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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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Weasel Now Dating Miss Rwanda; Opening Borders of Love

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Weasel Manizo is finally happy once again and deeply in love. Even more interesting, he is now dating Miss Rwanda 2014, Teta Sandra.

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The two love birds can’t help but display public affection. The two currently live together and Weasel is even penning a love song inspired by Teta.

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Sheila Gashumba scared of break up with boyfriend ‘Gods Plan’.

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Uganda last knew about love in the days of Adam and Kaawa, in the days of Romeo and Juliet.

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But we have been blessed to have a modern version of that love. It is the love Sheilah Gashumba has for God’s Plan aka Marcus Ali Lwanga.

Gashumba is back to penning love messages to Marcus after rumours that he wanted to call it quits. Gashumba reminded Marcus that he means the entire world to her.

She almost sang him the famous song line; “bwogeeza nondekaawo nja kwekola ekintu.”

Sheilah Gashumba keeps reminding the world that God’s Plan took her from hell all the way into the villages of Heaven. Whatever she dreamed of, God’s Plan made it a reality…

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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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