Barlow joins WBS
After failing in politics, Ms Desree Barlow, formerly of
UBC, KFM and President’s Office, has now joined the
WBS TV news team.
She was on air this weekend with Owen Kibenge who is also
coming back after a stint at the International Labour Organisation
The former CEO of Broadcast Forum tried to get into Parliament
as a Youth representative [Central] during the 2006 elections,
but was unsuccessful.
She has since kept a low profile. But Desree hadn’t
really abandoned broadcasting completely as she remained
host of Desert Island Discs on Capital FM. Nevertheless
she now appears to be back to her broadcasting roots in
a bigger way.
Ebonies' Olga back in K'la
Remember Rita Tusubira? The light-skinned ‘Olga’
in the Ebonies’ That’s Life Mwattu series? Well,
she is in tawo. The stunning beauty will feature in this
weekend’s Agony and Ecstasy at Theatre Labonita. D&N
hears she is eager to be back on stage for the first time
since leaving Uganda eight years ago.
Meanwhile, the Ebonies are back from Denmark, Sweden and
United Arab Emirates (Dubai) where they had gone to film
new episodes to be screened on local television.
PAM awards changes names
The PAM Awards will henceforth be known as Bell Pam Awards
after the beer company took over as main sponsors of the
annual competition. Previously, the Pam Awards were sponsored
by Celtel and Bell Lager, among others, but each one of
these offered equal sponsorship.
With new sponsors come new innovations. Organisers now
say winners of Uganda’s premier music awards will
with effect from this year be equipped with skills on top
of the usual money and trophies.
According to Isaac Mulindwa, the main man behind the awards,
the new name is clear indication that the awards are getting
bigger and better.
Well, we shall be able to tell some time in October this
500 for Big Brother III
Big Brother Africa III has recorded the biggest number
of applicants, with more than 500 Ugandans registered.
The successful Ugandan representative will enter the BBA
house, whose location is yet to be revealed, in August and
do what Maureen Namatovu and Gaetano Kagwa failed to do
– win the dollars.
Eagles sign with MTN
As Jose Chameleone fights to get out of the corporate sponsors’
cage, D&N hears Eagles Production is fighting to get
in. We hear the group is signing a one-year contract with
MTN worth Shs 150m.
The band already has a Nile Breweries sponsorship. Though
the band managers are tight lipped about this, D&N hears
a big signing function is on the way.
The way it works: band members will be barred from performing
at rival company-sponsored functions – something that
made Chameleone uncomfortable, forcing him to bolt when
his contract with MTN expired recently. Oh, you poor fans!
Mulaasi re-opens Kampala studio
Don’t write off Swimming Pool singer Abdu Mulaasi
so easily. He may have produced no hit of late, but he has
re-opened his Light Studio in Makindye. This studio used
to be at Sunset Arcade on Wilson Road in Kampala, but he
shifted it to Masaka where he discovered it was not making
him any profit. Instead, it was eating deep into his pocket.
The singer has now returned the studio to Kampala and is
luring musicians with subsidised rates. D&N wishes him
So, let’s get naked!