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Uganda woos global film makers

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Uganda team at Cannes poses for a group photo after a panel discussion on Uganda's film industry at the African Pavilion in Cannes, France.

Uganda team at Cannes poses for a group photo after a panel discussion on Uganda’s film industry at the African Pavilion in Cannes, France.

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A favorable climate, beautiful scenery and a rich cultural heritage all connive to make Uganda the perfect set for shooting internationally acclaimed films and documentaries.

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With a growing film industry that is quickly gaining international recognition, Uganda is position herself as a multifaceted filming destination and hub at the Cannes Film Festival that is currently going on in France.

The Ugandan delegation hosted the Uganda Day where they pitched Uganda as the ultimate film destination to regional and international film makers.

Sandra Natukunda, the Senior Public Relations Officer at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) believes that with such exposure to a global audience of renowned film makers, the Uganda film industry is destined for greater times.

“The Uganda Day was a great opportunity for us to showcase what Uganda can offer to film makers. We showcased our unique selling points such as weather, which enables film makers to shoot all year round. The Africa Pavilion at Cannes has been a very good learning point for our film makers and we believe that the lessons we take away from here will be of invaluable importance to this budding industry,” she noted.

In its first year at Cannes, Pavillon Afriques is one of the busiest, unique, networking and business hub at the festival this year. Uganda joined a line-up of participating countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Jamaica, USA, and Brazil among others.

Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) notes that this is a unique opportunity for Uganda to position local film trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality of Uganda at an International level to drive television content, adding that Uganda has the potential of becoming a center for filming in Africa.

The Pavillion Afrique is an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders are meeting to discuss potential trade in Cinematography taking advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.

The festival is situated within the heart of the Marché du Film, which is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals seeking to expand professional networks, develop partnerships and sell films.

Under the theme ‘Connecting the Past, Present and Future’; Pavillon packs a full schedule with a mix of private and public sector round-table discussions on film financing and content distribution, a series of country destination seminars, celebrity-hosted panels, leadership workshops, film screenings and more, the programme is the most fascinating hub out of Cannes in 2019.

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Song alert: Beckie 256 returns in double release

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Singer Beckie 256 has a had a come back after some time in the chill zone. The female singer has released two songs that could see her retain her spot on the dance floor making her fans and music lovers fall prey.

Ogamba Otya and Sikuwalana are the two latest releases from Beckie 256. While Sikuwalana is a duo featuring producer and singet Daddy Andre, Ogamba Otya is a single and Beckie 256 will make you grooves to this.

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Watch Ogamba Otya lyrics here https://youtu.be/z-kvIw1KKtQ

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I want to be like Eddy Kenzo, Ethiopia’s Tomy Plus breaks into East Africa

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Not so often do we have artistes from the horn of Africa penetrate into East Africa, after Eritrean singer Sammy is Tomy Plus who has gone against all odds to break into the very competitive East African music industry. Tomy Plus despite his short stay in the industry is impressively amazing as two of his many songs “She don’t like” and “Zena Larigat” are enjoying Massive airplay in Uganda and East Africa, not something easy.

Tomy Plus is greatly aided by his dancing talent exhibited in his videos and makes them appealing to his fans. Tomy is slowly gaining favour and following into East Africa and Uganda particularly.

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Who is Tomy Plus?

Tomy Plus real name Tomas Hailu is Ethopian aged 27 and is both a singer and dancer. His singing career started three years ago and has since done so many songs but most notably She don’t like and Zena Larigat that were done in Uganda.

He has been in Uganda three times on mission to connect with East African Countries musically as well as promoting Ethiopian Music Industry.

Tomy Plus started as a cultural dancer. He’s currently doing modern dance while singing.

He’s inspired by Chris Brown and Eddy Kenzo in Uganda.

He has performed on many big concerts in Ethiopia among them is Habesha in Ethiopia which he shared same stage with Eddy Kenzo.

Watch some of his videos here:

Zena Lagarit: https://youtu.be/iWfvQUn5vw8

Tiwejina: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKh2pOStNo

She don’t like: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hYrZS9JQxWQ

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Joan Lule takea SITIMA Y’AMAKA to Top TV

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Former Bukedde and BBS Preseter has again landed in big monenies after Top TV beckoning the presenter to take on a big slot at the station.

Joan Lule’s signature TV show Sitima y’amaka is back but this time on Top TV. The show that started on 20th April has received massive acceptance and support in its two months on air. Sitima y’amaka airs every Saturday at 11PM.

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Joan Lule has maintained and kept her show interesting for long that all the stations that have sought her services have adopted the show into their programing.

Relatedly, the presenter has also shown interest in politics after announcing she will stand for Woman MP Mpigi district.

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