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Cocktails in the wild excites, educates Ugandans.

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Fort Portal – The 2017 edition of the Uganda Waragi sponsored Cocktails in the Wild that took place over the weekend in Fort Portal was not only an exciting experience but also very educative.

The choice of entertainers, venue and above all activities lined up, were as mouthwatering as the word itself. The nature walks, sight-seeing and interactions with communities living near the Kibaale National Park were memorable.

The event, a brainchild of RoundBob, an online tour and travel company, aims at encouraging Ugandans to venture out and explore their country so as to grow domestic tourism.

For some people though, Cocktails in the Wild is an excuse to step away from the city’s congestion and take in the freshness of the countryside.

Top of the World, a vantage point overlooking three crater lakes and the nearby Kibaale National Park was the venue for this year’s fete.

According to David Gonahasa, the Managing Director of RoundBob, the Cocktails in the wild experience is not merely about the destination but rather the entire journey and exciting pit stops along the way.

“Our underlying aim is to encourage Ugandans to explore and discover their country. We are always on the lookout for the most fascinating places in our own backyard so as to give people an opportunity to appreciate what Uganda has to offer rather than having to travel to other countries,” he explained.

Right from the set off point at the Lugogo Shopping Mall, it was evident that this was going to be one epic journey. The music, bites, beautifully furnished buses were only but a preamble to what awaited guests at the destination. The pit stops in Mityana, Mubende and Fort Portal gave guests the opportunity to sample the roadside cuisines and delicacies as well as take ‘slay’ photos.

At Top of the World, signature Uganda Waragi cocktails such as the Muyenga Sunrise, Kololo Sunset, Melon like it’s hot, among others, mixed by trained mixologists of the Diageo Master Bar Academy kept guests refreshed by the several camp fires.

DJs BK, RPM, Dibo, Skillz and guest DJ Magnum from the famed South African based Universal Music Group entertained the guests all night long. At some point, there was some sort of mini-dance off between a handful of Nigerians and Ugandans. We cannot independently verify who came out top.

Then of course there were those who were ‘unfortunate’ to have their birthdays falling on the day. In addition to the cold night, they received an ‘Ice bucket challenge’ as they embarked on another year of triumph, joy and challenges.

For those who felt like napping, there were tents and cottages; the choice was theirs. Partying went on till the wee hours of the morning.

Edgar Birungi, the Marketing Manager for Spirits at Uganda Breweries stated that Uganda Waragi was elated to be part of Cocktails in the Wild because the platform is one that gives locals the opportunity to celebrate their country’s unique endowments.

“Uganda Waragi is The Spirit of Uganda and has taken the lead in celebrating our Ugandanness for over 50 years. Ours has always been about giving our consumers an unforgettable party experience and Cocktails in the Wild is the ideal platform. What better way to celebrate than do it in the wild!” he said.

The travel back to Kampala on Sunday was also another experience to crown off a memorable weekend. One that was exhilarating, educative and above all, memorable. We can only speculate where the next venue will be held and needless to say, ‘We just cannot wait.’

Michael Ross Makes Comeback at A Ka Dope.

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The monthly A Ka Dope gathering of musicians, poets and art lovers took place on Friday, November 3 in a new edition dubbed the A Ka Dope Comeback.

The one-evening affair that kicked off shortly after 7pm, featured many different aspects from the previous A Ka Dope editions. Notable was the change of venue from the now-popular Square in Kampala’s Industrial Area to Design Hub, a fast growing hangout in industrial Bugolobi. The other different aspect was the performance line up that featured undiscovered artists in Uganda.

The event scaled to even greater heights, with a new lease of life by Uganda Waragi. On top of the energetic and dynamic music performances, A Ka Dope has seen an addition of an urban party nightlife experience with the Uganda Waragi cocktails immersion.

Speaking of her brainchild, Ugandan writer and actress Coutinho Kemiyondo said A Ka Dope Comeback was organized to showcase fresh talent that needed a spotlight on them. The performance line up was evident of this, featuring less known artists like Bero Mercy, Kongoloko, Farouq & Lujang, Sheba and comeback star, Michael Ross. The musician, who is popularly known as the Ugandan Usher stole the night’s show with his seductive dance moves. Midway his performance, he stunned the crowd and got the females excited when he serenaded one of his enthusiastic fans with ‘Owange Yooyo’. It was so easy to see why his excellent moves made him the star of the night.

The performances were short and sweet, and left the audience craving for more. Just when one thought the night couldn’t get any better, it clocked midnight and the event was brought to a close. There is no doubt Kemiyondo lived up to her promise to give music and art enthusiasts nothing short of their money’s worth.

A Ka Dope makes a comeback this Friday

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After an extended holiday from A Ka Dope Fridays, the event returns this Friday, 3rd November in what has been named “A Ka Dope Comeback”.

To switch things up, the event will relocate to Design Hub in Industrial Area. This edition will feature performances by Bero Music, Clim, Sheba, Kongoloko, Michael Ross (comeback star), Masha David, Farouq & Lujang and MalX & Suspekt.

These names might be new to you but such is the nature of A Ka Dope. The event was born out of the need to give less conventional, undiscovered Ugandan artists a platform to showcase their talent.

This year, the event has scaled to even greater heights, with a new lease of life by Uganda Waragi. On top of the energetic and dynamic music performances, it has seen an addition of an urban party nightlife experience with the Uganda Waragi cocktails immersion.

If you are a music and arts enthusiast looking to spend your Friday night enjoying good music and sipping on a UG cocktail, then this one is for you. Gates open as early as 7a.m. Tickets cost just 20k at Design Hub, Definition and Easy Ticket.

Halloween Spook fest – Oct. 28th – Design Hub Kampala

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Every year Talent Africa’s halloween parties grow bigger and bigger this year we have decided to make it a Halloween festival with 2 stages and more than 14 acts dubbed the Halloween SpookFest.

On October 28th, together with our main sponsor Castle Lite we unlock the Halloween Spook Fest taking place at the Design Hub in Kampala, Uganda. Come party at a haunted warehouse of horrors including 2 stages called the The GraveYard Stage and The Spider stage. Each stage featuring a unique decor, theme and set up.

The event will feature a special guest performance from Ketchup (Nigeria) and a heavy line up of international and local deejays including A.G (UK) Spooky J (UK) Umojah (Holland) RPM and BK, Kampire, Dark Meme, Dj Aludah, Dj Rocky, Dj Xyzl, Dj Dash and Live percussions by Niholixa.

Early crow (aka early bird) tickets are going for only 20k before October 27th.

Tickets at the entrance will cost only 30k.

The Halloween Spook Fest is powered by Talent Africa Group, Boutiq Electroniq, RadioCity 97fm and Castle Lite.

DJs dazzle at Kings of Turntables

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Our Reporter.

 Last Saturday, revellers flocked one of Kampala’s most popular hangouts for the All Star Edition of the deejay musical showcase, Kings of Turntables. Hosted at The Square by Sir Aludah, the event featured some of Uganda’s finest deejays.

Judging by the immense turn up, it was clear to see that the Uganda Waragi powered event has fast become a favourite for party and music lovers in Kampala. Having kicked off a few minutes after 8pm, the venue quickly filled up and everyone in attendance could be seen having a great time. A total of 8 deejays performed at the turntables, with each lasting about forty minutes. The mixing only proved one thing – Uganda’s deejay industry has grown by leaps.

Deejays Slick Stuart and Roja, Jo, Kas Baby, Naselow, Mr. Silverback and Sir Aludah all took turns at the turntables. Notably though was Selector Jay’s show – he gave the entire audience the time of their lives and their money’s worth. His rendition of two dance styles; the shuffle and the train dance had everyone wiggling their bodies. True to Sir Aludah’s promise as event host, the spin masters delivered a fantastic night.

Vibrant music lovers could still be seen flocking the venue in the wee hours of the morning.

Talent Africa’s Aly and Bebe Cool were also in the house

Ali Alibhai, the proprietor of Talent Africa, which organised the event expressed his excitement at how successful the third edition of the showcase had turned out. He added that the events company was looking forward to better future editions.

Part of the Audience at the event.

Sheebah Karungi Leads an All-Stars East African Music Cocktail

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Multi-talented leading Ugandan female singer Sheebah Karungi of the “John Rambo” and “Nkwatako” hit fame has made her debut on Africa’s biggest music platform – Coke Studio Africa 2017 and impressed with her lead on an all East African cocktail of music produced by Malawian born music producer based in South African: Gemini Major. On the show, Sheebah was paired alongside Asegnew Ashko from Ethiopia to create wonderful music fusions cutting across authentic Ethiopian music and the best of Uganda dancehall. The two also collaborated with Tanzanian rapper Bill Nass on a hip-hop remix of his smash hit single “Chafu Pozi”. Premiering to raving reviews, Coke Studio Africa is currently on air and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa till December of 2017.

“My dream is to become an international artist not just locked in Uganda and to be the biggest super star I can ever be,” Sheebah says of the opportunity Coke Studio Africa has presented to her, adding: “Being on Coke Studio Africa this year is one of the things that make me feel like am on my way now. I am so honored to be here and that Coke Studio has recognized me. Africa is recognizing me and I am happy to be working with talented producers and musicians. I am going to use this opportunity to do everything I can to go the next level.” Sheebah confirms that she is already in talks with Bill Nass on new collaborations post Coke Studio. Since her Coke Studio recording, Sheebah has also released a song with Coke Studio Nigeria artist Runtown.

Sheebah asserts that to remain on top of the music industry, all artists must be “on time, wake up early to do work,” adding, “I will do this for the rest of my life and push every day until I make it to the top.” In the past few years, Sheebah’s career has been on an upward trajectory, with 2017 being her peak so far. Formerly a member of Obsessions, the sensational all-girl Ugandan group music group, was this year crowned the Artist of the Year at the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards this year. Her release of the remix of her song “Nkwatako” featuring Nigerian artist Solidstar and “Weekend” with Runtown are two of Sheebah’s top hit songs released this year. She talks on her Coke Studio original song collaboration with Asegnew Ashko: “I love women empowerment and was very happy we got to write a song that touches on early or forced marriages. This is a must listen!”

Other top Ugandan acts featured on On Coke Studio Africa – 2017 include returning artists: Eddy Kenzo and Lydia Jazmine alongside first timers: Bebe Cool and Ykee Benda, with the latter featuring on the show’s Big Break Segment that grants up and coming artists a chance to work with industry greats and established acts.

EDITORS’ NOTES:

Sheebah Karungi is a Ugandan recording artist and dancer. Crowned the Artiste of the Year at the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards (2017), she is at the top of her game since her debut into the industry with the renowned all- girl dance group Obsessions. Currently, she is ruling the airwaves across the region with her latest release “Nkwatako” featuring Nigerian artist Solidstar.

Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show. It is a non-competitive music show that brings together diverse African music talent for world-class showcases, while giving upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through music fusion. The show includes artists from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon.

Radio and Weasel to celebrate 10 year anniversary in concert

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Uganda’s dynamic music duo, Radio and Weasel will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary in a concert dubbed “10 Years of RAW” at Kyadondo Rugby Club on November 3rd, 2017. The announcement was made yesterday to members of the press by organizers and sponsors. The concert has attracted sponsorship from Bell Lager, MTN and Coca Cola and is being organized by renowned music promoter, Balaam.

While addressing the press, the Good Lyf crew announced that this concert would be a compilation of their best hits as they celebrate a decade of making good music together. “It is not a small fete to accomplish 10 years as a duo making music. With this concert, we would like to appreciate our fans who have supported us through the years. Brands like Bell Lager and MTN were also with us from the start and we are grateful. I also thank my friend Weasel for working closely with me through these years to produce great music,” said Radio, real names Moses Nakintije Ssekibogo.

The concert will also feature performances from other Ugandan artists like Chameleone, Pallaso and Exodus. The duo say they are yet to release the full concert lineup.

“As a business, our brands are crafted to be part of celebratory occasions and 10 years of great music by Uganda’s dynamic duo, Radio and Weasel, calls for nothing less than a celebration. As an authentic Ugandan brand, Bell Lager will celebrate this achievement alongside these two music giants. We intend to pour life into this music experience, this will be no ordinary concert,” said Francis Kirabira, Bell Lager Brand Manager.

Uganda Police promised to ensure revelers would be safe on the concert day.

Both Bell Lager and MTN have contributed 100 million shillings each towards the concert.

Radio and Weasel to celebrate 10 year anniversary in concert. Both Bell Lager and MTN have contributed 100 million shillings each towards the concert.
Radio and Weasel to celebrate 10 year anniversary in concert. Both Bell Lager and MTN have contributed 100 million shillings each towards the concert.

 

UG Mix Maestro Ends on a High Note

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With an adrenaline-charged performance by guest DJ, Trace Urban Turntables King, VocalTeknix, the UG Mix Maestro sailed into the record book of success. Hundreds of deejay fans danced the night away at the Golf Course Hotel as the three-month campaign came to a close.

Excited supporters took advantage of every opportunity the event had to offer, jumping onto the stage to steal selfie moments with the night’s big winners DJs Nimrod, Easy Samuel, Selector Jay, Slick Stuart and Roja, Moustey and new kids on the block, ZXYL and Shan 256.

The night’s big sponsor, Uganda Waragi was on hand to provide the tastiest cocktails, which were on offer from the beginning of the evening till dawn.

The UG Mix Maestro competition that began in July 2017, was held by Uganda Waragi in collaboration with the DJ Association of Uganda to recognize and celebrate outstanding deejay talent in Uganda. The competition featured regional tours that provided local talent with a platform to audition and showcase their individual talent in the battle for regional titles.

The grand finale which doubled as an awards ceremony, began a few minutes after 8pm with battles between the female and male regional winners. The contestants were DJs Suzy Beats from West Nile, Lolah from Fort Portal, Nelly Raxy from the eastern region, XZYL and Cathy, both from the central region; while the male battle was between DJs Titi Norid from the northern region, Ranks from the eastern region, Andy Mix from western region, Shan 256 and Denno from the central region. The final two winners were DJ XZYL who walked away as Best Female DJ of the Year 2017 and DJ Shan 256 who was crowned Best Male DJ of the Year 2017. Both winners walked home with brand new DJ mixing sets.

The other exceptional big winners of the night were:

Best Radio DJ of the Year 2017 – DJ Nimrod

Best TV DJ of the Year 2017 – Selector Jay

Events DJ of the Year 2017 – DJ Moustey

Best Nightlife DJ of the Year 2017 – DJs Slick Stuart and Roja

Best Gospel DJ of the Year 2017 – DJ Easy Samuel

The deejays who had for two months rallied their fans to vote for them on the DJ Association of Uganda website were selected by a nine-member committee, each of whom voted to select the winners per category.

The UG Mix Maestro grand finale also honored Charlie Lubega for mentoring deejays in Uganda. Mr. Lubega received the Most Outstanding Achievement Award for his tremendous contribution towards the deejay and music industry in the country.

#HiPipoMusicAwards: Nominations Kickoff

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Kampala – 15/10/17: Nomination channels for the 6th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards have been opened today until 15th November 2017 when this exercise will be closed.  The nomination process is part of a series of decisive activities that are being undertaken and will culminate with the 6th HiPipo Music Awards grand finale slated for 27th January, 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

While announcing the nomination kickoff, Innocent Kawooya, CEO HiPipo noted that the 6th edition of HiPipo Music Awards – comes with a broad theme “The Hall of Fame”.

Find more details here 

Trace’s DJ VocalTeknix to Perform at DJ Awards

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Trace Urban DJ, VocalTeknix who hosts the Trace Video Mix show, will be coming to Kampala to grace and perform at the finale of the UG Mix Maestro awards. The campaign to professionalize the Ugandan DJ industry and celebrate and honor DJ’s contribution to Uganda’s music industry was launched in August this year by Uganda Waragi together with the DJ Association of Uganda, a professional body that brings together all DJ’s and VJ’s in the industry.

The campaign will come to a close at a finale which will also double as an awards ceremony. Categories include best Radio DJ, Best TV DJ, Best Events DJ, Best Night life DJ, Gospel DJ of the year and Best Male/Female Battle DJ of the year. All categories except the Best Male/Female Battle DJ will walk away with an honorary accolade and UGX1 million shillings prize money each. The Best Male and Female Battle DJ, who will be picked by a team of judges at the awards will walk away with a DJ set worth $1,500 and 1 million shillings each.

The awards will be held at the Golf Course hotel on 14th October, 2017. Some of the DJ’s nominated for the awards include DJ’s Slick Stuart, Roja, Nimrod, Ali Breezy, Beats, Selector Jay, Twonjex, Cacie, Shiru, Crim, Kas Baby, to mention but a few.

VocalTeknix is a DJ from France who has been a video programmer with Trace since 2008. The show is broadcast in 150 countries around the world weekly. Strongly influenced by Hip-Hop and Dancehall, VocalTeknix, loves mixing urban sounds and is constantly creating his own sounds and mash-ups.

VocalTeknix will also perform alongside Ugandan DJ’s Bexx, Rachel, Switch, Aludah, among others. Tickets are being sold for 50k ordinary and 100k VIP.