The Observer (Kampala)

6 November 2012

Uganda: Star Trail - Chameleone Wins Kisima Award

Dr Jose Chameleone releases new video ( Resource: Dr Jose Chameleone - Badilisha

After missing out on the Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA) last weekend, Jose Chameleone got consoled with the KISIMA awards. The music doctor won KISIMA music award after beating TMK, Professor J, Lady Jay Dee and Diamond.

This is the third time Chameleone is winning the award he first won in 2006 and 2007. Confirming his victory, Chameleone posted on Facebook: "Thanks all my fans, we live to inspire good music not words. We have won East Africa recognition - KISIMA awards 2012. Leone Island Tugende Tukole. Strictly music not wolox!" He vows to win more before the year ends.

The patient princess

Tooro's princess Ruth Komuntale jetted in with her fiancé Christopher Martins Thomas over the weekend and since then, the two have been busy hosting parties and meeting people as preparations for their wedding later this month are finalised.

One such event was the Bank of Uganda's sports gala at Makerere grounds on Saturday. Truth be told, there were interesting and boring moments but the two sat for over five hours not even taking a health break! Maybe royals don't visit the restroom.

Somehow the two managed to withstand the discomfort of the plastic chairs while chatting and smiling at each other. Paparazzi who wanted to take a full portrait of her waited the whole afternoon until 7pm when she got up to give her speech. It looks like patience is a virtue the princess has in plenty.

Ex-Miss Uganda in charity car wash

Over the weekend Miss Uganda 2011 Sylvia Namutebi made her beautiful hands wet in a bid to raise funds for a charitable cause. Clad in a grey top, blue leggings, African sandals plus shades, Namutebi was joined by friends to wash cars for Shs 10,000 each at Metroplex Mall Naalya. The proceeds went to Elohim Development Association, an NGO that takes care of orphans. Now, that's beauty with a purpose.

John Ssegawa develops tough skin

After the Media Council suspended Afri-Baka's play State of the Nation, most of the cast feared to go ahead with the play, but John Ssegwa, who is seen by many as the softest, stood his ground and said the play must go on. He even threatened to take the play to his Lubaga compound if all theatres were closed.

"If all theatres are closed, we shall take the play to our compounds; otherwise we shall not be pushed to the wall," said Ssegawa who was sporting an uncharacteristically very serious face.

He got the backing of Charles James Ssenkubuge, who is seen in the group as a pro-NRM after standing on the ruling party ticket against DP's Joseph Balikuddembe for Busiro South MP.

"We thought Senki was going to support the suspesion but he was more courageous. That shows why the play has to continue being shown to the people...," said one of the actors as they defied the orders and went on to stage the play last weekend at Bat Valley theatre.

Mowzey, Weasel fight back

If anyone was writing the duo of Mowzey Radio and Weasel off, think twice; they have just released their new single Ba Customer. Ba Customer is Radio and Weasel's latest hit chacterised by controversy and beef.

In the song, the duo sing about the complexity of dealing with people. They use a story of lending someone money and instead of the person paying back, he resorts to hating the lender.

Ba Customer reminds people of the struggles the two have been going through with their manager Jeff Kiwanuka who they accuse of using them for selfish benefits. The Goodlyfe boys recently broke up with Jeff and later suspended him as manager.

Eagles going nowhere

After reports in the media that Eagles Production has been dissolved, directors have spoken out on a haters' plan to see the band collapse. According to Mesach Ssemakula, the band is still intact and whoever spends his time praying that they close shop should think twice.

"A section of people are out there fighting us; they have tarnished our name, but we shall overcome this as we are about to expose the group of people fighting us," said Mesach.

His words were echoed by Ronald Mayinja, who said they are working with security to expose a group of people inciting violence whenever they have shows upcountry.

"They know us and our movements and when they get to know of a member who is not in the country, they ride on that and incite violence," said Mayinja after the group lost their car to unsatisfied fans in Lugazi and Stecia Mayanja also lost her car in similar circumstances in Katosi.

To show their commitment, they have released a programme to take them through the remaining two months. Even Fred Sseruga, who quit the band for one day, is behind his colleagues and vows to fight the haters. Do we hear another version of their Twakutegedde hit that was composed to attack haters?

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