Eddy Kenzo, Bebe Cool Nominated For 2017 AFRIMA Awards

Uganda’s 2017 Coke Studio Africa representatives, Bebe Cool and BET Award Winner Eddy Kenzo, are among the Africa’s top celebrated stars nominated for the 2017 edition of the annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), set to take place this November.

The two musicians along with 16 other Coke Studio Africa stars were unveiled this August at Renaissance Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

Eddy Kenzo at the Coke studio

Eddy Kenzo, who is in the studio for the second consecutive year and just released his new album “BIOLOGY”, is among the AFRIMA nominees in the category of Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa together with Coke Studio king from Tanzania: Alikiba. He has also been nominated in a number of other categories, including; Video of the Year, Album of the Year in Africa, Artiste of the year in Africa and Song of the Year.

Uganda’s self-proclaimed King of dancehall, Bebe Cool is among the nominees for Best Artist or Group in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall.

Public voting is open! Vote for your favourite Coke Studio Africa stars via www.afrima.org

Bebe Cool with Falz after a recording session in the studio

Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show. It is a non-competitive music show that brings together diverse African music talent for world-class showcases, while giving upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through music fusion.

The production now includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia and Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo whilst South Africa had its own production. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Fans to wave Uganda flags at Jose Chameloene’s Concert

With a few days to the Legend Hit After Hit concert, singer Jose Chameleone has confirmed to us that every fan will be given a free Uganda flag at the gate on 30th June 2017 during his Showdown concert.

Every fan will receive a free Ugandan flag at the entrance of the concert

“We are going to wave the Flags, Free Flag for everyone at the Gate,” Jose Chameleone said.

‘Legend Hit After Hit Concert’ powered by Bell Lager is slated for 30th JUNE 2017 at Lugogo Cricket Oval Stadium. Chameleone said they are painting the Love in unison.

Jose Chameleone releases collabo with Nigerian star  

Jose Chameleone has teamed up with Nigerian singer Pardon C to release a collabo tilted ‘Bele Bele’. The song’s audio is already making rounds across entertainment places in Africa. It was by Oxigin and Walta Blackson.  The song is set to boost Chameleone’s lineup ahead of his Legend Concert slated for 30th June 2017 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Meanwhile the ‘Mujjawo’ singer has continued the divorce rumours surrounding him and his wife Daniela saying family is God given no matter how many stones the world will throw.

Jose Chameleone with his son today as he continues to quash divorce rumours

“Family is God given No matter how many stones the world will throw. We shall read and ignore because to us family comes first!! 30th June 2017 at LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL HIT AFTER HIT LEONE ISLAND MUSIC EMPIRE,” Jose Chameleone posted.

Speed Nominated for Video of the Year in HMA2017

Juju Kiyingi’s unique ‘Speed’ video that was earlier listed as one of the most unique visuals Africa has ever seen made has been nominated in the HiPipo Music Awards 2017 in the Video of the Year category.

“I am excited to let you that I have for the first time ever been nominated in the Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards #HMA2017.I thank you all for the support and wish a great 2017. See you at the Serena on Saturday 4th Feb 2017. Your votes will be much appreciated! For voting, follow the link is listed below.

VOTE: http://hma.hipipo.com/vote/video-of-the-year-hma2017/

Meet the coolest Ugandan singer Grace Nakimera

Many Ugandan singers are jumpy and crazy but for Grace Nakimera she does that when on stage. Grace is perhaps Uganda’s coolest singer, song writer and composer. She reserves her energy for stage performance and is regarded as the most energetic singer in Uganda when on stage.

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The well behaved and calm singer started singing when she was seven years old. She would perform at talent shows in Kampala.

When she was 18, she travelled to Rwanda and for two years and performed with the Resident Band at Milcolin Hotel in Kigali. In 2000, she returned to Kampala and joined Christ the King church choir.

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In 2004, she got a big break in music. She collaborated with a singing duo Gatimo and Paragon to record “Ani Akumanyi” a song that became a super hit in Uganda. The trio won the upcoming Artists Award in the Pearl of Africa Music Awards 2004/5. She embarked on a solo career when the group split.

She has since released over 50 hits songs like “Anfuukula,” “Kiva Kuki”, “Sukuma”, “Nvawo Nawe”, “Kawoonawo”. “Onyambanga”, Nalo. Twala Ebyange, Bumper ku Bumper and so many others. We salute and celebrate her music career today, tomorrow and forever.

Winnie Nwagi tops Showbiz Uganda top 10 weekly countdown

Fresh diva Winnie Nwagi’s hit song ‘Musawo’ is at number one in our weekly countdown by DJ Andy Skillz. Below is our top 10 hits of the week;

Winnie Nwagi is at number one
Winnie Nwagi is at number one

10. No Romeo No Juliet – 50 Cent
9. Roll Up – Emtee ft Wizkid & Aka
8. Hello Friday – Jason Derulo ft Florida
7. African Princess – Koredde Bello
6. Njogereza – Navio
5. Work – Rihanna ft Drake
4. Wadawa – Sheebah ft Chozen
3. Nkwatako – Sheebah Karungi
2. I know who i am – Sinachi
1. Musawo – Winnie Nwagi

Spin master Andy Skillz
Spin master Andy Skillz

Jose Chameleone, DJ Pius premiere ‘Agatako’ song video

Star singer Dr. Jose Chameleone and Deejay Pius from Rwanda have this evening premiered the video of their collabo ‘Agatako’. The song’s video is now available on Jose Chameleone’s official YouTube channel.

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“Working on regional integration of regional music, here is the works of Rwanda culture and Music and Uganda combined in this beautiful Zouk Ballard featuring Jose Chameleone and deejay Pius from Rwanda. Share and Enjoy”.

Click here to enjoy the song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tmt1Ngy7-M

Tribute: Africa’s King of Rhumba Papa Wemba takes last bow on stage

Papa Wemba collapsed and died while performing at a concert in Abidjan

Papa Wemba, one of the leading Congolese musicians of all time, collapsed and died while performing at a concert in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday night.

His death plunged the Lingala music fraternity into double mourning following the demise of former Afrisa International bass guitarist Shaba Kahamba in the Netherlands the same week.

Papa Wemba’s death is a big blow to Congolese music enthusiasts worldwide as he was one of the finest Lingala composers and vocalists ever. He was also instrumental in nurturing talent.

Congolese music star Papa Wemba performs onstage during the Femua music festival in Abidjan on April 24, 2016 before collapsing on stage. The flamboyant world music singer died after collapsing during a set in the early hours of April 24 at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan. Papa Wemba, renowned as the "King of Congolese rumba" for the fusion of Cuban and electronic rock that he pioneered in the 1970s, was 66. Photo by AFP
Congolese music star Papa Wemba performs onstage during the Femua music festival in Abidjan on April 24, 2016 before collapsing on stage. The flamboyant world music singer died after collapsing during a set in the early hours of April 24 at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan. Papa Wemba, renowned as the “King of Congolese rumba” for the fusion of Cuban and electronic rock that he pioneered in the 1970s, was 66. Photo by AFP

The 66-year-old icon, whose real name was Jules Shungu Wembadio, was performing at the Festival of Urban Music Anoumabo (FEMUA – Edition 2016), organised by Magic System. Video clips of the fatal incident circulating on social media yesterday showed him collapsing and falling while on stage. His dancers continued gyrating to the music unaware of what was happening behind them. He was taken to hospital.

Speaking from Kinshasa yesterday, his compatriot, guitarist Maika Munan, said the Democratic Republic of Congo was in mourning after receiving the news.

“Prior to the Ivorian trip, Wemba had been recuperating after having been hospitalised,” Mr Maika said, adding that this was his first major trip outside DRC after he was hospitalised in Paris earlier this year.

The veteran musician headlined the third edition of the bi-monthly music and arts festival, The Koroga Festival, in Nairobi in 2014.

Papa Wemba was regarded by many as one of the kingpins of the third generation of Congolese musicians. He mentored many under his Viva la Musica band.

Before forming Viva la Musica, Papa Wemba was among those at the forefront of Orchestra Zaiko Langa Langa band alongside Nyoka Longo, Manuaku Pepe Fally and Zamanguana, among others, in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Papa Wemba was later with Isifi and Yoka Lokole bands.

 Popular Songs

Among some of his most popular songs were “Show Me the Way” and a duet with Koffi Olomide, “Wake Up”. Other popular numbers were “Bakala Dia Ba” and “Pole Position”.

In 1979, Papa Wemba became the leader of the Sapeur (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes d’Élégance, or SAPE), which he promoted as a youth cult. Many Congolese musicians looked upon him as an idol, both in terms of attire and musical performance.

Another Congolese musician, Nyboma Mwandido, said by telephone from Paris yesterday that all Lingala musicians and fans in Europe had been saddened by news of Papa Wemba’s death.

Darzee Kalend, band leader of the Nairobi-based Bilenge Musica band, said the musician’s death was a blow to the industry because many musicians had looked up to him.

In Summary

Papa Wemba was regarded by many as one of the kingpins of the third generation of Congolese musicians. He mentored many under his Viva la Musica band.

Before forming Viva la Musica, Papa Wemba was among those at the forefront of Orchestra Zaiko Langa Langa band alongside Nyoka Longo, Manuaku Pepe Fally and Zamanguana, among others, in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Papa Wemba was later with Isifi and Yoka Lokole bands. May his soul RIP.

No.1 Suspect Badman releases Genocide song

South African based Ugandan/Rwanda reggae star N0.1 Suspect Badman has released a new track in commemoration of 1994 Rwanda genocide which claimed dozens of people.

N0 1 Suspect Badman doing video of his latest song

N0 1 Suspect Badman doing video of his latest song

The song titled Genocide 1994 and is dubbed as the song for April, the month in which the infamous incident happened. Video for the song will be out soon.

Suspect has released a Genocide song

Suspect has released a Genocide song

“In commemoration of genocide where our brothers and sisters lots their lives, I have released a song for April titled Genocide 1194 to remember the lives of our people and to alert genocide commemoration. Song for April #UgandaUsaConnect #TI #No. 1Suspect,” he said.

Suspect has a new song

Suspect has a new song