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Top 20 African Stand-Up Comedians, Only Daniel Omara Makes It To The List

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By Ian Ortega

We may blame it on the wrangles that were witnessed this year in the comedy industry for this dismal performance. The ranking for the top 20 African stand-up comedians features just one of the Ugandan comedians. And ever since the wrangles came up, the crowds have never been so interested in comedy compared to previous years.

Others think that Ugandan Stand-up comedians can’t compete favourably because they lack innovation and keep recycling their jokes. “We lack originality, comedians are copying status updates from Facebook that have been shared over a number of facebook pages,” noted a fan.

But to Daniel Omara who was ranked 19th best in Africa, other Africans could not disagree. A fan from Nigeria had this to say; “I find that guy original, he actually deserved to be in the top ten. He has a unique style and he will make you laugh regardless of one’s country of origin.”

Well, here is the list:

20. Gbenga Adeyinka (Nigeria)

19. Daniel Omara (Uganda)

18. A Dot (Nigerian)

17. John Vlismas (South African)

16. Foxy P (Nigeria)

15. Nik Rabinowitz (South Africa)

14. Kasambwe Mpulamasaka (Zambia)

13. David Kibuuka (South Africa)

12. Ali Baba (Nigeria)

11. Loyiso Gola (South Africa)

10. Eddie Kadi (Congo)

9. Eric Omondi (Kenya)

8. I Go Dye (Nigeria)

7. Daliso Chaponda (Malawi)

6. David Kau (South Africa)

5. Klint The Drunk (Nigeria)

4. Riaad Moosa (South Africa)

3. Michael Blackson (Ghana)

2. Basketmouth (Nigerian)

1. Trevor Noah (South Africa)

To Connect with Ortega Ian
Email: ortian@gmail.com
Twitter: @OrtegaUganda
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ianort
Mobile: 0788551121

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Rema almost throws Chris Evans off stage over Kenzo

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By Our Reporter

What is the quickest way to ruin a good mood? Bring an ex into the picture. That was a lesson singer Chris Evans had to learn the hard way after he was almost throw off the stage while performing at Rema’s concert on Friday evening at Hotel Africana.

Evans had been invited on stage by Rema to perform their collabo, “Linda”. He however went off script, and changed lyrics of the song mentioning Kenzo, something that did not sit well with the “Siri Muyembe” hitmaker.

Rema was clearly not pleased with Chris Evans’ actions, and what he thought would please the audience quickly backfired.

She halted the performance and almost slapped Evans as he dragged him all the way towards the stairs leading off stage. All the while the crowd watched on with bated breath as he tried to apologise.

Although she let him continue singing, the chemistry between the two singers was all lost after that. Attempts to try to perform together were met with hostility and Rema was visibly livid through out the performance of the song. In fact, Rema did not sing for the remaining part of the song. She let Evans carry on alone, and later exited the stage to take a breather and make a change in a wardrobe for the second part of her show.

Evans performed just one more song after the incident and left the stage with embarrassment written allover his face.

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Sandra Suubi, Kenneth Mugabi serenade lovers in Valentines Day show

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Kenneth Mugabi and Sandra Suubi perform at Route 256

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It was no ordinary night for lovers in the house who attended the vibrantly lit Valentines Special show with Janzi Band featuring Kenneth Mugabi and Sandra Suubi at Route 256.

The love-themed nest had fans of live band music revelling to the harmonious tunes that only Janzi delivers effortlessly. They sang their hearts out with covers and renditions of popular love songs to warm up the lovers and friends who were snuggling in each other’s company. Many did not look like they wanted the night to end.

Once guitar maestro, Kenneth Mugabi and songbird Sandra Suubi joined the Janzi on stage, the performance went up a notch higher with songs like Nkwegomba, Naki, Heaven and Faya. It was truly magical as the trio fed off the vibes they were receiving from the audience, who cheered them on and begged for more of the smooth music.

The mix of jazz, reggae classic and soul music uniquely blended got many onto their feet grooving blissfully through the night.

They surely did not disappoint their fans and lovers at the love-themed night leaving them satisfied when the show finally came to a close at the stroke of midnight.

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Black Roots Unlimited delivers a Valentine’s Special Live Concert at Guvnor

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Black Roots Unlimited perform at Ciroc Pop Night at Club Guvnor

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Being Valentine’s Day, Kampala party animals were treated to a Ciroc Pop Valentines Special Live concert at top Industrial Area-based night spot, Guvnor.

The mood was buoyant as Black Roots Unlimited featuring Tonya Michelle Ahenda, Julius Sese and Lisa Sonia performed classic soul R&B love ballads. From Celine Dion to Mariah Carey to Justin Timberlake, the band took revellers down memory lane and had them reminiscing about the good ol’ times all night long.

Black Roots Unlimited perform at Ciroc Pop Night at Club Guvnor

This was different from previous Ciroc Pop series where the main act serve signature cocktails and music as Black Roots instead spiced up the evening with love ballads from the reveller’s favourite musicians.

The popular Ciroc Pop Night happens every second Friday of the month. Past editions have featured several top musicians including Bebe Cool, Sheebah, Winnie Nwagi, Kent & Flosso and Eddy Kenzo

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Salvado marks 10 years of comedy in style. [Photos]

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Uganda’s favourite comedian Patrick Idringi Salvado showed that the perfect Valentine’s Day gift might not be flowers after all, more like an endless supply of rib-cracking jokes.

The ‘Man from Ombokolo’ had plenty to celebrate as he marked a decade in the comedy industry, and there to celebrate with him at the Kololo Independence Grounds was a mammoth crowd who got every penny’s worth at the Africa Laughs show last night.

Digging into tales of family, marriage, politics and memorable social interactions, Salvado was in his finest element, reminding all that he is king when it comes to integrating socially-aware comedy into his act. He certainly lived up to the hype on a day that turned out to be a triple celebration; he marked a decade of comedy, his 35th birthday and the fifth edition of his Africa Laughs show.

On a cool Friday evening, the stage was perfectly set for The Singleton-sponsored event. Some of the biggest names on the continent—Kenny Blaq, Eric Omondi, Eddie Kadi, and Alfred Kaingo—were the icing on the cake as our own crème de la crème such as Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko took turns to send revellers literally rolling on the floor.

The highlight of the night was Salvado’s 45-minute show. The engineer-turned-comedian infused a sense of endearing jokes as he merged his visit to State House and meeting with the President into a rib-cracking buffet largely enjoyed by the fans despite their different shades of political opinion.

To add to the enchanting Valentine’s Day feel, Tanzania’s Konde boy Harmonize , Levixone , Eddy Kenzo and Bebe Cool entertained the revellers with love ballads that had everyone on their feet. This had been a triple-treat worth their time.

Here are some photos from the show.

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