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‘Ugandan music videos full of Jamaican stuff”,International Club video music awards judges cry out.

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Ugandan music videos full of Jamaican stuff

Ugandan music videos full of Jamaican stuff

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One of the celebrated judges, Jasmine Dotiwala, a producer, broadcaster and columnist, has made public  her views about the Club Music video award submissions.  The award celemony slated for September is the  first of its kind, with an International panel of judges. Below are her words shared on United Kingdom’s top entertainment website Huffing post. Read through!

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One thing that intrigued me was that it seemed that 99% of all music videos submitted, seemed to come straight from Jamaica, such is the passion of Ugandans brought up on dancehall music. With full patois accents and dancehall dance moves, it was like judging a Caribbean set of acts, as opposed to African. It reminded me of the early UK urban music scene when we imitated American hip-hop videos and accents before finding our own voices. Leslie informed me that in fact, dancehall is deeply entrenched in Ugandan culture. (This means that if you love reggae and dancehall culture then Uganda is the perfect spot for your next vacation as the music and food is very akin to Caribbean).

Another observation was that like many new acts around the world, their videos highlight sexy, scantily dressed girls gyrating wildly and rappers surrounded by their version of material wealth. All understandable, as this is what success looks like from many viewers points of view, I was eager to point out that this isn’t always what playlist managers are looking for though. After all, is it still sexy after your 1000th booty shot? Do we care about rappers that continue to tell us about their material wealth purchases? It was good to note that UK acts played in Uganda included Chip, Tinie, Estelle, Rita Ora, Skepta and L Marshall. #TeamUK!

Considering how young the Ugandan music industry is, I can see that the passion and D.I.Y attitude of the artists and filmmaker’s means that this is a market that will grow rapidly with increased reach of their acts the same way west African artists from Nigeria have broken into international music playlists recently.

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Campusers wrap-up first semester in style

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After stressful months of strikes, coursework, and tests, a refreshing night out was the perfect way to unwind as the long semester came to an end.

And for a chilly Saturday evening, there was probably no other plot for MUBs students in Nakawa than the Bell Jamz Hostel Silent Disco that returned with the End of Sem edition at Ideal Platinum Hostel.

Unlike other events that take long to get lit, hostel silent disco as always did not disappoint with revelers getting entertained from 7pm when they stepped feet at the venue. The night had some of Kampala’s finest DJs, among them Roja and Slick Stuart.

The mood at Ideal Platinum Hostel was cheerful as students’ night was accompanied by music and beer to seal the celebration.

At about 11pm, DJ Roja then took over the red channel with a set up that featured hit songs from Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria, this left party animals grooving even harder, with the guys forming mini dancing teams.

Through its music platform Bell Jamz, Bell Lager is the premium sponsor of the Hostel Silent Disco.

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Irene Ntale, Winnie Nwagi set to share same stage

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Songbirds Irene Ntale and Winnie Nwagi will soon be performing on the same stage. Following Ntale’s exit from Swangz Avenue, the two stars grew apart but will now be reuniting to light up the Kampala Night run after-party.

The two talented singers have been confirmed among performers for the Kampala Night Run event slated for Sunday, June 2.

They will be performing alongside other entertainers including B2C Soldiers, Pallaso, Grenade, Hit Nature, DJ Dash, and DJ XYZL among others.

The night run is returning for its second edition with runners expected to be flagged off 7pm, with the start and end points being Torino Bar and Restaurant.

After the run is done, the flag-off point; Torino Bar will be converted into a party venue as it will host the run’s after-party.

Party animals at the venue will also be covered in glow-in-the-dark accessories to lite up the night courtesy of Tusker Lite.

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King Saha lights up Fort Portal town

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King Saha lit up Fort Portal town with an epic performance as the fun-filled Neon Rave party made its debut in the western Uganda town on Saturday.

The event that has been moving around major towns in the country made a pit stop in the beautiful western town and made its presence felt with a big neon-themed music fest that attracted party folk from all walks of life.

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King Saha, who was the headlining act serenaded revelers with some of his most popular hits like “Science”, “Biri biri”, “Mpa Love”, “Hullo Hullo”, and “On My Way” that kept revelers grooving throughout the night.

The  event also featured performances from new artistes Wendy and Roger Kent, Neon Dancers “Party Pipo”, epic DJ mixes from Dj Crim and DJ Bash, a 3D Cinema, silent disco and fun games like Fifa.

The Neon Rave party will be heading to northern Uganda next.

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