Legendary South African jazz trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, passes on

Masekela was given his first trumpet at the age of 14


Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78.

In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”.

RIP, Hugh Masekela

Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues.

The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.

In a statement, South African President Jacob Zuma said Masekela’s death was “an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large”.

Zuma continued: “His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”

Born in the South African town of Witbank in 1939, Masekela was inspired to learn the trumpet after seeing Kirk Douglas play Bix Beiderbecke in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn.

He persuaded one of his teachers – the anti-apartheid crusader Father Trevor Huddleston – to buy him an instrument, promising to stay out of trouble in return.

He helped open the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with fellow musician Femi Kuti

In 1960, aged 21, he left South Africa to begin what would be 30 years in exile from the land of his birth.

Under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, he was encouraged to develop his own unique style.

In 1967, he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

The following year, his instrumental single Grazing in the Grass topped the charts in the US and became a worldwide hit.

Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela, whose freedom he had called for in his 1986 anthem Bring Home Nelson Mandela.

In June 2010, he performed at both the opening concert of the Fifa World Cup and the tournament’s opening ceremony in Soweto’s Soccer City.

In their statement, Masekela’s family described him as “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend” who would be “forever in our hearts”.

“Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across six continents,” it continued.

“We are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love, sharing and vanguard creativity that spans the time and space of six decades.”

Details of memorial and burial services, the family said, would be released “in due course”.

South African musician Loyiso Bala was among many to mark his death on Twitter.

Analysis by Pumza Fihlani, BBC News, Johannesburg

The passing of Hugh Masekela is the end of an era and has saddened many across the country. Described as a legend, he was celebrated for his contribution to music, theatre and social and political activism.

The jazz musician whose Soweto Blues served as one of the soundtracks to the anti-apartheid movement was never one to shy away from challenging the status quo.

Isaiah Katumwa performs with Hugh Masekela in Kampala

In a career spanning six decades, he gained international recognition with his distinctive sound, a constant reminder of his love for South Africa – a country whose political turmoil once forced him into exile.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, the world-acclaimed musician – affectionately known as Bra Hugh – spent the last months of his life encouraging men to go for regular cancer check-ups.

The veteran Jazz star last performed in Kampala in February 2017.

Iryn Namubiru back with a bang in Tick, set to perform at Naguru Skyz Hotel

Songbird Iryn Namubiru is back a banger, we can confirm. Her new song titled ‘Tick’ is surely taking over. The song is becoming everyone’s favourite according to our street Spies.

“Loving myself and some, isn’t that what matters most? #Tick #Mylove #NyonyiNtono. Enjoy the rest of my songs too, catch me live at Naguru Skyz Hotel on Valentine’s Day as we tick each other,” Iryn said.

The singer is set to perform on Valentine’s Day special dinner happening at Naguru Skyz Hotel, Naguru.

“Valentines is coming. Tick will be my special dedication to you, then you’ll choose your favorite Jam and I will do it live,” Iryn.

Enjoy music video for ‘Tick’ performed by Iryn Namubiru through these links;



Iryn will perform live at Naguru Skyz Hotel on Valentine’s Day

DTB embraces Interswitch ATM Service

As financial institutions look into the possibilities of what they can do within the digital space, more banks are embracing technology to enhance delivery of financial services.

For this reason, Diamond Trust Bank customers will now do transactions from more than 500 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) locations in Uganda following the bank’s partnership between Interswitch East Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership at DTB headquarters in Kampala, Mr. Varghese Thambi, Chief Executive officer DTB said that “interswitch ATM service will bring a convenient and reliable service to our customers, thanks to increased accessibility through the already existent network with other core member banks. Our customers will be able to suitably access their funds all over the country within a network of over 500 ATM locations.”

Employees of DTB Kampala road branch while at the launch of interswitch ATM service

Mr. Olumuyiwa Asagba the Chief Executive Officer at Interswitch East Africa welcomed the entry of DTB into the Interswitch family saying this partnership adds value to customers on the network and is also a secure way to conduct operations.

“We commend DTB for taking the strategic decision to join Interswitch and in providing their customers and those of other banks on the network greater convenience and access to services their banks offer,” Asagba said.

He further said that they strongly believe that by leveraging the Interswitch network, financial institutions will be able to make financial services more affordable and accessible to their customers.

This partnership is an indication of Interswitch and DTB commitment towards using technology to enhance service delivery.

The Interswitch is a national switch that enables customers to access their accounts using other member Banks’ ATM outlets.  Member banks that have previously joined the interswitch network include,; Cairo International Bank, Centenary Bank, Commercial Bank for Africa, dfcu Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Exim Bank, Finance Trust Bank, FINCA, GTBank, Housing Finance Bank, NC Bank, Opportunity Bank, Orient Bank, PostBank, Top Finance Bank and United Bank for Africa.

Subscribers win over UGX 9,000,000 as Airtel Uganda’s Yoola Amajja Promo nears End

Airtel Uganda has today rewarded subscribers with a total of UGX 9,124,000 in the 9th draw of their ongoing Yoola Amajja promotion.

Scheduled to end next month, Yoola Amajja was launched late last year with an aim of rewarding customers who are actively using the Airtel Money platform to carry out their daily transactions. The promotion that requires subscribers to enter a glass box and grab money saw Kiyemba Ronald take home UGX 1,488,000 – the largest cash sum of the day.

Airtel Uganda Yoola Ammajja 9th draw winners pose with their money at Airtel Uganda head office

Other winners Nangobi Sharifa, Katusiime Justin, Wabwire Ivan, Ainembabazi Patricia, Mukuye Badru, Lugaizi Salim and Mbabazi Jassy managed to grab UGX 719,000, UGX 1,252,000, UGX 1,212,000, UGX 983,000, UGX 1,314,000, UGX 1,015,000 and UGX 1,141,000 respectively.

On receiving his cash, an overjoyed Kiyemba thanked Airtel Uganda for the promotion that has changed his and many other people’s lives.

“Who knew that by simply transacting using Airtel Money we would all be winners? I could not have received this money at a better time! Thank you Airtel Uganda for always remembering us, your subscribers,” he commented.

Lugayizi Salim, a taxi operator from Kyengera, receives UGX1,015,000 from Airtel’s Simon Mugisha

Mbabazi Jassy, also a winner in the 9th draw, pledged to continue transacting and encouraging her neighbours and friends to do the same.

Speaking during the cash handover, Airtel Uganda Ag. Enterprise Director Mr. Simon Mugisha encouraged the winners to keep transacting via the Airtel Money platform and Airtel will continue to reward them.

“We launched this promotion to reward our subscribers and over the past few months, we have done exactly that. Subscribers have won millions of shillings by simply going by their day-to-day activities of sending money, paying bills and other transactions offered on our safe and reliable platform,” he commented.

To take part in the Yoola Amajja promotion, Airtel Money customers should dial *185# on their phones and carry out any 3 of these transactions weekly;

Send money

Pay bills like pay TV, water, electricity, school fees etc.

Purchase a data or voice bundle through Airtel Money

Top up a minimum of 500/= airtime through Airtel money

Transact on your bank account through Airtel Money

Wewole loans service

Lucky winners will be allowed into the cash box to grab up to 2 million shillings and will strictly be called using 0752600222.

Malaikah releases new single featuring Flint Bedrock  

Malaiwain singer Malaikah’s has released her new single ‘Let You Go’. ‘Let You Go’ featuring Flint Bedrock was released on 19th January 2018. The song was produced by UK number 1 producer Rymez.

Dropbox video download link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mw7u6b6bxjqzak/singlevid.MOV?dl=0

‘Let You Go’ is a RnB/Pop song with afro beats and dancehall flavours. The song encourages women not to settle for less than what they deserve in relationships particularly within certain cultures where women have no voice and are practically trapped in marriage due to religious and cultural beliefs. The single challenges women to find their voice and be free of abusive relationships.

Malaikah is a Malawian born singer/songwriter who grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to England. Malaikah released her debut single “Falling For You” in July 2017, the single was widely covered around the world and landed her the reputation of being a bit after a “bad girl.” The song sought to encourage women to be more outspoken within relationships about their sexual desires. Malaikah argued the lack of communication led to unhappy relationships,infidelity and divorce.

Follow Malaikah on social media:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/malaikahmusic

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Mala1ka

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mala1ka

Official website – http://www.malaikaofficial.co.uk

Flint Bedrock is a Zimbabwean born U.K singer/songwriter, rapper & music producer. Flint first made waves in 2011 with the release of his debut single “Dreamer.” His Latest single “Can’t Bring Me Down” was released in January 2017.


Follow Flint Bedrock on social media:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/flintbedrock

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/flintbedrock1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/flintbedrock

Official – http://www.flintbedrock.com

Brookside Limited wins gold award during the President’s export award 2017

Brookside Limited produces Fresh Dairy products in Uganda

Brookside Limited, the producer of all Fresh Dairy products in Uganda has won a Gold Award in the Dairy and Dairy products Category at the President’s Export Award 2017 organized by the Uganda Export Promotion Board held this evening at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.

(L-R) is Fresh Dairy’s Benson Mwangi – Finance and Administration General Manager, Vincent Omoth – Marketing Manager, Joseph Awino – Sales General Manager and Walibwa Robert pose with the Gold Award that Brookside Limited won

The theme for this year’s President’s Export Award is ‘Exporting – Growth Opportunity for local industry’

Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) is the national focal point for export promotion and development whose main role is to help entities export their products and services out of Uganda. The UEPB through its annual event; the ‘President’s Export Award’ acknowledges the export fraternity’s contribution towards the economic development of the country.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde (2L) poses with the team from Fresh Dairy – Benson Mwangi – Finance and Administration General Manager (L), Joseph Awino – Sales General Manager (M), Vincent

The Gold Award was handed over by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde to Vincent Omoth, Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy who received it together with Joseph Awino – Sales General Manager, Benson Mwangi – Finance and Administration General Manager and Walibwa Robert.

Group photo of all the winners at the President export award 2017 held by Uganda Export Promotion Board

Movit kicks off community campaign dubbed ‘Kuma Life Yo’

Manufacturers of the best quality and affordable cosmetics in a timely fashion and efficiently supply them, Movit Products has kicked off community campaign dubbed ‘Kuma Life Yo’.

The campaign is aimed at sensetising motorcycle riders to wear helmets to help them their lives in case of accidents.

“Today Movit kicked off a campaign of giving back to the community called “Kuma Life Yo, Yambala Helmet” at different Boda Boda stages. We started with Bunamwaya, Kajjansi and Nabbingo stages,” Movit posted.

This two day campaign is led by Ndahiro Peter, Movit Brand Manager, Kitenda Robert, Movit PR Manager, and Jeff Bossa, Movit Events Supervisor.

In related developments, the company with over 3000 employees, yesterday launched a 2 day blood donation drive at their office premises in Bunamwaya.

The management said the donation is aimed at contributing to the nation’s blood banks in light of recent blood shortages. “At Movit, we value your life as much as we value your image”

Meanwhile the week has ended on a high note for the cosmetic company (Movit Products Limited) emerged as the Gold winner in the cosmetics category on Thursday night at the Presidential Export Awards.

The award was presented to Movit by the Prime Minister of Uganda Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, and the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambade.

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.

Coca-Cola Rewards More Consumers in ‘Vimba’ Promo

Uganda, Kampala – Beverage giant Coca-Cola, this afternoon, rewarded two lucky consumers as part of their on-going Under the Crown promotion ‘Vimba ne Coca-Cola’.

Nagujja Ruth, a retail shop owner, and Ali Afijar, a resident of Entebbe, were handed UGX5, 000,000 each by Century Bottling Company’s Commercial Director Mr. Patrick Oyuru.

Nagujja Ruth, a retail shop owner displays the UGX5,000,000 she received from Coca-Cola’s Vimba ne Coca-Cola promotion

“When I received the message and phone call informing me that I had won, I was both excited and confused. I want to encourage everyone out there to walk to the nearest shop and purchase a Coca-Cola. You will not regret,” exclaimed Afijar after he received his money.

Oyuru congratulated this week’s winners and noted that since the promotion was launched, thousands of Ugandans have had an opportunity to win airtime and cash sent directly to their phones, with a few lucky ones taking home the weekly grand prize of UGX5, 000,000.

Ali Afijar, a resident of Entebbe, displays his cash received from Coca-Cola’s Vimba ne Coca-Cola promotion

“Today, I am very excited to hand over millions of shillings to our ‘Vimba ne Coca-Cola’ winners. These winners did not do anything extra-ordinary to win – Nagujja bought a crate of soda for her family and Afijar just wanted to quench his thirst – and today, they are millionaires! I encourage consumers out there to keep sending the codes to 6088, this could be you,” he said.

‘Vimba ne Coca-Cola’ is a three months promotion that is changing lucky Ugandans’ lives by giving them a chance to win over UGX1,000,000 daily in airtime and instant cash, as well as weekly cash prizes of UGX100,000, UGX200,000, UGX500,000 and UGX5,000,000.

To participate, consumers should simply buy Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Stoney, Krest and Schweppes Novida glass bottle, check under the gold crown for the unique code and SMS that code to 6088.

NWSC boosts water supply reliability in Mbarara

The National water and sewerage corporation Mbarara area has completed system upgrade works at Ruharo water treatment plant.

The works included the construction of a new DN 400 (16″) steel pipe and reconfiguration of associated pipe work and systems to add more water to the network.

According to Mbarara area General manager Mr Ekanya Emmanuel, the newly completed works will add over 2000million litres of water into the Mbarara water network.

Other interventions that will include installation of a new 500m3/h raw water bigger capacity pump that has already been shipped and expected in the country very soon. This will add over 1million litres of water per day to the network.

Mbarara area engineer Emmamuel Mujuni assured residents that daily production will very soon move from the current 13million litres of water per day to 16million litres per day.

NWSC MD Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha shared that the works are part of the corporation’s ongoing water supply stabilisation plans aimed at boosting water supply reliability in all NWSC areas of operation.

Dr Silver added that the corporation is looking at other measures like new clarifiers at the plant in Mbarara, motorised boreholes in various parts of Mbarara to boost water production and the much anticipated Isingiro water supply system along river Kagera.

The new Isingiro water supply system will improve water supply in Isingiro, Mabrara, Masaka corridor and the surrounding areas he added.

NWSC MD ENG. Silver Mugisha