The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda/Zambia: Star Trail - Audition Bonanza for Ugandan Film

New Club Obbligato was on Monday a rare spectacle as hundreds of aspiring actors and actresses flocked the city-based hangout to audition for roles in an upcoming drama film titled Psychic. Psychic, we are told, is due for shooting early next year and Jamo Productions is looking for real talent.

"Everything about this movie will be done professionally," Jamo's proprietor, Moses Magezi, boasted.

"We will be working with a Shs 12m budget and we want over 30 cast members and 20 crew," he said, adding that he is eying Matt Bish and Mariam Ndagire for directing roles.

The aspirants that turned up included seasoned actors and celebrities who went head-to-head, competing for the coveted screen job. Another audition will be held in a week's time to determine the final cast.

HiPipo into awards:

HiPipo will host their first ever music awards (HMA) to celebrate online music excellence of Ugandan musicians. The awards come on the back of a fast-growing internet usage among urban Ugandans.

The 2012 Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) statistics indicate that Internet usage is now at above five million users, a figure that is expected to continue growing in years to come as internet gets more available, reliable, and affordable.

Of the over five million internet users in Uganda, at least one million people are on social media. HMA will give music stakeholders an opportunity to recognize and reward artistes that have had an exceptional musical journey online. The awards are slated for February 9, 2013 and will be broadcast live online on TV.

Bizzu scores, Brenda fails:

During the Uganda Cranes Initiative gala at KCCA grounds, Lugogo last Saturday, Miss Uganda Phiona Bizzu showed off some soccer skills when she scored from a spot kick, while her boss Brenda Nanyonjo failed to convert hers.

They were playing with kids from Proline Academy in a bid to raise money for the national team ahead of the CECAFA championships. Brenda also clarified the Miss Uganda car thingy, when she came in a car branded 'Miss Uganda' and Bizzu also arrived in a similar one. So, Brenda does not drive Bizzu's prize car; they are actually two.

Peter Miles, Mr Chicken:

Peter Miles has broken the silence. He was once regarded as Uganda's number one ragga and dancehall king until he went missing from the stage. He has now broken the silence by releasing a duet, Tonight, with Mr Chicken. Damn; that makes me think of visiting an I feel Like Chicken Tonight outlet!

Peter Miles known for hits with Menshan such as One time, Muwala, Ooh Aah (with General Levi), Nsaba Nkusaleko, Nice and Polite, plus Ojja, a duet with Julianna Kanyomozi, is planning to rock the world again with Tonight.

Eagles in recess:

After a bitter month of October, Eagles Production have decided to take some time off stage to reorganize.

"We are in recess but we have Ronald Mayinja's launch on the weekend of November 30 and then Christmas and New Year's shows," said a member of the band who preferred anonymity, because they resolved to keep out of the press for now.

A local paper had written that the band was on the brink of closing shop but the directors dismissed the rumours. They, however, admitted that some things needed to be put in order, hence the recess.

The last few months have been characterized by rioting fans in places Eagles went, due to the band putting up what fans called mediocre performances that excluded many of the lead members. They plan to return with a bang next year.

Musicians want their PAM awards:

Musicians who won the last organized PAM awards are organizing to storm Isaac Mulindwa's office for their gongs. The singers allege that during the last awards, there were only two statuettes that were being switched around for photography purposes, and they even bore the wrong year.

They were promised that they would get their own soon but up to now they have nothing to show their children that they won anything that year. While at the National Theatre last Friday, they threatened to storm the chairman's office for an explanation. Kika!

BBA's Keagan tells off fans:

He won his fans' hearts with his blunt demeanour in this year's Big Brother Africa house. Keagan Petersen, the South African with a heavy Afrikaans accent, then had sex with Zambia's Talia two days to the show's end, something that swung many twisted Africans' votes in his favour, ironically destroying the once-favoured Talia's winning chances completely. Keagan walked away with the $300,000.

He has since been globe-trotting and generally having a blast with his newfound millions that did not help his already inflated ego one bit. On Monday night, the winner tweeted and also posted on his Facebook wall, asking his clingy fans to back off, since he never asked them to vote for him.

He also bluntly barred them from asking him questions, saying he is not answerable to them and requested them to have some commonsense in a lengthy, insulting post. His more than 12,000 fans on Facebook as well as Twitter followers are enraged, and a war of words has started on the social media, putting Keagan in his place. Wrong move, bro.

Bebe Cool dares Chameleone:

Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool were some time back quite the tight buddies. We are not sure what sparked the current bad blood. After scoring a goal at Lugogo last Saturday during the Uganda Cranes Initiative, Bebe dared Chameleone who was not around, to also try and score.

"The guy is too weak he can only kick a balloon," said Bebe Cool.

Initially Chameleone was supposed to attend but we hear when word got out that the Kamwako singer would be there, he cancelled his attendance.

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