Pictorial: Guinness Smooth launched in Uganda

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) introduced their new Guinness variant Guinness Smooth in a luxurious ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel gardens on Saturday night.


During the Launch, t
he Guinness Global Master Brewer Peter Simpson who played a major role in the making of Guinness Smooth took the invited guests through the four Flavour Rooms that speak to the character of the new beer.

The rooms included the Bittersweet Room, the Bold Room, the Rich Room and the Refreshing Room where consumers were let in on the sight, flavour, feel and taste of the new beer.

They were taken through the perfect serve for a Guinness Smooth, tasting and appreciating the perfect balance of sweet (butterscotch and toffee flavours) and bitter, and also smelling the chocolatey-coffee aromas and rich notes from roasted barley.

Speaking to guests, Mr Simpson commended Ugandans’love for the famous black liquid and couldn’t hide his excitement about people finally tasting a product that he has worked on with Ugandan brewers for a very long time.

“I cannot mention how proud I am that you all get to taste Guinness Smooth today. It is every brewer’s dream to see people taste his creation,” he said, before imploring guests to toast to Arthur Guinness who first brewed the world-renowned beer in 1759.

“Brands that don’t innovate don’t survive. 261 years and counting, this is the first innovation extension or variant of brand Guinness in Uganda. This right here is history in the making,” UBL’s Marketing Director Juliana Kaggwa said at the event.

“We are giving young vibrant millennials an opportunity to join the family of Guinness through a variant called Smooth. The brand is smooth and therefore easy on the tongue,” Ms Kaggwa said.

She noted that people have different palates and Guinness Smooth is a variant that maintains the full-bodiedcharacter of Guinness, though with bitter-sweet undertones. It is a beer with a distinctively smooth and refreshing taste,” she said.

The night also featured performances from Uganda’s very own soul star Maurice Kirya and Sheebah Karungi, arguably the hottest female artiste in the land who took guests on  musical rollercoaster of some of her hits songslike Mummy Yo, Enyanda and Sweet Sensation, her banger with Nigerian star Orezi.

With the frothy, but smoother version of Guinness flowing endlessly, it was indeed as smooth life for guests and there were no “janworries” of having to dig into their pockets as it was on the house.

Guinness Master Brewer in town ahead of big Launch tomorrow

The Guinness Master Brewer, Peter Simpson is in town ahead of the launch of the new Guinness variant Guinness Smooth a beer that has hit the Ugandan market like a wave ever since it was first introduced earlier this week.

Simpson who has been very fundamental in the making of this particular variant will officially launch the product in a luxurious function that is slated to take place tomorrow Saturday January 25, at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Based at St James Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness in Dublin, Simpson who joined the brewery 12 years ago prides himself in having been part of the brewing process of not only Guinness Smooth but many other Guinness variants around the world.

I have been working closely with the local brewing team here in Uganda to develop the liquid and make sure that we have a truly unique product that is perfect for everyone to enjoy when out to catch up with friends, this is a new expression of Guinness, crafted with Ugandan consumers in mind, you need to try it” said Simpson.

Simpson is also part of a Guinness initiative that encourages innovation by its talented team of expert brewers tasked with creating new products like the Guinness Smooth & Hop House 13 and exploring new recipes while drawing inspiration from the two and a half centuries of expertise contained in the Guinness archives.

Eddy Kenzo to party with love niggas at Salvado’s Africa Laughs Season 5

As celebrated Comedian Patrick Salvado celebrates a decade of comedy, international award winning star Eddy Kenzo has pledged his support for the ‘Man from Ombokolo and promised to serve all the Semyekozos and love niggas lemonade hits at Africa Laughs Season 5 slated to take place at KololoAirstrip on Valentine’s Day.

“Salvador is a brother and I will be at Kololo Airstrip to perform and celebrate 35 years of a brother and 10 years of him making us laugh,” said Eddy Kenzo.

Salvador will be celebrating a decade since he tradedhis blue collar job for comedy, his birthday and the Singleton Africa Laughs Season Five spiced up with Africa’s funniest comedians that will be flying in to celebrate his milestone.

Following his baby mama’s introduction to another man, Eddy Kenzo had an emotional breakdown that had him calling out for help from the Uganda Government but it also led to the birth of his hit song Semyekozo.

Being Valentine’s Day, Eddy Kenzo will be at KololoAirstrip cheering up his fellow ‘love niggas’ as his estranged lover Rema Namakula will be at Hotel Africana entertaining all the lovers.

The Africa Laughs tickets are available at all Shell outlets and Quicket online platform with early bird tickets at Shs35,000, V.I.P at Shs100,000 and VVIP at Shs300,000.

Bebe Cool takes TB fight to down town Kampala

Big size singer Bebe Cool and his Amber Heart Foundation in collaboration with Defeat TB have carried out Tuberculosis Screening and Awareness Campaign in New Taxi Park.
The TB ambassador said the outreach is aimed at creating awareness and treat those already infected and affected by the deadly disease.

The singer recently intensified campaign aimed at ending Tuberculosis in Uganda. Him and his team carried TB sensetisation in Jinja. Keep up the fight man!!!

Africa Laughs returns as award-winning comedian Salvado celebrates 10 years in the industry

KampalaArguably Uganda’s funniest man, award-winning comedian Patrick Idringpopularly known as Salvado is set to take Ugandans on a rib-cracking fest dubbed Africa Laughs come February 14, 2020 at Kololo Airstrip.

The natural, blunt and hilarious “Man from Ombokolo who draws his humour from events in society and his village Ombokolo celebrates 10 years since he traded his engineering career for stand-up comedy.

Addressing journalists at a press conference at Speke Apartments to announce his tenth anniversary show, the much sought-after comedian revealed that comedy has changed his life and helped him grow as a person.

“I’m forever grateful to my sisters who pushed me to join stand-up comedy in Uganda, they were so persistent,” Salvado added.

First held in 2013, Africa Laughs in partnership with The Singleton will this year be running its fifth lap and to celebrate the milestone, Salvado will be joined byinternational comedy giants like Kenny Blaq, Eric Omondi, Eddie Kadi and Alfred Kaingo in addition to our own crème de la crème, such as Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie McVex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko. East Africa’s bongo star Harmonize will be gracing the event.

Salvador’s blend of laugh-out-loud humour and attention to ridiculous details while narrating stories has earned him a widespread following across Africa and beyond, making the laugh fiesta the most-anticipated comedy show of the year.

The Singleton believes in crafting first impressions while creating  lasting ones, something that Salvado has been able to do all through the years. He has for the last 10 years put smiles on people’s faces through his comedic genius, givinghis audience around the world unforgettable memories,” said Annette Nakiyaga Head of Luxury Portfolio at UBL.

Rema Namakula, Salvado, Maro and Nigeria’s Rude boy in the fight for Valentine’s Day

As we are bidding farewell to ‘Janworry’, some of Uganda’s top celebrities are up for the Valentine’s Daychallenge fete. It being one of the country’s most celebrated days, the unofficial lovers’ day will this year attract major events.  

From soulful singer Rema Namakula to Salvador’s Africa Laughs to one of Busoga’s finest artiste Maro and not forgetting Nigeria’s Rude Boy, the celebrities are set to celebrate the lovers’ day with each promising a thrilling show.

Following Rema’s announcement that her show dubbed Rema Live in concert will be held at Hotel Africa, Marowill hold his Anjagala concert at Hotel Mestil, one of Nigeria’s finest Rude Boy will be at Lugogo Cricket Ovalwhile celebrated Comedian Salvado who is bringing the famous duo Chaka Demus and Pliers plus a few other commedians is challenging himself and going for a bigger venue, Kololo Airstrip. The revellers will be tasked to choose which show to attend.

Given the fact that the four events target different age groups and different audiences, we can ascertain that Rema’s show might be one of the most attended events on that day since she has quite a handful of love songs that the lovers reminisce to.

From her maiden hit song Oliwange to Juice wa mango, Kukaliba, Tikula, fans favorite Gutujja to her latest single Clear, Rema sings for the lovers.

Game Changer: Phaneroo to hold Monumental third edition to its ‘Men Gather’ Conference

• Over 10,000 men expected to attend the event
• Participants expected from across the world
• Event to be held at the Kololo Independence grounds

Kampala: Phaneroo Ministries International, is scheduled to hold the third edition of its annual men’s conference on Saturday, 29th February 2020 at the Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala.


As with previous editions, this exclusively male-attend event, MEN GATHER – SEASON THREE, shall be marked with fun games and discussions focusing on various subjects (money, relationships, grooming, career etc. as relating to men) led by inspirational figures of the society. The event will then berounded off with a powerful teaching of the Word of God by the General Overseer of the ministry, Apostle Grace Lubega.

Whilst the equally successful previous editions were held at the UMA main hall, Lugogo, Kampala, the surge in participant registrations since the announcement of the date for this year’s event forced the hand of the organisers to scour for a bigger venue hence Kololo Independence grounds. The event is free for all and gates open at 09:00 AM.

This unprecedented gathering of men deeply hungry for God attracts attendees from all regions of Uganda and beyond. In the past, many have travelled from across the East African countries, Botswana, USA, the UK and Malaysia. Jimmy Otim, a young professional working in Nairobi, Kenya, and a devout attendee of this event said, “Since attending the inaugural “Men Gather – Eye Can See” conference in 2018, I have seen and experienced a seismic change in appreciation of my responsibilities, clarity of my purpose and the sharpening of my vision. Metaphorically, it was that potent drug I craved and having found it, I now can’t afford skip a dose; I’m hooked”.

The candid approach to the discussions and teachings at the event especially on matters specific to men such as ego and mannerisms, responsibility to the household, hygiene etc. have been lauded for their transformative effect on attendees. One such person, Brian Tayebwa, a flourishing businessman mentioned that since attending the conference, he’s learnt to own up to his mistakes and yield to the God that changes men and the results thus far have been remarkable. To him, if any man desires radical transformation in any sphere of his life, he ought to attend the Men Gather conference.

Phaneroo is a dynamic Christian ministry with a vision to transform the world with the power of the gospel. We believe in the inherent ability of the Word of God to change individuals and nations with the ultimate purpose of establishing God’s purpose on the earth.

Rock With Your Celebrity set to be launched

On Thursday 23rd January all roads lead to Stake Lounge on Lumumba Avenue for the launch of Rock With Your Celebrity night hosted by Alicia Bosschic.

After the collapse of Meet your Celebrity Wednesday at Fame Lounge where Bosschic was working with MC Kats, she has finally landed on another big deal.

Stake Lounge formerly Game Club is now her new home as the host of Rock With Your Celebrity Thursdays’ alongside DJ Fikie.

Dubbed the Kampala queen of nightlife by hosting best happening nights in different bars & clubs in town will feature Bebe Cool as guest artist unleash and officially launch RWC ( Rock With Your Celebrity) this coming Thursday 23rd January 2020.

Bosschic real name Alicia Kembabazi, 23, says this rebranded Stake Lounge offered her a more lucrative deal which forced her to leave other clubs in town and jump into Gold mine. No cover charges. Watch the space!!!

Semyekozos’ join Eddy Kenzo as he bartends at the Ciroc Pop Night

Love Niggaz flood Club Guvnor for Eddy Kenzo’sCiroc Pop Night edition

As we embark on the new decade, International Award Winning artiste Eddy Kenzo graced the Ciroc Pop Night at Club Guvnor on Friday night.

Known for his signature dance moves and unique tunes, Kenzo had a bevy of memorable moments with all the love niggaz that came out in big numbers to celebrity the popular night with Kenzo.

From bartending to serving the Semyekozo cocktail to his fans to performing for the revellers, Eddy Kenzo’s energetic performance and chemistry with his fans spiced up the Ciroc Pop Night.

“I am happy i got to dance and interact with the realest Semyekozos on top of having served my fans my special Semyekozo cocktail,” said Kenzo.

The Ciroc Pop Night has grown popular with the different celebrities that have graced the different editions over the past couple of months specificallyevery second Friday of the month.

We have surely started our year with the perfect party crew and fans should get ready for bigger and better nights. Ciroc is all about the big celebrations and tonight Kenzo has spiced up the Ciroc Pop Night. said Annette Nakiyaga, Head of the Luxury Portfolio.


First ever Social Media Festival set to thrill Kampala’s internet junkies

The year is kicking off with a bang for Kampala’s fun people and social media junkies, with a first of its kind Social Media Fest UG coming to town on Saturday January 25, 2020.

The festival, organized by Spot Publications Ltd will run on the theme; Redirecting Social Media To Impactful Social Networking Engagements, and will bring a unique social media experience to the Silver Springs Hotel Gardens, Bugolobiwhich will host the event. The festival venue will offer free WiFi where all social media engagements will be live on giant screens with enough beer to go around courtesy of Tusker Lite.

Being the first such festival ever, social media fans and users will be treated to a mix ofinformative and fun activities like virtual games, Snapchat filter challenges, selfie challenges and lots more including a chance to meet Kampala’s most popular media enthusiasts and social media personalities.

“The Social Media Festival will bring together individuals, social media groups, influencers, bloggers, digital marketing agencies, government agencies, exhibitors and various brands and organizations under one roof to network and learn more how best to benefit from social media platforms,” Amon Baita, Head of Marketing at Social Media Fest revealed.

An exciting entertainment lineup is part of the menu, with performances from Fille, Toniks, Micheal Kitanda, Ragga Dee. DJ Xzyl among many others will also be in the house to spice up the event.

“Tusker Lite recognizes the amazing influence social media has had on our brand. We are the choice for the woke generation who call social media their second home. This is our way of giving back to the social media fraternity as we celebrate the relationship we have with you,” said Cathy Twesigye, Tusker Lite Brand Manager.


The
main sponsors of the event are Uganda Communications Commission and the RupareliaGroup of Companies. Other key partners include; National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U); the internet partner, Next Communications, NBS TV and Nxt Radio (media partners) and Tusker Lite, Uganda Breweries Ltd (UBL) who will ensure revelers get drinks at fair prices.