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The MultiChoice Talent Factory announces MTF Academy Class of 2019

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MultiChoice Africa is thrilled to announce that the final students for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy Class of 2019 have been chosen. After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lusaka & Lagos in October this year.

The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12-month fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. As the first touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, the academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.

In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.The Class of 2019 is hot on the heels of the inaugural Class of 2018, who are ready to graduate and have their first films screened on M-Net channels and Showmax.

This year’s class will reap the additional rewards of -new partnerships between the MTF Academy and Jasco Broadcast Solutions as well as Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, as well as existing partnerships with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG). As part of their curriculum, the 2019 candidates will also be exposed to the MTF Masterclasses, aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the 13 participating countries. Here’s to another year of investing directly in Africa’s dynamic storytelling spirit through the MTF Academy!

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Video: You are a legend in this game, Rude Boy tells Chameleone

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Chameleone has once again got praise for his 20 year old legancy as a star singer on the continent and worldwide. Chameleone hosted Nigerian singer Rude Boy who is currently in Uganda for his show on Friday and in exchange of salutations the Nigerian singer reminded Chameleone how legendary he was in the music game.

Chameleone gifted Rude Boy with the Ugandan flag as treaty to unity amongst artistes. “I will wave this flag as I perform Nakudata in tribute to the late Radio” Rude Boy said.

Here is the video


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Rema announces change in concert venue

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With Valentines around the corner, couples are looking out for shows and concerts to celebrate the lover’s day together and Rema’s concert being one of the most sought out, KT events are already looking at a sold out concert and have reconsidered the venue.

Rema took to her social media late last evening to announce the shift in venue to fans and guests who will be attending the show.

“Attention ladies and gentlemen. Due to demand, love and support from you my friends, Nile Hall can’t accomodate us all (efunze) so I have shifted my concert to Hotel Africana, People’s Space…..see you soon my loves,” the songbird posted.

She went on to add that this will be a much more ideal location as it will have bigger space with a gigantic tent to accommodate every one of her guests.

The queen of love ballads also promised fans a magical night through a post she shared online declaring that she has “Valentines sorted” for all her fans and they should look no further.

The love-attributed concert will have the star share the stage with other artists she has worked with like B2C, Ykee Benda and Chris Evans among others.


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Black Roots Unlimited to put up a Reggae Special showcase on Valentine’s Day

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Black Roots Unlimited band leader, Tshaka Mayanja

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Black Roots Unlimited, who are arguably the biggest and most sought-after jazz and reggae band in the country, will be gracing Guvnor’s Ciroc Pop Night on Valentine’s Day this Friday.

Band leader Tshaka Mayanja is set to perform live at the popular event along with his band members featuring Aloysius Migadde, Samuel Bisaso, Nehemiah Kasika, Yanzi, Lisa, Tonya Michelle Ahenda and Julius Sese.

The musical night will have the band perform live classic soul and R&B music, the perfect touch for those looking to celebrate love on the lover’s day with a twist that will see a couple of band members trade their instruments for a chance at mixing and serving cocktails for revellers during the fun love-themed night.

The band will perform classic duets, solos and soothing jazz music including “Lovers Rock”, “Mund’omwo”, “No one’s gonna love you” and many more that are sure to thrill reggae music lovers.

Spin doctors Selector Jay, DJ Bryan, DJ Dash, and Baby Luv will follow with mixes throughout the night to keep the revellers on their feet till morning.

Black Roots Unlimited boasts of a foundation of reggae music including blends of jazz, funk, soul and afro-pop. It will be the perfect getaway to wrap up the lover’s date night at the popular hangout.


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Bebe Cool, Chameleone face off amidst rift

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With the recent jibes between Bebe Cool and Chameleone, two of Uganda’s top singers, the pair is set to share stage tomorrow at Lugogo Cricket Oval. While their fans would imagine the two singers not coming face to face, they will be doing that sooner than they expected.

Both Chameleone and Bebe Cool have confirmed performing at the Alex Muhangi show that will be headlined by Nigerian singer Rude Boy.

Here is confirmation that both Bebe Cool and Chameleone will perform at the same show


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