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Wahu’s Humble Beginnings

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Wahu Kagwe

In December last year, just after the wrap-up of the Safaricom Live countrywide concerts, Wahu took a sabbatical and kept off the public limelight until news broke out that she was expectant.

Her second baby is on the way and the celebrity couple of the MTV Awards double winners Wahu Kagwi and David Mathenge are excited about their soon-to-be-delivered bundle of joy. It was about time their first daughter Tumiso Nyakwea got a playmate.

It wasn’t just news of the coming baby that kept Wahu off the public radar. A lot was going on in the couple’s seven years of marriage as the two shifted gears in sprucing up their businesses, singing careers and maintaining a family life.

On her part, the Liar, Sitishiki and Sweet Love hit maker had opened a beauty parlour in Westlands, Nairobi besides heightening charity engagements. The couple also shifted base from South B to Ngong’ Road. And then a new baby announced impending arrival this August.

“I decided to try my hand in business and set up my salon, Afro Siri, in Westlands. I have also been working at Alternative Concepts, a production company I own with my husband. I have been going to the studio and working on new music as well,” Wahu, the Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta, graduate told Pulse on Tuesday.

“I recently released a new single, Tell Me, which will be launched this week.  It is an Rn’B love song and I am very excited about it because I have never done an Rn’B song before. This will be my first.

“ When Dennis, R-Kay’s understudy, gave me the track, I knew that it would be a love song.  I did the video for the song when I was four months pregnant. I can’t wait to officially release the video,” she said, before going ahead to give details about the video whose teaser was leaked on YouTube last week.

Wahu and her singer husband Nameless are arguably the most respected showbiz couple in Kenya often regarded as Kenyan’s first showbiz family. Theirs has been a success story dating back to 1998 when the two met during her first year at University of Nairobi where she was a Mathematics student.

“A friend introduced us at an arts function, ‘This is Monski’, and that is how I knew him. When he was called on stage to perform and did a rap song, I was surprised: ‘So dude can rap! OK’. Later, our attraction to each other grew and love blossomed,” she warmly recalls.

Just before the two met, Wahu had started singing professionally with her first three singles Niangalie, Esha and Liar — all produced at Ogopa Deejays — hitting the market in 2000. In fact, Niangalie got the attention of CBN presenter Victor Oladokun, of the Turning Point International show.

But besides music and maths, Wahu had a passion for modelling and found herself at a crossroad, not sure what career she would finally take.

“I prayed to God and asked him to lead me where he wanted me to be,” she notes.

With a group of other Pulse generation of artistes among them her husband Nameless, the late E-Sir as well as the Kleptomaniax were stirring waters in the local scene. With the new Kapuka beat and with her versatile singing prowess and no-nonsense lyrics such as those in Liar, Wahu quickly became a force to reckon with on the local scene. In fact, apart from the Tattuu trio and Amani who joined the game later, Wahu stood tall as the best female artiste with her hit singles making her a household name. Even then, her eyes were firmly fixed on Nameless.

“He is the only one and only man I have ever truly loved,” she says adding that their 2005 lavish wedding ceremony in the lush grounds of Naivasha Country Lodge will forever remain memorable in her heart.

Of all the numerous awards she has swept across the continent, the 2008 win, where she was crowned the Best Female Artiste during the MTV Africa Music Awards thanks to her then hit song Sweet Love —sealed her position as a continental hero.  “Unlike Nameless and I, I don’t think Tumiso will ever become a musician. She does not like public attention at all,” she says of her lovely daughter.

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Lydia Jazmine, Feffe Bussi, Tonix and Grenade light up Club Beatz second edition

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The second edition of Club Beatz at Home online concert took place on Saturday and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Bussi and Tonix. The show as usual was hosted by Martha Kay and DJ Aludah made his debut appearance.

The Club Pilsner organised show lived up expectations and got fans piling praise for the exhibition. All artistes performed in the comfort of their homes.

The show started with Allan Tonix electrifying ‘Swag Meter’ performance. Tonix also did ‘Sikuleka’, ‘Romance’, and ‘Sunday’ before leaving the mic for Grenade. Grenade did his master pieces Nkuloga and Akaama among other songs and still put up a good show.

Lydia Jazmine then took over the show with her ‘Masuka’, ‘You and Me’, ‘Hit and Run’ among others. Feffe Bussi, the master of free style then closed the artistes’ show with ‘Business’, ‘Love Yo’ among others.

The party went on all night with Sir Aludah on the decks.

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UK Based Ugandan Singer BrenJeezy Releases Charity song Aimed at Improving lives of Less privileged Children, Watch here

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UK based Ugandan singer “Brenjeezy” recently released a video featuring some underprivileged children in the small town of Kawempe, Uganda. The song is called “Give Me water, Give Me Freedom, Give me life” it is about the beauty if Africa, but at the same time it highlights the poverty that many young children in uganda face. The song was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Rox Hunter and Adrian Brewer from the UK.

From this single and video we hope to raise awareness and money to help look after the children and their families. Brenjeezy has been working alongside a charity called Walk For Water, and they have been able to provide for the kids in Kawempe during the current lockdown due to covid-19 outbreak

Brenjeezy real name Brenda Caroline Walugembe has also worked with many charities in uganda before and is passionate about children.

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“Bettinah Tianah Is Our Lowest Paid NTV Staff,”Insider Spills Secrets

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Although Bettinah Tianah is currently featuring on magazine covers and threatening to sue night clubs in United States, the situation seems dire back home.

Following Sheilah Gashumba’s expose on the low pay in the media industry, more beans have been spilled about the official pay for various TV presenters…

According to an inside source at NTV; “NMG introduced a new policy that one should be paid depending on the financial abilities of their show. Basically to motivate presenters to work hard at making their shows big.”

“At the time, Style Project , a fashion show on NTV has no major sponsor. Bettinah Tianah had first been placed on a 50K per show but she bargained hard and was raised to 100K per show,” the source reveals.

According to the new finance strategy, every show is pivoted to pay a presenter depending on how much that show earns for NTV. “By that time, Style Project was the least performing show. That is how Bettinah came out as the least employed person at NTV Uganda. Before it was Sheilah Gashumba at 50K. But since then, it is Bettinah at 100K.”

At this rate, we can understand why Bettinah would want to sue all those using her photos.

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Sheilah Gashumba: “How I Suffered on a 50K salary as a TV Presenter”

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For the first time, Uganda’s most paid TV Presenter has spoken out about the world many people never knew about the TV Industry in Uganda.

The expose comes at a peak of the TV wars in Uganda as NBS TV and NTV each struggle for attention. In her expose, Sheilah talks of the time she was earning just UGX 50,000 per show.

“Even when I did the fashion show on NTV, I was being paid UGX 100K per show. That meant UGX 400K a month yet I was living a million shilling lifestyle. I was literally faking it all through. My makeup was at UGX 80K. That means I was earning 20K per show. Add in transport, add in every other thing, I was paying to be on TV,” Sheilah narrates.

“Right now, I would rather be a good house wife to God’s Plan than pretend to be a TV Presenter. Fame did not pay my bills, God’s Plan does,” Sheilah continues.

According to Sheilah, many female TV Presenters are using the platform to engage in escorting business. In the end everyone became a dealer of sorts. You know what they say about every female celeb in Uganda having a price, it is so true for female presenters in Uganda.

You can imagine some were going for as low as 100K for a night. “The fame is a lie. It puts you up there with nothing in your pockets. My father was footing most of my bills. The brand ambassador gigs were also a lie. Even my hair extension business just didn’t work out. I chose to settle at home and cook for my man,” Sheilah told our reporter.

But many have criticized Sheilah for coming out at this time. “That ka girl is just ungrateful. She doesn’t realize that it is because of TV that we got to know her. Without TV, she would be nothing. She would have never met the celebs that bought her hair extensions. She would not even have met God’s Plan. She is just forgetful or plain ignorant. Media exposed her to us. She can’t turn around and cut the hand that once fed her.

You see she can’t fathom the fact the Bettinah Tianah has thrived better than her. She hates competition. She hates to see her age mates doing better. Yes, Bettinah realized that media gives you the platform to do even bigger things. For her she was short-sighted. That girl tayagaliza. She was the reason Kleith failed on TV,” a source close to her told our reporter.

Many say that Sheilah is feeling beaten that she is nowhere in this moment when new names such as Lyndah Ddane are trending. She can’t believe Zaharah Toto is now a bigger name than her. And that is why she is speaking out. She is trying to put down the TV presenters and steal the show. She is afraid everyone will soon forget about her. “You see she went on TikTok and failed. She tried to do a YouTube channel, that also failed. Now her last try I at pretending to be exposing the untold stories in the media industry. But people in glass houses should not throw stones. We even know what she used to do in South Africa. We also know how she was surviving. She should go slow. All that information we have but we chose to keep quiet,” an annoyed TV Presenter told us.

To be continued…

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