Irene Ntale

Irene Ntale is a Ugandan singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She sings RnB, reggae, and acoustic soul. She has been hosted on Focus on Africa. She is the campaign ambassador for the Red Card to Drunk Driving campaign by Uganda Breweries Limited. Since the likes of Iryn Namubiru and Cindy have been here long enough, we…

Sheebah Karungi – Uganda

Sheebah began her music career as part of Obsessions girls before quitting four years later. The musician who was in Kenya last year for the third season of Coke Studio and did a collabo with Palasso has released songs like I’m in Love with Kitoko, Baliwa, Fighter, Goodbye, Fighter, Jordan and Kambalage just to name…

Female Artisite Take Over

In the past very few female artistes were given not only a chance to shine but also be a voice in the society but right now female musicians and even music producers are on the frontline of making sure we listen to nothing but good music and that leaves us with a question: is it…

Ugandan playwright and filmmaker Judith Adong wins award

The awards are organised by the Prince Claus Fund based in the Netherlands, and honour visionary individuals and organisations for groundbreaking work in fields of culture and development. Adong’s work raises public debate on contentious issues to provoke positive change. “At the age of 13 after watching Consequences, I bacame obsessed with becoming a filmmaker…

We are slowly killing traditional music

Many say that the government and the corporate sector refrain from promoting traditional musicians. Instead, they fund popular musicians who can turn a profit. Music In Africa spoke to musicians Giovanni Kiyingi, Price Love and Ssewakiryanga about the outlook of traditional music in Uganda. Our traditional music is not getting the attention of younger artists because,…

Swangz Avenue, the empire

Today, Swangz is located in a two-storied building in Muyenga, a plush suburb. The company employs about 100 people in various capacities even though most of them are part-timers. Benon remains cagey about how big the business is but he acknowledges it is worth more than a billion shillings. Swangz has since expanded to venture…

Building Swangz from scratch

It was while in the USA in 2007, that Benon made up his mind to go into production as an independent producer. However, it was not a rosy start in 2008 when he finally settled in. “I started Swangz when I set up the makeshift studio in my bedroom because I wanted to follow my…

Why Benon chose music production over being the main act

From the start of his career, Benon’s biggest attribute was the ability to produce great hits, a skill he attained under the mentorship of Eddy Mpagi, the one half of music group Ngoni. “I had always been a gadget geek right from childhood. So, during my senior six vacation in 2000, I used to hang…

How Benon Built Swangz Avenue starting with $1500

In an era where celebrities are associated with bravado, tattoos as well as fancy hairstyles and to some extent the ability to stir up controversy, Benon does not possess any of these. Benon has always he had a special knack of writing, arranging as well as producing music. Being an instrumentalist has also been a…

Talent Ugandans will bring back six medals

Our beloved and talented Ugandan Team will return home with six medals – three gold, one silver and two bronze from the Common Wealth Games held in Australia. Our impressive gold medal collection is thanks to the efforts of Joshua Cheptegei who won two gold medals including our first at the tournament. He also produced…