Universal and EriArtistas- Profile of Musicians set to perform on Independence Day Celebrations.(part II)
20 Years of Pride
Jackie Chandiru is one of Uganda’s leading female R’n’B artists and vocalists.
Jackie kicked off her musical career in 2004 after she emerged as one of the winners for the Coca Cola Pop stars. This led to formation of the Blu 3 which became one of the leading girl groups in Africa.
In 2010 Blu 3 went on leave thus leading to the girls working on solo projects. In mid 2010, Jackie released her first single Agassi in both Lugbara (her native language) and English.
This song has earned recognition in as a solo artist and earned her an award Best r’n’b single in the just ended Diva awards.
She has continued to release songs like Goin’ On ft Jose Chameleon, Gwoyagala ft Rabadaba, Overdose, for all time ft Sami from Eritrea, Bakusigula, Agassi, Stand Together ft Paul Mutebi of Limit X, Baazi Yo, Wind it Up ft Navio and Fidempa and so much more.
She has worked with producers like Goodenuff Records, Swangz Ave, Paddy Man from Dream studios, Hanz from Hanz Production and Charlie King.
Jacke is amongst few Ugandan musicians to have broken out of the local music scene and made an impact on the African music scene. Their music can be heard on Radio across Africa and their trendy high budget videos have enjoyed extensive airplay on major African networks MTV Base, Channel O and East African Television.
Dr.Jose Chameleone Kampalla Uganda
Chameleone started his career in the early 1990s as Disco mc at Maganjo Mizuri night club whilst studying at progressive secondary school Rubaga road in mengo kampala Uganda. He later affiliated to Ogopa DJs record label from Kenya. One of his first songs was “Bageya”, featuring Redsan, a Kenyan artist. He also collaborated with fellow Ugandan Bebe Cool, but later the two are known to have a tense rivalry.
Chameleone’s musical style is a combination of Ugandan folk music, central African rumba, zouk and ragga. His first album was released in Kenya in 1999. He has since released several albums including “Bageya” in 2000, “Mama Mia” in 2001, “Njo Karibu” in 2002, “The Golden Voice” in 2003, “Mambo Bado”, in 2004 and “Kipepo” in 2005. He represent East Africa at World Cup in South Africa.
He is a member of the Musician’s Community, a coalition of musicians who use their fame and fortune to help eradicate poverty and create awareness campaigns for HIV/AIDS. He has toured number of overseas countries, the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Belgium 2010 among others 
Line – up 8 Musicians
His stardom is so unprecedented that he was once voted the third most popular person in Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni and Buganda King, Kabaka Ronald Mutebi. He has been featuring on many songs that have gained major airplay in East African markets as well featuring big name artistes. His style of music borrows from other African genres like chimurenga, soukous and zouk. He also has marketing deals with MTN. He has his recording label called Leone Island Entertainment of which Chagga and his brother Weasel are on.
UMOJA South Africa
Awarded a Planet Africa!
UMOJA received this prestigious award in the Heritage Category. UMOJA will embrace the north with the African Cultural Renaissance through powerful rhythms
and dance, from traditional music to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing and the smooth Jazz of Sophia town. The Planet Africa Awards program is aimed at identifying and recognizing hard work, excellence and professionalism, which produce role models, especially for our youngsters. It is aimed at individuals, organizations and businesses making a profound difference in the lives of people of African heritage. The hard work, excellence and professionalism of 15 distinguished recipients.
Other Awards that UMOJA have won include:
– 2001 FNB Vita Award
– 2004 Performing Arts Award (Canada)
– 2005 SAMA Award
– 2005 Planet Africa Award (Canada)
– 2002 Nominated for Woman of the Year award
– 2005 Finalist in Woman of the Year aware
Away with affected passion and stuck-on smiles. The players clearly live and feel the tale.”
– (Translated), Trouw, The Netherlands