Lemmy Cool burns up East African TV charts
After five radio singles in a period of three years, Lemmy Cool, 23, is still a struggling dance-hall artiste, who has not as much as recorded an album yet.
After five radio singles in a period of three years, Lemmy Cool, 23, is still a struggling dance-hall artiste, who has not as much as recorded an album yet. To his repertoire of past singles, he adds Mtu Taabu (human beings are difficult), his latest. Sang in Swahili, it is a light blend of zouk and dance hall. Although not yet released to Ugandan radios , Cool says the song is already enjoying considerable airplay in Kenya and Tanzania.
Jitta releases his maiden recording
Jitta Joshua Kigongo, a fresh graduate from Makerere University, has hit the music scene with a maiden recording. The album entitled Kulabako contains six Luganda songs in the style of reggae. They are Kulabako (Love song), Muzuukuke (a song mobilising people to work), Essanyu lyâ€™omuzadde (sensitising people on HIV/AIDS), Simula Endongo (the important role of music, dance and drama), Okuva lwe Nakulaba (Love song) and Obuganda Buladde (Buganda Kingdom song).
The tracks have reggae as the underlying beat. They are also spiced with other sound effects like xylophones, percussion and calabash shakers.
Nikoshua launches his Ninde album
Local reggae artiste Mako Nikoshua is to launch his album entitled Ninde at Sabrinaâ€™s Pub on Thursday, May 20, at 8:00pm.
The launch will feature several music groups from Uganda and Rwanda. They include Baron and Vampas, Intwari Cultural Troupe, Extra Dancing Group, and Dynamic Adungu Cultural Group. Francaise Alliance will sponsor the show. Entry fee is sh5,000. Members of Francaise Alliance will pay sh4,000.
Otai set to release gospel music album
Local artiste John Otai alias Jonnie Baapapa, is giving Gospel music a new taste with his new traditional release.
The album, Tugumire ku Yesu (Let us retain our confidence in Jesus) has seven Lugwere songs, blended with Akong (Iteso musical instrument) and Embaire (Bagwere xylophone) dance beats. The album songs include Mwigulu Eriyo Ekyama (The heavenly hidden treasure), Yongeza Omuliro (Accelerate), Bwâ€™onâ€™oleka Yesu (You have none to go to if you detach yourself from Jesus), Bwana Ametoa (God gave), Mulung Niye Atutonza (God is our creator), and Agwacenyumanyuma (the back direction). Otaiâ€™s album is available at X-Zone international, Luwum Street and at shop 111, New Taxi Park.