Uganda’s Amstardam talks about his music and love for table tennis
Amstardam real names Emmanuel Bbale Mugera was born and raised in Nsambya a Kampala surbub.
Famous for his Kangende song, an emotional love song that he created with a group of friends who shared their love story experiences.
Produced by Sula lost Pro at Live the Dream Studio the song is has garnered thousands of views online just a few days after its release.
Growing up with his Grand parent, a one Agnes Nakitto after the death of his dear mother Bena Nabukeera in 1998, Amstardam went to a village of schools.
SCHOOLS HE ATTENDED.
Among them included Railway Primary School Nsambya (2007-2010), Railway Nursery School, St Janan Luwum Kabalagala and Kololo High School were he dropped out shorlty after Senior three(3).
”I was alone and didn’t have any support from family and having grown up on the streets, i decided to quit” He said.
Like almost half of Uganda’s music indutry, Amstardam has it that since childhood, he has had the love and passion for music.
”I started professional recording in 2011 however my first ever single titled ‘She Say’ was released in 2010”
Amstardam attributes his musical genesis to a one ‘Sula Lost’ who offered him free studio airtime in 2010.
With inspiration from Jose Chameleone, Goodlyfe,Bob Marley, Busy Signal and Vybez Kartel, Amstardam also credits singer and writer Daddy Andre.
”Daddy Andre also gave me a hand in the start and i am more than grateful” He said.
HE’S LOVE FOR TABLE TENNIS
Table tennis, also known as ping-pong and whiff-whaff, is a sport that contributed much to Amstardam’s brand.
In 2007, at Sharing Youth Centre Nsambya it’s were it all started and the rest is history according to the dreadlocked singer.
‘I was heading to a cinema hall to watch my favorite movies but suprisingly i ended up at this youth hall practising this game of table tennis’
A year later i became a winner for the ‘Cadets Under 10 Championship in 2008,2009 and 2010 respectively.
Its after these victories that Amstardam i got recognition hence travelling the globe and acquiring scholarships.
LIFE AS A TABLE TENNIS COACH
Beofre i knew, i had mastered the game and graduated as a coach at Nakasero Table Tennis Club in 2013.
”I am an extremely motivated table tennis coach with a proven track record of bringing the best out of Children”.
On April 6th 2019, under my NGO, we hosted the World Tbale Tennis Day Main event on behalf of the International Table Tennis Federation(ITTF) and some of our members got scholarships.
NGO Work (Advocacy Work)
Amstardam is the founder and head coach of Slum Ping Pong (SPP) a Table Tennis club operating in Nsambya and other cities in Uganda.
”With my kind of work, i get to meet alot of people from all walks of life and this also was another birth of my advocacy side”.
”In 2017, i started my NGO , Slum Ping Pong which teaches Table Tennis, Education, Arts and Sports that brings positive social change amongst youths and children in Slums of Uganda.
My NGo also operates outside of normal school hours and has 7 main coaches
Have also worked with different organisations and brands such as Fling Fire, Owino Market Water Aid, African Hair Magazine as a Model.
Allan ‘Kutos’ Katongole on switching careers and his overnight success on TV series; Sanyu.
A few years ago, not many of us knew the younger sibling to Ugandan RnB music ballad Michael Ross. And just two years back, Allan ’Kutos’ Katongole was merely living in his brother’s shadow, one audition in now famous TV series Sanyu has changed his life for the better.
For this, he won the best actor at the recently concluded Uganda Film Festival, but to get there, he has had to go through many career switches. He shares how he has managed to prevail with Flavia Tumusiime on Episode three of Home of our Stars.
Formerly a gospel musician, Allan started out his career as a back-up dancer for then famous brother Michael Ross at his performances. He attributes his foundation in music to his brother who encouraged him to embrace music and even wrote him a song.
“Michael really prompted me into music, I used to watch him sing and dance all the time when I was little, he gave me the opportunity to dance for him once, and while I was on stage, the crowd liked me, I was asked to come back, I never looked back. I went on to sing and dance in church where my music career was nurtured” Katongole reminisces.
“Church inspired me so much that when I decided to do music professionally, it felt more reasonable to sing gospel music. I started off with dancing and singing in church, we did like four songs and you know with church, the money flow is not enticing, so when all my group mates moved on, I moved on and got a corporate job.”
The corporate world did not hold much appeal for him and a friend recommended him to audition for a few acting roles. On his professional Music career, Allan says he started with small roles in films such as 27 guns and a small appearance in TV series; Second Chance. It was after this that he auditioned for a role as Oscar, the second lead role in Sanyu.
Allan says it was a whole new experience seeing as he was fresh and new to doing series. “I was so intimidated on my first say on the set of Sanyu. Being on the same show with big names such as Abbey Mukiibi overwhelmed me, but these people saw something in me and I was called back for rehearsals. Their energy was easy to feed on” Katongole states.
Based on his appearance in Sanyu, his fan base has grown and this has opened doors for him. Allan says he went from being a nobody to stepping in a room and turning heads.
“As Allan Kutos I was a musician and a dancer but nobody ever saw me, no one knew who I was but being on Sanyu has changed so much for me, I go to an event and people want me to sit next to them, people are interacting with me and I have a lot of recognition.” He adds saying that acting has also given him a job. “With so much unemployment in the country, I am lucky to have a job that I wake up to go to every day and get paid for it. I thank Pearl Magic for giving me a reason to wake up each morning and fuel my passion” he declares.
Allan speaks on how acting has awoken some more talent in him, “apart from acting, I have my eyes set on directing. Sometimes during a scene, I feel like I it should have gone a certain way and this has driven me to consider directing in the future besides the acting” he asserts.
Acting comes with a lot of pressure and with some big roles, the public is always looking to see what is next. Allan says since his rise to fame, the gravity to surpass people’s expectations has become immense.
“If you are good at what you do, you are going to get people’s attention, apart from the job you do, you are going to have to be the star that everyone sees in you. The aim is not being that celeb but turn this pressure around and you know just be you” Allan advised.
Speaking about novice actors that wish to explore the entertainment industry, Allan advises them to have humility and take opportunities as they come. “I would say for starters, have patience it is the outmost virtue you should have, brand yourself well so that people would like to have you in their movies and in their space generally then finally watch as many movies you never know what you can learn from the stars.” He guided.
Uganda has a lot of young uprising talent and MultiChoice aims at discovering, and giving them a platform on Pearl Magic, Pearl Magic Prime, and Pearl Magic Loko. Catch them on Home of Our Stars as Flavia Tumusiime delves into their personal life every Wednesday on the DSTV YouTube channel.
Singer Bruno K Exposed For Neglecting His Son, Claims He Only Has One Child
The internet has been abuzz following accusations leveled against Bruno Kiggundu, popularly known as Bruno K, over his alleged neglect of his son, Seth Kiggundu. In a tweet, a user identified as Keith alleged that Bruno K had abandoned his only son, Seth, and only pays attention to his daughter, Briella.
Keith claimed that Vanessa, his best friend, had a baby boy with Bruno K, and the singer had refused to fulfill his parental responsibilities towards Seth. He further accused Bruno of making Vanessa’s life difficult in 2022, which caused her to loathe the singer.
While it is essential to respect the baby’s privacy, it is crucial to hold public figures accountable for their actions, especially when they involve the welfare of children. The allegations against Bruno K are serious and should not be taken lightly.
Child abandonment is a severe issue that affects many children worldwide. It is a form of child neglect that can lead to adverse effects on a child’s development, including emotional and behavioral problems. Children who are abandoned by their parents may experience feelings of rejection, anger, and low self-esteem, which can lead to depression and anxiety.
As a public figure, Bruno K has a responsibility to set a good example for his fans and followers, especially young people. Neglecting one’s child is not only morally wrong but also illegal under Ugandan law. The Children’s Act of Uganda provides that every child has the right to parental care and protection, and any parent who neglects their child can be charged with child abuse.
It is not clear whether the allegations against Bruno K are true, but if they are, he should take responsibility for his actions and do the right thing for his son. Children need both parents to grow up happy and healthy, and neglecting one’s child is unacceptable.
In conclusion, the allegations against Bruno K are serious, and if true, they represent a worrying trend of child neglect in Uganda. As a society, we must hold public figures accountable for their actions and demand that they do the right thing for their children. Let us all strive to create a safe and nurturing environment for all children, regardless of their family background.
Uganda: STV Uganda To Change Its Programs
City tycoon Sulaiman Kabangala aka SK Mbuga started up STV Uganda with the hope of it turning into the next big thing and yes it’s going to be the next big thing.
The TV station has captured the mass market despite hiring veteran presenters like Mbaziira Bashir, and Robin Kisti among others which has prompted them to change strategy.
According to the latest news coming through, it has been revealed that they are now planning to change it to become one of the top Television in Uganda with different themes and programs.
According to officials, further mentioned, “We shall produce world-class local content in edutainment and current affairs that help the younger more female Ugandan audience explore and aspire more within the local context even if they are online and have a global outlook. We’ll strive at expanding minds and creating limitless possibilities, with accurate reliable in-depth news; informative, engaging, and unique packages in Business, Sports, and Edutainment.”
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