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Nyege Nyege; The Greatest Uganda Story Never Told (yet).

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Every year come August, Ugandans get that strange little tingle, a feeling grows towards september and finally it hits you, it’s Nyege Nyege and you feel no pain, only joy and hapiness from what has now become one of the most talked festivals on the planet.

Everyone has an opinion on Nyege Nyege. Those that have attended: “the best party of my life”, “life transforming experience”, “I feel recharged” and even “I met my wife at Nyege”… And those that have not attended: “Nyege Nyege is evil”, “Nyege Nyege is too wild”, “Nyege Nyege is for rastas” and the list goes on. But what if we asked the artists, the people from Njeru, the hotel owners and the minister of Tourism, they all will have positive things to say about an event that directly affects them, in a positive way.

But few people know that Nyege Nyege is actually just a part of a much greater vision for the creative industry. The founders beieve in the creative arts economy as a potentail income greater than any resources found under the ground. Before Nyege Nyege was even an idea, the founders used to work with musicians and djs and music producers, as well as filmmakers, photographers, dancers, graffiti artists and fashion designers, always aiming at building strong communities and working together to find new ways to showcase creative talents.

With the demographics and job market of Uganda in a complex bind, the founders of Nyege Nyege saw that by expanding the access to market for people in the creative sector and by giving last mile support to talented individuals, it would generate interest worldwide and create more opportunities for the artists. That brings us back to the Nyege Nyege not many people know about. The two labels they run, nyege nyege tapes and hakuna kulala have both received internationa critical acclaim, the community studios that pushes young talents to the next level, a place for bands to rehearse and a networks that now spawns the whole planet. The festival received about 500 artist applications this year, a testament to its value for the artist community.

Artists know that Nyege Nyege can make careers the same way it has made designers and restaurants, right there and then, with over 40 international bookers in attendance, an underground artist has the chance to break through. Nyege Studios train and support emerging artists, the record label Nyege Nyege Tapes and the Nyege Nyege Festival now help promote the artist to a wide audience, and then come international tours and considerable income.

Nyege Nyege Tapes now has over 25 artists on it’s roster, 75% of the making considerable income from Europea, Chinese, American and South American tours, inspiring more artists to come to Uganda and learn about East African music and the region as a whole. So the festival is a celebration of the year’s works, for artists know that this is the performance that doesn’t do playbacks, it’s where the best come and shine.

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Prophet Elvis Mbonye jets in gospel artiste Ron Kenoly ahead of showcase this Sunday

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In the wee hours of Thursday 29th, American gospel singer Ron Kenoly jetted into the country to an over whelming welcome at Entebbe Airport. Ron Kenoly will on 1st September, this Sunday be at Zoe fellowship grounds in Lugogo opposite the KCCA Football grounds. Ron Kenoly is famous for his worship songs like Ancient of days, Lift him up, I see the Lord, Sing out among many more.

Ron Kenoly was born on December 6 in 1944 and is an American Christian worship leader, singer, and songwriter whose expressed mission is “to create an environment for the manifest presence of God”. His musical style is one of jubilant praise and individual excellence on musical instruments. Although Kenoly himself only plays on one of his recordings, he leads comfortably with his voice and is always backed up by musicians and a large choir.

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Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa, a perfect one stop serene place for all your body care

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Not so many places around town will have you get all your body services at a one stop. Serenity Saloon and Spa is one of those places that will not need you place to place, the Kimathi based Saloon and Spa has services ranging from makeup, weaving, braids, dreadlocks, massage, pedicure & manicure, facial, body scrub, hair treatment, tattoos and physiotherapy services.

From those that have been at the place, the customer care is excellent and in a conducive and mind relaxing environment that has FREE WIFI. Because we have been there to experience the ambiance, the place is convenient for all classes of people including the working class because it opens through all 24 hours.

While is remains a classy saloon and Spa the charges are relatively friendly. Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa is located at Kimathi Avenue, Pan African House, next to Kampala Casino.

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Mixa Publishing Limited organizes first ever literacy tour to Dubai

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The Proprietor Mixa Kids Mr David Mushabe speaking at the briefing

Kololo based Mixa publishing LTD has gifted upto 10 students to travel to Dubai in the first ever literacy tour. The occasion for teens from different school who will be part of an exciting experience launched in June 2019 and students from different schools who bought copies of the Wasted Beauty were given a chance to be part of the first ever Mixateens Literacy tour to Dubai.Literacy tours are organized to track where the author was born, lived or what places he writes about in his book.

Literary tourists are specifically interested in how places have influenced writing and at the same time how writing has created places. In order to become a literary tourist you need only book-love and an inquisitive mindset; however, there are literary guides, literary maps, and literary tours to help you on your way. There are also many museums associated with writers, and these are usually housed in buildings associated with a writer’s birth or literary career, such as their home. For the case of Mixa Publishing Limited, the first literacy tour will be to Dubai. Winners are required to write stories that will change not only their lives but their peers. Bearing in mind that the tagline for Mixateens is “Your Story Matters” and the organisers believe the chosen destination will enable them write as many stories ranging from science, fiction, creativity, art among others. 10 Student winners have emerged and will be on a Literacy tour from 30th August 2019 to 3rd September 2019.The places the winners will visit include ;Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall , Dubai Aquarium, IMG, Dolphinarium, the beach and much more.

The Winners and their schools;

BAYIGA NALUGO ZAKIAH TRACY FROM MARY’S KITENDE, KUGUMYA BLESSING ELISON FROM BWERANYANGU GIRLS, BIIRA JOYCE FROM MT ST MARY’S NAMAGUNGA, KATUSIIME KENDRA KIRABO, FROM GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL, NAMMOMBWE JULIANA FRANCES FROM TRINITY COLLEGE NABBINGO, SEMPIJJA PALVIN GLORIA FROM TRINITY COLLEGE NABBINGO, ABENEITWE TANDEKA PARVIN FROM CALTEC ACADEMY – MAKERERE, NDAGIRE KIRABO TYNER FROM KABOJA JUNIOR ACADEMY, KUOT NYARIAK KON MADUTHANA FROM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ABENEITWE TANDEKA PARVIN AND FROM MARIAM HIGH SCHOOL.

The Chief Operations Officer MixaTeens Mrs Mbabazi Charity Byarugaba showing the visas of the winners

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