HiPipo Music Awards seal partnership with Afro Music Pop TV

As part of HiPipo Music Awards’ commitment to recognize, reward and appreciate musicians from across Africa, we are glad to announce the entry of Afro Music Pop TV; as our official continental TV partner.

Afro Music Pop is the largest exporter of African music and culture to the world broadcasting across Africa on DSTV 326 and GoTV 76.  In the UAE, Malaysia, Qatar, it is available on QtelMedia.

While unveiling this development, Innocent Kawooya, the HiPipo CEO noted that this partnership is timely as it will go a long way in showcasing how HiPipo Music Awards is playing a critical role in promoting African music and culture alike.

“We welcome Afro Music Pop TV, a well-known TV across the continent. Afro Music Pop comes with its massive broadcast expertize and continental reputation. Through Afro Music Pop TV, #HiPipoMusicAwards will be able to reach millions of African music fans across the continent and Asia. For us, this is a major boost, mainly for East African music,” Kawooya noted.

“HiPipo is committed to celebrating, honoring, and sustaining African music’s past, present, and future.” Innocent Kawooya added.

As part of this partnership, Afro Music Pop TV will broadcast HiPipo Music Awards pre-finale build-ups including category reviews and airing nominees’ songs. On the grand finale, the TV will broadcast live the event for at-least one hour. This will be followed with post event highlights and reviews.

The 6th HiPipo Music Awards are slated for 17th March 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Voting (website and social media) in the over 50 categories is already underway. Early bird tickets are also already on the market.

NSSF nationwide blood drive raises over 5800 units

The national blood bank has been boosted with 5,898 units of blood following a successful nationwide blood drive championed by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Equity Bank in partnership with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS). This was in response to an appeal for safe blood in country.

The drive was held in Kampala at the Constitutional Square, Workers House, Queens Way, Mukwano Arcade and at all NSSF branches in Kireka, Mukono, Kawempe, Bakuli, Bugolobi and Entebbe from January 8 – 13, 2018.Outside Kampala, it was carried out in Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu ,Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale, Masaka at NSSF offices and selected places in the  respective towns.

Richard Byarugaba NSSF MD

According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune, the Executive Director UBTS, the exercise was a success as many people heeded to the call for blood and turned up in large numbers at the various collection points. “The support that we received from NSSF helped us take the message out of office and into the field through radio interviews, talk shows and announcements. This helped drive the message on the benefits of blood further to potential donors hence the surplus,” he said.

Adding, “However, this is not enough because there’s still need for more blood given that the one we collect can only last 30 days after which it expires. On a daily basis, the country needs about 1,000 units. If we could get more of such campaigns that go outside the city, then we would be able to collect enough blood. We therefore appeal to more companies and individuals out there to continue turning up whenever we call upon them to donate.”

Now in its 8th year, the annual NSSF Blood Drive mobilizes blood donors countrywide, especially at this time when stocks of blood have greatly dropped at the Blood Bank due to a limited number of donors.

Richard Byarugaba, the Managing Director NSSF expressed his gratitude towards all those who responded to the call for blood donation.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all Ugandans who heeded to this call and came out to help save lives. Together, we have surpassed our target of raising 4,500 units of blood in just 6 days. Without blood, hospitals around the country cannot carry out lifesaving operations. It is therefore our responsibility as Ugandans to contribute to saving lives by giving blood hence this annual blood drive. This initiative is part of our Social Responsibility agenda which is premised on supporting vulnerable members of the community as well as improving their social well-being,” he said.

Blood is vital as it is used in surgeries, deliveries for expectant mothers and victims of accidents.

According to World Health Organization, (WHO), Uganda needs about 340,000 units of blood annually although less than 200,000 units are collected annually. It should be noted that only 1% of Uganda’s population that is eligible to donate blood regularly do so, causing blood shortages.

Blood donors can still donate at the national blood bank in Nakasero and at UBTS regional offices in Gulu, Arua, Fortportal, Mbale ,Mbarara, Masaka.

Comedy’s ‘The Big Four’ heads to Cayenne as Comedy Feast gets new home

Four of Uganda’s top comedians will be united at one stage this Thursday 18th January at Bukoto based Cayenne Restaurant and Lounge. The hangout is the new home for Comedy Feast after quitting Diners Lounge due to pressure from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Former teacher Napoleone Ehmah, former telcome engineer Patrick Idringi Salvado, Ronnie McVex, Teacher Mpamire who mimics President Yoweri Museveni alongside a host of other comedians will premiere at their new home with singer and politician Bobi Wine.

“This Thursday at Cayenne, Comedy’s The Big Four ( Napoleone, Salvado, Ronnie McVex, Mpamire) alongside the next one, Optional Allan, team up with the Ghetto Gladiator Bobi Wine to open the comedy calendar. Thursday it is, Cayenne it is, Big Four it is. Come thru let’s laugh in a shot-hole collaboration,” Napoleone Ehmah.

“Here we go again, my first public appearance, like I said, no more excuses, WORK WORK WORK…. This Thursday we are making our first appearance at the Comedy Feast that shifted from Diners Lounge now at Cayenne Restaurant and Lounge… that Bukoto Street had become a nightmare for Comedy show organizers because of KCCA, so Comedy on that street has moved. Comedy Feast to Cayenne, Comedy Store to UMA show grounds, Glad to be part of this Movement… See you guys this Thursday.  Check poster for details!! This Lineup is worth it,” Patrick Idringi Salvado posted.

Cayenne, Flames Events deliver another glamorous Emirates Night

On Friday night, Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant in partnership with Flames Events delivered another glamorous event dubbed ‘A Night In The Emirates’.

The annual night saw Kampala partiers throng the place in large numbers to party the night away in the Emirates style.

Arabic themes were the characteristics of the night with dress code, music, food, décor all with Arabic similarity in them.

“When searching for a brand that offers Kampala’s most celebrated premium night life experience, one name comes to mind: Cayenne Restaurant & Lounge! On Friday night for a third year in a row we successfully hosted the annual #ANightinTheEmirates themed party hosted by the “Queen” I Nickita Evas Bachu.

We’d like to thank all our patrons who came out to celebrate life, our whole staff that attended to them until the wee hours of this morning and the management of Flames Events for a successful night! Till next year!#ANightinTheEmirates,” Cayenne posted.

“Oh my oh my what can I say the love I received yesterday was amazing. Thank you sooooooo much for the great turn up and the support. I keep getting worried since its January and we all know how January is but my amazing people keep surprising me. I can’t thank everyone enough. I love you guys. Thank u so much. Keep it emirates,” Nickita Evas Bachu Posted.

Pomp and Glamour as Arabic themes rock Emirates Night

The annual A Night In The Emirates was another hit last night at Bukoto based Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant.

The night hosted by Nickita Bachu under Flames Events and Market was a ‘pomporous’ one as Arabic themes characterized the night.

From dress code to music and food, it was an Emirates feel at Cayenne. The night’s entertainers DJs Aludah and Naselow didn’t disappoint as they rocked the revelers with Arabic music.

The night was amazing and it continues to rock social scene in the hard month of January. Host Nickita Bachu was full of praise to those who attended.

“Oh my oh my what can I say the love I received yesterday was amazing. Thank you sooooooo much for the great turn up and the support. I keep getting worried since its January and we all know how January is but my amazing people keep surprising me. I can’t thank everyone enough. I love you guys. Thank u so much, Keep it emirates,” Nickita Evas Bachu said. The next edition is set for January 2019.

Emirates Night to rock Cayenne tonight

All roads lead to Bukoto based posh hangout Cayenne Lounge for the annual ‘A Night In The Emirates’ happening tonight with its 4th edition.

The night hosted by Flames Marketing and Events duo of Nickita Bachu and Gareth Onyango will feature top notch belle dancers and spin masters DJ Aludah and DJ Naselow.

The Arabic experience will be the characteristics of the night with entrance fee at 25k and a table at 500k with a whiskey bottle.

Diners, The 400 Lounge lose weekly comedy shows

Two rival bars in Bukoto are facing tough times after they were stripped of two precious weekly comedy shows. The 400 Bar and Lounge has lost Comedy Store hosted by Alex Muhangi which has been happening at the hangout every Thursday. They have lost the show to UMA Exhibition Hall which from 25th of this month will be the new home of the Comedy store.

On the other hand, Diners Lounge also located a few metres from The 400 Lounge has lost Comedy Feast which has been hosted by Ronnie Macvex on Thursdays. Their new home will now be Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant located along Bukoto -Ntinda Road after Kabira Country Club.

Alex Muhangi has taken his Comedy Store to UMA Exhibition Hall

Their first show at their new home is slated for the 18th January 2018 and will be happening every Thursday at the place. Sources say two losing bars failed to meet minimum KCCA standards on noise pollution as they lacked sound proof. Residents who stay the near bars have continuously complained to KCCA of noise interruptions resulting from the two bars.

Jose Chameleone releases ‘Mateeka’ song

Legendary singer Jose Chameleone has continued to bombard his fans with hit after hit in the New Year. Latest on our desk has it that the ‘Bayud’ singer has released a third song since the year began after ‘Champion’ and ‘Kilabe’. The song titled ‘Mateeka’ was released this week.

The song was produced at Power Records by Ronnie and Rinex. It has already received massive support from entertainment places and FM stations.

“Thanks my fans for the continuous support. I feel very blessed to be loved and embraced by different walks of lives from all communities.  The power of music can’t be compared as it’s a global language. Another one as we start our musical year 2018 “MATEEKA”. Thanks Power Records and Producer Ronnie and Rinex Combined. Enjoy the power of good music. As we Load the ‘Champion’ and ‘Kilabe’ Videos.  Share this one with all your friends,” Chameleone posted.

Enjoy the song here https://youtu.be/8JJe26639IEA

Meanwhile due to public demand Jose Chameleone is set to perform at The Royal Regency Hall in London on May 26th 2018.

“Action, Always louder than words!!!! Action is the fine witness of your ability. Words even a baby can say, DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND. With the love and support, Great Britain, United Kingdom here we come. Not to shoot Videos, No!!! Not to pose on the London Bridge- No!!!!!! Some people are beautiful without makeup!!! A bad song with a good video is like Ugali and porridge to satisfy you. I am real with nutritious Music. Less is enough – copy. To play you the Hits of all times!!! It’s me Again. Naye banange, Share and let your buddy know the Workaholic is coming soon. #Legend #Champion Video Loading,” Chameleone posted.

Cayenne gets set for the biggest A Night In The Emirates

The annual glamorous and glittering theme night dubbed ‘A Night In The Emirates’ is back this Friday 12th January 2018 at Bukoto based Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant.

Addressing a press conference today at Cayenne, Organisers of the night Flames Events and Marketing have promised a spectacular night tomorrow night. “We expect huge turn up and we are going to do our best all with Arabic experience. We have top DJs; DJ Aludah and DJ Naselow to perform as well hot belle dancers,” Nickita said.

DJ Naselo said the night is the one to look up to this Friday. “I can’t wait to rock the night. I think it’s one of experience to look forward too. I will mix Arabic music with our local experience,” DJ Naselow said.

“Gates open at 8pm till late and Tickets will be sold at the entrance at 25k each with VIP Tables at 500k with a champagne bottle. No performances from artistes. Only DJs and belle dancers will perform,” Gareth said.

“As Cayenne we are ready give the best for the night. Everything is set and in place, we are just waiting for the revelers to come and have total fun with Arabic experience tomorrow,” Penelope Kayongo said.

Joy For Humanity to mark 12 years of existence in amazing fashion

Joy for Humanity, a charity organisation helping and empowering Ugandans living below the poverty line especially the Youth, children and women by empowering them with income generating techniques is set to celebrate 12 years of existence on 24th  February 2018.

The celebrations will take place at Kyazanga Modern Primary School in Lwengo district and it will be in an amazing fashion to celebrate the achievement of the charity organisation.

Joy For Humanity (JFH) is an NGO that has been on a mission to empower Ugandans living below the poverty line, especially children, women and youth, learn how to earn an income using methodology which allows them to meet their basic needs and live a healthy and productive lives.

“This year the organisation is celebrating 12 years of existence at Kyazanga modern Primary school in Lwengo district.  The celebrations take place on the 24th Feb 2018 with special guests from United Kingdom and Lwengo district,” Shilla said.