Maisha Magic East; Ours Truly for the taking!

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Perhaps Ugandan content producers will now rise to the challenge and craft content for DStv’s reconstituted Maisha Magic East channel 158 now available across all bouquets. The channel comes on the heels of the closure of the more upper-palate Maisha Magic (channel 161) that was retired on May 31, 2015. The new channel 158 is a re-formatting of Maisha Magic Swahili and now constitutes content from the diverse East African indigenous languages. Apart from Swahili, it now has a sprinkling of Kikuyu, Sheng, Luziba and our own Luganda. The bulk of the programming is from the East African country trio of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

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Two left feet at Dance Week Uganda 2015

Dance Week Uganda 2015 takes place this weekend (April 17-19) at Kampala’s National Theatre but low publicity will not see that many bums on seats this time around. Now in its 13th year, Dance Week Uganda has soldiered on as a calendar arts event showcasing contemporary dance. This even with the diminished opportunities for practitioners vis-à-vis its music and drama counterparts. It could be that dance is a highly visual medium while music and drama can be given audio treatments and that offer residual satisfaction.

Fans Tshabalala's "Between Us"

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Nollywood ups ante with “Thy Will Be Done” UK premiere

Nollywood is making bold strides in asserting itself if this week’s premiere of Thy Will Be Done at London’s BFI IMAX Cinema is anything to go by. The movie house boasts having the largest screen in the UK and this is the first time a Nollywood film is premiering in IMAX. The film has Obi Emelonye of Mirror Boy and Last Flight To Abuja fame as its Director and stars Ramsey Noah, Mercy Johnson Okojie and Mary Njoku as its leading screen personalities.

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A more befitting Elly Wamala rendition tribute

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I would have preferred that the late EllyWamala’s familycommemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing by way of a stage musical instead of the mostly tacky renditions of the evergreen maestro’s songbook the bulk of which border on desecration. I hope he is not turning in his grave at this. May be the family didn’t know better. A one-off over-priced concert was probably the best way they knew how to remember their musical patriarch. Pity it will be quickly forgotten as soon as the music instruments are put away.

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Discovering premium touristy Uganda

"Discover Uganda" show hosts Kemiyondo Courtinho and Mosha Danze

“Discover Uganda” show hosts Kemiyondo Courtinho and Mosha Danze

I liked that Discover Uganda was a departure from the armchair tourism television format of a presenter introducing a segment in the comfort of a studio while a field presenter lazily takes viewers on a boring atlas-like journey into the wild or something. This was bulls-eye stuff that sucks you into the experience and makes you forget you are soaking it all up from the comfort of your couch. The two hosts took us on a road journey to Jinja to make our own discovery of the mighty River Nile, which many of us still don’t appreciate beyond the erratic electricity supply from its over-dammed waters. The premise was on point. A contrast between the roadside mouth-watering treats at Namawojjolo and the not so generous haute cuisine servings at Wild Waters, a resort that sits right in the middle of the Nile. Continue reading

SMACK & Sunsas; “sosh” a la poetry

SMACK SUNSA IIThis Friday December 5th, my Alma Mater St. Mary’s College Kisubi will hold a poetry recital at the National Theatre. Alongside the O-level leaving students of Nabisunsa Girls School, “the gentlemen” will enchant in A Verse in Vac. In my school days at the college, the only reputation Sunsas girls had was that they were less snotty than their Gayaza and Namagunga counterparts when it came to those cherished once-in-four-years social sessions. They were more likely to oblige to limiting the distance during the squeeze/ slow dancing sessions that more often than not left us concealing boners and wet patches on our pants. Continue reading