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Herman Basudde: portrait of a musical prophet

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Ugandan music has indeed come from a place of deep thought, sorrowful and immerses talent. There was a time artistes mostly went to studio not because it was an obligation to record music but because they indeed had something to say; and that’s the story of Herman Basudde’s classic, Bus …

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Local films to deal consistency card in 2017

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Problems facing Ugandan film are not going away tomorrow, especially with the fact that like all other arts, they are yet to be recognized or protected by authorities. 2016 has not been one of the best years, but definitely one of those that film looked beyond making films, and actually …

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Recollecting the tunes of Buganda’s lost sounds

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Buganda determined to find her lost sound The journey to save Buganda music from the brink of extinction has been ongoing for more than two decades, according to Abdu Naru Kimbowa, a former player of the entamiivu – a drum usually accompanied by a xylophone. Kimbowa says the first time …

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Recollecting the tunes of Buganda’s lost sounds

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Entamiivu It is easy to imagine nothing happens in the areas of Kitovu, Kasana/Katoogo in Mukono district. The brown dust that envelopes your feet, eyes and hair plus the quietness give it the sense of a forlorn community. The well-organised compounds, moderate houses all have evidence of life, yet there …

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Shall women ever play Omweso?

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Omweso is an African game believed to have been brought by the Bachwezi. Prevailing in Buganda, it was an abomination for women to engage in this male-dominated pastime. As ANDREW KAGGWA writes, the question on women ever defying the speculative stereotypes and engage in the game still stands.   Startled, …

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Artistes struggle to reclaim National Theatre

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Established in 1959 by an Act of Parliament, Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) best known as National Theatre is struggling to keep its flag high. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was the epitome of Uganda’s creativity in arts. So, one would wonder, what happened?Last week, two shows that included …

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