Photos: Sheraton Kampala Hotel @50 Dinner

Sheraton Kampala Hotel last week celebrated 50 years of priceless memories and vowed to create more.

The hotel has amazing views and serene spots you can choose for relaxing evenings and fun weekends, delicious food and unforgettable dining experiences that keep you coming back and the staff at the hotel is always ready and happy to serve the customers…lovely it is!!!

Sheraton Hotel, Kampala marked 50 years of existence last week.

“I congratulate its management and staff upon this feat. I also congratulate the other proprietors of other hotels like Serena, Protea, Africana and others who continue growing the hospitality industry.

The Sheraton Hotel has a monthly revenue of $1.25 million. If these seven acres on which the hotel sits were a potato garden, I do not know how much it would reap. At independence, we had small hotels that wouldn’t meet international standards.

In 1987, however, as Uganda prepared to host the PTA Conference, the NRM government refurbished Apollo (Sheraton) and Nile (Serena) hotels which had deteriorated.

I am glad that more Ugandans are moving into manufacturing and services sectors, expanding from agriculture. This will grow our economy. Again, congratulations to Sheraton Hotel,” Chief Guest President Yoweri Museveni said.

“Thank you for honoring us with your presence”, Sheraton management said.

Here are some of the moments from the event Sheraton at 50 that took place at the hotel.

Uganda’s Sheebah Karungi leads An All-East African Cocktail of Music

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 Female Artist of the Year at the prestigious awards HiPipo 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.

Sir Aludah to Host 3rd Edition of King of the Turntables

This Saturday, Uganda Waragi in collaboration with Talent Africa returns with the 3rd edition of the deejay musical showcase, King of the Turntables. The event will be hosted at Kampala’s popular venue, The Square and will be an All Star Edition featuring some of Uganda’s very best DJs.

Selector Jay

We can confirm that the 8 DJs who will be performing at this event are Selector Jay, Mr. Silverback, DJ Slick Stuart and Roja, DJ Jo, DJ Kas Baby and DJ Naselow. Sir Aludah will not only be enchanting the crowds with his skills, but he will play event host as well.

DJ Aludah

Selector Jay and the dynamic duo, DJ Slick Stuart and Roja just won awards in the recently-concluded UG Mix Maestro, a campaign that was ongoing for 3 months to recognize and honor outstanding deejay talent in Uganda. The UG Mix Maestro was also sponsored by Uganda Waragi.

DJ Kas Baby

Come and spend the evening with award winning spin masters. Tickets are selling at Yujo Restaurant and Definition at Acacia Mall for only UGX 20,000. Gates will open at 8:00pm.

Promoter Lovely Norah off the shelf

Massachusetts US based Ugandan star events promoter/manager, Lovely Norah, is off the shelf, we can confirm. Info reaching our desk has it Norah got engaged to her long time lover over the weekend and the couple is set to walk down the aisle very soon.

Excited Norah accepted the proposal and her pastor boyfriend said ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’ and her reply was ‘YES I WILL’.

Our Spies were at the function and bring you pictorial moments of the engagement party that took place in the United States (US).

“When he says yes, nobody can say no. Engagement things. You are a heaven sent bestie, you picked me up from the dust and treated me like am your own, words can’t express how blessed I feel and happy at the same time. I crush on you every day. Love you to pieces,” Norah posted after the ring was put on it. Congrats Norah!!

Nigerian stars for Salvador’s show

As the second edition of his one man show- Man From Ombokolo 2 (MFO2) draws closer, we have learnt that the comedian has received tremendous support from his Nigerian star friends.

Salvado has just concluded the Glo Lafta Fest tour in Nigeria and he made a couple of celebrity friends who are backing his show.

It is rumored that top Nigerian stars like Kanayo Okanayo , Basket Mouth, Usouofia, Clit the drunk, could turn up for Salvado’s show slated for next Friday October 27th at Imperial Royale hotel.

Salvador with Usofia

Several stars have shared video drops, some making it clear that they will be in attendance, but when we contacted Salvado, he insisted that he was not comfortable letting out such info to the public; “these are my friends and they wanted to support me, we have a personal understanding that I wouldn’t want to betray,” the comic told us.

Salvado’s MFO2 is sponsored by Singleton whisky. Tickets go for 100k and tables will cost Shs3m.

Bryan White buys 5m booth at Black and White Party

New money don in town Bryan White is truly here to spend and is not about to stop. Today he bought a whole booth worth Shs 5m at the forthcoming ‘Black and White’ Party to be hosted by Birungi Connie Brownsuga on 14th December 2017 at Guvnor.

Bryan paid full amount in cash to Connie today. Connie praised and thanked Bryan for supporting her. The Sweden based Ugandan socialite has mastered party organisation turning Black and White into an annual event as well as a brand.

“Givers Never Lack Now The New Don In Town aka Bryan White Just Bought A Whole Booth For 5 Million UGX for Black and White Party Due 14th December In Guvnor it’s Gonnaaaa Rain money miss at your own risk. Thanks Bryan for supporting Black and white party. #BlackandWhite14DecGuvnor ,”Connie posted after the deal

DJ Aludah to host 3rd Edition of Kings Of Turntables

This Saturday October 21st, celebrated Ugandan Disc Jockey, DJ Aludah will host the third edition of King of the Turntables dubbed the “All Star Edition”. This year’s event features eight of Ugandan top DJ’s namely; Kasbaby, Naselow, Selector Jay, duo Roja & Slick Stuart, Mr Silverback aka Apeman and Deejay Jo.

The highly anticipated deejay showcase will be held at the Square located on 3rd Street in the Industrial area next to the New Vision. The entrance fee is only UGX 20,000 to be paid at the gate. Early bird tickets go for UGX 30,000 for two tickets available at Definition shop Acacia and Yujo Restaurant/Talent Africa.

DJ Aludah, is an award winning club, event and radio DJ who has earned his place as one of Uganda’s most respected entertainers with a career spanning for more than 7 years.

The Kings of Turntables event is powered by Talent Africa, DJ Association of Uganda, RadioCity 97FM and Uganda Waragi.

‘Helping the needy is my priority’ – Bryan White

Young don Bryan White has revealed that his priority is helping the needy. The new kid on the block has reaching out to needy people and charity organisations in recent and empowering them financially.

Bryan White has set his sights on helping the needy

Bryan said he is here to help the needy as well as empowering the youth. When asked about priority, the youthful tycoon didn’t he hesitate to answer. “Helping the needy is my priority,” Bryan White said.

Check the video of him helping out some people here

UG Mix Maestro ends on a high note

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.

Spotlight on Coke Studio Africa – 2017 Divas

Lydia Jasmine performs traditional song “Njabala” in Coke Studio Africa

Sheebah returns in Episode 6 as the headline artist

In Coke Studio Africa episode 5, the Wonder-women pair of Lydia Jazmine from Uganda and Mozambique’s Liloca worked together on the Coke Studio Africa Throwback to make a fresh and soothing version on Ugandan traditional song Njabala while Ugandan wonder Sheebah worked with Future star Bill Nass from Tanzania and Ethiopian maestro Asgegnew Ashko to create a Big Break track titled Chafu Posi.

Sheebah Karungi

Sheebah returned in episode 6 alongside extraordinary Ethiopian export, Asgegnew Ashko, as the headline artists discovered more about each other’s music and culture. The episode also featured Ugandan legend Bebe Cool, and ultimate “bahd guy”, Falz from Nigeria, having some fun with the week’s Coke Studio Africa Throwback track.

This season of Coke Studio Africa has enlisted Africa’s leading ladies in entertainment. Uganda’s hottest female artist Sheebah Karungi makes a debut on Coke Studio this year paired alongside Asgegnew Ashko from Ethiopia. Lydia Jazmine is Coke Studio Africa’s first artist to be featured on the show’s Big Break artist to return only a season later as a Main Artist. On Coke Studio Africa season 3 she performed alongside Kiss Daniel and Bahati and she makes a return on the show this year paired with Mozambican songstress Liloca.

Lydia Jasmine during a recording session

The Band BeCa girl group is one of Kenya’s fastest rising music stars at the moment slowly taking over the industry with fresh hits like “Toka”, “Brathe”, “Tonight” and “Maua”. On their Coke Studio debut, Band BeCa is paired with heavy weight rappers: Olamide (Nigeria) and AKA (South Africa). Kenyan songstress Avril on the other hand is one of the leading contemporary urban female artists from East Africa. No stranger to Coke Studio – on season 3, she performed alongside Nigerian Rapper M.I Abaga. This year, she makes a return to the show this year paired with Tanzanian hip-hop rapper Izzo Bizness. From Ethiopia, fast rising music star Betty G makes a return to Coke Studio Africa for the second time this year. She is paired alongside Tanzanian songstress Nandy with the two being produced by Tanzanian super producer: Nahreel.

Sheebah and Ashko

From West Africa, the Nigerian Award-winning Afro Pop songstress Yemi Alade makes a return to the Coke Studio Africa for the third time alongside French – Congolese rapper Youssoupha. Undoubtedly Africa’s top female artist this decade, Yemi is celebrated for being the first female Afro pop artist to hit over 75 million views on YouTube and VEVO with her smash hit “Johnny”. Chidinma also known as Ms. Kedike returns to Coke Studio Africa for the fourth time – this year paired alongside Kenyan award-winning music group Sauti Sol.

From South Africa, Coke Studio enlisted Nhlanhla Nciza one half of South African duo Mafikizolo – one of the most iconic and legendary music groups in Africa. A powerful vocalist in her own right, she is also a talented designer and one of the most fashionable female artists in Africa.

Together with Theo Kgosinkwe, Mafikizolo make their debut on Coke Studio Africa -2017, performing alongside Kenyan artist Nyashinski who is returning to the show for a second time. Power vocalist Shekhinah who was featured on Black Coffee’s hit single: “Your Eyes”— makes her debut on Coke Studio Africa alongside Jano Band from Ethiopia. The “Amazulu” hit maker Amanda Black joins Ghanaian artist Joey B of the “Tonga” hit fame on Coke Studio. Top South African singer Busiswa of the hit records: “Lahla” and “Ngoku” makes her debut on Coke Studio Africa collaborating with Zambian artiste Slapdee.