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September 2016

Rhines Girls and Wakiso Hill Boys Shine at ARS Buganda Regional Finals.

Last weekend, Buganda region U-17 boys’ and girls’ football teams faced off in the second regional games of the 2016 Airtel Rising Stars tournament played at the Technical Institute Grounds in Mubende and attended by residents of Mubende and surrounding districts, Airtel Uganda staff, members of FUFA as well as local leaders led by His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality.

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The games that took place on Saturday and Sunday saw Rhines S.S girls and Wakiso Hill S.S boys emerge victors and receive trophies, certificates, balls, kits and a cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 each. The first runners up – Mubende Select team boys and Mukono Bishops team girls – took home trophies, certificates, and a cash prize of UGX 500,000 each.

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Speaking during the award giving ceremony, Airtel Uganda Brand and Assets Executive, Mr. Musa Mayanja applauded all the participating teams, players and coaches for their perseverance, dedication and hard work throughout the tournament.

“Over the past five seasons, we have seen many former ARS players go on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team and we believe that those qualities that this youth tournament instilled in them were a major contributor to their growth,” he said.

His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality and Guest of Honor congratulated the winning teams and thanked Airtel Uganda and FUFA for their commitment to the development and empowerment of Ugandan youth through this soccer initiative. He also thanked the organizers for choosing Mubende town to host this prestigious youth tournament and encouraged the selected players to focus and train for the national championships.

The soccer talent search program will end in a fashionable football camp for select top talents who will emerge from the respective regions and will be mentored by professional football coaches and players.

Levixione reigns at the 14th Blankets and Wine Edition.

The 14th edition of the Tusker Malt Lager sponsored Blankets and Wine Kampala social event was all that had been promised to be. The blend of Giovani Kiyingi, Levixone, Qwela Band, DJ Saint Evo and the main act Mafikizolo, showed why Blankets and Wine is still the social event of the year.

With a big turn up at Lugogo Cricket Oval, the new home of Blankets and Wine Kampala, revelers were at the grounds as early as midday.

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The show kicked off at 2pm with House of DJs entertaining revelers with various DJs taking to the turntables.

Giovanni Kiyingi well known for his multi-instrumentalist skills, opened up the day’s performances. It is his songs like, Joy of an African, Ekibbobo, Kanyimbe, Onukisa omulala, Ssegamwenge, Enukuba, which made the revelers dance along to his music despite the rain.

Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste Levixone,  brought a change of mood as he sang Nonya Omu, Shuga, Niwewe , Victory, Kangende Noono, Samanya (ft. Akello). He preached the word of God to the fans as he had promised earlier and the revelers sang alongside him.

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Qwela which means ‘pure’ in Rukiga- one of Uganda’s ethnic languages added more energetic mood to the revelers as they performed many of theirs songs. The band made the revelers dance the traditional way of Kikiga with their songs like Mama Tokaaba, Okello, Take it all back. Qwela band put up a good performance and it left the revelers yarning for more.

DJ Saint Evo stepped on stage and played for the crowd some of his afro fusion club bangers.

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The Tusker VIP tent and bars were busy entertaining the guests with beer and eatables as they were enjoying the music.

When Mafikizolo later on took the stage, the party was only getting started, the duo was clearly astonished by the atmosphere of the crowd that had been waiting anxiously. They perfomerd songs like Happiness, Tchelete Goodlife but when they played the “Khona” song, the revelers went into a sing-along that was only similar to an anthem.

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“The 14th edition of Blankets and Wine was remarkably different from the others. This edition was at a new venue Lugogo Cricket Oval. Having Mafikizolo the finest acts on the continent has shown how we have grown. Our consumers got a new experience and indeed enjoyed, Ugandan musicians like Giovani Kiyingi, Qwela Band and Levixone who performed alongside them created that much loved afro-based music fusion.” said Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager.

“In the past 13 editions, several artistes like Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, Liquideep, Just a Band, Afrigo Band, MI Casa among others have performed in Kampala. Now we can add Mafikizolo to the list.” he added.

Blankets & Wine provides a platform for appreciation to consumers by show casing the rich African talent and in LIVE performances by a wide array of artists.

Gearing for new experience as Blankets and Wine moves to Lugogo Cricket Oval for its 14th Edition.

For years, Blankets and wines has housed music lovers at the Uganda Museum since its inception in 2011 for the biggest picnic styled music festival on Uganda’s social calendar.

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The 14th edition of Blankets and Wine, set to be headlined by successful South African band Mafikizolo, will be ushering the music festival into its new home at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. The grounds are a perfect match for the increasing and growing numbers that Blankets and Wine has managed to attract over the thirteen editions of its existence.

With ample space and secure grounds, people won’t have to worry about the distance from their cars to where the show will take place. The Lugogo Cricket Oval also possess easier accessibility from different directions around town, hence creating an easier and more accessible route for people.

In the past thirteen editions, several artistes like Mi Casa, Freshly Ground, Liquideep, Eric Wainana, Zahara, Uhuru, and Oliver Mtukudzi among others have graced Kampala with their exhilarating performances. Through Blankets and Wine, Tusker Malt Lager has given birth to an era of people that truly appreciate Afro music and enjoy the experience of live performances.

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Speaking on behalf of the official sponsor of Blankets and Wine Tusker Malt Lager’s Brand Manager Mr. Alex Tusingwire said; “The move to a better and spacious venue has been prompted by the ever increasing numbers of music enthusiasts in our country.”

“Year after year, Blankets and Wine has sold out and grown its base to a capacity that is undeniably a force to reckon with, the numbers are breath taking and we at Tusker Malt Lager, are more than ready to bring them more celebrated artists aroundgiovanni-kiyingi the continent.” He added.

South Africa’s favorite and arguably the best musical duo of the past decade, Mafikizolo, will be headlining Blankets and Wine Kampala alongside urban gospel burgeoning singer and songwriter Levixone, multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Kiyingi, Nairobi based deejay, DJ Saint Evo and Qwela Band.

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Emirates revamps corporate loyalty programme.

Emirates has revamped its corporate loyalty programme, Emirates Business Rewards, to provide greater value and added features for customers. The new programme has been simplified and made more competitive to allow for easier redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings.

One of the biggest features in the newly improved programme is the ability to use Business Rewards Points to book any commercially available seat at any time giving members cash-like convenience. Emirates is the first and only airline in the region to offer such flexibility as part of its corporate loyalty programme – improving cost-effectiveness for business travel.

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Emirates recently commissioned an independent survey on the perception and habits of over 800 business travellers and decision makers of business travel in the UAE[i]. The key findings reiterate the need for cost effectiveness and flexibility in corporate travel which resonates with the new features of Emirates Business Rewards. According to the survey, the top 3 factors considered for airline selection were fare (30%), flight timings (26%), and value for money (23%).

Emirates Business Rewards will satisfy customer needs and provide value-added benefits catered to organisations of any size, charities and clubs. In addition to allowing redemptions for any seats, there is also greater flexibility when it comes to earning and redeeming the Business Rewards Points.

According to the survey, respondents most commonly book business travel online directly with the airline (29%). Smaller organisations were even more likely to conduct bookings directly online with more than 50% of their corporate travel booked this way. With less reliance on third party booking agents, Emirates Business Rewards has enhanced user-experience with easy-to-use customer dashboards. These include tools to manage and book services for employees, and monitor the savings accumulated so far on the programme.

Enrolment has also been simplified regardless of organisation size. The introduction of the ‘Guest Traveller’ function means that organisations can include non-company persons, such as consultants, or clients who travel on behalf of the organisation, and still earn Business Rewards Points.

While the programme will continue to provide value and service to key industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Trading and IT, the simplified system and unlimited employee enrolment will also allow other industries with a large labour force, such as the construction industry to benefit from the programme.

Emirates provides direct connectivity from Dubai to over 150 destinations across six continents. In all classes, Emirates provides quality products and value for money with luxurious private suites in First Class, flat-bed seats in Business Class and the iconic A380 Onboard Lounge, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy class at 13.3 inches and more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment in all cabins. This is complemented by excellent on board service from an international cabin crew who speak over 60 languages.

 

Kool & The Gang To Rock Kampala On November 12th.

Tusker Malt Lager, Talent Africa and Silk Events are teaming up to take music lovers on a trip down memory lane with a spectacular concert experience on November 12th with the legendary group; Kool & the Gang.

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Kool & the Gang created a unique blend of jazz, soul and funk to that have had people dancing since 1969. Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million album copies worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to smash hit songs like Celebration, Cherish, Fresh, Jungle Boogie, Joanna, Too Hot, Hollywood Swinging, Lets Go Dancing, Summer Madness, Get Down On It and Ladies Night; they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang have performed continuously for the past 5 decades, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. They will jet into Uganda with their full live band as they celebrate nearly 50 years in the music industry.

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The concert will take place at the Kololo Air Strip Grounds in Kampala. There will are three levels of tickets Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Bronze tickets are 150k, Silver Tickets are 250k and Gold VVIP tables are 5 million shillings. There will be an early bird special for those who buy tickets before October 24th where Bronze tickets will be 120k, Silver tickets 200k and Gold VVIP tables at 4 million shillings. Tickets will go on sale from September 24th at the Definition Shop in Acacia Mall, Liquid Silk in Bugolobi and Talent Africa/Yujo Restaurant in Nakasero. Tickets can also be bought online at www.easyticket.com

Aly Allibhai the CEO of Talent Africa states “Uganda get ready for one of the biggest concerts of all time.  At Talent Africa we are dedicated to bringing the best in worldwide entertainment right here to the Pearl of Africa. Kool & The Gang is coming with their full band and their stage performance is out of this world. People should get ready to Celebrate!”

Elvis Sekyanzi the Managing Director of Silk Events adds “Kool & The Gang are living legends. They will have Ugandans of all ages dancing this November. The production for this show will be mind blowing and we have already started preparations for a mega show.

Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said; “Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million album copies worldwide and Ugandans are definitely going to have the time of their lives this November as they watch live the very same legends they have loved for decades. At Tusker Malt Lager we are committed to deliver the best musical experiences to our consumers and coming on board as Gold sponsor for Kool and the Gang live in concert is testament to this commitment.”

Kool & the Gang live in concert is proudly sponsored by Talent Africa, Silk Events, Capital FM, NBS TV, Pemba Group and Tusker Malt Lager.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy on the sale of alcohol.

Levixone debut and new venue for Blankets and Wine Kampala.

Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste who came to the scene in 2013 with a hit banger called ‘’Nonya Omu’’, is set to have his debut performance at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala on September 25th, 2016 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Levixone a.k.a Sam Lukas Lugolobyo’s rise to fame is a story of hard work and persistence. His Child background is dated way back in Kosovo, a Kampala Suburb where he grew up as a street child. He was introduced to the Music fraternity by two Gospel Artistes, Krystal Fabulous & Tic Tah (Currently manager to Ugandan Musician Moses Ssali A.k.a Bebe Cool) who had gone for a performance and met the little boy who performed alongside them early 2000s.

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Voted as the Best Gospel Musician at the 2016 Uganda Entertainment Awards, the rising star is a heartthrob for many audiences in Uganda.

Some of Levixone’s songs that have received massive airplay include hits such as; Nonya Omu, Shuga (ft. Daisy Ejang), Niwewe , Victory (ft. Flex D’ Paper, Ruyonga & Andy Music, Kangende Noono( ft. Jay I) ,Passport, Samanya (ft. Akello) , Save A Life (ft. Baby Gloria), Help (ft. Kenya’s Dafari), Jungle among several others.

He has performed at events that are both in the secular and gospel worlds. He has performed at the annual Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, the Reggae Worship Concert among many others. This Year he will be performing at the 14th Edition of the Tusker Malt Blankets & Wine Festival slated to take place come 25th September 2016 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

“Performing at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is one of the difficult stages on the Ugandan music scene and for me to be a part of it, is an honor. I am going to preach the word of God to my fans. This is a great opportunity for me. The revelers I will be performing for love and understand my music.” Said Levixone

Commenting about the opportunity of having Uganda’s best gospel artiste and fast rising star performing at the Blankets and Wine 14th edition, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said; “Having Levixone a gospel artiste at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is great news to gospel lovers. We all know about his potential and his ability to get crowds on their feet. This is the time to show the people that Blankets and wine is not only for secular people but also gospel musicians. We shall be expecting nothing less. He defines what Blankets and Wine is all about.”

Levixone will join Uganda’s sensational band Quela Band, multi-instrumentalist Giovani Kiyingi, one of East Africa’s best deejays DJs Saint Evo, alongside South Africa’s multi-award winning duo Mafikizolo.

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Giovanni Kiyingi to showcase his multi-instrumentalist skills at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine.

Ugandan folk singer-songwriter and Afro-fusion multi-instrumentalist, Giovanni Kiyingi, will be one of the acts to look out for during the hugely anticipated 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine happening at the Lugogo Cricket Oval on 25th September, 2016 that will have South African sensation – Mafikizolo as the lead act.

Well known for his multi-instrumentalist skills, Kiyingi plays drums, guitar, harmonica, flute, local Ugandan fiddle (endigidi), conga, adungu (a stringed musical instrument of the Alur people of northwestern Uganda), akogo (finger piano), djembe (rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa), maracas (rumba music shakers) and the calabash.

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Kiyingi has performed at major music festivals like the Bayimba International Festival, Pearl Rhythm Festival in Uganda; Santuri Safari Projects Kenyatta University Cultural Exchange, DOADOA, Utam Festival, Sondeka Festival in Kenya and at the Irimba Cultural Festival in Arusha, Tanzania.

Kiyingi has performed alongside veteran artist Harry Lwanga, Kora Award winner Suzan Kerunen, multiple award winner, folk artists Joel Sebunjo, and also with bands like Ssarabi and Afrigo.

With two albums under his belt namely Essanyu Ly’omufilika (Joy of an African) and his latest Akondeere (Trumpets and Hones), he is certainly destined for bigger things.

“Performing on a platform like the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is an entirely different audience. So I am putting in more studio time to perform my voice, and polishing up with my instrument selection so that my set can be as invigorating as it will be entertaining. Since I only recently dropped a new album (Akondeere) I will be able to maximize the huge numbers here to raise my flag even higher and gain more recognition,” Kiyingi remarked.

Commenting about the myriad of talent that Blankets and Wine brings to its audiences, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said that they make it a point to have every edition remarkably different from the other.

“This time round, Mafikizolo as the headlining act are in a league of their own. But regardless, the Ugandan performers too will undoubtedly sizzle. For example Giovanni Kiyingi as a multi-instrumentalist is also a great singer and even better performer. Nkwesunga, one of the songs he performs often is a marvel to listen to. He defines what Tusker Malt Lager and Blankets and Wine stand for.”

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

A Joshua Seale Affair at the 2016 Tusker Malt Uganda Open.

South Africa’s Joshua Seale stamped his name in the books of Uganda’s Golf history after winning the 2016 Tusker Malt Uganda Open Pros tournament.

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Joshua Seale shows off his trophy.

 

Joshua Seale posted an impressive 286 with two under par to become the new champion of the Tusker Malt Uganda Open. He had 72 on Day One, 72 on Day Two, 73 on Day Three and 69 on Day Four to fend off the advances by Zambia’s Muthiya Madalitso and Kenya’s Kopan Timbe.

Last year’s champion, Muthiya Madalitso, came in second after posting 291. Madalitso had gone into Day Two of the Tusker Malt Uganda Open in joint lead with Kenya’s Andersen Stefan but a triple Bogey on Hole 5 and a bogey on Hole 16 left him chasing Joshua Seale’s shadow.

Runner up Madalitso Muthayi receives his shield at the awards ceremony of the 2016 Tusker Malt Uganda Open
Runner up Madalitso Muthayi receives his shield at the awards ceremony of the 2016 Tusker Malt Uganda Open

Seale was relentless as he went into Day Four with an attacking mindset. His consistency throughout the final day as his colleagues in the same pressure group kept on slipping was a major weapon in his Arsenal.

Madalitso posted 291 with two over par while Kopan posted 291. Andersen came in fourth place after posting 291 too.

Uganda’s biggest hope at the tournament, Mawa Saidi, came in seventh place posting a score of 293.

Coming into the tournament, Joshua Seale had promised that he was here to win the tournament and there was no other option for him.

“Although the course was challenging at every turn, I knew I could use it to my advantage. I am elated with my latest achievement and I leave Uganda with fond memories. It has been a good tournament and my opponents gave me a good game. I will be back next year to defend my championship.” Said Joshua Seale.

Seale bagged UGX 24, 750,000 million for his win in the Tusker Malt Uganda Open. He now joins an elite class of golfers to have played in Uganda and win the Open.

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Speaking at the awards ceremony, Uganda Breweries Limited Managing Director, Mr. Mark Ocitti said; “It is with genuine admiration that I offer congratulations to the tournament winner Joshua Seale after what has been an outstanding performance. Congratulations are also in order to all the award winners – your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated. Thank you for what you do for the game.”

“I sincerely thank the Uganda Golf Union for its dedication, honor and patience in organizing the Open and all other tournaments in Uganda’s golf circles.” He added.

Uganda Breweries Limited, through its flagship premium beer Tusker Malt Lager, for the 6th year in a row, were the title sponsors of the Uganda Golf Open. Tusker Malt Lager moved to augment its commitment to the game of Golf by further increasing its cash sponsorship from UGX 200 million shillings to UGX 230 million shillings. An additional UGX 270 million shillings as noncash sponsorship was also injected into the tournament, taking the total sponsorship kit up to UGX 500 million shillings.

Tusker Malt Lager embodies the spirit of the game of golf. Tusker Malt lager is slow brewed beer with an ingredient base of 100% malt giving it that unmistakably rich, smooth premium taste that is widely recognized and that consumers have grown to love.

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