“Mixing dub, techno, traditional drumming and elements of trance under ghostly unnerving cinematic passages.” Nyege Nyege Tapes is releasing a new album by HHY & The Kampala Unit, called Lithium Blast, this October. HHY & The Kampala Unit is a project helmed by musician and artist Jonathan Saldanha of HHY & The Macumbas, who started it during his Nyege Nyege residency in Uganda. The album includes Saldanha on electronics and production, alongside trumpet player and activist Florence Lugemwa, percussionist Omutaba on hybrid drums, as well as a special appearance from the Kampala Prison Brass Band. Speaking about the 11-tracks, Nyege shares that they are a “blending of cerebral virtuosity, cosmic creativity, raw energy and visceral sensuality that is majesti
The hotel, which officially opened its doors last Tuesday, is close to Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the active volcanic Mt Nyiragongo. It is a 10-minute drive from the Goma International Airport and a five-minute drive from the Rwanda border at Gisenyi. Serena Hotels has opened a new property in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in eastern DRC. The five-star Goma Serena Hotel is located at the lakefront of Lake Kivu. The hotel, which officially opened its doors last Tuesday, is close to Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the active volcanic Mt Nyiragongo. It is a 10-minute drive from the Goma International Airport and a five-minute drive from the Rwanda border at Gisenyi. In a press release, group managing director of TPS Serena Hotels – Africa, Mahmud Jan Mohamed said: “Exp
The Democratic Republic of Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo has a mixture of economic sectors such as mining, fishing, forestry, agriculture, and copper and cobalt. While the country’s total GDP of $48.46 billion may seem high in comparison to other African countries, but that is mostly due to its large population. With 89.56 million people living in the country, it brings the GDP per capita figure to an astounding low of $495.08. This places the country in the top ten poorest countries in Africa by that metric. Nonetheless, this country is a perfect example of a mixed economy that is trying to build towards the future. According to the African Development Bank Group, growth dropped from 5.8% in 2018 to 4.3% in 2019, due to a slowdown in extractive
Rwanda is an incredible country that has been trying to grow its tourism significantly (at least pre-coronavirus), and RwandAir is a part of that strategy. While it’s not the most profitable airline, it serves the purpose of providing more access to Rwanda, and that’s something the government has been supportive of. Unfortunately, some of the company’s big growth plans won’t be happening anymore. It’s being reported that RwandAir has canceled its outstanding aircraft orders. Specifically, this means that RwandAir has canceled its order for two Airbus A330-900neos, and two Boeing 737 MAX 8s. RwandAir currently has a fleet of a dozen aircraft, made up of six different models: One A330-200One A330-300Two 737-700sFour 737-800sTwo CRJ-900sTwo Dash 8-400s RwandAir was go
This has increased the family membership to 18 taking the tally of new births to 5 in just six weeks. The Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] confirmed on Monday that The Rushegura gorilla family, welcomed yet another baby gorilla to mother Ruterana. This has increased the family membership to 18 taking the tally of new births to 5 in just six weeks. The birth marks Ruterana’s third offspring. 18-year-old Ruterana was born on 1 January 2002. As she approached 12 years old, Ruterana gave birth to her first offspring on 13 September 2012 but sadly the first offspring succumbed to Pneumonia while only a fortnight old. However, this did not retard Ruterana’s unstoppable resolve to procreation and on 10 May 2016, she gave birth to her second offspring, a vibrant juvenile fe
Ugliest man in Uganda Godfrey Baguma aka Ssebabi has married his third wife in a grand ceremony. His third wedding was this week and has got a lot of people talking as his first two wives were around to offer support The bride and groom were joined in holy matrimony and they look so happy in the pictures going viral on social media. He is a father of seven as he has five children with his second wife and two with the first wife. Godfrey Baguma aka Ssebabi who earned his nickname after winning the Ugliest man in Uganda lives in Kyazanga, Lwengo district. The 47-year-old man won the ugliest man title in 2002 after he entered the competition to make money for his family.
Uganda could miss out on as much as $2 billion in tourism revenue this year due to travel restrictions implemented after the coronavirus outbreak, according to Tourism The East African nation, a popular gorilla-trekking and safari destination, recorded 1.3 arrivals in the year through June 2019, earning it $1.6 billion. Before the onset of Covid-19 the government had forecast this year’s number at 1.5 million, Kiwanda said by phone Thursday. Most visitors to the country are from the U.S. and Europe, along with Japan, China and India. The country plans to reopen Entebbe International Airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Kampala, later this month as lockdown measures are eased, Kiwanda said. Uganda is in talks with lenders including the World Bank to
President Paul Kagame marks 20 years at the helm of Rwanda. He's praised by some as a pioneer for women's rights and environmentalism but criticized by others for his iron grip on power — which could last a while still. Kigali City It's no coincidence that the first "Made in Africa" smartphone comes from Rwanda: The Mara Phone is manufactured in an industrial area in the capital Kigali, just down the road from a Volkswagen plant. The German carmaker is one of many investors in the small East African country, where VW offers an e-mobility service and bolts cars together for the African market. The economic recovery of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide that killed more than a million ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus has gone into the history books as a success story —&nbs
A Ugandan silverback gorilla called Rafiki is one of countless animals that has fallen victim to poachers as the effects of coronavirus hit the east African country. At the start of June this year wildlife rangers noticed that Rafiki had disappeared. After a search they found his body. Rafiki had been killed by a poacher who claimed the animal charged at him and the killing was an act of self-defence. The poacher was sentenced to 11 years in jail. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a veterinarian and CEO of the NGO, Conservation Through Public Health, is Uganda's leading expert on gorillas. She knows every ape at the reserve. She believes Rafiki did not attack. "We think that when this poacher came and found Rafiki, he may have got scared, because he's never been that close to a g...