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The Uganda Music Awards: Here’s the full list of nominees

By Our Reporter

Eddy Kenzo leads nominations in the inaugural edition of The Uganda Music Awards(TUMA) which were announced on Thursday evening at a ceremony held at Fame Lounge.

The “Jubilation” singer scooped seven nominations including Artiste of the year, Best Male Artiste, Best music Video and Song of the year among others.

He is followed closely by Team No Sleep queen Sheebah Karungi and Dancehall star Ziza Bafana who each received four nods.

The awards are intended to recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic achievement, technical proficiency, performance excellence and positive contribution to the music industry in Uganda.

Following the nominations, the organisers will now embark on activations, workshops and media tours across the country. These activities will culminate into the award gala night which will be held on 4 August at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Voltage music duo, Kent & Flosso pose for photo with comedian Afande Kelele (C) at the TUMA nominees party.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artiste of the year

1.Eddy Kenzo
2. Sheebah Karungi
3. David Lutalo
4. Jose Chameleone
5. Bobi Wine

Best Female Artiste

1. Winnie Nwagi
2. Sheebah Karungi
3. Lydia Jazmine
4. Fille
5. Rema Namakula
6. Irene Ntale

Best Male Artiste

1. Eddy Kenzo
2. David Lutalo
3. Ziza Bafana
4. Ykee Benda

Best Music Video

1. Banyabo by Rema Namakula
2. Jubilation by Eddy Kenzo
3. Mariana by A Pass
4. Wantegula by Abaasa
5. He Go Down by Irene Ntale

Best Breakthrough Atiste

1. Ceaserous – Dangerous
2. Da Agent – Mayi Mayi
3. Moroots – Kings and Queens
4. B2C – Tokigeza
5. Kenneth Mugabi – Naki
6. Ykee Benda – Farmer Remix

Best Producer

1. Kuseim
2. The Weezy
3. Danz Ku Mapeesa
4. Diggy Baur
5. Nessim

Best Ragga/Dancehall artiste

1. Vampino – Smart Wire
2. Cindy Sanyu – Still Standing
3. Voltage Music – Pull Up
4. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje
5. Rabadaba – Yo Body

Best Regional Artiste (Central)

1. B2C- Tokigeza
2. Ceaserous – Dangerous
3. Eddy Kenzo – Addicted
4. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje
5. Maro – Nziranago

Best Regional Artiste (Eastern)

1. Candy man – Epucit
2. Isaiah Destiny – Mbolele
3. Josh Buxton – Akalimo
4. Mr Oj – Yongayo
5. Mas de rapper

Best Regional Artiste (Western)

1. Qreaus – Rukundo
2. Hakamukiga – Enzamba Egambe
3. Sabasaba Atatya Mbeera
4. Kigambo Araali -Tooro k’okasemera

Best Regional Artiste (Northern)

1. Gbaraspoken – Kapia
2. Smokie Allan – No Cry/ My loving
3. Judas Rap Knowledge – Last King of Payira
4. Blamo & Laxzy – Kunu
5. MC Wang Jok – Wang Pedding

Best Traditional

1. Candy man – Epucit
2. Davie Mex – Motherland
3. Winnie Nwagi – Kano koze

Best Urban

1. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation
2. Naava Grey – Ndi
3. Abaasa – Wantegula
4. Sitenda – Nze Naawe
5. Moroots – Kings and Queens

Fans Choice Award

1. Nina Roz – Mekete
2. Lydia Jazmine – Cherry
3. Juliana Kanyomozi – I’m Still Here
4. B2C – Tokigeza
5. Ceaserous – Dangerous

Gospel Artiste of The Year

1. Levixone – Esaala
2. Coopy Bly ft Wilson Bugembe – One Body
3. Exodus – Nyinimu
4. The Collective – Amen
5. Brian Lubega – Wakitibwa

Song of The Year

1. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation
2. Rabadaba – Yo Body
3. Sheebah Karungi – Akuuse
4. Navio – Njogereza
5. Jose Chameleone – Agaatako
6. Ziza Bafana – Tulimajje

Best Afro Fusion

1. Navio – Njogereza
2. Kenneth Mugabi – Naki
3. Rema Namakula – Banyabo
4. Afrie – Yodi Yodi
5. Naava Grey – Ndi

Best Artist in the Diaspora

1. Ang3lina – Go Down
2. Tindy Twyla – Secret Lover
3. Mark Stel – I like
4. Ferida Rose – Njabala
5. Ganda Boys

Best Dance Crew

1. Ghetto Kids
2. H2C
3. Clay Dance Company
4. Tabu Flo Dance Company

Best Hip Hop

1. Da Agent – Nkalabuka
2. Byg Ben – Nzokuse
3. Gravity Omutuju – Musomesa
4. St Nellysade ft Keko – Tukomyewo
5. Ruyonga – God NDA

Best Reggae

1. A Pass – Mariana
2. Juliana Kanyomozi – I’m Still Here
3. Bruno K – One for The Road
4. Jah Brixman – Mwagala
5. General Czar-bu – Engeri Yokukwana

Best Kadongokamu Artiste

1. Mathias Walukagga
2. Kazibwe Kapo
3. Fred Sebatta
4. Fred Sebbaale
5. Willy Mukabya

Best Instrumentalist

1. Kitanda Micheal
2. Joseph Sax
3. Kiracho Njoroge
4. Charmant
5. Roy Kasika

Best Afro Pop

1. Maro – Nziranago
2. Bobi Wine – Aidah
3. GeoSteady – Owooma
4. Jose Chameleone – Agatako
5. Fille Mutoni – Mbeere eno
6. Sheebah Karungi – Wadawa

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Mary Bata releases new video — “Respect”. Watch it here!

Mary Bata releases new video — “Respect”. Watch it here!

Mary Bata has released a brand new video dubbed “Respect”. Watch it below.

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Celebrities across East Africa mourn Ivan Ssemwanga

Celebrities across East Africa mourn Ivan Ssemwanga

By Genius Musa

Ugandans today woke to news announcing the death of South Africa based Ugandan socialite and Rich Gang boss, Ivan Ssemwanga who has been in a coma for over a week.

Several celebrities across East Africa have since come out to send condolences to the deceased.

Here are a few select messages from the celebrities.

Diamond Platnumz: “Mbele yako, Nyuma yetu”

Wema Sepetu: “Broken hearted, Rest In Peace Ivan, SHOCKING NEWS kwakweli… My Condolences to The whole Family… Mungu awatie nguvu wale watoto jamani… They are too young… And Mungu amtie nguvu Mama watoto wako It will be a very hard period of time for all of you But it shall pass”

Douglas Lwanga: “Still cant put this in my mind..looks like a dream Life is short rest in peace DON IVAN SSEMWANGA.”

Iyrn Namubiru: “May God protect your children and strengthen your their souls. No children deserve to lose a parent! I still hold fond memories of our children playing together, jumping in the shower spending nights in the confort of your house in in South Africa and how they tenderly and affectionately called you BIGGIE your pet name. You were so hospitable, caring , responsible father and a great suppporter that even if the show had only 10 people in South Africa , you would be one of them. You were one of those great friends no one sees me with but a good friend indeed and a friend to many. Rest in Peace Biggie , my heart bleeds for you and the children @zarithebosslady Mukama akugumye”

Sasha Vybes: “So heartbreaking, but I know God has better plans for you my brother. Your generosity was out of this world, this happened so fast, but I know you are in abetter place now. May your Soul Rest in Everlasting Peace Ivan”

Rabadaba: “The Most Painful good byes are the ones that are never said and never explained. Rest In Peace IvanDon

Sheila Gashumba: “I am in shock!! I had hope that you would get better but God had other plans for you. The world has a lost a great and peaceful man!!! @ivandon is gone in our lives but he still lives in our hearts as a great friend, a giver, a successful businessman and most of all a great father. I am deeply saddened about his death. May God strengthen the hearts of his friends and family.Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May his friends and family find comfort in all the special memories shared with Ivan. REST IN PEACE Ivan”

Aziz Azion: “R.I.P DON VAN MUKAMA AKUSONYIWE EBYAKUSOBAKO & MAY GOD STRENGTHEN U @zarithebosslady, KIDS & FAMILY”

Judith Heard: “It is true that God also needs good people to manage his work in heaven.Otherwise why would He have called you all of a sudden?He must have known that you are such a great person and can handle any situation. REST IN PEACE IVAN”

Desire Luzinda: “You will forever be remembered Ivan. RIP”

Eddy Kenzo: “Inna lillahi wainaileihi raju’un,We have lost the strongest ,biggest and irreplaceable pillar in our society @ivandon been a brother a friend ,u inspired and motivated most of US with you love and hardship RIP Chairman #President #King #RichGang May The Almighty judge your soul with mercy Aameen”

Rema Namakula: “Everyone that met him can testify to his generosity. Rest in peace Ivan ssemwanga. May God strengthen your family”

MC Kats: “R.I.P. my friend @ivandon
Those of us that knew the real you know how loving you were to every body even when you didnt know them Hope and pray your kids wille be loved back the way you did in this world Hope Heaven receives you wth warm hands. Will forever miss bro Ivan Semwanga”

Jose Chameleone: “God creates and takes what is his! May God have mercy on you my friend and strengthen your Family and we your friends Rest in peace Ivan”

Zanie Brown: “So gutted by the death of Ivan, he was a good man, so down to earth and a great father, my thoughts are with his family and his close friends, may his soul rest in peace”

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 25, 2017 4:01 PM

Gravity Omutujju dismisses reports claiming he is sick

Lugaflow rapper Gravity Omutujju has dismissed reports claiming that he is sick.

This after photos surfaced online showing the “Musomesa” hitmaker admitted in hospital. He has now come out to calm his worried fans.

Speaking about photos of him in hospital, he insisted that he is in fine health and the photos were from a shoot of his upcoming video.

“Banange my fans am not sick, am okay.” He posted on social media, “And those pics your seeing on social media were for my new video shoot.”

Gravity is said to have even held shows in Busia and Malaba on Wednesday.

Staff Writer

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 25, 2017 9:35 AM

A Pass disses fellow musicians, says he controls the music industry

Controversial singer A Pass is at it again.

The “Tuli Kubigere” hitmaker has taken shots at fellow musicians saying he is tired of their “biscuit music”. He made the remarks on Twitter where he further claimed to be “in charge of the music department in Uganda”.

“I have given all Ugandan musicians time to release biscuit music but the game is over.” He wrote, adding,”I will always be in charge of the music department in Uganda because I decide when to be hot and when to chill. #CeoOfUgMusic”

I have given all Ugandan musicians time to release biscuit music but the game is over. pic.twitter.com/Vtv7rbmTH9

— A Pass (@IamApass) May 24, 2017

This was received with mixed reactions among his followers with some commending him for the boldness as others castigated him for his pride.

Staff Writer

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 25, 2017 8:57 AM

Eddy Kenzo ventures into new business. [Photos]

Musician Eddy Kenzo is venturing into new business.

Heeding to the popular saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” the “Sitya Loss” star has decided to spread his investments beyond music.

We have learnt that the singer is planning to start a beach. He has already acquired the land and is carrying out the initial groundwork.

According to the singer, the beach is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

He said, “We will be opening our Beach before end of this year.”

Here are some photos of his new venture.

Staff Writer

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 25, 2017 8:32 AM

Ivan Ssemwanga passes on

South Africa based Ugandan businessman, Ivan Ssemwanga has died.

The Rich Gang boss, who has been on life support at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria is said to have breathed his last in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Ivan suffered a stroke about 2 weeks ago that left him paralyzed. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain but it was not enough to save his life.

He was eulogised by his baby mama and ex-wife, Zari Hassan, who revealed that he was a charming person. She said, “God loves those that are special and that’s exactly who you were & I guess that’s why he wanted you to himself. You have touched and helped thousands, you did wonders and I remember you telling me “life is too short let me live it to the fullest”, this very dark hour it makes sense why you always said those words to me. To your sons, you were a hero-some kind of superman. Anyone who has ever been in your presence knows what a charming person you were. You will be missed and remembered in so many ways. You were IVAN THE GREAT!

Ivan who was famous for his flashy lifestyle died aged 39 and is survived by three sons.

Staff Writer

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7 Best ways to display your affection in public

7 Best ways to display your affection in public

Simply defined, public displays of affection are acts of physical intimacy in the view of others.

That definition by Wikipedia basically explains the idea of putting almost every phase and activity in your relationship in people’s faces.

Public displays of affection became a lot more rampant with the rise of all the social media platforms we use now.

But how does one go about this both in real life situations and online without overdoing it and making it become awkward?

The steps below should be very helpful.

1. Kissing is the easiest, sweetest way to do PDA. If you don’t mind doing it in public, fine. Just keep the tonguing at the most minimal.

If you want to share it on social media, once in a while is the best way to go about it. You can post as many cheek kisses as possible though.

2. If the people around you are starting to get uncomfortable about it, it might be time to stop.

3. Make it look good. Because anything worth doing at all should be done very well.

4. Watch out for the people around. You don’t want to try PDA’s around those elderly men and women. Don’t do it.

5. Watch the words you use if you are writing on social media.

Don’t give out too much information that might haunt you if that love somehow hits the rock. The Internet never forgets.

6. It’s PDA, not outdoor porn!

Always try to avoid heavy petting, or dipping your hands in your partner’s most intimate parts. Leave out that part till you are behind closed doors.

7. Public display of affection is exciting, but it can also project your image in wrong light. So, you better watch out for your reputation.

Source: Pulse.com.ng

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 24, 2017 4:54 PM

Lupita Nyong’o to star alongside Rihanna in new movie

Lupita Nyong’o to star alongside Rihanna in new movie

Call it the revenge of the disruptors.

After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay.

According to sources, Netflix landed the project in a very aggressive bid, beating out multiple other suitors. Netflix had no comment.

The project began as an online meme when the photo below — a shot that was taken in 2014 of the two women in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show — went viral, prompting calls to turn it into a movie.

http://elizabitchtaylor.tumblr.com/post/90856351997/they-look-like-theyre-in-a-heist-movie-with

Twitter users went so far as to ask for DuVernay (who is in post-production on A Wrinkle in Time for Disney) to direct, with Rae (whose second season of HBO’s Insecure will debut on July 23) to write. Soon after, all four women pledged their support to the project on the social media platform.

Since then, the buzz has only intensified, with some creating concept art of the “scammer story” they envisioned with Rihanna playing a woman who cons white men, while her brilliant co-conspirator (played by Nyong’o) orchestrates the heists. It’s unclear how faithful Rae will remain to the crowd-sourced concept. (Since this piece was published, reps for Rae told Vanity Fair “the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.”)

Sources say Rae is already working on the script and the studio is eyeing a production start of 2018 after DuVernay completes her current film.

Source: EW.com

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BBA star Idris suffers harsh backlash after dissing Kenya online

Kenyans and Tanzanians went head-to-head on Twitter after former Big Brother Africa winner Idris Sultan dissed Kenya online on Wednesday.

Idris mocked Kenyans about their maize crisis, advising them to move to Tanzania where there is plenty of maize.

He tweeted:

Someone tell Kenyans to move to Tanzania, Wana shida ya unga na skin color #TZvsKE

— Idris Sultan (@IdrisSultan) May 24, 2017

Kenyans did not take this lightly and went HAM on Tanzanians by making fun of their English accents.

Twitter users from both countries went on a rampage roasting each other in a series of hilarious tweets, that trended via the hashtag – #TZVKE .

Source: Niaje.com

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 24, 2017 1:14 PM