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Pulse Music Review: Teri Mubi Album by Afrigo Band

By far the oldest band still in business in Uganda, Afrigo Band should be the benchmark of longevity, consistency and quality in the music industry. From the times of Crane Band, and the coining of the name “Afrigo” from Moses Matovu’s thought process of “Africa Go”, the talented countrymen have been giving us “Endongo Semadongo” from when we attained independence in the early 60’s.

With a barrage of albums to their name, “Abaana Ba Afrigo” released “Teri Mubi” an album with a touch of modern styles of music, but still true to their style that made a name for them as Legends. On a listen, you will find Teri Mubi a very intriguing album:

“Gira oyige” is a brilliant love song, that doesn’t base on cliches, but still sends the message loud and clear. The lyric “anaakukwata ko agenda kaganga”, is reminiscent of Mr. Matovu’s lines on “Jim Wange” which threaten suitors to avoid his lover. “Tojjanga” is an appreciation song. Has someone ever done something great for you, and you felt like they don’t even need to come to your funeral since they’ve literally given you the world? Well, that’s the feeling Afrigo seeks to talk about.

“Emiziro”, is a song about clans and totems in Buganda and “Olulimi Lwange” exalts the Luganda language. Afrigo has always been a pro-Buganda band, and praises the Kabaka and sings about the Pride of the Kingdom at every chance. The Bakisimba drums on this piece scream “Sewannyana”. The song gives you memories of his classic hit “Mulamu Wange”, from his days with Percussion Discussion Africa. Clever juxtaposition with mainstream band instruments makes it one of my best on the album.

“Omuze” scorns vile people, and how it’s hard for them to abandon their bad habits. Reminiscent of “Sekitulege”, an all time Afrigo Classic, this particular piece has a taste of South American salsa music, and must have a big contribution of the maestro Charmant Mushaga; due to the various tasty guitar licks.

Featuring the evergreen Jose Chameleone is “Teri Mubi”, which is the only collabo on the album. Afrigo aren’t a fan of collabos, but doing this particular one was a wise decision. The only other Afrigo collabo I can think of is “Nkwagala”, featuring Kahiri of Qwela Band, in which Moses Matovu did more of a sax contribution. Anyway the zouk-influenced Teri Mubi, which gives the album its name, praises diversity in the beauty of women, and that there’s no ugly woman, it’s just a matter of the beholder’s choice. Joseph and Moses, the two legends in their right, praise God’s generosity towards women, as he gave them unique features from each other: different complexions, shapes, sizes et al.

“Kitokota” tells of the happy city that Jinja is; the nightlife and love for music and sports. It is clearly the only song on which another Afrigo member’s voice is heard on the album. Racheal Magoola delivers her sharp Obangaina-esque Lusoga lyrics and Rudeboy Devo mentions other band member names, like Sewannyana and Joanitta Kawalya.

“Hamjambo” is pristine jazz. The main act is Mzee Matovu’s sax, speaking to you in only a language the soul understands. Only word in the song is the question “Hamjambo?”, a Swahili equivalent of the greeting “How are you?” It is repeated a couple of times as the song fades. The response is clearly obvious after such beautiful melodies.

That said, “Teri Mubi” will live on relevantly like all those old Afrigo Albums that we still dance exuberantly to till today, but I wasn’t so happy that we didn’t get to hear Joanitta Kawalya and other band members sing on the album. You can check it out on Tidal via the link below, but you need to first dial *157# and get affordable deals.

Pulse Hustler: Meet Ampaire Sydney, 26 Year Old CEO of Blutbad Capital

For the longest time, we have liked to invest in fields that lie within our comfort zones but I guess that is changing for many young people as they are taking leaps of faith to venture out in risky and complex markets. Sydney also commonly known as Russian, took a firm stride into financial and capital markets, a field that is slowly becoming familiar to young people as we have seen these in the movies we watch.

 

“The concept behind Blutbad Capital began in my Freshman year at University. That was in 2015, my Engineering Maths professor, Gromov Nikolay Alexandervich, had mentored several of his students who went on to become great Investment bankers. One day he decided to Lecture us about his proprietary which he had designed based on certain data statistical analysis to help him trade capital and Financial markets. That’s the day I fell in love with the Markets.” Sydney explained when asked how he started out.

He went on to say that what really inspired him to start was the way his Professor made something so complex, look so simple and do-able by an average human being. One of his favorite quotes that says  “A journey of 1000 miles begins with only 1 step” is what keeps him going each time he starts to second guess his hustle. However, Sydney is determined to push on until he gets to his destination.

 

One of the major challenges he has faced in this industry is “Marketeers playground”

“Our kind of business is filled with over 95% marketeers who honestly have no idea what they are saying but take advantage of the public’s unawareness about these markets and prey on them with dubious promises which are backed up by Ponzi schemes. BLUTBAD CAPITAL wants to bridge that gap and sensitize each and every one about the financial and Capital markets. That’s why we started our TRADER’S ACADEMY.” He explained

One of his biggest sacrifices has been setting sleep free.  “It has a big effect on my health ofcourse, but if I want to compete on a global basis, then I ought to be at pace with other traders.”

Aside stock trading, Sydney’s relentless hobby is to get fat; as he calls it. He also has a very unique talent called pareidolia. It’s a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random data. Byebyo!!

In this era, one needs to be on their toes for what’s coming next. Buy pulse data bundles by dialing *157*20# and check out Sydney’s work at  www.blutbadcapital.com

 

Social Media Kings: Meet Joshua Mulwana, Engineer Turned Twitter Darling

Like the common question it has become, are millennials slowly moving away from practicing what they studied and tending towards letting their passions bake their cakes? Joshua Mulwana commonly known as Pirate Mulwana, a recent graduate of Electrical Engineering from Makerere University is one of this kind.

His love for social media and communications has over the years made him a Twitter darling and one of the top influencers in Uganda. This budding career path has many young people joining and surviving off it but some have mastered the professionalism and craft it requires to pull it off as a reliable digital marketer. Case in point, Joshua Mulwana.

“But does this social media thing pay off?” Some people from Gen X will ask but Pirate Mulwana is one of the few influencers who have tangible things to show for it. Recently he expressed his gratitude towards his hard work for earning him a car which he bought with money ONLY made from influencing.

“Practicing electrical engineering is not my priority now and honestly not any time soon. I eat and breath digital marketing.” Joshua said when asked if he will ever practice engineering.

 

Like the man of many talents he is, he surprised his twitter followers when he uploaded a video of himself doing a cover to Ed Sheeran’s perfect- with his saxophone.
“My mum gifted me with a sax because she knew how much I loved music. I took it upon myself to learn the sax from YouTube tutorials and later enrolled into a music school. I have started doing small gigs with my sax and it’s one of the most fulfilling things ever.” Joshua said.

If anyone is focused on their passions in this generation, Pirate Mulwana is one of them. We wish him all the best in his endeavors. One question remains though, Can social media be enjoyed without the most reliable data bundles? Don’t be left out. Dial *157# to enjoy pulse bundles.

Pulse WCW: Meet Leticia Mugisha, Lawyer And Beauty Queen Thriving in Farming And Entrepreneurship

Gone are the days when some traits and trades were mutually exclusive; especially to the fairer sex. In the life of Leticia Mugisha, a beauty queen who reached the finals of Miss Uganda 2015, breaking societal impediments is a daily task. With a blossoming decor business to her name, the budding farmer who just graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Laws from Makerere University is an inspiration to many girls.

“Some days are brighter than others.” Acknowledges the CEO of Empressive Decor, and there’s no doubt that it is her goodness with people that keeps her afloat in her multiple trades.

She understands the value of taking a break from work, so when she is not adorning clients’ events and spewing some legal jargon in chambers, Miss Mugisha is minding her farming business; and also traveling to explore the beauty the universe owns.

The hardest part about all this, is to be able to strike a balance, and Leticia has a tip on how to achieve that,
“It’s never too late to love yourself.” She says.

As a lover of fashion, travel and food, you can’t be bored if you follow her updates on Instagram via @leticia_mugisha; and what other way to do it than by utilizing the affordable Pulse Data Bundles of 50MB + 200MB SWIFT that last 24 hours? Simply dial *157*20# and thank me later.

Pulse Next Big Star: Youngster Oscar Kampala Discusses Fashion, Entrepreneurship

Oscar Nyesiga, a young fashion designer and go getter, hopes to inscribe a long lasting mark on the Ugandan fashion industry. A first year student studying Statistics at Makerere University, Nyesiga who is mostly known as Oscar Kampala has been in love with fashion for as long as he can remember.

He gets his name from his men’s fashion boutique that is located at Ham Shopping Grounds. Oscar Kampala Collections deals in bespoke suits that Mr Nyesiga says he develops mainly because of his love for suits and passion for art.

 

“Bespoke suits are tailor made. They are traditionally cut from a pattern drafted from scratch basing on the user’s desires and is therefore different from ready-to-wear suits.” Nyesiga explained.

With just almost two years in the fashion industry, his life rotates around his fashion business. He pays his own tuition and upkeep and has been able to sustain himself at campus thus far. He invested his time in S.6 vacation to make transforming entrepreneurial decisions of his life and he doesn’t regret an inch of the outcomes.

 

He attributes his successes so far to mentor-ship, inspiration from fashion bigwigs and his love for entrepreneurship.

“Probably with prayer, hard work, persistence and the right peers, I shall expand my business to represent Uganda on the international market with Bespoke Suits.” He concluded.

Kampala says he is going to right away enable his business on MTN MoMo Pay so that his clients can pay for his product and services without incurring any charges, by dialing *165#

Fashion is without doubt, one of the fastest growing industries in Uganda’s arts and entertainment. With the strides taken by Ugandan designers such as Sylvia Owori, Santa Anzo and especially Brian Ahumuza (Abryanz), the sector has become flourishing and only the sky will be the limit for Nyesiga.

 

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