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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:17 By Achola Rosario
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Acid Jazz- definition: ``Acid jazz is a musical genre that combines elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop, particularly looped beats. It was developed in the UK over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance: jazz-funk musicians such as Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd and Grant Green are often credited as forerunners of acid jazz. Acid jazz has also experienced minor influences from soul, house, and disco’’.

Although the definition by Wikipedia is pretty comprehensive, nothing can describe the free-flow of inspirational creativity that is acid jazz- especially when it comes from the little but barrel-chested Pragmo’s nimble fingers.

 

 

 
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:09 By Hassan Higenyi
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He does what a photographer cannot: conveys how things smelled and sounded as well as how they looked

Christopher Hitchens visited Uganda in 2006 and wrote on Kony’s LRA war in Northern Uganda in his characteristic style an essay called “Childhood’s End: An African Nightmare”. The essay originally appeared in Vanity Fair and it’s included in Arguably, Hitchens’s new voluminous book, which is the fifth – and sadly perhaps last, for he was diagnosed with cancer last year – collection of his recent (1999 – 2011) essays. For those familiar with his works, the essay unmistakably bears all Hitchens’s literary stylistics, except perhaps for one missing common feature, as readers of the essays in this book won’t help noticing: the frequent mention of George Orwell or allusion to his works.

 

 
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:58 administrator
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2011 car of the year

Some think it is nothing to look at beauty-wise. And for most city dwellers it’s a total nightmare when parking space is a premium. But ask any owner of the Toyota Noah and you will get an endless list of attributes that excite about this eight-seater Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)/ mini-van.

The Noah is positioned as a C-segment MPV similar to the Toyota Wish, and has since 2001 been competing with the Honda StepWGN and the Nissan Serena in the family car category.

Most buyers love it for its spaciousness, easy handling, and cool interior, ample baggage and storage spaces. It can seat eight people comfortably even for long hauls. For most however, the appeal is in the power and fuel economy.

 

 

 
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 14:07 By Henry Mzili Mujunga
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According to Eric Obonyo, a lanky and self-effacing young painter, This Is Uganda (TIU) is a festival about youthful expression in Uganda. It is a social network linking young people from different parts of the world through culture. He thinks that this year’s festival was better than last year’s, and confesses that the forum has helped upcoming artists by offering them a chance to interact. He also confides that during the festival he was able to take a break from painting portraits and dally around. Who said artists lack inspiration?

The music blaring in the speakers was as inspiring to some, and so was the stream of exuberant visitors milling between the stalls.

 

 
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:18 By Jude Kagoro
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Uganda cranes suportersA classic metaphor that has been widely used by cognitive psychologists goes as follows: “A drunken man was looking for his car keys under the street lights. When a woman passing by asks him if he dropped his keys by the street lights, the drunken man answers ‘no, but the light is better here.” This metaphor helps me into disagreeing with many football analysts in Uganda. To me many are like the drunken man, providing us with easy though plausible and pre-conceived arguments that resonate with their audience’s emotions rather than going beyond the obvious.

Scholars such as Sniderman Paul argue that human beings are by nature cognitive misers, meaning that they prefer to do as little thinking as possible. This leads them into relying on pre-conceived frames and schemas to arrive at quick and easy ways to process information and to draw conclusions. Under many circumstances, people make judgments in notably unreliable ways without realising that they are doing so. Psychologists distinguish between peripheral and central logic production.

 

 
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:12 By Dr. George Kyeyune (PhD)
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He appealed to not only the external market, but also to the local emerging clientele

Retrospective exhibitions are not very often held in Uganda. There are two main reasons; first, most artists sell to the expatriate community and tourists who pack their treasures and return home. Secondly, Nommo Gallery - the national gallery - has no policy, let alone the money to collect from artists.

Mukasa’s retrospective exhibition has been possible because, as a painter, he was extremely industrious and for him art was his life. He had a large collection of paintings and drawings in storage at home. But more importantly, Mukasa appealed to not only the external market, but also to the local emerging clientele.

Some of the work on this recent show “In Memory of Geoffrey Mukasa” (November 2011) at the AKA Gallery (formerly Tulifanya Gallery) was on loan from his local collectors. The gallery, which has been the trusted exhibition space for Mukasa for over a decade, has been vigilant in ensuring that his legacy lives on. This exhibition is a step in that direction.

 

 
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:05 administrator
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Title: Emerging Africa. How 17 Countries are Leading the Way

Author: Steven Radelet

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2011, Pp 169

The thesis of this short book by Radelet rejects the conventional wisdom that treats the entire African continent as a basket case characterised by AIDS, corruption, social and economic disintegration. The author concedes that this picture has been true for most of the continent since decolonisation but insists that some African nations have always been or have recently become different: “There’s good news out of Africa. Not all of Africa. But from a large part of Africa that quietly, with little fanfare, is on the move.”

 

 
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:01 administrator
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10 steps to getting a good deal and avoiding trouble

1. Know the Market:

Is your car going to be easy to sell? Is it a hot commodity? Or will you have to drop your price and search out additional avenues to sell it? Family cars; Harrier, Ipsum, Noah, Subaru, Premio, are in constant demand. They will sell faster than a Rav4, Prado, Honda, or Benz.

A good way to know if your vehicle is a hot item is to check the newspaper classified ads. Take note of the cars that dealers are pushing. Usually they are the hot models. Is yours similar or comparable? Look at the asking price and registration number series.

2: Determine price

 
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 13:14 By Lillian A. Aujo
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Writers’ residencies might not have a clear definition but one thing is for sure: they provide a time and place for writers to meet, share ideas, learn from each oth­er, and consequently, write more.

Many writers will attest that their normal schedules allow for little or no time at all to write, so the opportunity of being a part of a residency is a writing haven to most writers.

Hilda Twongyeirwe, a founder mem­ber and the Coordinator of Femrite, had something like this in mind for women writers in the African region, when she thought of creating The Annual Writer’s Residency for African Women Writers.

 

The idea came to her at a time when funding for the arts in the African region was dwindling, particularly in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. She says; “much as it was not part of the 2007-2011 Femrite Strategic Plan, we had to look for a way of supporting each other as writers in the region. So I thought about a residency in Uganda and we began it in 2010. ”

 

 

 

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