The Observer (Kampala)

4 December 2012

Uganda: Star Trail - Amarula Family Bows Out

The comedy jinx seems to be spreading, and fast. Pablo discontinued his Pablo Live comedy nights at Open House and Theatre Factory also stopped their Thursday gigs at National Theatre. The rest are also reportedly struggling.

Now word on the grapevine is that pioneer comedy outfit, Amarula Family, is also no more. It is believed that it was dissolved after finding out that Paddy Ssali (Bitama) had started a comedy school - Bitama Foundation - in Kakiri without his colleagues' knowledge. Bitama also reportedly spends a lot of time in politics, cutting Amarula shows, forcing members to go solo.

"He goes to his political rallies and encourages people to shun events and he is the same man organizing events... he also left their political party, Focus Party, where Amooti was his deputy, to join FDC," said a disgruntled colleague.

Although the group is aggressively advertising its annual Christmas show Akabadi k'Omwaka, Bitama confirmed to Star Trail that he had left, forming his own outfit, Amazon Family. He said he left mainly because he felt the group had stagnated, yet he was a man on the move.

Nabbi omukazi shows off feet:

Finally! Maggie Kayima, aka Nabbi Omukazi, wore open shoes for all to see her fabled feet. At Hotel Equatoria parking lot during Ronald Mayinja's album launch last Friday, fans ignored her beautiful face as all eyes zoomed in to her feet first, to see whether she really had donkey hooves.

See, a few years ago, a businessman she owed money started a rumour that Kayima was a marine spirit, who transformed at will when faced by creditors. The man started a wild fire when he told a Luganda daily that he was once confronted by a donkey-hooved Kayima when he went to ask for his money, which started a quest to see Kayima's feet.

The Sanyusa Mukyalawo singer had previously promised to display her human feet at Hajjati Madina's Bibuuza launch, but raised the suspense when she came wearing closed pumps. So this time when she wore sandals, it was hilarious seeing the crowd's amazed looks. So they really thought she had hooves? Kampalans!

Chameleone close:

Chameleone opened another can of worms when he posted a cartoon on his Twitter that was accompanied by words of wisdom directed to his nemesis whose name he doesn't mention. But hey, no prize for guessing!

"I will never give up until success is achieved; got a poor background that is the reason I wrestle with opportunity to make a better and big future," reads the posting that is accompanied with a photo that shows a signpost 'Chameleone Close'.

"To be loved is a great feeling, to be hated sucks but who cares? I don't have to learn how to hate, it's one thing I have tried to teach myself but have failed...," reads another posting.

Chameleone's nemeses include biological brother Douglas Mayanja aka Weasel, and Goodlyfe crew's other partner, Mowzey Radio. Latest on his hate-list is Bebe Cool, but since the singer insists he does not know how to hate, that is a relief. In the meantime let's go back and study the dictionary for a better word to describe his various relationships with fellow artistes.

BBA's Goldie outs single with Navio:

Nigerian pop music star, actor and former Big Brother Africa housemate, Goldie, has done a collaboration with Uganda's Navio. The talented Goldie, who got on Africa's last nerve this year with her crybaby antics in the house due to her impossible love for Kenyan rapper Prezzo, is also planning to record at least 12 collaborations with different African stars.

Goldie's collaboration with Navio is titled Miliki. The two stars put up a great performance, singing and rapping. The single was last night premiered at Club Rouge.

The singer has so far done Miliki with Navio, Give It To Me with J Martins from Nigeria, and Skibobo with AY from Tanzania. The three singles are tagged 'The Naughty Singles'.

The Krackers quit Labonita:

After two years of hosting weekly comedy shows at Theatre Labonita, the Krackers have decided to end their marriage with the theatre. We hear the comedians have secured space at the Centenary Park poolside and started a bar called Laughter Lounge. The bar set to open at the end of the month will be their new home and they will continue hosting shows there.

Deacons to open up three new stores:

Brace yourself if you are a fashion lover. Deacons, the company behind Mr Price at Oasis Mall, is opening up three new stores. The stores located at Freedom City along Entebbe road are: BabyShop which will have the latest in baby accessories and clothes; Angelo for the corporate high enders, and 4u2 for the middle class.

Star Trail had a brief tour of the stores and boy aren't they something! The stores will be launched tomorrow (Thursday) by Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde.

The Orombi biography:

Our prayerful scribes have intimated to us that as part of his farewell package, the outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Luke Orombi, has had his life story put down in black and white.

The biography titled 'Orombi', detailing the rise from simplicity to prominence, illustrates Archbishop Orombi's life. It is a 162-page book, complete with full colour glossy photographs that tell Orombi's story from a simple fishing village in northern Uganda, the evolution of his love for God and his 9-year reign as the head of the Anglican Church in Uganda.

It is a brave, inspirational story that should awe and inspire all. Orombi's biography will be launched at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, on Sunday, December 9, in the day's services. The archbishop has also shown his youthful side by giving a sneak-peek of his book on social media, Youtube.

Silk's Lisa pregnant:

Her catch phrase has always been "I am single"; well, not any more. Some dude decided to multiply her by sowing wild oats and as you read this, Club Silk publicist Linda Lisa Mukasa is soon becoming a mum. Lisa, whose bump is visible, is still tight-lipped about the lucky baby-daddy, but congratters, boss.

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