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Uganda National Cultural Center speaks out on National Theatre demolition

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Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC) has spoken out on reports that National Theatre is set to be demolished.

According to media reports, tenants at the facility had been ordered to evict the premises to pave way for demolitions to commence. It is said the facility was set to be replaced with a mega complex with a multi-million shopping mall, arcades, modern restaurants, bars, cinemas, state of the art auditoriums and an underground car parking, sparking outrage from the public.

UNCC has now released a statement dismissing the reports, insisting the facility will only be renovated and there will be no evictions.

Read the full statement below.

“It is not true that the Uganda National Theatre will be demolished, and that tenants have been given eviction notices. What is true is that this great facility will be renovated and that no tenant will be evicted. We’ve all been fighting and waiting to have this historical facility renovated and finally Government of Uganda has allocated money for this project.

After over 50 years of existence the National theatre building has depreciated, naturally. The flat roof which is incompatible with the tropical climate has continued to leak despite the regular repairs. The component of the asbestos above the stage is outlawed and is overdue for replacement. The proscenium arch stage has depreciated, the lighting and sound system can no longer support creativity in modern art. The chairs are breaking every other day despite the timely repairs which has created an impression that we are not doing a good job via maintenance of the facility. The resting rooms are also in need of replacement, the sewage system can no longer accommodate the current huge number of traffic in the area. The list is endless. It is on this back ground that we embarked on this project to renovate the National Theatre building and we hope that at the end of the project, we will have a better facility that is inline and supports the state of Art in the performing arena.

Regarding tenants, we held a consultative meeting with them last week on 7th June 2017 to share with them about this coming project due to the fact that there is no way we could do this without consulting them. In that meeting, they also shared with us their concerns which will be shared with the contractor once he comes on board. It is only after we share these concerns with the contactor and be advised technically that we will move forward. It is important to note that whatever will be done will be within in the law as per the tenancy agreements and MOUs we have with our beloved tenants and residential artistes.

The renovations will include the following:

• An overhaul of the Lighting and Sound system including compound lighting
• Auditorium seats carpet to be changed
• Proscenium arch stage to be improved upon
• Plumbing and drainage system to accommodate the current traffic
• Toilets to be replaced at the reception area, backstage, tenants, and the outside area
• External and internal painting of the facility
• Electrical works both External and Internal including ACs and replacement of firefighting systems
• Repair and improve the drive way
• Windows and doors repairs and replacement where necessary
• Perimeter wall fence repairs and replacement

We cannot overlook the fact that in such a major renovation some people might temporarily be affected and we kindly ask you to bear with us. We highly treasure our stakeholders (Artistes and tenants)”

Staff Writer

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John Blaq set for debut concert tomorrow

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By Stuart G-Khast

John Blaq is with no doubt one if not the finest musician this year. His consistence with chart topping music for two straight years cannot go unnoticed. His catchy beats, lyrics and unique vocals gave him an edge in the industry.

While he has proven all the above on the airwaves, tomorrow will be the real test as he hold his maiden concert at Freedom City in A concert dubbed “Aya Baasi”

While speaking to journalists, the “Do Dat” hitmaker said he was going to perform live throughout the show and the fans should expect the best from him.

 “I will perform live. Nothing like singing on CDs. Expect a John Blaq you have never seen,” he promised.

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American RnB star, Mya jets in ahead of All Music Safari concert

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Mya arrives at Entebbe airport

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American RnB singer, Mya has jetted into the country ahead of the Johnnie Walker All Music Safari concert slated for this Saturday at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Real names, Mya Marie Harrison, is an American R&B sweetheart who dominated the airwaves during the 90’s and 00’s, the booming days of R&B and Soul.

“I’m excited to be here! This is my first time in Uganda and I can’t wait to live this moment with my Ugandan fans!” Mya shared on arrival at Entebbe airport in the wee hours of  Thursday morning.

The 40-year-old singer was a household name at the turn of the century with tracks like Case of the Ex Love like Wo, Fallen, Take Me There among others that won hearts of many who still party to her timeless music to this day.

Mya will share the stage with local acts like, Kenneth Mugabi, Myko Ouma, Tonny Trumpet, KazKasozi, Black Roots Unlimited and many more taking guests and party animals on an exciting musical safari starring Reggae vibes, jazz, hip-hop, funk and of course the highlight of the night, RnB.

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Richest Uganda Musicians as per 2019

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By Stuart G-Khast

It is always fun to see the list of top 10 Richest Musicians in Uganda

This is an interesting concept, because it proves two things to upcoming and ambitious musicians keep richest Uganda musicians. This is possible to build immense amounts of money as a music artiste. It allows you to grow your wealth and income even more by breaking into Music and becoming an Entrepreneur!

The struggle is real and lots of artists pay their dues and never breakthrough into the mainstream.  If you want to make the leap, get ready to become a marketer on top of writing songs and playing instruments, for example the following top 10 richest musicians in Uganda. Here is the top list of the richest musicians in Uganda.

1.  Bobi Wine

 

The self styled Ghetto Gladiator is living large.He is the richest musician in Uganda. Here are some of his property. Bobi Wine owns Bukoto based Fire Records, a residential house in Magere and also does farming in Gomba.

Bobi Wine drives an Escalade while he bought his wife Barbie a Range Rover which he also drives some times. He also owns a Land cruiser.

Bobi Wine owns One love beach Busabala.

The ghetto president has some shops and rentals in Kamwokya and land in Wandegeya among other things. He also owns a yatch branded ‘Regal Yacht’. He is also the Member of Parliament of Kyadondo East.

2. Jose Chameleone

The popular Ugandan Afro-Beat musician sings mostly in Luganda, English and Swahili. His music is a perfect blend of Ugandan folk music, Central African Rumba and zouk on a background of reggae. He is also known for his collection of cars. Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz ML 200 super customer convertible and recently a Lamd Cruiser are among his priced possessions.This makes him one of the richest Uganda musicians above all. The singer owns two mansions in Arkright estates and two big farms in Mityana and Masaka.

 

3. Bebe Cool

 

He owns a full set sound system (PA) inclusive of a band, lighting and loud speakers that can serve an audience of 20,000 people.  Bebe Cool recently completed his Kiwatule based apartments and is constructing a huge house too.

He owns a hummer valued at USD 40,000 (about Sh 100 million) inclusive of taxes and now acquired a Land Cruiser V8.

 

4. Ragga Dee.

The veteran singer drives a hummer, owns a Beach located on Lake Victoria, Busabala, has a business dealing in importation of cars and cars for hire. He owns an expensive mansion that works as his home in Makindye Kampala. He is the fourth richest musician in Uganda.

5. Eddy Kenzo

Eddy Kenzo’s multi-million mansion in Seguku Capital Kampala. Kenzo in June 2015 purchased a multi million mansion in the heart of Kampala, Seguku. He owns a Range Rover, Black L Grande car and plots of land in Kampala.

He is the Ambassador of Airtel Uganda. He has toured in more than 30 countries around the world collecting the dollars that he is using to invest in the home country.

7. Mesach Ssemakula

Mesach Semakula is a founding member of Eagles Productions. He owns Kann studio, has several plots of land in Luweero, Kisenyi and Buwaate. He also owns several apartments in Buwaate, Lubowa and Zzana and a big rental flat in Bunamwaya. Mesach is also constructing a flat in Buziga. He makes it to top 10 richest musicians in Uganda.

8. Ronald Mayinja 

 Mayinja is one of  the founding member of Eagles production. Ronald Mayinja owns Roma Hotel, has land in Buziga, two houses in Lukuli Nanganda, Roma Hardware in Kireka and several plots of land. He also owns trucks (mainly Lorries) hired to transport goods. Ronald is among the richest Musicians in Uganda.

 

 7. Geoffrey Lutaaya

 

Geofrey Lutaaya, for De New Eagles. Geoffrey Lutaaya is another founding member of Eagles production living a wealthy life. Geoffrey Lutaaya owns a chain of properties. These are; a lavish home in Munyonyo, Durban Motel along Entebbe, Dance Flo bar/club in Nateete and several plots of land.

He is also constructing a hotel along Busabala road in addition to different cars he and his wife Irene Namatovu (also musician with De New Eagles ) own.

9. Grace Nakimera

 One of the best stage performers in Uganda , Grace Nakimera managed to collect a money which she used in investments. She also has inherited wealth and She owns various apartments in the city, she has many agricultural projects on her own land that she owns in Lugazi and in Wakiso. She drives a Prado.

10. Haruna Mubiru

Formerly a member of Eagles production, Haruna Mubiru is now the founder and CEO of Kream production.

He owns a well equipped Kream band, a flat in Kabowa, rentals in Kabowa, and expensive cars.

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