Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Ugandan women DJs amaze visiting Germans


Feeling the groove. ALL PHOTOS Nely Tiez & Kabuye Derrick

Kampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | German DJ Sarah Farina and Producer Yo van Lenz are amazed at the local talent they have found in Kampala.

They have resolved to create bridges between German Djs and Ugandan ones, and to assist grow talent, and also offer support in acquiring modern equipment. 

Farina and Lenz starred at the climax of the Mirembe Rhythm concert, dance party and workshop last weekend. They are on a Sub- Saharan African tour.

“I loved the concert and was amazed by all the talented DJs. At the workshop, all the girls were super interested in the productions, which was cool and made me happy. I love sharing knowledge, therefore when it’s well received it’s even more fun. It was nice warm energy and good vibes," said Berlin based music producer Yo Van Lenz.

Farina was also excited. “We are very grateful that we have the opportunity to be here and connect with something that we love, which is music, and so playing the show with the Ugandan DJs was very nice. We discovered some really talented DJs and we have connected with them already," she said. 


Dj Farina from Germany shows how it is done on computer.
Producer Yo Van Lenz (right) conducting the music production class
"We definitely want to keep building; this will not be a one time thing. We have got all the contacts and will definitely keep in touch with the people and build bridges between Europe and Africa. We shall exchange, collaborate and support if we can in some way," she promised. 

"Being a DJ here, it can be hard to get equipment, so we are happy if we can make connections for those people who are interested so that they can get all the stuff they need in order to become the person they want to be." 

GZK initiative

Goethe-Zentrum Kampala (GZK), aka the Ugandan German Cultural Society, hosted 
DJ Farina and Producer Lenz. In partnership with Ugandan DJ Rachael’s Femme Electronic, GZK organized a workshop for young women in Uganda to learn about DJing and music production, and also put up the Mirembe Rhythm DJ dance party on 12th October at The Square in Kampala’s industrial area.  

The Mirembe Rhythm concert and dance party was headlined by the Germans alongside Kampala’s crรจme de la crรจme of electronic, dancehall and hiphop music: DJ Rachael, DJ Ciza, The Control Posse, Hakuna Kulala and Catu Diosis. 

The Square put on a show as Uganda’s celebrated set designer Mirembe Musisi created an Afroparty themed interactive play space for Kampala revellers. The dรฉcor used natural materials to make woven light fixtures and other unique designs that made the party feel especially unique.  

The event kicked off as early as 6pm with board games from Creative Minds, a drum circle by Ngoma Jam Session and some face painting by Marjorie. Gloria Kiconco, the event MC, officially welcomed the first DJ on the lineup at 9pm – and the music played late into the night with a diverse and freedom-loving crowd enjoying themselves into the morning hours. 

The next day, Goethe Zentrum Kampala held a panel discussion about women in the Electronic Dance Music in Uganda, and then on Sunday offered a free DJing workshop for Ugandan women.  

Farina revealed that they had made music with some artists. 

"At the workshop, it was very touching for me especially to have the opportunity to empower other females with DJing and music production skills. It’s just healing and such a valuable experience to create something together and to share knowledge." 





GZK says trip great boost for Ugandan women Djs

GZK’s new Director, Barbara Sommer, said of the aim of the event: “ Given that one of the German DJs was female, and connecting to the established relationship between GZK and Femme Electronic and DJ Rachael, we decided to give especially women the opportunity to learn more about DJing in a workshop."

"The creative atmosphere in this special workshop gave women in Uganda who want to be DJs a platform to connect to each other and create a network of mutual support. Sarah Farina and DJ Rachael, the two female workshop instructors, acted in this context as role models for the participants and shared their knowledge with the future DJs.”

Barbara went on to speak of what she felt was achieved in the line up of events. 

“After having enjoyed a great party at The Square on Friday, October 12th, with fascinating DJs from Uganda and the two DJs from Berlin from dawn to sunrise, the good vibes of Mirembe Rhythm still continued the whole weekend manifesting themselves in the interesting panel discussion on Saturday and the creative workshop on Sunday." 

"At the panel discussion with the female DJ from Berlin, DJ Rachael and The Cee, views were exchanged about female DJing in Uganda, electronic music in Uganda and why each of them became a DJ and what visions they have for the future.”  

Shaniqua Packruhn, another member of the organizing team at Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, added: “At the German-Ugandan Cultural Society, we see it as our mission to promote inter-cultural exchange and support creative processes. In the course of this, Mirembe Rhythm was an excellent opportunity to offer young women a platform for creative exchange and to build sustainable networks."  

She said the DJ/ Music Production Workshop as well as the panel discussion‚  ‘Pushing Boundaries - Women in the electronic Music business‚’ turned out to be a great success regarding our goal to empower young artists and strengthen creative dynamics.

"DJ Rachael, Sarah Farina and Yo Van Lenz provided our workshop participants with their broad knowledge about DJing and Music Production and created a space for them to learn from each other and grow. After the workshop, everybody was excited to stay in touch and build on what they’ve taken away from the day.” 

Dj Rachael - This is a first of its kind

 Dj Rachael, one of Kampala’s most prominent DJs and proprietor of Femme Electronic (which partnered with GZK to put the events together), was delighted by the success of the dance party, panel discussion and the ladies’ DJing and music production workshop. 

“This was the first of its kind. I think it was a great party that brought together different cultures, from Germany, Uganda, Kenya and Congo. Everyone had a good vibe and the party was really great," she said. 

"The Femme Electronic workshop with Sarah Farina and Yo van Lenz and myself at GZK was amazing: the turn up was good, and the reception from the girls that attended was really cool as they were all very willing to learn and go the distance. I’m sure they will elevate Femme Electronic to another level. We shall continue training them and create a new era of female DJs.” 

These events were part of an annual cultural exchange, as each year GZK hosts German touring artists in Uganda for performances, workshops and collaborations with Ugandan artists. In 2017, it was “Your Music, Your Voice.” In 2018, “Mirembe Rhythm.” Follow Goethe-Zentrum Kampala on social media as not to miss what comes in 2019! 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Uganda too good for Lesotho, Nations Cup beckons



Cranes players celebrate. PHOTO FUFA MEDIA

Lesotho Likuena ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ  0 Uganda Cranes ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 2
Tanzania Taifa Stars ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ  2 Cape Verde ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป 0

Maseru, Lesotho | FUFA.CO.UG | Farouk Miya scored a brace as Uganda Cranes out-muscled Lesotho Likuena (The Crocodiles) 2-0 at the Setsoto stadium in Maseru Stadium on Tuesday night.

Miya opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute with a thunderous shot after good inter-play with Allan Kateregga and Emmanuel Okwi off the right flank.

The Croatian based forward playing alongside KCCA’s Patrick Henry Kaddu added the second in the 36th minute with a superbly taken free-kick after a foul on Okwi on the left flank.

Half time ended with Uganda carrying a 2-0 goal cushion and it necessitated gallant defending from the visitors as Lesotho surged forward for at least a goal back.

Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and the entire defence had to be alert throughout the second half with explicit defending.

In the second half, the technical team headed by Sebastien Desabre rung a couple of changes which witnessed  left winger Allan Kateregga paving way for Egyptian based Isaac Muleme.

Two goal hero Miya who had been booked was replaced by Moses Waiswa and industrious Patrick Henry Kaddu was rested for Edirsa Lubega. It was KCCA FC striker Patrick Kaddu's first start on the National senior team

Uganda is now on the brink of are within a point of qualification for the 2019 AFCON finals with the last two matches against Cape Verde (home) and Tanzania (away).

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A large fraction of Ugandans who traveled by the chartered flight from Entebbe and those living in Lesotho cheered the Cranes from start to finish.

Just last Saturday, Uganda Cranes beat Lesotho 3-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.


A chartered flight facilitated by the Government of Uganda enabled the team reach Maseru on Sunday well in time of the Tuesday game.

Meanwhile Tanzania overcame Cape Verde to ascend to 5 points, Cape Verde remains on 4 and Lesotho just two points off four matches.

STARTING XI: Denis Onyango (GK, Capt), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Juuko, Dennis Iguma, Emmanuel Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Patrick Kaddu, Faruku Miya and Allan Kateregga

Substitutes: Jamal Salim (G.K), Charles Lukwago (G.K), Isaac Isinde, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Tadeo Lwanga, Moses Waisswa,  Edrisa Lubega, Milton Karisa, Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi


Standings 
Uganda        4 3 1 0 6 0 10
Tanzania      4 1 2 1 3 4  5
C. Verde      4 1 1 2 4 4  4
Lesotho       4 0 2 2 2 7  2
Note: group winners and runners-up qualify for finals except for Group B, where 2019 Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon and the highest placed of the other three teams reach the finals
SOURCE: FUFA MEDIA




Govt cancels daily levies on all Public Service Vehicles



Kampala, Uganda | Government has cancelled daily levies on all Public Service Vehicles and ordered a stop to the use of agents in the collection of park user fees from taxi operators.

All PSVs will now make a single annual E-payment of sh720,000 and sh840,000 for taxis, and sh2.4 million for buses, annually.

According to Minister of State for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu, Cabinet made the decision on Monday October 15, where they approved the levying and collection of Park User fees on Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV).

Issues of taxes have been a bone of contention with regular on and off taxi operators’ strikes. KCCA' decision to raise taxes last year was halted by President Museveni. The president issued a directive that all daily and monthly taxi levies be stopped.

KCCA had raised taxes to sh120,000 monthly at one time.


The decision comes hours after Executive Director  Jennifer Musisi handed in her resignation. 

She had in July also just sealed a deal with the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda Henk Jan Bakker for a grant to the tune of sh4.3 Billion to redevelop Old Taxi Park.

CABINET DECISION DETAILS

(i) Each taxi shall pay Ugx.840,000/= per annum to be shared between the origin/destination Local Government and KCCA at a ratio of 40:60 respectively;

(ii) Taxis operating between two Urban Authorities shall pay Ugx.840,000/= per annum which shall be shared in a ratio of 60:40 for origin-loading and destination respectively;

(iii) Commuter taxis in Kampala to pay Ugx.720,000/= per annum; and 

(iv) Buses to pay Ugx.2,400,000/= per annum which shall be shared equally among all the Urban Authorities on the Route Charts.

The purpose of the above levy is:

(i) To harmonize the tax system of Kampala Capital City Authority and other Local Governments;

(ii) To stop multiple taxation and daily levies on taxis (Public Service Vehicles) and provide for a single annual payment; and

(iii) To stop the use of Agents in the collection of Park user fees from taxi operators.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Namulonge golfers steal show as Tusker Malt Series tees off

Kigo to host one of the Tusker Series events
Tusker Malt Golf Series Opener 
Top 5 
1st Denmond Mutyaba/Jerry Owachi 46 points
2nd Andrew Atuhaire/Tom Kakaire 45pts C/B
3rd Paul Ndyaguma/Moses Mukiibi 45 points
4th Gloria Mbaguta/ Grace Njeri 44 points
5th David Odiama//Francis Nyago 43 pts C/B

Tour Dates
▶️Uganda Golf Club (Series Opener) 12 October 2018
▶️Toro Club 10th November 2018
▶️Mbarara Sports Club 24th November 2018
▶️Jinja Club 08 December 2018
▶️Entebbe Club 26 January 2019
▶️Lake Victoria Serena Kigo 2nd Feb 2019
▶️Uganda Golf Club (Grand Finale) Feb 23rd 2019


Kampala, Uganda | PHILLIP CORRY | Namulonge golfers showed their mantle on the course as the 1st leg of the Tusker Malt Golf Series teed off on October 12th at the Uganda Golf Club.

Namulonge's Denmond Mutyaba and UGC's Jerry Owachi were the first to qualify for the grand final next year with a total of 46 stable-ford points.

The 2nd and third runners up slots were won by Namulonge golfers Andrew Atuhaire and Tom Kakaire with 45 points on count back, while Paul Ndyaguma and Moses Mukiibi had 45 points.

The Uganda Breweries sponsored golf series will run for 17 weeks, with 7 events around 6 different courses across the country. The overall winners will win an all-expense paid trip to Pattaya, Thailand next year.

The next tour on the Series is Toro Club from November 10th. 

Co-sponsors of this thrilling tour include Shell Uganda, CBA, MTN, Pepsi, Ethiopian Airlines,Kenya Ports Authority.

SOURCE: Uganda Golf Times

Taiwan's Chen wins 21st JBG Open in Entebbe

Garret Chen, hoists his trophy after receiving it
 from tournament sponsor Gauff
21st JBG Open Golf tournament

Overall winner men
Garret Chen – 41 pts

Gross winner (men)
Joel Basalaine 147 gross

Professional category (winner)
Phillip Kasozi 215 gross

Winner group A (men)
Geoffrey Orach 37 pts

Winner group B (men)
Perry Musiime – 40 pts

Winner group C(men)
Kiema Kilonzo -39 pts

Overall winner (Ladies)
Eva Magala 38pts

Winner group A (Ladies)
Peace Kabasweka 38 pts

Group B (ladies)
Diana Nabukenya 36 pts

Senior 55+ overall winner
Isaac Mariera 34 points

Entebbe, Uganda | PHILLIP CORRY | “It’s the most important trophy I have won and I wanted to win it to emulate Shou Ta Wang who won this tournament in 2014,” Garret Chen said after receiving his trophy for triumphing at the 21st JBG Open Golf tournament Saturday at Entebbe Club.

The Taiwanese investor was in fine form, returning the day's best score of 41 points to beat a record field of 246 golfers at Entebbe Club’s biggest tournament.

On the day, he was not the only winner. Several seasoned golfers walked away with an assortment of prizes and trophies.

JB Gauff, has been a mainstay at Entebbe Club and over the years, having provided equipment to East Africa’s oldest club and at the same time built the club’s facilities on and off the course.

Beyond Entebbe Club,JB Gauff have also supported Toro Club.

Baselaine gross winner

National team golfer Joel Basalaine, was the men’s gross winner with 147 over 36 holes. 

Uganda Professional Golfers Association secretary Phillip Kasozi, claimed his second tournament title in a space of two months by claiming the Pros category with 215 gross.
UPDF’s Geoffrey Orach was winner Group A with 37 points.

ULGU president Eva Magala with 38pts was the ladies’ overall winner.
The senior’s Category of 55+ year olds was notched by Isaac Mariera (34 pts)

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SOURCE: UGANDA GOLF TIMES


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Top German, Ugandan DJs ready for Mirembe Rhythm Dance Party

 Catu Diosis and EDM DJ 

Kampala, Uganda | ENTERTAINMENT |
The German Cultural Society, Kampala this week hosts “Mirembe Rhythm” a unifying dance party offering a music mix, especially featuring Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and female DJs centre stage. 


The event will showcase both local and international DJs at The Square, in Industrial Area, this Friday, 12th October, from 6pm until late. 

The event will feature guest DJ Sarah Farina and music producer Yo van Lenz from Germany alongside prominent Electronic Dance Music DJs from Uganda like Nyege Nyege’s Hakuna Kulala, Catu Diosis, DJ Rachael, The Control Posse, and Kampala’s much loved dancehall spinner, DJ Ciza who needs no introduction. 

The event will offer a blend of EDM, Hip Hop and dancehall, foreign and local, to create a fun and peace-loving vibe for everyone to enjoy. No one is bound to feel left out since the DJs come with various styles. 

The “Mirembe (Peace) Rhythm” represents positivity, peace and unity, music/dance fun and positive vibes. 


DJ Ciza who will be playing Dancehall at the event
The visiting DJs, Sarah Farina and Yo van Lenz are certified members of the ‘Through My Speakers’ collective, an international group  whose similar mindset, passion and commitment to music organically evolved into an event night and its own label with a common goal to bring people together. 

Through My Speakers is also about breaking boundaries in club music, bringing people together and creating a musical journey for the crowd.

With 10 years of bonding over the love of their similar influences, Sarah and Yo's enthusiasm to explore, from club tunes to psychedelic guitars, is infectious. And there is no indication of them slowing their creative flow.

Entrance is sh5000 only.


Sarah Farina and Yo van Lenz
MIREMBE RHYTHM LINE UP
9 PM -10 PM – Catu Diosis (UG)
10PM -11 PM – The Control Posse (UG)
11 PM- 12AM – Hakuna Kulala (DRC/KEN/UG)
12AM – 2AM – Sarah Farina (GER) & Yo van Lenz (GER)
2AM – 3AM – DJ Ciza (UG)
3AM  - 4AM -  DJ Racheal (UG)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Mwanja and Wanzala retain Pepsi Independence Day Golf titles

Babirye receives prizes - a trophy, 40inch TV and goodies from Mukwano - from
 chief guest Minister Byabagambi and Pepsi Chief Amoz Nzeyi 

Pepsi Independence Golf 

Overall winners
Men
Becca Mwanja  41 Stableford points
Women
Martha Babirye 33 Stableford points

Professionals
Fred Wanzala 9 under par 207
Top 7 in professional category
Fred Wanzala  70 | 72 | 65  *207
Phillip Kasozi  78 | 71 | 74  *223
V.Byamukama 72 | 75 | 77 *224
Happy Robert 76 | 72 | 77 * 225
A.Ainamani     76 | 76 | 74 * 226
Silver Opio     77 | 75 | 77 * 229
Onito Opio     81 | 73 | 75 * 229

Palm Valley | LOUIS JADWONG | Becca Mwanja carded 41 points and Fred Wanzala played mesmerizing golf as they retained their Pepsi Independence Golf Open titles on Tuesday.

Mwanja topped the men's category in the main event at the Palm Valley 9-hole Golf and Country Club, with Martha Babirye's 33 points outstanding in the women's contest. It is Babirye's first win at the annual Independence Open played at the course in Akright Kakungulu estate.

Wanzala secured the top prize in the professional golfers sh30million category, beating his nearest challenger by an astonishing 16 strokes over 54 holes. He ended the day with a 9-under par score.

The Serena Pro hit an astonishing 65 (7-under par) in the final 18 holes to destroy the field. "This time I didn't take chances. Since last week at the Johnnie Walker Open a 4 stroke lead going into the final day wasn't enough to secure victory for me, I said this time it will be at least 7 strokes going into the final 18 holes," said Wanzala, about his winning margin.






All winners of various categories, from top Kiconco, Mwanja, Wanzala, Magala
The winners received a variety of prizes at a colourful ceremony attended by former ministers Jim Muhwezi, John Nassasira and current Minister in charge of Karamoja Affairs John Byabagambi, officials from tournament sponsors, including Maggie Kigozi of Crown Beverages.

Crown Beverages Board Chairman Amos Nzeyi said the over 200 golfers who competed was testimony to the growing popularity of the Independence Day Open, that they are sponsoring for a 9th straight year.




Crown Beverages are the main sponsors, supported by ICEA, Stanbic Bank, Sheraton Hotel and Mukwano Industries. The partners put up a total sh100m to organise this year's edition, the pro and amateur main event.

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Main Prizes

Overall winners
Men
Becca Mwanja  41 points  *Countback
Women
Martha Babirye 33 points

Group B (Ladies)
Winner: Annet Kiconco (22points)
1st runners up: Grace Kabonero (21 points) *Countback
2nd runners up: Wendy  Angudeyo (21 points)

Group A (Ladies)
Winner: Eva Magala (28 points)
1st Runners up: Peace Kabaweska (26 points)
2nd Runners up: Irene Nakalembe (25 points)

Men (Group A):
Winner: Collins Adijra (41 Points)
1st Runners up: Michael Tumusiime (40 Points)
2nd Runner up: Bashir Baguma (38 points)

Men (Group B)
Winner: Mark Lutwama (35 Points)
1st Runners up: Michael Monnie (31 points) *Countback
2nd Runners up: Dr Peter Apell (31 points)

Men (Group C)
Winner: General Gier (38 Stable ford points)
1st Runners up: Dickson (31 Stable ford points)
2nd Runners up: Eddy Chou (31 Stable ford points)

Longest Drive
Men: Michael Tumusiime
Women:Irene Nakalembe

Nearest to the pin

Men: Fred Kimbugwe

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Past winners 

2017: Becca Mwanja (Men), Gloria Mbaguta (Ladies) & Fred Wanzala (Pros)
2016: Wu Wei Ling (Men), Eva Magala (Ladies) & Dennis Anguyo (Pros)
2015: Enock Nuwagaba (Men) & Evelyn Asiimwe (Ladies)
2014: Davis Kashaka (Men), Flavia Namakula (Ladies) & Vincent Byamukama (Pros)
2013: Don Gorman (Men), Angel Eaton (Ladies) & Silver Opio (Pros)
2012: Charles Dickens Langoya (Men), Getrude Acato (Ladies) & Deo Akope (Pros)

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Last week's results at the Sh25million Lake Victoria 
Serena Johnnie Walker Golf ⛳️ Open 2018
▶️ Leader-board top 4- Professional category 
Kasozi   ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 75 | 77 | 70 *222 
Wanzala ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 72 | 76 | 77 *225 
Mutawe ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 75 | 77 | 73  *225
J.Seale  ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 75| 81 | 71 *227

Kasozi (left) is congratulated by Wanzala after the final hole last week.
Roles changed at the Pepsi Open