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Why MTN Uganda Delivered First Ever Online Zzina Awards

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By Staff Writer

A week after the Zzina awards ceremony, the number of views has almost doubled as Ugandan music lovers from all over the world continue to watch the awarding ceremony that appreciates Ugandan music. For the first time ever, the seventh edition of the awards were held online due to the social distancing guideline that prohibits public gatherings as a way of preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Despite the grim situation occasioned by the pandemic, Ugandans cast their worries aside and took to the various online platforms to enjoy a spirited and entertaining award ceremony that spanned 3 hours and forty minutes of nothing but pure fun and entertainment.

The show had 22,000 live viewers across all the platforms on which it was broadcasted live, such as; the MTN, Talent Africa and Galaxy FM facebook pages. By press time, the show had 400,000 views.

While announcing the artiste of the year, Sen Somdev, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer said that MTN was delighted to put a smile on Ugandans faces during these hard times as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are trying to keep people happy in these troubled times. So any contribution that we can make to keep the smiles going makes us feel proud so we are here to sponsor people’s smiles through music,” said Somdev before announcing Eddy Kenzo as the artiste of the year.

Dr Innocent Nahabwe, the proprietor of Galaxy FM the radio station that hosts the annual music awards appreciated MTN for supporting the Ugandan music industry over the years.

“This is the second year that they have directly sponsored the Zzina awards.  These awards are all about the love of Ugandan music and we appreciate our relationship with MTN on this,” Nahabwe said.

He noted that as the main sponsors of the awards ceremony, MTN Uganda took care of the production, shooting and videography to ensure that Ugandan music fans enjoy the online awards show.

“A lot of artistes and fans are very happy with the awards and although they were online, as lovers and supporters of Ugandan music, we achieved what we set out to achieve and even more,” Nahabwe said. 

While announcing the Luga flow artiste of the year who happened to be Fefe Busi, Jimmy Ssempuuma the marketing manager central region at MTN Uganda mentioned MTN’s support towards music and specifically rap music with MTN Pulse Rap battles an initiative which was concluded early this year as well as sponsoring the HipHop awards for the last three years, among many other music- related initiatives.

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John Blaq reveals why he will never sing political songs

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Musician and entertainer, John Blaq

By BigEyeUg Writer

Ugandan entertainer and musician Kasadha John also known as John Blaq has come out to reveal that he cannot and will never create a song for any politician or any political party.

Speaking in an interview, the golden boy from the East said that he would never let his reputation be soiled by self-seeking individuals particularly politicians. Asked why he took this direction, the Mama Bulamu singer had this to say.

“I want to clearly state that I cannot sing for any political party or politician. All these things usually come with a lot of challenges and disagreements due to the opinions different individuals hold. I instead prefer staying neutral and giving my fans entertainment through heart to heart songs “ the singer said.

The “Tukonnectinge” hitmaker also explained further that he believes he is surviving because of the support he gets from his fans and therefore cannot trade his talent for the selfish politicians.

John Blaq recently released his latest song dubbed Ngamba. This came after he fell out with his management..

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Famous Gagamel singer very ill

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Gagamel singer, Allan Masengere better known as Shortkut is battling for his life in hospital.

In a Facebook post, Bebe Cool who is the CEO Gagamel revealed that Shortkut has been in hospital for a month now and is seriously sick.

“My son Allan Masengere aka Shortkut, a young talent in the music industry of Uganda has been bed ridden for nearly a month now fighting for his life. Friends and family, your prayers are welcome. Get well in the name of Allah,” wrote Bebe Cool.

Shortkut

Shortkut is a very young artiste under Gagamel Entertainment and has done songs like Big Mouth though he has not found his breakthrough.

We wish him a quick recovery!

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Felicita Di Superstar’s family in eviction scare over rent arrears

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Female rapper Felista Di Superstar and her father are reportedly facing eviction over rent arrears.

Early this week, reports came in indicating that the “Nawambye” singer and her father received an ultimatum from their land lord that they should pay their arrears in two weeks or else they will be evicted.

Speaking in an interview, Felista’s landlord said that his patience is running thin after the pair defaulting on rent for 8 months. He stressed that he had earlier advised them to move to a cheaper house but they didn’t listen.

Felista’s family rents a 200k house. Their debt sums up to 1.6 Million. They have tried explaining to their landlord that everyone is going through some financial distress but this has fallen on deaf ears.

The youngster is a young female rapper being raised by a single father who supports her talent. She goes to Kampala Parents School.

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Video: Zahara Totto beaten by hubby, Big Papa before bitter split

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By BigEyeUg Team

The sudden breakup between NBS TV’s Zahara Totto and her boyfriend, Don Solomon Ugwu alias Big Papa (Oga) continue to surface with more secrets spilled regarding their one-year old relationship.

Issues seem not light at all as we may have earlier anticipated, for the motor-mouthed media personality after another video storming social media today showing a bitter fight between Zahara and now ex-boyfriend, Don Solomon.

In the video, the mother of four is seen ridiculously nagging and clinging to her boyfriend as she begs him not call it quits in their relationship.

She is later thumped to the ground continuously by Big Papa giving her no chance again in his life.

The fight is most-likely to have been a continuation of the leaked audio where Oga was hectically trying to conclude his affair with the ‘Uncut’ show host.

Watch video here;

We will keep you posted

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