Labdi and the Kaya Collective, Uganda’s Lady Slyke, Albert Ssempeke, Undercover Brothers, and The Dons were among the main acts from East Africa at the event that will see the return of Kenyan DJ/Producer Blinky Bill. However, one notable performance came from Uganda’s own Young Cardamom &Hab, a young hip-hop duo whose songs address the concerns of modern day Kampalans.

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The festival was set up over nine acres of land at Nile Discovery Beach Resort. It offered several food stalls, bars, lounges, fashion stalls, art exhibitions, chill out areas, swimming, boat rides, DJ stage and a main stage. More than 1000 people camped at the festival and the majority of Jinja’s hotels and guesthouses were full to capacity. The daytime vibe was relaxed as people enjoyed watching live music and chilling out with a good view the River Nile. While the nights were epic as people partied until the wee hours of the morning as they danced from one stage to the other.

The NyegeNyege Festival was organized by Boutiq Foundation and Talent Africa. Boutiq Foundation is acommunity based organization in Uganda that seeks to develop the local arts and culture industry by creating opportunities for upcoming artists while connecting underground acts from around the continent. Talent Africa is a leading events and entertainment company known for putting on some of the biggest events in the East African region.  The NyegeNyege International Music Festival was sponsored by Bell Lager, Brussels Airlines, XFM, Urban TV, British Council, Ethiopian Airlines, Talent Africa and the Boutiq Foundation.

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Joan Lule takea SITIMA Y’AMAKA to Top TV

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Former Bukedde and BBS Preseter has again landed in big monenies after Top TV beckoning the presenter to take on a big slot at the station.

Joan Lule’s signature TV show Sitima y’amaka is back but this time on Top TV. The show that started on 20th April has received massive acceptance and support in its two months on air. Sitima y’amaka airs every Saturday at 11PM.

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Joan Lule has maintained and kept her show interesting for long that all the stations that have sought her services have adopted the show into their programing.

Relatedly, the presenter has also shown interest in politics after announcing she will stand for Woman MP Mpigi district.

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Goat Races to return October

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One of Uganda’s most popular social events, the Royal Ascot Goat Races, which curved a special place as the most anticipated event on Uganda’s social calendar returns this October.

At an official announcement made Thursday at Kabira Country Club, the organisers confirmed the ultimate fun show in Uganda will be happening on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

This event which will be hosted at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo promises to recreate one of the most eagerly awaited weekends of merrymaking and extravagant fashion, which were the hallmarks of the Goat Races for years.

“The Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda, it’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Ruparelia Group’s Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia, the organisers of the event, said.

The goat races will entail eight races over the course of the day, with each race featuring eight goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.

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Ykee Benda becomes a father, set to celebrate in Burundi

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Singer Ykee Benda is over the moon today. The singer today became a father for the very first time after his yet anonymous fiancee gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

The yet to be unveiled toddler has been named Donte Quain Tugume Muhagazi. Ykee Benda has taken the celebrations to Lacosta beach in Bujumbura, Burundi where he will be performing for the very first time this Sunday.

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An over joyed Ykee posted “Burundi, it’s a special day because you are going to be the first people to see me perform not just as Ykee Benda but as a father of a handsome young king” The website congratulates Ykee Benda on his new role as a father.

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