UGANDA: Tugende Mukikadde returns for third edition this May

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L-R: Chance Nalubega, Willy Mukabya, Madoxx Ssemanda Sematimba, Angela Kalule and Betty Mpologoma are 'Tugende Mukikadde' 2019's musicians. (Photo Credit: Tugende Mukikadde)
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After uninterruptedly and successfully running for the last two years, the annual Tugende Mukikadde is back for it’s third edition. Scheduled for May 4th 2019 at Kampala Serena Hotel’s Victoria Hall, the now calendar event is billed to be bigger and better given the musicians lined up to perform.

Setting out in 2017, Sprout Africa Limited, the event organizer, intended to revive the golden memories of Ugandan music. This informed so many things for the event including branding and who to partner with but most importantly, the kind of musicians programmed to perform.

In 2017, Halima Namakula, Sammy Kasule, Mariam Ndagire, Kabuye Semboga, Frank Mbalire and Afrigo Band were the good-old-days musicians that lit up Tugende Mukikadde in its first edition. In 2018, Afrigo Band made a return with a fresh lineup that had Kadongo Kamu’s Lord Fred Sebata, Chance Nalubega and the singing couple that is Sam and Sophie Gombya.

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This year’s edition returns with Chance Nalubega and reggae maestro Madoxx Ssemanda Sematimba as Tugende Mukikadde alumni because of their impressive performances at the previous editions and Angela Kalule, Betty Mpologoma and Kandongo Kamu’s Willy Mukabya as ‘freshers.’

Speaking at the event presser, Angela Kalule couldn’t hide her excitement. “It is really a pleasure for me to be a part of Tugende Mukikadde, an event that recognizes and appreciates our God-given talent. It is an honor for me to share a stage with living legends.”

Just like the previous editions, tickets to Tugende Mukikadde will go for 100K for ordinary tickets, 300K for VIP tickets and 3M for table reservations. This 3rd edition has attracted sponsorship from Schweppes, Nile Special Lager, Africell, Silk Events, 91.3 Capital FM, 96.3 Beat FM, Kampala Serena Hotel, Spear Motors and Stanbic Bank.

Loosely translated to ‘Back to my roots,’ Tugende Mukikadde is now an annual event that showcases living Ugandan music legends whose music shaped the different fusions that Ugandan music has taken on.

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