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Rapper O.P.U launches “Drink Party Series”

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Local rapper O.P.U aka KobokoBoy has launched a new event dubbed “Drink Party Series”. The exclusive event is birthed from his hot club single “Drink Party”.

“Drink Party Series” will be the first installment of a number events that the rapper will be holding to raise funds to support Project R.I.C. The event will be graced by a number of different acts who will light up the night.

Entrance will be free but a number of Ugandan Hip Hop Merchandise will be on sale on the night.

The first edition of “Drink Party Series” will be held at Big Mike’s on 3oth September.

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Sheila Gashumba, God’s plan campaign sends Urban TV to limbo

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The couple of Sheila Gashumba and God’s plan recently protested against Urban TV sqoop on sqoop program through their hashtag #StopCyberBullying. First the show went for an unprepared for break citing re- strategizing. However, UCC in a statement today has banned urban TV sqoop on Sqoop.

“Accordingly, the Commission initiated investigations in accordance with sections 5(1)(b), (x) and (j), 31 and 45 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013. To facilitate the investigations, Urban TV was asked to submit a written representation in response to the complaints, and to submit recordings of the programme for the period May 1 – 20, 2020.

Urban TV was also to provide proof of certification and registration of the producer and the host of the programme, in accordance with sections 5 and 27 of the Press and Journalist Act, Cap. 105.” part of UCC statement read.

This implies that Sheila Gashumba and boyfriend had right cause of campaign and have saved several other victims who had ignored the program and station

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UCC Confirms Urban TV’s ‘Scoop on Scoop’ ban

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Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suspended a programme airing on Urban TV after several viewers complained about its content that was deemed offensive and scandalous.

Although the Commission has since learnt from social media that the programme Scoop on Scoop is currently off air, the regulatory due process, which was already in motion, continues. UCC first received complaints about Scoop on Scoop in May 2020, and accordingly wrote to Vision Group on May 25, 2020, seeking an explanation, including information on the qualifications of the staff behind it.

However, Vision Group didn’t comply as directed, prompting the UCC Ag. Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo to suspend the programme as investigations commence.

Tinah Fierce the former Scoop on Scoop show host on Urban TV.

In her letter of May 25, 2020, Ms Kaggwa Sewankambo said the Commission had received complaints to the effect that the content and nature of Scoop on Scoop airing on Urban TV violates the Minimum Broadcasting Standards as enshrined in the Uganda Communications Act 2013. The complainants had explicitly alleged that during the month of May 2020, Scoop on Scoop featured content that was “abusive, demeaning and inciting; opinionated and not attributed to any reliable source.”

Accordingly, the Commission initiated investigations in accordance with sections 5(1)(b), (x) and (j), 31 and 45 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013. To facilitate the investigations, Urban TV was asked to submit a written representation in response to the complaints, and to submit recordings of the programme for the period May 1 – 20, 2020.

Urban TV was also to provide proof of certification and registration of the producer and the host of the programme, in accordance with sections 5 and 27 of the Press and Journalist Act, Cap. 105.

In response, Vision Group wrote to the Commission on May 29, 2020, stating that the complaint had been forwarded to its Human Resource Department for disciplinary proceedings. Vision Group enclosed DVDs of the programme, but neither made representations on the complaint as requested nor provided evidence of the producer and the host’s qualifications.

“Once the process is completed we shall advise on the outcome,” the Vision Group letter stated.

Consequently, and following further complaints about the same programme, the Commission decided to act. In her letter of June 30, 2020, to Vision Group, the UCC Executive Director pointed out that Urban TV had not complied with the Commission’s directives.

“The Commission notes with concern that other than generally stating that Urban TV had subjected the said complaint to your internal processes, your response of May 29, 2020, did not comply with the Commission’s directives as indicated in the letter of May 25,” the Executive Director wrote.

Ms Kaggwa Sewankambo further noted that in addition to not complying with the Commission’s directives, the TV station had continued to air the same programme, in the same manner, leading to other complaints, including one dated June 24, 2020, from M/s Balondemu & Co. Advocates.

In their complaint, Balondemu & Co. Advocates alleged that Urban TV had in the past three weeks used Scoop on Scoop to broadcast “false, offensive, scandalous and harmful content” against their clients Ali Marcus Moses Sempija and Ms Sheila G. Gashumba.

The programme is to remain suspended until Urban TV has satisfactorily demonstrated to the Commission that Scoop on Scoop “has sufficient controls to avoid the risk of breaching the Minimum Broadcasting Standards and the rights of other members of the public.”

Besides, the TV station is required to comply with the Commission’s directives issued earlier on May 25, 2020, and to submit recordings of the programme for the period between June 1-26, 2020.

The UCC Executive Director warned that Urban TV risks “other appropriate regulatory sanctions” if the station doesn’t adhere to the aforesaid directives. Sanctions available to the Commission in the event of failure to comply include suspension of the station’s broadcasting license.

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Coca Cola Rated Next star Daniel Kawesa teams up with Singer Essie for “Dance With Valentino” soundtrack 

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As Dance With Valentino reality show premieres this month, prepare to get blown away by the epic storytelling done through dance on the show. But first, you’re going to get addicted to the show’s theme song which dropped on Wednesday.

The producers of Dance with Valentino tapped the enchanting vocals of two stunning singers; Ariho Esther aka Essie and Daniel Kawesa for the song which was produced and mastered by Big Nash.

Ariho Esther Yvonne aka Essie

Who is Ariho Esther?

Ariho Esther Yvonne aka Essie is a 27-year-old Ugandan singer who is strongly passionate about music in its truest and rawest form and is currently pursuing a diploma at Africa Institute of music. I started singing as soon as I could talk but my experience of live performance with bands started in 2013. I have in my many years of performing with different bands worked with artistes like Myko Ouma, Lillian Mbabazi, Ykee Benda and Fik Fameika. I am currently part of a band called A Ka Dope.

Describe your experience working on this project

Working on the DWV sound track was such an amazing experience. The energy that was flowing in the studio was awe-inspiring. So many creative minds and I was honoured to be singing with a massively talented singer, Daniel Kawesa and to have a legendary producer Big Nash guide us through the session. I loved the fact that Valentino and the composer of the song were around and easily communicated what their idea of the song was without stopping Daniel and I from adding our identities as musicians to it.

Daniel Kawesa

Who is Daniel Kawesa?

Daniel is a recording artist, who is so passionate about music. Away from music, he is a chef. I started singing in 1998 – 2012 between church and school, but professionally I started in 2013 after winning Coca Cola Rated Next, a talent search.

Describe your experience working on this project

It was an exciting opportunity especially knowing that behind the art there are so many powerful stories. I was privileged to work with very talented people in the industry and building our local content. I pray this show helps us appreciate our Ugandaness.

Dance With Valentino is a new reality dance TV show set to be hosted by renowned Latin and ballroom dancer Valentino Richard Kabenge.

Listen to the soundtrack below.

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TV host Ibrah Mukasa apologizes to Lydia Jazmine

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Local TV star Ibrah Mukasa has apologized to songstress Lydia Jazmine.

This after a stinging attack on the singer’s personal life early this week during his ‘Bwakedde-Wolokoso’ show on Star TV.

Ibrah’s apology comes after Jazmine’s public outcry in which she revealed the comments by the presenter were very hurtful and had brought her a lot of emotional pain.

Ibrah K. Mukasa

I am hurt and pained by the way this man has constantly attacked me and dragged my name in the dirt. My sick mother, familly and friends have been affected deeply by this. I dont fight with people all i do is my music and mind my own business. You all know me, I never respond or,” Jazmine painfully wrote.

Fight anybody, I hv always kept my silence but I Am human and this has brought so much pain to me. I ask for a full apology for all these insults. UCC needs to put a stop to such shows! Share this post until it gets to the people concerned!” she added.

https://twitter.com/Lydiahjazmine/status/1277880633663111168

In his apology, Ibrah has shown remorse for his actions and revealed that he never intended to hurt the singer with his comments.

He also notes that Jazmine is incredibly talented, humble and likeable and honestly, deep down he would never wish bad things to her or any one for that matter.

Lydia Jazmine

Read his apology in full;

PUBLIC APOLOGY

On Monday June 29, 2020 during the Bwakedde – Morning show hosted on Star TV, I made utterances against Artiste Lydia Jazmine that seem degrading, appalling and regrettable.

Am deeply sorry for offending you (Lydia Jazmine).

As my followers know, I never intend to attack any person(s) in any fraternity but sometimes we get things hastily and spectacularly wrong as it befell with Lydia Jazmine.

There is nothing more important to me than a thriving music industry and is why I tiressly contribute to the fraternity though this time round it’s regrettable that I attacked and offended the Person of Lydia Jazmine.

Jazmine is incredibly talented, humble and likeable and honestly, deep down I would never wish bad things to her or any one for that matter and is why I wish to extend a genuine and public apology to Ms. Lydia Jazmine, her family, management, the music fraternity and all Ugandans for the harm caused.

In this business, all we can do is own up to our mistakes when they happen.

God bless you.

IBRAH .K. MUKASA

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