Past years have seen singer Angella Katatumba involved in several entanglements with men from different walks of life and as of now, she is single and taking in applications from her admirers.
She, however, notes that just because she has been romantically involved with different men shouldn’t be a big issue like critics and media personalities blow it out of proportion.
That aside, for a person of Katatumba’s age, family background and financial stability, it is questionable that she has no kids as several critics often point out.
During an interview, the “Love Me” singer was asked why she has no kids yet. In her response, she reasoned that she is just not ready yet to give birth to kids.
Katatumba went on to explain how she is currently searching for a lover who can support her music career, businesses and support her as a woman well.
For now, am not planning to give birth to kids. To be specific am not ready yet to give birth to kids and being in different relationships is not such a serious issue.
I want a man who is going to support me, my music career, and my businesses like how my parents did.
When asked whether she is a drunkard, Katatumba denied stressing how she is merely a social drinker. She added that she can even go over three months without boozing.
Burundi’s Benise Sweetbeats using talent to preach the gospel
Benise Sweetbeats, real name Bénise Nikobiri, is a Burundian female gospel artiste using her talent to preach the the word of God.
Benise Sweetbeats was born in the East African country, Burundi, where she lived for eight years only.
She spent her childhood studying in South Africa, Kenya, and Rwanda before relocating to London, U.K in 2002 where she lived for 19 years.
She remembers her love for music starting at an early age and she has been writing since she was thirteen years old.
Common for several gospel artistes today, Benise first fell in love with secular music. However, when she gave her life to Christ in 2008, she adopted gospel music.
“I’ve been writing since I was 13. I was a secular artist before I became a gospel artist. When I gave my life to Jesus in 2008, I turned to gospel and the rest is history,” Benise Sweetbeats reavealed while speaking to Mbu.ug.
Despite having written many songs, Benise had to wait until 2019 to release her very first gospel album titled ‘Hosanna’.
The 8-track gospel album seems to have opener doors for her and she signed a new recording deal with Ugandan-based record label Peniel Nation in 2021.
She believes signing with Peniel Nation will push her brand to larger platforms to inspire, influence, and cause positive impact on people.
For inspiration, Benise Sweetbeats looks at God first. She is also inspired by her parents, family, international men and women of God, gospel artistes, and businesswomen in that order.
In Uganda, she would love to work with Chikibombe hit singer Levixone Lucas.
She says, “I’m not so familiar with the Ugandan gospel scene but I’ve heard about Levixone. (It) would be great to work with him.”
Benise believes there is a big difference between gospel music and secular music because gospel music is inspired by God.
Gospel music is an inspiration from God. Any gospel track needs to be a direct inspiration from God. That’s the difference between gospel music and secular music.
She also advises other gospel artistes to be original and creative, and to invest extra effort in producing gospel music if they want to bridge the gap between gospel and secular music.
“Second, the Bible says; anything that you do, do it well. I believe being excellent or trying to be excellent in producing a gospel song is very key on the impact that it will make,” Benise notes.
She adds “It’s okay to be original and creative in the process of creating a gospel track. It makes the song beautiful and God is okay with that.”
Benise has been to Kampala before and she loves the Ugandan food. is open to a return if an opportunity presents itself.
In the next few years of her career, Benise plans to release more music projects, do more gospel ministry works, and propel her other personal businesses to success.
About the Peniel Nation record lable
Peniel Nation, previously known as Opera Records/Opera Empire, was created in mid-2015 in Kampala, Uganda.
Why the change in the name?
The reason is very simple. Life is full of teachings. The Covid-19 pandemic is the latest and unprecedented devastating experience by humanity in many decades.
There are other natural calamities in the world (drought, flooding, tornado, accidents, earthquake, climate change) often faced by the humanity.
With all of these, we believe that all our actions on earth are supported by a supreme authority, God.
By choosing Peniel, which means the Face of God, in Hebrew, we thought that the label can always bring solace to artists in a life context full of calamities.
The goal with Opera was to create a label that is home for African artistes through a niche of connecting them with a wide network of artists across the continent, from West – East – Central, in particular.
This connection has happened through quality audio recordings. For instance, the label recorded a Kahlifa collabo with 2G – a Kenyan female singer, Iry Tina collabo with Matabaro and Frank G80, two upcoming artists in Burundi; Diamant Miel – a Congolese band singer, etc.
The label also does artist bookings. It has enabled several Ugandan artistes to perform in Burundi including Sheebah Karungi, Nutty Neithan, Latinum, etc.
Peniel Nation signed Benise Sweetbeats – their first interaction with the now trending gospel music – with a plan to ensure that her talents are exposed across the continent and beyond, through effective promotion.
“We see a strong feature in Benise, who exhibits a strong presence on stage. Obviously, we are also exploring the possibility to organize a gospel concert in which our artist will be featured,” noted Peniel Nation.
Benise Sweetbeats is destined for greatness and we urge you to receive her with open arms.
Interview: YoTV’s Aggrey Mugisha talks video streaming and innovation in Uganda
Launched last year, YOTV Channels has become a one-stop center for the best Ugandan live Television and Radio content accessible on your phone, tablet or computer anywhere.
We had a moment to catch up with YoTV’s Chief Executive Officer, Aggrey Mugisha. The youthful innovator talks video streaming and innovation in Uganda, YOTV and the MTN partnership.
Tell us about Aggrey Mugisha?
My name is Aggrey Mugisha and I am the CEO of YOTV. I hail from Mbarara and I am one of six children born to my parents.
Why did you create YOTV?
One day, my partners; Mathias Nyombi, Yiga Mubarak and I stumbled on an innovation while in Europe. It was only starting out there. It was still rough but then it sparked something in us. We realized that the world is busy and gets even busier by the day. People do not have time to watch TV and others get home tired and do not have the strength to watch TV. So we came up with a solution of a smartphone. Everyone carries a smartphone with them at all times. We realized in order to keep radio and TV relevant, we needed to move them to the phone. We conceived the idea in 2016 and only gave birth to it last year in February. It was quite a long journey to perfect and bring it to market.
What is YOTV and how does it work?
YOTV is an internet protocol television (TV). It is a one-stop centre for all local television channels, radio and international movies. We aggregated all local TVs in one application. With one click you can access all local TVs and radios. There are about 300 radios in Uganda. You do not need apps for all the individual companies. YOTV has the ability to record a live program and also has a catch-up feature which allows users to watch a program that aired on TV in the past.
You are associated with MTN, where does it come in?
Cognizant of the economic situation in our country and its impact on the affordability of internet, we realized that the cost of internet would have a lot of bearing on the success of YOTV. If a product like was going to see the light of day, we needed subsidized data so when MTN looked at it, it was excited by the concept and came in as a data partner. They have passion for content, they have passion for seeing Uganda’s technology startups grow and I want to commend them on that. That has been the real difference, people streaming without worrying that their data is going to run out.
So how do you prevent the subscribers from breaking the bank to watch YOTV?
We have four plans and these are on MTN. We have one at UGX500 which allows a customer to watch for one hour even without data. For UGX1000, you can watch YOTV for one day and for UGX2500 you can watch movies, TV and radio for a week. For UGX10,000, you enjoy YOTV for a month. That is why the partnership with MTN was very critical for our sustainability.
Since you launched, how has the performance of the app been?
So we launched in February 2020 with MTN. Since then, which is about two months over a year, we are almost at 600,000 subscribers, we surpassed the half a million mark. That is big and we are proud of it. It shows how much Ugandans appreciate the service and it encourages us to do more for them and bring more to the platform.
Now that you have dipped your toes in the sea of video streaming, how would you describe the Ugandan market and its culture?
Uganda’s video streaming industry is nascent. We still have an issue with content production. It is expensive and our economy isn’t very capable of producing high quality expensive content. We have people that try, but we still have a challenge there. There is also a lot of uncommercialized content which is a big problem. In addition, consumer culture is accustomed to Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Local content meaning Ugandan movies are the last to be chosen; but it is a journey we need to change which is what we are doing now. That is why YOTV and MTN brought Kibanda Xpress. We believe our collective voice will help local content raise to the top.
What is Kibanda Xpress?
Kibanda Xpress is the latest addition to YOTV Channels. It is a channel that houses Ugandan movies. MTN and YOTV are passionate about boosting the local film industry and that is why we created a dedicated channel for local
content to help the local film industry grow.
What are some of the challenges you have faced during this journey as a startup?
There is a mindset challenge where people are convinced that TV has to be on the wall and on a big screen. That is a big challenge that we have taken on patiently. There is a challenge of funding of course as a startup, but we will get there because we get better with each passing day.
What is the future of YOTV?
We continue working and innovating to bring Ugandans more content and additional features on this platform. And in the future, we hope to increase our subscriber numbers even more.
How Health Ministry plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in lockdown
The Ministry of Health will soon issue guidelines on how to distribute 175,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered this week.
Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona says the ministry is preparing a plan that will give priority to those waiting for the second jab, essential workers and teachers.
For a mean time the ministry has called upon their crucial staff within all Ministries, departments and Agencies (MDA) to apply for movement permits through an online system of the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“The movement permit will have a QR code which can be used to verify the particulars and validity of the permit. The permit will still be down loaded from the MoWT provided online link,” he says.
In the districts, the movement permits for health and frontline workers, both in public and private health facilities will be issued by the District Health Officers (DHOs).
“All health workers should move with the movement permit, their work identification cards and those without should those be given authorization letters by the heads of the health facilities to enable easy movement to their respective facilities,” says the Health Ministry.
Ainebyoona reveals that in Kampala, health workers should move with both their work IDs and national IDs between today and Monday as they wait for movement permits to be issued by the Ministry of Works and transport.
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