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Ugandan Musicians Have No Passion, Real Talent Is Dead, And Killed By The Money

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By Maurice Kirya

Before going on stage last night, Pragmo and I had a chat with the legendary Moses Matovu of Afrigo about what he thinks about our generations direction in music, it was clearer then that we have the right tools but not the right mental attitude to steer our generation to greatness, our music industry has been blinded by fame, money, and egos,… we are using less passion, losing the message, failing to inspire.

Efforts of great musicians have been flashed down by the media in light of selling what’s commercial.

In the midst of wanting to fit in, artistes have lost the soul and essence of why they sing, after all not much musicality is called for in the commercial world, but then a question bugs me, all the famous legends from back in the day were soulful, but they were still commercial, and yet today we still dance to their work and sing their praises!

Could it be that it’s the media, corporates and audiences that have lost heart for what’s pure talent, or could it be some form of inferior complex where by the listener does not believe that they deserve a well-served and well-presented not half baked meal?

Could it be that pure talent has been watered down by the corporate world in form of endorsements to the what music purists would call burble gym? Would the talented artiste have to get scandalous just to be heard? Date someone famous? Pick a public fight? Sing about hating one another? …get rowdy? Get shot?

I could almost see the tears fighting to get out of Moses’s eyes when he said, ‘it makes me sad that you young talented musicians are being blinded, how will you look back to the work you’re doing today?’

Pragmo and I looked at each other feeling like we probably let everyone down, now Moses’s band is the reason most of us are here as the kind of musicians we are, Afrigo is the ultimate band, they played with passion and purpose!

Then it hit me, we are too afraid as artistes to step out in the unknown and deliver beyond expectations, we have been filled with greed for money and fame that talent isn’t important anymore but which ass you kiss.

Personally, I understand that the world we live in is a commercial one, but I also know that the preacher will take tithe with some level of integrity, and that’s what we need, fit in, but don’t lose the essence of the music!

For now, I am sure some big shots in Uganda are reading this and developing a lamp in their throats, knowing that at some point they will cease to have that powerful position in that powerful corporate office, and at some point they will sit down and want to listen to some music that’s relevant and never fading, but then… that won’t exist, because they will remember then that when they had the power to build a bright and melodic musical future, they trashed down all the artistes could have brought peace to their minds!

The music goes on, and grows on, how you raised a child is more important than the fact that you ‘raised’ a child.

I am thankful to all the great Ugandan musicians that have inspired me, and those that play besides me, for now I can only hope to use what I have now to positively inspire those that will come after me!

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Saturday club fever: Club Beatz 3rd edition returns this weekend with John Blaq, MunG, Suspekt Leizor and Lillian Mbabazi

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The third and final edition of club beats home concert will take place this Saturday starting 8PM and will go on till late. Star singers Mun G, Suspekt Laizor, Lillian Mbabazi and John Blaq have been booked for the night.

Last weekend’s edition was lit and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Busi and Tonix. Dj Aludah was on the decks and as always Martha Kay was the host.

The third and last edition will return this Saturday 9th May and unlike previous editions, DJ Xyzl will make debut appearance. It will stream on Club Pilsner Facebook and Youtube platforms. The party will also be streamed live on BigEye.ug Facebook Page. Party with Club Beatz this Saturday.

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Meet Kwata Esimu Hit Maker, Freeboy

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Freeboy aka Mandela Mubark Adams is talented Ugandan artist who has caught an eye for everyone after his saleout song Kwata Esimu featuring Swangz Avenue’s Winnie Nwagi

Here is all you need to know about him

Freeboy is a young artist from the westnile region / Arua town who started his singing career not so long ago, he has managed to put a couple of songs under his name that have established him and one of the most sought after artists at the moment.

He has songs like Magic, Alemi, Letaa, and Sabala Gwe Abinkubya, among others that made him the biggest artist in the westnile region,

Signed to Viva entertainment an Arua based company they teamed up with swangz avenue in an endeavour to giving him a bigger platform, thus working with Winnie Nwagi on the Kwata Esimu hit song that has become the talk of the town, topping all music charts both Radio and TV

Freeboy comes with a unique voice & style, blending kadongo kamu with afro beats & pop making him an interesting artist to watch out for

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“I earned 120K at my first job” Brian Ahumuza consoles Sheila Gashumba

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Fashion guru Ahumuza Brian of Abryanz Collection has revealed how he was also being paid 120 monthly salary. Through his social media platforms, Ahumuza Brian has revealed how much he was paid being when he had just started his fashion road years ago.

Ahumuza opened up his first store, The Abryanz Collection Store, a clothing retail opened its doors to the public in 2010 at Prime Complex and in 2014, the Abryanz Collection was awarded as the Best Youth Fashion Store at the Kadanke Youth Awards.At the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards in 2015, the Abryanz Collection launched its first custom made collection. The majority of the pieces are now on sale in stores. This collection was collaboration between Brian Ahumuza and a few fashion designers in Korea.

The Abryanz Collection has also showcased at many of the past Buzz Teeniez Awards events, and Kadanke Youth Awards. Off the runway, the collection has exhibited in secondary schools within Kampala and across Central region during the school tours organized by the fashion magnet.

The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards. (2013- To Date)

With the idea of getting the fashion industry in Uganda pronounced and established, Brian Ahumuza begun The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards back in 2013.

Abryanz was named the new Ciroc UG Brand ambassador on 14 October 2016. The fashion guru broke records as he became the first East African to endorse the Premium Vodka Brand, Ciroc.

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A Mbarara 9 year old releases her debut single

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Have you thought about the children’s entertainment specially during this lockdown? 

This is sorted as a 9 year old girl from Mbarara district releases  her first solo video titled ‘NINZA KWEGA’ literally meaning ‘I WILL LEARN’ 

Murungi is undoubtedly talented  and picks inspiration from her mother Emily Kikazi, the region’s reigning Best Female Artist. Murungi’s project does not come as a mistake since she recently featured her mother in the trending Runyankore song titled Twerinde Coronavirus. Murungi brings out a strong voice and wonderful gestures in the NINZA KWEGA single. It’s not the first time she appears before a camera. In 2019, Murungi appeared in a song visual titled ‘Mwana Wangye’ where the mother was telling her to be a well behaved child. Now in her Ninza Kwega song, the young beautiful Murungi, like her name, seems to be putting into practice what the mother taught her. Murungi is a lucky girl. She is already signed under her mother’s label called SUPER RICH GANG and the song was produced by the best producer Deus Kabagambe of sure tunes and Video was shot by VoltFilms. The mother tells us that she has a full independent management under the same label led by one U-Turn Fahard who is an influencer in the region. 

The mother, Emily Kikazi, an artist, says she is aiming at a big brand Murungi not just a stage performing artist. Murungi is having a personal music coach who doubles as her producer Deus Kabagambe. In just hours, her Facebook page MURUNGI and Youtube channel MURUNGI UG have shown pretty good growth. I recommend this video for every parent and child. Good luck MURUNGI!

Watch her debut single here

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