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Ugandan Movie Gets Oscar Nomination (First Ever In History)

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A Ugandan movie ‘Kony- Order from Above’ has been selected for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Popularly known as the Oscars and given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the United States of America (USA), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.
The movie was selected on Wednesday by the Uganda Academy Selection Committee (USASC) as Uganda’s official entry for the 2020 Oscar Awards in the category of best international film.
This marks the very first time Uganda is submitting an entry to the prestigious awards following the launch of the seven-member UASC in July this year.
“The selection is only provisional pending the film’s fulfillment of all academy eligibility criteria ahead of the October 1, 2019 Oscar submission deadline for the country entries,” said Godfrey Musinguzi, UASC Chairperson in a statement dated September 11, 2019.
Adding, “The film’s human story , universal themes and authenticity make it a unique piece of home grown art worthy of celebrating on the global platform that is the Oscars.”
Upon selection, Steve T Ayeny, the movie director said he was so happy to achieve such a milestone.
“I feel like God has been faithful to Uganda. This is the first of its kind and I am very happy about this. This is bigger than me as the director and producer. God was in it from day one. I want to thank my crew, cast and everyone who supported this film. As someone who hails from Northern Uganda I wanted to tell our story our own way just to spread love and encourage people to forgive each other focus on the transition and development in Northern Uganda,” revealed Ayeny.
About movie:
This movie drama based on actual happenings tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the tumultuous northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.
They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. While in abduction, Otti attempts to escape back home and is instead caught and battered at each attempt.
He decides to stay in the bush with the LRA rebels and is soon introduced into the inner command circle of notorious LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony’s. Despite his concession to notoriety, his love for Aguti remained undeterred. In an attempt to sustain it, Otti wrote letters to Aguti through the village reverend.
During the LRA raid to Aboke Girls School, Aguti and other girls are then abducted.
Upon arrival at the Kony camp, the abductees are shown to Kony who falls in love with Aguti instantly without knowledge of the relationship between her and Otti.

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Voltage Music Kent and Flosso to serve revellers with cocktail and music at Guvnor

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Kampala’s prestigious club, Guvnor is back again with a fun packed night dubbed Ciroc Pop Night. The night which is in its fifth edition happens every second Friday of the month and voltage music duo Kent and Flosso will be the headline artists of the night.

The music pair is currently undergoing mixologist training classes and will be serving their fans a signature cocktail prepared by them. Aside from the cocktails, the duo is set to entertain the revellers with a performance of their club bangers.

In a video already circulating on social media, Voltage music has promised to keep all revellers entertained with a cocktail of drinks and hit music .

“We shall be representing 100% Voltage music, don’t be anywhere else, just be at Guvnor and witness us make history, expect hit after hit,” they said.

Voltage music came to the limelight after their Byafayo song became a club banger and have had arguably the biggest song in the country in recent days, collaboration with Fille called ‘Squeeze’.

The duo has also featured on songs with female stars like Vinka, Fille, Ray G among others.

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Sheebah, Qwela band to headline Oktoberfest

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Beer lovers and foodies are in for a treat as Oktoberfest, a beer and food festival celebrated globally returns for its fifth edition in Kampala next month. Slated for October 5, it will be held at the Uganda Museum gardens.

Originally held in Munich, Bavaria and Germany, Uganda’s version of the beer festival will entail celebrations of food, different cultures and merrymaking as city dwellers revel in the best of both worlds with organisers promising this to be another unforgettable festival.

The annual event boasts of a strong cultural union between two nations; Germany and Uganda confirming ample portions of each with the many exciting foods, beers, beer related games and activities lined up including entertainment headlined by Uganda’s favourite Queen Karma, Sheebah Karungi and the authentic Qwela band. There will also be a showcase from The Almost Famous DJs who will keep revelers entertained with the hottest music mixes.

“This festival will unite many of our consumers for the ultimate outdoors fun experience. We plan on making this event the most sought-after beer festival in East Africa for years to come, so brace yourselves for what we have in store for you this year,” said Kelvin Gumisiriza, Tusker Lite Brand Rep.

Organisers of the event have revealed that the event will also feature a mix of friendly inter-cultural activities including fun costume competitions overseen by a team of judges headed by the Uganda German Cultural Society. There will also be traditional Oktoberfest games such as a beer straw challenge, tug-of-war, beer pong, arm wrestling, Stein (beer glass) hoisting challenge, eating challenge, and beer speed drinking among others.

There will be prizes awarded after the competitions with the biggest of them being a business class return air ticket from Brussels Airlines to any destination in Europe.

Tickets to the event are already on sale with advance/discount tickets going for only Shs15,000 supported by the Blue Weekends promotions by Stanbic Bank with Visa Card or Mastercard and will also available at the Junction Bar, Ntinda, The Gardens, Najeera and Uganda Museum.

For those paying cash, tickets will be sold at only Shs20,000. Gates open at noon.



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150 students selected for expert music training

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A specially selected group of 150 students has been admitted to ESOM school of music for their current speciality group in take.They have taken up a number of classes including vocal training, playing instruments including piano and key board plus drums, sound engineering, video editing and production among other courses.

This group went through a tight selection process as the school aims at admitting top quality students who posses a genuine love and passion for music on which it can build and polish them to become great artistes when they finally graduate and step into the world of music and performing arts.

With a new state of the art trainign facility for production and sound engineering, the school’s Director Daniel Kiyega says they will surely be producing some good names and infulential artistes in the near future.

Having celebrated award winning artistes like Maro, producer Bless, Nase Avartar on their books as alumni already, Kiyega believes many more will come out of the school soon as it has modernised its facilites and taken on more raw talent to produce the best possible results.

Kiyega added that the school also offers private lessons for instrumentalists, producers, deejays and vocalists interested in polishing their skills all year round and those interested should contact the school either through their online platofrms or visit them physically at their Rubaga road location.



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