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Western Uganda’s Ray G holds another successful concert

Thousands of people flocked Mbarara University Inn in Mbarara City on August 20th to attend Western Uganda’s singing sensation Ray G’s second edition concert dubbed Ray G Live Concert.

Arguably Western Uganda’s best musician, Muhairwe Reagan popularly known as Ray G had his concert pull thousands from near and far, Ankole and beyond on Saturday.

The concert whose biggest sponsor was MTN Uganda, had concert tickets going for UGX 10,000 ordinary, UGX 30,000 VIP while a table was being sold at UGX 500,000.

The crowd enjoys the performance from Ray G during his concert on Saturday.

Ray G has earned his respect by his ability to make his indigenous language sound sweet and romantic.  With his melodious voice, he effortlessly knits love themed RnB, Afrobeat, and Reggae songs in Runyankole.

Ray G has maintained his singing style; from the days of Enshazi, Nokigambahoki, Mureebe, Weeshe, Omusheeshe, there is a lot of Ray G music that Ugandans have fed on that by the time of the concert, many of the people on the Mbarara University Inn grounds had more than 10 songs they badly wanted him to perform.

At exactly 11:45PM, Ray G hit the stage with his cross country hit Mureebe that sent the crowd wild as they sang along word for word.  

Ray G thrills fans on stage during his concert on Saturday.

In his two-time stage appearances, he performed his other hit songs including; Make a Way, Eizooba, Omwigarire, Nuunu, Nkaronda, Ringaaniza, Humuura, Naaba Nkwine, Tayari, Hiihi my Love, Rukundo which he performed with Serena Bata, and his latest collabo with Levixone; Yoya among others.

The show featured performances from Ziza Bafana, Megatone, Rasta Charz, while Western Uganda’s celebrated MC, MC Kacheche was the main host of the event.

The eager audience cheered exhilaratingly at the announcement of each performer and sang along to the stars’ songs as each act dazzled them.

Ray G’s mother and wife Annabelle who attended the concert appreciated the fans for showing up to support Ray G.

Ray G together with his mother on stage during his concert on Saturday.

Born 12 June 1992, Ray G who mainly sings heritage music in Runyankore, started singing in 2009 while at school until 2014 when he broke through with his hit song “Amarari”.

On 14 September 2019, he held a successfully concert for his celebration for 10 years in the music industry, he broke a record of staging a highly attended concert in Mbarara City, Western Uganda.

In 2021, Ray G won an award of the best years act from Western Uganda from the New Janzi Awards aimed at recognizing Ugandan musicians in the creative art industry.

Ray G has gained East African recognition after he shared big stages with international artists like Eddy Kenzo, Meddy and Jose Chameleon and secured collaborations with stars like Spice Diana, Levixone, Geo Steady, and the Covid-19 hit that featured all stars.

Sarah Opendi asks Government to Ban secular musicians from performing in schools

Sarah Achieng Opendi, the Tororo Woman Member of Parliament who doubles as the State Minister of Mineral Development of Uganda has asked the Ministry of Education to ban secular musicians from performing in schools.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, Opendi argued that the musicians dress indecently and pull off seductive dance moves which affect the mental health of Students.

Hon Sarah Opendi speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday.

“Parents bring their children to learn morals and values. You cannot pull off those dances we see musicians do in school and also dress indecently. It is very unfortunate that we have witnessed videos of nursery children dancing the same moves,” said Opendi. “Some go there almost naked,” she added.

Musician Sheebah Karungi performing for students at St Mary’s Kitende

“What forced me to bring up this issue in Parliament is that musicians dress badly while performing in schools and even their dances are not good for kids, “said Opendi.

Opendi said that the dances and the dress cord bring shame yet the children look up to the musicians.

 “Uganda is a religious country, we have seen on social media concerts in schools with musicians dancing in very obscene seductive ways, some of them were almost naked and our students joining. As a mother is this unacceptable,” she noted.

She further urged musicians to sing for students songs that are impactful to their lives and be good role models for the students.

The chairperson Uganda woman parliamentary association also asked the Ministry of Education and sports to come up with guidelines for musicians who visit schools.

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s home-coming attracts thousands

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Thousands of people thronged Nyakasharara play ground in Nyabushozi county, Kiruhura district on Tuesday for the home coming party of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba; the commander of land forces in Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

Lt Gen Kainerugaba delegated the ambassador of Uganda in Tanzania; Rtd. Col. Fred Mwesigye who is also former Member of Parliament Nyabushozi constituency and his military assistant Col. Mark Donald Kamugira to represent him at this event.

Col. Mark Donald Kamugira, the military assistant of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kaineruagaba addresses revelers at Nyakasharara Play Ground on Tuesday.

The delegated apologized to the audience on behalf of Gen. Muhoozi saying that he had been sent on a mission to serve the country.

The event was also graced by several dignitaries including Hon Kajwengye Wilson, the MP Nyabushozi constituency, Hon Jovanice Rwenduru, woman MP Kiruhura district, Hon Dan Kimosho, MP Kazo County, Hon. Jennifer Muheesi, the Woman MP Kazo district, Shedrack Nowomugisha Nzaire, and Michael Nuwagira (Toyota), brothers to President Museveni among others.

Some of the dignitaries who graced Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s home coming party at Nyakasharara playground in Kiruhura district on Tuesday.

The event which was organized by Balaam marketing agency saw the crowd treated to thrilling music performances from Eddie Kenzo, Ray G, Geofrey Baingana, and General Geon among others.

Kazo district football team receives the trophy after beating Buhweju football team on the finals at Nyakasharara Playground on Tuesday.

Through Lt Gen Kainerugaba’s mission to promote Talents, the celebrations also had football tournament that attracted football teams from several districts including; Kiruhura, Kazo, Ibanda, Buhweju, Mbarara, Kyegegwa, Lyantonde, and Isingiro among others with Kazo district football team taking the trophy after beating Buhweju on finals.

Story by Byaruhanga Paddy

MTN unveils winners of MTN UG Hip-Hop awards 2022

The MTN UG Hip-Hop awards created to ensure sustainability of the music genre, recognize and celebrate the talent and hard work of artists in Uganda’s hip-hop industry has unveiled this edition’s winners.

In a partnership with the platform to recognize their appeal amongst the youth segment, MTN introduced the MTN Pulse Cypher challenge to discover, nurture and support new talent in the hip-hop industry through providing young talented artistes a platform to showcase their Hip-Hop prowess.

This year, the 5 final contestants of the MTN Pulse Cypher challenge faced off to see Allan Wathika, alias Triggah, emerge the winner and take home UGX 2million, while Ibrahim Balunywa, alias Ebrahim Soul’o emerged second and walked away with UGX 1.5million and Anena Missy Ochola alias King Missy, became the third and took home UGX 1million.

L-R-Allan-Wathika-alias-Triggah-emerged-winner-of-the-Cypher-challengeIbrahim-Balunywa-alias-Ebrahim-Soulo-and-Anena-Missy-Ochola-alias-King-Missy-were-the-first-and-second-runner-up-at-the-MTN-Hipop awards on Saturday.

MTN Pulse also offered a consolation prize of UGX 650,000 to the other 2 contestants each as well as 20GB Freedom data bundles to all the top 5 contestants in recognition of their efforts and skills.

Triggah thanked MTN for the initiative to support young artists saying he is going to use the prize money to further his music ambitions.

“I am extremely happy to have won. I am going to use this money to push my music career further. I am very thankful to MTN for this platform and I urge every Ugandan out here to continue supporting MTN because it supports us a lot,” he said.

This year’s awards winners are:

Album of the year – Kraccbone – Ego

Male artist of the year – Navio – 30 seconds to Hollywood

Female artist of the year – STONE AGE UG – KIMALA NEKIGWA

Rookie of the year – Zedmonk Ssabatontomi – Work si myaka

Inspirational song of the year – AJ Stylz ft. Spyda MC – Nkowola

Song of the year – The Mith ft. Herbert Ssesamba – I GIVE HER LOVE

The collaboration of the Year – Lagum the Rapper ft. Bangi – Catching Flights

Rap Fusion of the Year – Keinoh – Dior

Video of the year – Keinoh – Drip

Best Producer – 207

African Artist of the year – Khaligraph Jones

Eastern Uganda artist of the year – AJ Stylz – Put in the work

Northern Uganda artist of the year – Judas Rapknowledge da Akbar – Heart Of Hannibal Barca

Western Uganda artist of the year – Crazie wispa – Mwebale /Thank you

Central Uganda artist of the year – Felista di superstar

Lyricist of the year – Lyrical G – Sikyasaaga (The L-Matic)

Hip Hop Deejay of the Year – DJ Victor 256

Mixtape of the year personality of the year – Kavali King – 16 track tape

Sweet Sixteen – 207 – Abajega

Media personality – Calvin the Entertainer

Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award – Steve Jean

Navio recognised as the male artist of the year for his song 30 seconds to Hollywood

SafeBoda, one of MTN Pulse partners, offered cashless giveaways to the top 3 and Safe Boda helmets to each of the 5 as well as 5 tickets to Orange Vibes at Cinemax.

In addition, the 5 final contestants of the MTN Pulse Cypher challenge received a chance of a lifetime when Swangz Avenue, a renowned production powerhouse, offered them a collabo for free.

Ring Rapper Set To Meet Sean Paul

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Young entertainer Ring Rapper Ratata is set to fly to South Africa and Jamaica for a video shoot with one of the greatest dancehall artists Sean Paul.

Ring Rapper born Jonathan Ssenabulya is a 15-year-old Ugandan rapper, senior four student at Namungoona high school currently signed under Buwembo’s label, Black Scarf Entertainment.

Youngster Ring Rapper Ratata

Ring Rapper caught the attention of Sean Paul after he did a cover of his 2002 hit Song Like glue in 2020 which went viral and finally reached and impressed Sean Paul’s team.

In 2021, through his management ‘Atlantic Records’, Sean Paul reached out to Ring Rapper via email and promised to support him.

“Dear, Mr Ring Rapper Ratata. We are here to congratulate you on the Like Glue cover project. Indeed you are talented. We have grand plans to work and support you. Please forward us that video in the email below….” Read the email from Atlantic Records in part.

Jamaican Dancehall Sensation, Sean Paul

Just as he pledged to give the youngster a helping hand, Sean Paul fulfilled his promise through collaborating with the young artist on a song titled ‘Freezer.’

Ibra Buwembo, the young rapper’s manager said that for the Freezer collaboration, Sean Paul sent them the track and money for writing Ring Rapper’s lyrics and the recording session.

The artist was then connected to Dr. Brain who penned the lyrics and Jah Live’s Butah Magical produced it. The demo was then sent back to Atlantic Records with the official audio to be released soon.

Ring Rapper will be flying for a video shoot of their yet-to-be-released song and finally meeting his idol.

The young rapper revealed a few days ago that he had had a video chat with Sean Paul.

“I have just had a video chat conversation with one of the biggest artistes in the world Sean Paul. We talked a lot about my talent and our song that we are going to release next week,” Ring Rapper revealed via his social media last week.

Ring Rapper came to the limelight back in 2018 after dancer Ibra Buwembo featured his song in a video titled “Kalambo Dance.

He has since worked on projects like “Don Shaya”, “Am Available”, “Ngabi Clan” and covers of songs for artists like Koshens (Gal A Bubble), Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac.

He has also worked with youngster Fresh Kid on a song titled “Endongo” and gospel singer Levixone on upcoming project titled “Otyaamu.

He hopes that this song (Freeze) will introduce him to the world internationally.

Tooro Princess, Komuntale reportedly pregnant.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Tooro Kingdom Princess, Ruth Nsemere Komuntale reportedly expecting her first child with husband Phil Anthony.

Komuntale and Phil attended a friend’s wedding, and according to photos taken from the nuptials Komuntale paraded her baby bump sparking off rumours  from netizens that the princess could be a couple of months pregnant.

According to the latest photos on Komuntale’s Instagram, she is seen donning a green party dress, where her protruding round belly suggests that she is pregnant even though confirmation has been made yet.

She simply captioned; “Celebrating Catherine & Ryan! 3/25/22. God bless your marriage abundantly! We are honored to have been part of your special day!”

Princess Komuntale(in green) and husband Phil pose with a friend. (Source-Instagram)
Princess Komuntale on her birthday earlier this month (Source-Instagram)

Having had a busy 2021 that saw her get married in May 2021 to her beau, Phil Anthony, the marriage commenced to a shaky start after the sudden loss of her ex-husband, Duke Thomas.

Despite having a rollercoaster of events and emotions, Komuntale seemingly has something to be grateful for as it is suspected that the royal could soon share a bundle of joy with fans and friends.

We will be keep you posted on any developments on this story!

Ugandans ranked the happiest people in East Africa

Uganda has been ranked the happiest nation in the East African region according to the World Happiness Report 2022 released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The World Happiness Report uses global survey data sourced from 146 countries to evaluate how people are living worldwide with focus on three main well-being indicators which included; life evaluations, positive emotions and negative emotions, has revealed that amidst the dark times of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is some light.

According to the report, Uganda ranked 117th  globally with an average score of 4.6 making it the best ranked country in the East African region followed by Kenya which ranked 119th while Tanzania came third at the 139th position globally.

Meanwhile, Rwanda ranked the least happy country in the region at position 143 despite improving from position 147 registered last year.

Globally, Finland ranked the happiest nation while Afghanistan ranked the least happy country.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Ugandan Gospel Singer Rhoda K reveals she is lesbian

US-based Ugandan singer Rhoda K Shelbie has for a long time sparked rumours that she intimately involved with fellow women.

Questions and allegations regarding her sexuality emerged last year after she posted photos and a video in which she was kissing a yet to be identified white girl on the lips on social media. On Valentine’s Day, she posted pictures with the same lady sparking fresh rumours that there was something between them. 

Whereas she has been confidently posting the pictures and videos having fun with her fellow women, she had never come out to confess being intimate with them.

Rhoda K’s photo with a friend on Instagram

During an exclusive Interview with a local You Tuber days ago, she was asked if she has plans of getting married to a man to which the singer responded saying she is a lesbian and has never had feelings for men. “I have never dated a man by the way so I don’t know what happens. Right now it has not crossed my mind yet but we leave that to God. This is a personal question but I would say I love girls in different ways. Whether intimate love or just normal friendship, I don’t know how to describe it but I have no problem to do with girls and I don’t care what they say,” she said.

She further added that she has no problem with Ugandans who judge her for loving her fellow women.

“My life, my way. Who am I to crucify a girl who likes a girl? It is God who created us you know. If Rhoda K loves a girl, it is her decision. You not gonna come into my life and say “why did you do this?” She noted with emphasis.

Rhoda K becomes the second diaspora-based Ugandan female artiste to open up about her sexuality following Julie Mutesasira’s wedding with a fellow woman in 2020.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

I have what it takes to represent Uganda in EALA- Catherine Kusasira.

The former Eagles production band member believes the brand she has overtime built in the music industry has enabled her to become popular and calls upon people to support her just like they did Bobi Wine.

“If people could trust Bobi Wine for the presidency, why shouldn’t they trust me for EALA. Unless someone has a bad heart, I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t support me,” she recently said during an interview with a local blogger.

Kusasira who listed her intentions in 2021 said she has all it takes to be in that parliament and she does so because she is also a champion of regional integration.

“We are thinking of regional development to increase our diplomatic ties. I’m very serious on it and more serious,” she said.

Kusasira who is a presidential advisor added that she won’t go to EALA for selfish gains but to help Ugandans as it’s on record that she has been supporting the poor, giving an example of how she gave out welding machines to Salaama road residents.

In case she succeeds, she will join other artistes who have made it to the political arena such as Bobi Wine, Dr Hildermann, Geoffrey Lutaaya, among others.

I’ll slap them until they learn some manners – Winnie Nwagi

No nonsense Swangz Avenue singer Winnie Nwagi born Winfred Nakanwagi has vowed to continue beating up fans until they can learn to respect her.

This follows a recent scenario where the ‘Matala’ singer had to slap a fan while on stage for filming her during a stage performance something that the singer claims was disrespect.

During an exclusive interview with a local television, Winnie Nwagi has clearly stated how she isn’t remorseful for her past acts and promised to continue to pump sense into every fan who insists on pulling down her confidence through disrespect.

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