The Observer (Kampala)

8 January 2013

Uganda: Star Trail - Mampi, Mesach Team Up

As she prepares for a big show on Valentine's day at Hotel Africana, former Big Brother contestant Miriam Mukape aka Mampi is teaming up with Mesach Ssemakula to redo her popular Swilili song.

The diva from Lusaka, Zambia, has vowed to show Mesach what Zambians are made of.

"We are going to do a Luganda version of Swilili as I also prepare for my launch on April 12," Mesach confirmed to Star Trail. He said that he would also be testing her lucky charm.

Chameleone cancels Dubai trip

Troubled singer Jose Chameleone has cancelled his show in Dubai that was slated for last weekend to first settle issues about a man, Karamagi, who was burnt at the singer's Seguku home. Chameleone also issued a statement on his Facebook wall telling his fans that he is not above the law and he has not been hiding as some people have been implying.

"As a parent, I cannot blame his family for who he was because we bear children and who they become is their choice. I am encountering a lot of judgment from selfish minds upon this incident but only God can judge me," reads part of the statement.

Police have since expressed more interest in the case, after eyewitnesses came forward to say that Karamagi did not set himself ablaze, but was tortured and burnt by Chameleone's hangers-on.

Mowzey, Weasel roar

Tough times call for tough measures, and for those who have been dismissing the Goodlyfe crew members as worn-out fellows, the latter are out to disprove them with a new hit, Obudde. The song is educative and the pair of Mowzey Radio and Weasel says there has been enough of love messages and now it is time for edutainment.

In this song, the duo cautions people against time wastage. In the last verse, Weasel mentions Shiru, Rushoke, Bebe Cool, Joseph [Jose Chameleone] and Straka, reminding them that time is moving too fast.

Julianna is East African queen

Julianna Kanyomozi is continuing to shine by getting more international nods. Last year she won the Best International Afro-beat Act award at the Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA) held in the UK, and now she has added a KORA (Best Female Artiste from Eastern Africa) to her collection.

The grand finale of KORA 2012 was held on December 30. Best Male Artiste went to Kidum from Burundi.

Bishop Kaggwa grooves in Masaka

Tunes of Dr Hilderman's 2011 gospel hit, Abita Ebikutte, and Mathias Walukagga's Bakoowu, got the Masaka Diocese Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa to his dancing feet during a musical fete at Maria Flo hotel in Masaka, organized to raise funds for the centenary celebrations for the first African priests in the Catholic Church.

Rev Fr Basil Lumu and Msgr Victor Mukasa Womereka were the first indigenous African priests of the Catholic Church who were ordained on June 29, 1913, at Villa Maria in Masaka. Although the Mazongoto star limited his performance to gospel music, the beats kept the crowd on its feet.

The bishop was back dancing when Mathias Walukagga came on stage with his politically inspired Bakoowu, sending the crowd into ululation as Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, silently watched in amusement.

Linda Bazalaki gets baby

Miss Uganda 1993, Linda Bazalaki Lahti, and husband Curtis Lahti II ended 2012 with a bundle of joy. The package, named Kayuza Sisu Lahti, weighed in at 4.11kg on December 27 and came by C-Section. The Lahtis had been trying for a baby for four years, and four miscarriages later, God dried their tears with a cute bubbly baby boy.

As soon as the 39-year-old, US-based former model gained some strength, she posted an emotional announcement of her baby's arrival and warned: "This is the part where all you will hear from me is Kayuza this and Kayuza that...at which point you will get fed up and either threaten to take me off your news feed or unfriend me. I don't blame you. However, for now, Kayuza is the shizo, my friend, and that's all that matters...lol!"

Who would blame you Linda - we congratulate you on your new addition and wish you, Curtis and Kayuza, health and happiness.

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