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Juliana’s Dubai concert causes row

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    By Yasin Kakande
    in Dubai

    A ROW has erupted between Ugandan and Rwandan music promoters in Dubai over a concert of the award-winning Ugandan musician Juliana Kanyomozi over the weekend.

    The Ugandan promoters accuse their Rwandan colleagues of having poached the Ugandan star.

    They also accuse Juliana of not honouring their agreement, for which they had already advanced $2,500 (sh5.2m).

    “Our concern is that we were the first to ask Juliana and she decided to honour the Rwandan offer,” said Haider Luwaga, a director of the sub-marine club in Dubai where Bobi Wine performed recently.

    Juliana, he said, had given them many conditions but even after accepting all of them, she betrayed them.

    Juliana reportedly wanted $4,000 (sh8.4m) for the concert, as well as ticket and hotel reservations for her and three others, including her director and boyfriend.

    Luwaga said they were to pay the balance once she was in Dubai.

    They also agreed to arrange the hotel reservations, visa and air tickets for her boyfriend, and director.

    Asked about the accusations at the concert, Juliana referred The New Vision to Eddie Ndawula, her director, who said it was a matter of who offered a better package.

    “This is a business and every one would consider first how good the package is, not what the nationality is of the one offering the package. Those complaining should know this business is competitive,” he said.

    Jerome Tushime, the Rwandan promoter, said he had himself travelled to Kampala and paid Juliana all the cash upfront, agreed on all her conditions and processed the travel.

    About 1,000 people attended Juliana’s show, which was held in a ballroom.

    Tickets were sold at between sh60,000 and sh120,000.

    This was the first time Tushime arranged a show with a Ugandan musician. In the past, he had brought a number of artists from Rwanda and Burundi.

    He said it was more lucrative to hold shows with Ugandan musicians as there were many Ugandans in Dubai. But Luwaga said the Rwandans were envious of the success of Bobi Wine’s concert and hurried to bring in Ugandan artists as well.

    He also blamed the Rwandans for using their DJ, Charles Oimuke, during the Juliana concert.

    The Ugandan promoters are now preparing another concert on July 11 with Harouna Mubiru, Maureen Nantume and Catherine Kusaasira.
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    Son of Alaska JF-Expert Member

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    award winning ugandan musician- unatutisha-which award??????