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Star trail: Jemimah does a Bebe

Flashback, and Bebe Cool is dancing atop guests’ tables at a Miss Uganda beauty pageant, and again at an awards show, leaving many perplexed by his lack of judgment – considering Ugandan shoes go to really dirty places.

Well, clearly he had admirers, like singer Jemimah Sanyu. At the Qwela Junction Diva show at Serena hotel Kampala last weekend, she aped her ‘mentor’.

While doing her last song of the night, Jemimah surprised many when she left the stage and jumped onto a table with patrons seated.

Jemimah standing on the table

Some where overheard saying Bebe had possessed the girl, but before they were done talking, she was atop a second table, this time dancing harder to the worry of Serena’s waitresses that were all set to catch any bottles and glasses falling to the ground.

There goes another Ugandan who believes all the stunts she sees in music videos.

Stanchart fundraises for new blood bank

Last week, Standard Chartered bank and its Kampala staff presented a purpose-driven talent show.

Held at Theatre La Bonita, the talent show was aimed at helping the bank raise Shs 40m to go towards building of a second national blood bank at Mengo hospital.

One would think the bankers would just go to their vault and return with the money, right? Well, they chose creativity. The show that started at 6pm featured performances by the bank’s staff, which, judging by their busy schedule was above average.

Some rapped free style, while others chose to cover songs like Sauti Sol’s Neria, Michael Jackson’s Heal The World as well as a couple of original compositions.

A play by Rotarians working with Standard Chartered was surprisingly well delivered to depict a situation in many local hospitals where blood is a luxury.

But it was the professionals Myko Ouma and Isaiah Katumwa that brought down the house with their famous tunes.

According Herman Kasekende, the managing director, Standard Chartered, there are many deaths due to a blood shortage that can easily be avoided.

He says the project is worth $1.2m and they have so far collected Shs 250m from the Kofi Olomidde concert and Shs 200m from the Cancer run. Let’s watch what they come up with, next.


Last Thursday, in tribute to the American tradition of Thanksgiving that fell on the same day, Sheraton hotel hosted guests to a cocktail where they served turkey.

For reasons best known to the day’s celebrants, on this day turkeys suffer mass execution, as they are the preferred bird for dinner.

Now, with just a handful of Americans present, some perplexed Ugandan guests were heard asking: “Kati leero bafumbye ssekoko yokka?” (Did they cook just turkey today?)

Yes. Next time they invite you to these things – sijui Halloween, St Patrick’s day, Thanksgiving – simply thumb through Google and then let the party begin!

Kenneth lands Blankets and Wine spot 

After weeks of musical battles at Zone 7 for who will take the opening slot at the 11th edition of Blankets and Wine, Kenneth Mugabi has come out on top.

He beat off stiff competition from Jackie Akello and Rogartien. The talented singer/songwriter and guitarist’s performance of his single Naki won him the overall votes at the finale last Wednesday.

He gets to share the stage with the likes of Madd Traxx and Swahili Nation on December 13 at the Uganda Museum gardens. Mugabi first caught the public’s attention as one of the top contestants of Coca-Cola’s Rated Next competition.

Even though he did not win, his star is rising fast and this gig is a big step for his career.

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