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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.

By Our Reporter

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.

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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Navio releases visuals of new song Bangi featuring Daddy Andre and Flex D’ Paper

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Navio whose real names are Daniel Kigozi at exactly midnight released the video to one of his songs off the recently launched Strength in Numbers album. The album has 15 trucks and the singer few hours ago decided to release the one featuring singer and songwriter Daddy Andre and rapper Flex D’Paper. The song was produced by Mio Made and shot by Sasha Vybz at the shores of Lake Victoria.

The rest of the songs on the album will be released one after the other and some of the songs feature big African artistes like Seyi Shay and Ice Prince from Nigeria, Kaligraph Jones and Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania.

Watch it here

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Video: Karitas Karisimbi walks away from live show after co-host bullies her

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Drama erupted at the Kamwokya based Media Plaza and precisely on NXT Radio when a radio show ended earlier than usual in what the listeners called an act of bullying. Ronnie MacVex who was on his usual show with Karitas in a heated topic today used his co-cost as an example, something Karitas did not take lightly.

While Karitas urgued that it was not conclusive to call someone ugly, and that one man’s meat can be another’s poison, Ronnie thought there was room where everybody could agree someone was ugly. In an example, Ronnie said for “For example I could say Karitas made hair those ladies on Mizigo love” Karitas did not take this easy and walked from the show.

While the pair is known for not always moving along, today’s incident also confirmed the on going rift.

Some views and listeners have sided with Karitas and women activists have been fast to chip in with their emancipation card. Nxt Radio will try tp cover this up but the show may see one of the two walk away.

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Celebrated fashion expert Abryanz applaudes Ofwono Opondo’s fashion sense

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By Stuart G-Khast

While many kept trashing government mouth piece Ofwono Opondo’s fashion sense on his weekly TV show last night, Brian Ahumuza aka Abryanz, an expert in men’s fashion contradicted their opinions. Abryanz according to his tweets said fashion was “Freedom of Expression” and OO was doing just that.

Abryanz further defended the fashion sense by adding “Man is dressed comfortably and happy” and that in his opinion is what mattered.

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Sauti Sol Out ‘Midnight Train’ Music Album, Listen To It Here

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By BigEyeUg Team; Phenomenal East African music band ‘Sauti Sol’ has finally dropped its long-awaited studio music album ‘Midnight Train’.

Midnight train album houses 13 tracks including;

1. Sauti Sol – Intro

2. Sauti Sol – Midnight Train

3. Sauti Sol – Insecure

4. Sauti Sol – Feel My Love

5. Sauti Sol ft Soweto Gospel Choir – Brighter Days

6. Sauti Sol – Nenda Lote

7. Sauti Sol – Suzanna

8. Sauti Sol – Set Me Free (Interlude)

9. Sauti Sol ft India.Arie – My Everything

10. Sauti Sol ft Mortimer – Wake Up

11. Sauti Sol – Sober

12. Sauti Sol ft Kaskazini, Bensoul, Xenia, Nviiri the Storyteller, Okello Max & nhp – Rhumba Japani

13. Sauti Sol ft Sho Madjozi & Black Motion – Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)

The band which also dubs in music writing and producing solely had the best touch of music work accomplished on the new album.

Midnight Train is the band’s 5th studio album of its career.

Crowned the MTV EMA Best African Act in 2014, Sauti Sol have received so many international nominations and accolades (among them being the only East African artists to get a BET Award nomination in 2015).

Sauti Sol won Best Group and Producer of the year AFRIMMA in 2015, ending the year with the Most Stylish East African Artist at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards.

2016 was one their best years yet as they swept almost all continental categories nominated for, winning the Best Group (MTV MAMA 2016), Best African Group (AFRIMMA 2016) and Soundcity MVP 2016.

As of September 2017, Sauti Sol became the first musicians in Kenya to reach a landmark 1M Likes on Facebook and 1M followers on Instagram respectively.

The group recently concluded the Melanin World Tour in Europe, where they played in 7 different cities back-to-back (Zurich, Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Copenhagen) October 2018.

With such an impressing profile in music you cannot wait to get, and share Midnight Train Album below.

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