The monthly Afromix series by Qwela is back once again for an electrifying afroccentric concert organised specially for lovers of live band music.
Under the Tusker Malt Music Lounge series, the rhythmic-filled show slated to take place this Friday at Bight of Benin Bar and Restaurant is popularly known for having music lovers lounge to the sweet sounds of great African classics played with the band’s own unique and creative sound.
The November edition will be featuring Tamba Tangaza, an amazing afro-fusion artist who has been in the Ugandan music scene for over 10 years now.
The band has previously featured Lilian Mbabazi and Tempra Omona at the ‘Qwela Afromix’ shows ever since joining the music lounge series late this year and have left their many of their audiences enchanted by the power of live music that takes many into musical bliss.
“Qwela” which means ‘pure’ in Rukiga truly continues to live up to its name as they present their guests with the best of pure music against a blend of many different cultural backgrounds while keeping it 100% rhythm.
The band has for a long time now promoted an appreciation for live band music and played music from all over the African continent bringing a nostalgic appreciation and entertainment for great African musical works.
Entry to the concert is only at Shs30,000 at the entrance.
Meet AK Dans, a proud south Sudanese comedian in Uganda
Mr. Ak Dans. Tell us more about yourself, where does that name come from?
My full name is Akau Daniel Jambo Poundak. So Ak comes from my name Akau and Dans comes from Daniel. You must be wondering about the “S”. The “S” came about from a theory i believed in when i was growing up. I used to go through a lot of hardships and i always made it out. So i always told myself there is someone else in me that helps me go through these challenges. My guardian Angel hence the “S” to represent two people. The soul and the body.
You seem to have Family Members around the globe, how many are you?
Yes, i come from a family of 8 boys and 2 girls making us 10. I emerge as the 7th born. 6 of my siblings are in Australia and 2 in Uganda and 1 in South Sudan. The one in South Sudan who is the first born followed the foot steps of my Dad. He is a soldier too. But yes i do come from a large family indeed. My father had 5 wives and my mother was the 4th wife. Nyakir Hbre was the first, Achieu Riak Bol second, Samira Ajuong 3rd, Anai Malou Akau( My mom) 4th and Finally Leila Machut.
With Such a large Family, how did your father manage supporting everyone?
My dad Jambo Poundak was a very hardworking and respectful man. He was a Major General in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. That is the current ruling party as SPLM And he was a father who needed to support his family like any other man. That alone pushed him harder. But life then was quite easier. Life before money was a thing. My family mostly survived on farming. A lot of people did in South Sudan.
Being a family with different half brothers and sisters how do you manage to live in harmony?
We actually don’t look at each other as half brothers and sisters. We are brothers and sisters and we loved each other so much. Growing up we never involved ourselves in the issues between our father and his wives. Thats technically what every black child does. You keep your distance as a child. You don’t know where those two met so you just mind your business. All we waited for was here is your new brother or sister and then we immediately add him to the Family WhatsApp group. Lol
How hard was it to survive without your father and later your mother?
It was extremely hard bro, very hard. I had to man up before puberty. Every decision i made was a life changing decision. I had no room for mistakes. I was a parent of my own. My adolescent age was the hardest. Imagine being a parent of yourself. Imagine advising yourself not to do drugs and then you get mad at yourself because you don’t want to be told what to do. It was really hard. I cried for months for everyday that passed by, my world was falling a part but after sometime i got myself together.
What has living as an orphan taught you?
The power of Self believe and self value. We often need someone to encourage and support you and thats what your parents do in abundance. But after losing my parents, i got to find out that i can believe in myself and encourage myself. Up to now that’s what I thrive on
What message do you have for people who have gone through similar circumstances of being orphaned at a very early age?
Be patient and believe in yourself. No condition is permanent. Death only means that they are no longer with you physically but they will always be with you spiritually.
Recently you did your one man show, tell us more about it.
Yes, i did my first one man show dubbed “The Woke Refugee” in Juba, South Sudan. It was directed by my best friend Maral Khajeh and we sold out on the morning of the show. I was so happy. That was one of my best nights in comedy.
Tell us about the Woke Refugee.
The Woke Refugee is a story of a young Refugee growing up to become a comedy star. Turning the trauma of Refugee camps into Humour. The word “Woke” means waking up and turning your negatives into positives.
Do you plan on doing any in Kampala soon?
Yes, i am but sometime next year. After doing this show in August, i realized that i was doing it to a wrong audience. I mean if am trying to encourage refugees to wake up and turning their trauma in to something positive then i should take this show to the Refugee camps where the message has to be heard. So i decided with my team to do “The Woke Refugee tour in the Camps”. We are going to start with Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement camp, Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement and finally Kakuma Refugee camp where i was born. We are currently raising funds to do the show and other charities through different avenues including GoFundme.com
Bebe Cool outshines panelist in political debate
Bebe Cool could have had a perfect showcase this morning on NBS while appearing on morning Breeze. The singer, NRM activist and mobiliser this morning made his party and fans proud with outstanding arguments and counter arguments that revoked his other panelist Hon.Tinkasimire’s unconvincing opinions.
Given his experience over years, Hon.Tinkasimire arguments were not convicing with Social Media showing disappointment in his fashion of countering an argument. Today Bebe Cool won 3 to nil.
Bebe Cool continues to preach NRM gospel at every given opportunity and is gaining both confidence and political wisdom each passing day.
Slick Stuart, Roja Mixtape Parte ripe for Friday
Slick Stuart and Roja are as excited as their fans their mixtape parte this Friday at UMA Lugogo. The duo last evening promised a much improved show to the previous ones given the experience from previous editions.
The duo besides their own exhibition have promised performances from artistes Bebe Cool, Rema, Fik Fameica, Tonix, Exodus, Beenie Gunter among others.
A ticket will cost 20,000ugx and a table 1M.
Genesis of Mixtape Parte
The party which was birthed in 2014 with the inaugural edition hosted at Club Venom has continued to grow bigger and better over the years.
Following a successful first edition, the party was next shifted to Laftaz Swimming Pool where it was held in 2015 and 2016. The duo then moved the party to Golf Course Hotel for the 4th and 5th editions.
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