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The Hot 10 songs of July; Beera Nange is back in No.1.

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May was another record month for Uganda music. With over 11 good quality videos released a day, the music industry is having a demonstrable growth and development trend that will help expand the employment base of the creative arts industry and the entire economy.

It is our goal at HiPipo to accurately portray in an unbiased manner how music performs relative to other music.

We are seeing rapid adoption of new streaming and distribution models that are changing user experience and behavior at an unprecedented pace.

This month’s Hop 10 songs were watched 17,330,900 times with YouTube taking 8,318,188 views for official videos and other top streaming platforms such as HiPipo, Facebook, Sound Cloud and Vimeo among others contributing 9,012,712 views.

Beera Nange is back in No.1, the song crossed the one million views mark on YouTube and kept going viral on Facebook and Instagram. The song played 134 times on the top 20 radio stations and 57 times on the Top 10 TV Stations in Uganda averagely every day.

Here is the list of the only authentic Hot 10 songs chart, the only one you can trust; #HiPipoCharts

  1. Beera Nange – Sheebah
  2. Chips Na Ketchup – Vinka
  3. Mummy Yo – Sheebah
  4. I Do – Bebe Cool Ft Charly & Nina
  5. Nkwagalira Ddala – David Lutalo
  6. Tubikole – Fik Fameica And Vinka
  7. Kill A Man – Navio And Beenie Gunter
  8. You And Me – Lydia Jazmine And Daddy Andre
  9. Sabula – Fille
  10. Ave Maria – Rev. Fr. Joseph Tamale

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Music On the Go: 4 Spotify Alternatives to Listen To In Uganda

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While smartphones are far less widespread in Uganda than in other countries, there is still a need here for a reliable service allowing people to listen to music while on the go. Given the small size of the market (in 2016, only 4% of Ugandans used a smartphone) you cannot expect for major services that rely almost exclusively on mobile users to enter the market. Still, if there are enough people using Betway soccer betting on the go to justify the existence of an app for that, there must be enough for music streaming services – maybe not Spotify but others – to enter the country. They have – and the first brand on the list will probably be a big surprise for many.

Apple Music

Apple is pretty selective when it comes to the availability of its services. This is why it is surprising to see that its music streaming service, Apple Music, is not available in Iceland, a country with a small population that’s almost entirely connected (96% of its population had internet access as early as 2013) but is available in Uganda. It is not the cheapest service there is but it comes with a 90-day free trial.

TuneIn

TuneIn is not an on-demand music streaming service but rather a global internet radio that offers its users access to live streams of radio stations from all over the world. It has numerous Ugandan radio stations covered – it features everything from Beat FM to Radio Simba – and more than 100,000 others from all over the globe. It does have a premium service, too, but its basic services are completely free of charge.

Soundcloud

An audio sharing service perfect not only for music, DJ mixes, and such but podcasts and audiobooks as well. The best thing about Soundcloud is that it’s free of charge no matter which of the options you choose – both on desktop computers and smartphones. It might not have the latest mainstream hits but it has an incredible variety of up-and-coming, independent artists that it helps you discover completely free.

Sauteez

Last but not least let us mention Sauteez, the easiest and most convenient way to access the latest and best Ugandan music. The service was developed by musicians in Kampala who have for many years tried to commercialize their art. It provides its users with DRM-protected content from several record labels and musicians.

“We’re incredibly excited to launch Sauteez app, a revolutionary new music experience for Ugandans”, Sauteez Business Development ManagerJulius Kyazze said upon the launch of the service last December. The app is available on iOS and Android-powered smartphones.

Vinyl: Analogue Revival In the Age of Digital

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We live in a digital age, with the most widespread support for pretty much any form of entertainment – written, audible, and visual – being zeroes and ones travelling at the speed of light through optical cables and the airwaves. And the most widespread device for consuming these digital forms of entertainment are smartphones, offering their users the possibility to carry around not only the latest news, social networks, even casino games and bets at Betway Ghana but store entire discographies of our favorite musicians recorded with the best possible quality that we can play in our high-fidelity headphones wherever we are. Still, with so much high-definition media available in a digital form, people still seem to have a taste for the old school – and increasingly so, the ever-growing sales of vinyl records show.

The ups and downs

Vinyl records were the most widely used and easiest to distribute form of audio recordings for ages – then alternative emerged in the form of magnetic tapes, cassettes, then CDs, and the current form of digital distribution. As such, vinyl record sales have seen a steady decline for years and years – until they came back in style. If in 2005, just 900,000 vinyl records were sold in the US, they have seen a slow but steady growth ever since, reaching sales of 14.3 million units last year. In the last decade or so, vinyl record sales have grown by more than 1000% – an amazing growth, you might say, especially with the widespread availability of digital content.

Why is vinyl making a comeback?

Despite being among the last remnants of analog technology in an increasingly digital world, vinyl records seem to refuse to go where obsolete technologies retire. And it’s not the price that keeps vinyl alive – as all rarities, vinyl records are much more expensive than the digital versions of the records. And it’s apparently not nostalgia either, given that vinyl records are bought not only by people of age who have used vinyl when they were young but people who are young right now – computer programmers, hipsters, millennials, and such.

For one, people seem to like the idea of having a tangible support on which they can take the music home to be appealing. And, given the fragility of vinyl records, they seem to appreciate it even more. Apparently, having a vinyl record of a song or an album makes people feel closer to the artist – and this seems to matter a lot for today’s music lovers. Plus, true audiophiles claim that vinyl records have a superior quality, too, one that makes even the highest-fidelity losslessly encoded digital copy just that – an unworthy copy.

Whichever the case, traditional record stores are spreading around the world, making sure the almost forgotten realm of redords will not disappear – just like printed books will never go out of style despite the widespread availability of electronic books.

Nigerian Star ‘Neyo P’ Dropping Twin Audios & Music Videos Shot In Kenya by Enos Olik

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Known for his unique hip-hop sounds fused in afro beat vibes, Neyo P—the Nigeria born rapper based in Lagos is in Nairobi for a musical sejour, under which he is releasing twin videos and audios for: “Everything Pure” and “One Time”. With his rap best described as a blend of Dagrin and 50 Cent-esque style, Neyo P is coming out strong with these fresh records, set to feature in his EP “4:19” slated for a 2018 release under the record label, “Lagos Outskirt Music”.

Watch videos Everything Pure and One Time

Both “Everything Pure” and “One Time” are produced by M16 and mastered by Otee Beatz with their music videos also shot in Nairobi, Kenya. “One Time” video shot by high profile Kenyan video director and producer: Enos Olik in Nairobi, Kenya with “Everything Pure” shot by budding Kenyan director: Deska Torres.

Neyo P hopes that his upcoming EP will perform better that his debut album: Back Street Class, and is convinced that his time in East Africa and specifically Kenya, will make this possible because of the artistic inspiration flowing around the region. Ahead of his releases, Neyo P says: “So many people are afraid of failure, but what I’ve learned is that failure is a great teacher and if you’re open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer. I have learned more from failure than success, am not afraid of anything.”

While in Nairobi, he is looking to work with various acts including Harmonize, Nessa and Msupa S. He looks up to African stars like Angelique Kidjo, Dr Alban. He adds, “My goal is to reach the world with my rap, and local dialect (Yoruba and Pidgin) because hip – hop is a force in the world and I realize that like all art, it holds up a mirror to society and shows us who we. I want to reflect what people are feeling and thinking.”

ABOUT NEYO P

Isaiah James popularly known by his stage name Neyo P comes. His label, Lagos Outskirt music outreach is an independent Music record Label whose vision is to spread music all across Africa and to the world, and to help support young up coming act, and get young youths off the street through music. Regarding Neyo P’s Lagos Outskirt music outreach, he says: “My first album, which in a small circle is a classic album, didn’t sell massive numbers worldwide; making it a huge lesson to me in the music business and inspires me to get my own independent record label,” adding, “I set the trend, I don’t follow, and that’s my goal.”

Zari to Judge at the Miss Uganda Pageant

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Its official, Uganda’s  Zarinah Hassan aka Zari the Boss lady will be gracing the Miss Uganda Pageant as one of the judges and patrons of the event. Zari will be attending the grand finale event on August 10th at the Sheraton Hotel. She will also be a guest speaker at a CSR (corporate social responsibility) activity targeted to young girls organised by the Miss Uganda Foundation.

Zari is one of Africa’s biggest celebrities with a social media following of more than 5 million fans. She is an entrepreneur, reality TV star, digital influencer, a mother of five and a fashion icon. Zari’s annual white party which take place in December every year is one the most celebrated events on the Ugandan social calendar.

Zarinah Tale Hassan Zari

Brenda Nanyonjo, CEO of the Miss Uganda Foundation states “Zari is the perfect example of our motto at Miss Uganda which is beauty with a purpose! She is not only a beautiful women but she has managed to achieve so much in her career as a business women while she is raising 5 children. We believe she will be an excellent judge for the pageant.

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai states “We are really excited to have Zari as a part of our team for the Miss Uganda Pageant. She is a strong independent women who is an inspiration and role model to young women in Uganda. The things she has achieved are phenomenal, she has been though many hardships but she always find a way to bounce back and keep developing and building her personal brand to be one of Uganda’s most celebrated personalities.”

Zarinah Tale Hassan Zari

The Miss Uganda Pageant is less than 2 months away and the organisers are set to bring an unparalleled amount of show biz to this year’s pageant.

NSIMBI: Self-Titled Album Debuts on Global Charts

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Nsimbi album is a world fusion album written and performed by the duo made up of international Ugandan hip hop MC GNL Zamba and gifted American worldbeat artist Miriam Tamar. The album debuted on the USA iTunes World Music Chart at #6, the Canada iTunes World Music Chart at #3, and the Uganda iTunes Chart at #3. Nsimbi has so far been featured in prominent international press outlets such as PopMatters, Vents Magazine, Financial Times and KCRW radio Los Angeles and continues to gain momentum on USA media and radio rotation.

Nsimbi is now available worldwide on all online platforms (iTunes Store, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon) and also available for purchase through the SulaPay app using Mobile Money in Uganda.

NSIMBI CREDITS:

GNL Zamba: vocals, backup vocals, composer

Miriam Tamar: vocals, backup vocals, composer

Jaja Bashengezi: udu, guitar, electric guitar, bass, harmonica, mbunda, shakers, binyege, likembe, ngoni, wood block, backup vocals, composer

Herbert Kinobe: talking drum, kora, adungu, ndongo, balafon, calabash, akogo, backup vocals, composer

Produced & Engineered by Jaja Bashengezi & Herbert Kinobe, Rafiki Productions, Maryland

Mixed by Tim Latham, New York

Mastered by Mark Christensen, Engine Room Audio, NYC

Photography by Jabari Jacobs

Art Direction and Design by Chris Katende, Toronto

Executive Produced by Miriam Tamar & Ernest Nsimbi

Released by Imara Records/Baboon Forest

TRACK LIST:

  1. Dunia Ni Matembezi
  2. Leo Ni Leo
  3. Mujje
  4. Omugga
  5. Forsaken
  6. Koona
  7. Acholi Boy
  8. Gonna Be Alright
  9. Flower of the Heart
  10. Kulusozi
  11. Moonglow
  12. Sokota ft Jaja Bashengezi
  13. Amaka

OFFICIAL ARTIST STATEMENT ABOUT THE ALBUM:

Echoing positive messages from the past to the present, so we can advise the future, we hope that Nsimbi shows the possibility of living in harmony once we do away with our differences and focus on what makes us all human. Collaboration was essential to this project. Our wonderful creative partners, mulit-insturmentalists Jaja Bashengezi and Kinobe Herbert, played all 18 instruments on the album with fiery finesse and heart. Nsimbi is written in Swahili, Luganda, English and Lingala.

This project is filled with so much love and intention, and we genuinely hope it brings our listeners joy and a sense of journey through East African culture and human connection. The album is a collection of songs and poems guided by our experiences combined with ancient Swahili and Buganda wisdom that we discovered in proverbs and folklore. This wisdom is so relevant in today’s divided times. We’re thrilled the Financial Times reviewed our album as “Afropop dynamism. Miriam Tamar and GNL Zamba’s singing and rapping, respectively, are a perfect mix of soulful and direct.”

Nsimbi is the Luganda word for a cowry shell, but is a symbol of all indigenous communities as it is found on all continents. It denotes abundance in spirit and wealth, and it resembles the life-giving organ of the earth symbolizing continuity.

ABOUT NSIMBI THE DUO:

Nsimbi is a duo formed by Ugandan hip-hop artist GNL Zamba and American world fusion artist Miriam Tamar. Building on the acoustic sounds and indigenous instruments of Africa, Nsimbi blends contemporary elements of hip-hop and spoken word with English/Western songwriting techniques and vocals to merge the traditional with the modern. A global sound anchored in the rich messages of ancient East African proverbs and folklore emerges with their debut self-titled album, scheduled for release in summer 2018. The collection bridges cultures with lyrics in English, Swahili, Luganda and Lingala.

The duo met six years ago in Uganda, and have collaborated in Africa and in the United States. Nsimbi is their first album together and includes contributions by East African musicians they long admired, Kinobe and Jaja Bashengezi. Bound by the kindred world travelers who embrace the beauty of dialogue and human connection through music, each artist’s background shapes the sound of the album.

GNL Zamba is among East Africa’s most influential hip-hop artists, credited with bringing rap to the region’s mainstream culture by using Uganda’s indigenous language in a style known as Lugaflow. Nominated for over 30 African music awards, winning 12, GNL has performed throughout the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, We Love Africa Music Festival in Denmark, Selam Africa Music Festival in Ethiopia, and Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar.

Fusion vocalist and songwriter Miriam Tamar creates empowering soundscapes that journey through the vibrant rhythms of world culture. Her mix of genres reflects global travels and the communities she’s lived within, including five years spent in Uganda developing peace education curriculum to rebuild the lives of post-conflict children. Profoundly transformed and determined to remind people of the beauty beyond borders, Miriam’s most recent Firedance EP debuted in the Top 5 of the iTunes World Music Chart and has been featured on Huffington Post as the video for her single, “Who We,” has over 500,000 views.

As passionate global citizens, Nsimbi is developing an educational curriculum tied to the themes of cross-cultural exchange, appreciation, and dialogue explored in their album. Workshops will be part of their album world tour.

The Hot 10 songs of June were downloaded 12,880,390 times on the Web.

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June is another record month for Uganda music. With over 11 good quality videos released a day, the music industry is having a demonstrable growth and development trend that will help expand the employment base of the creative arts industry and the entire economy.

It is our goal at HiPipo to accurately portray in an unbiased manner how music performs relative to other music.

We are seeing rapid adoption of new streaming and distribution models that are changing user experience and behavior at an unprecedented pace.

This month’s Hop 10 songs were watched 12,880,390 times with YouTube taking 4,880,393 views for official videos and other top streaming platforms such as HiPipo, Facebook, Sound Cloud and Vimeo among others contributing 7,999,997 views.

Beera Nange the No.1 song this month went viral on Facebook with hundreds of Sheebah fans recording cover snippets that gathered thousands of views. The song played 127 times on the top 20 radio stations and 52 times on the Top 10 TV Stations in Uganda averagely every day.

Here is the list of the only authentic Hot 10 songs chart, the only one you can trust; #HiPipoChartsJUNE HOT 10 SONGS; PDF VERSION

COCA-COLA ANNOUNCES PROGRESS IN FIGHTING PLASTIC POLLUTION ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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Uganda, 5TH June 2018 – To mark World Environment Day today, The
Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partner Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
– Uganda, reaffirm its commitment to help create a world without
waste.

World Environment Day was founded by the United Nations Environment to
promote worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our
environment. This year, the UN is calling on people across the globe
to help “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

In January 2018, the Company launched a global goal to fundamentally
reshape its approach to packaging through its World Without Waste
initiative. This initiative aims to collect and recycle the equivalent
of 100% of its packaging by 2030.

“We recognize there is a waste problem in Uganda. So two years ago in
2016, we set up a subsidiary of Rwenzori Bottling Company called
Plastic Recycling Industries (PRI). PRI is now the largest plastic
recycling business in Uganda, collecting about 14 tons of plastic
daily, and ridding the environment of close to 400 tons of plastic per
month. PRI employs 1,500 Ugandans and empowers plastic collectors to
earn a living, 80% of whom were previously unemployed women,” explains
Conrad van Niekerk, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
Uganda.

Across the continent the Company’s packaging focus on design, collect
and partner is making strides. In South Africa for example, the bottle
water brand Bonaqua is packaged in an eco-twist bottle, which uses
intelligent design to enable the bottle to be easily compressed and
take up less space in the recycling bin. And in Kenya, the Company has
partnered with like-minded industries to launch the PET Recycling
Company (PETCO) today, to promote and regulate the recycling of PET
material after their initial use.

“We will be learning from brilliant examples across the continent to
invest in a waste-free Uganda, said Maserame Mouyeme, Public Affairs,
Communications and Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola Southern &
East Africa. “Our planet should not be harmed by bottles and cans and
as Coca-Cola we must take the lead. Consumers around the world,
including Uganda, care about our planet and they expect companies to
take appropriate action. This is the critical journey that we invite
others to join us.”

Nsimbi Set to Release First Single “Mujje” Music Video off of highly anticipated Self-Titled Debut Album

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“Mujje,” which is Luganda for “Come all,” is a song about the power of coming together as humans. In the afro-futuristic music video, these African sayings and ancient symbols emanate from the universe and surround our dancers who are caught in a black / white binary world and entangled in their negativity. The shaman figure played by Zamba helps them disconnect and cord-cut from their emotional baggage (fears and addictions) and tap into an inner electricity, and positivity that is pure joy from within. Through the video we hope to encourage people to get off the grid, to move past a single dimension and physically come together and unite in community. Binaries should not be seen as opposition, but like electric charges necessary to come together to create a circuit and emanate light.

(An afro-futuristic world guided by the duo Nsimbi clothed in ancient African symbology.) “Mujje” video directed by Justine Raczkiewicz.

Nsimbi is a duo formed by Ugandan hip-hop artist GNL Zamba and American world fusion artist Miriam Tamar. Building on the acoustic sounds and indigenous instruments of Africa, Nsimbi blends contemporary elements of hip-hop and spoken word with English/Western songwriting techniques and vocals to merge the traditional with the modern. A global sound anchored in the rich messages of ancient East African proverbs and folklore emerges with their debut self-titled album, scheduled for release in summer 2018. The collection bridges cultures with lyrics in English, Swahili, Luganda and Lingala.

The duo met six years ago in Uganda, and have collaborated in Africa and in the United States. Nsimbi is their first album together and includes contributions by East African musicians they long admired, Kinobe and Jaja Bashengezi. Bound by the kindred world travelers who embrace the beauty of dialogue and human connection through music, each artist’s background shapes the sound of the album.

 

GNL Zamba is among East Africa’s most influential hip-hop artists, credited with bringing rap to the region’s mainstream culture by using Uganda’s indigenous language in a style known as Lugaflow. Nominated for over 30 African music awards, winning 12, GNL has performed throughout the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, We Love Africa Music Festival in Denmark, Selam Africa Music Festival in Ethiopia, and Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar.

Fusion vocalist and songwriter Miriam Tamar creates empowering soundscapes that journey through the vibrant rhythms of world culture. Her mix of genres reflects global travels and the communities she’s lived within, including five years spent in Uganda developing peace education curriculum to rebuild the lives of post-conflict children. Profoundly transformed and determined to remind people of the beauty beyond borders, Miriam’s most recent Firedance EP debuted in the Top 5 of the iTunes World Music Chart and has been featured on Huffington Post as the video for her single, “Who We,” has over 500,000 views.

As passionate global citizens, Nsimbi is developing an educational curriculum tied to the themes of cross-cultural exchange, appreciation, and dialogue explored in their album. Workshops will be part of their album world tour.

HEINEKEN UGANDA TREATS FOOTBALL FANS TO EXCLUSIVE UEFA FINALS VIP VIEWING PARTY.

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Kampala, Uganda May 26th 2018; To help Uganda soccer fans get into the action of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) 2018 Final, international premium beer brand Heineken® on Saturday hosted one of the biggest most premium VVIP experience in Kampala.

Over 5oo fans thronged Capital Radio Gardens in Kololo to enjoy the ultimate Heineken® live screening experience of the UEFA Champions League finals, where Liverpool Football and Real Madrid clashed for exclusive bragging rights, with Madrid emerging victors to lift the trophy.

Heineken Uganda Country Manager said this was a night to remember. “Heineken® aims to create exciting UEFA Champions League experiences for our consumers by engaging them in a way only Heineken® can do. For us at Heineken Uganda, tonight’s epic final is a way of treating you to what football lovers across the world are also experiencing watching the UEFA Finals in an epic way ”

Heineken is the global sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, and for Uganda, the company decided to invite football fans, sports personalities & presenters together, to watch the UCL finals.

Kylie Wallbridge,Heineken East Africa General Manager added that the UEFA Champions League is a premium football event featuring quality players. “The best of the teams across Europe play in the Champions League. Heineken is also known very well across the world, it is best brewed and is also consumed by a lot of people. So, there is a connection between Heineken and the UEFA Champions League. This year, we were telling our consumers not to just to watch the league, but to prepare to #ShareTheDrama, and explore the opportunities that come with the game.”

For the invited guests on the 26th of May, the stage was set to be even bigger and better than before and it was a night they will not be forgetting in a long time.

Basically, consumers did not just come out & watch Champions League, they also ‘shared the drama’ with friends and fans alike during an enthralling evening of fun, heat and passion.

During the Heineken® UCL Final viewing, activations will run to reward Heineken® consumers and give football fans the opportunity to win exclusive Heineken® UEFA Champions League merchandise.

At the end of the night, one lucky winner Badru who correctly predicted the night’s final scores walked away with a huge Heineken gift hamper.