Pulse Achiever: Christina Matovu, The Name Behind Burna Boy’s Electric, Award-winning Performances

As the old saying goes, “Behind every successful man, is a woman.” Ugandan-British singer Christina Matovu has been the Rolls to Grammy-nominated musician Burna Boy’s Royce performances over the past couple of years.

The gospel songbird who turned backup singer to Burna, has backed him up at landmark shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR Tiny Desk, The BET Experience and on the successful worldwide African Giant Tour, at which the Nigerian Afrobeats star sold out massive venues.

 

A church girl who discovered her talent in the choir, Christina went mainstream in 2015 at the UK version of P Diddy’s The Voice outfit, as part of #TeamRicky and her infectious voice even made Rita Ora emotional. Fast-forward, 2020, the curvy queen gyrates with reckless abandon, and heartily and softly sings those high notes which make Burna Boy’s husky voice pop.

Besides her work with Burna’s band, The Outsiders, Christina has her own R&B and Soul music, and her album is called “Heart Art”. Check it out if you love good music. You can use the affordable Pulse data bundles by dialing *157#

Electric Weekend as the BET Awards Go Down

The renowned awards that celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment happened last Sunday in Los Angeles in yet another exciting edition. The BET Awards are one of the most awaited awards of all worldwide. Could this be because they recognize black talent world over?

This year’s ceremony however took many by surprise as regards some wins. Our own African king,  Oluwa Burna that recently gave us a “fire” concert  in Uganda scooped an award that saw many Africans celebrate his win. His mother’s speech grabbed the attention of the world  especially when she said, “Every black person should remember that they were Africans before they became anything else.” That was a major highlight.

Nipsey Hussle was posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award with his family accepting the honor.

Amidst performances from Cardi B, John Legend, Lizzo,  lil Nas X, Mary J Blidge among others, it was a night of glitz and glamour as these celebrities know how to show up for a red carpet event.

Here’s the full list of winners:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/23/entertainment/bet-awards-2019-winners/index.html 

Pulse Music: Top 10 Trending Songs on Tidal in Uganda this week

Good music is that one loyal companion to the youth, that’s always there in all situations — in happy and sad times. Regardless of the mood, there’s always that song on Tidal that will colour it up pretty well. In this write-up, we count down the 10 songs that have been listened to the most in Uganda this week, regardless of country of origin:

 

10.Sekkle Down – Beenie Gunter

As the title truly suggests the song’s type, “Sekkle Down” a calm dance hall tune, in which Beenie begs his lover — in his signature mixture of Jamaican patois, English and Luganda lyrics — to settle down and give him true love. If a DJ doesn’t play this song in a Kampala nightclub, ratchet will definitely be his new name, so isn’t a shocker that it comes in at number 10 on the list.

 

9.Kyoyoya – Prince Omar, Daddy Andre, John Blaq

Undoubtedly the most vocally blessed among new Ugandan prospects, Prince Omar on “Kyoyoya” proved talent always wins. John Blaq, who features on the track, has hit the country by storm with his unique vocals and catchy intros. Coupled with the versatility of Daddy Andre, who both sang and produced the song, the song whose title loosely translates to “What you desire”, comes in at 9.

 

8.Obubadi – John Blaq

John’s tagline “Ayabas” has become a slogan, and ever since he cemented his synthetic-like macho voice into Ugandan ears, they haven’t shown signs of wanting to stop listening to him.

 

7.Eazy – Bebe Cool

On Eazy, Bebe Cool brought back his relaxed and effective Afro beat style, the one that got him praise during the times of “Love you everyday”, and also for the most recent “Wasibukawa”. It seems to be working magic for the Gagamel Boss.

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6.Gbona – Burna Boy

What is an African playlist without a West African song? And what’s a Nigerian song without Burna Boy in this recent past? Oluwa Burna has proved to be the most flamboyant Afro beat Star currently, and indeed his “Gbedu entered Ugandan bodies.”

 

5.Tetema – Rayvanny, Diamond Platnumz

After getting banned by the Tanzanian government over their song “Mwanza”, the Wasafi duo bounced back with yet another collabo, which hit East Africa by storm. The catchy hook by Rayvanny, calling on people to gyrate with the Swahili word “Tetema”, and the subconsciously required sing-a-long, leaves you singing to a song whose words you hardly understand, everyday on end. The Bongo Flavour masterpiece comes in at number 5.

 

4.Bango – Rickman Manrick

Ever since the glory days of Da Twins, who are currently called Ganda Boys, there hasn’t been a Ugandan musician in diaspora as hyped as Rick. The Sweden-based footballer comes once in a while to Uganda, only to release hits and go back. “Naki” was a hit, and “Bango” isn’t anything short of that.

 

3.Makanika – John Blaq

So far the third John Blaq song on this list, and arguably regardless of critical complaints about him sounding the same on all his songs, the 21 year old changed flow on “Makanika”. Thanks to Daddy Andre’s production prowess, John’s got another hit song to his name.

 

2.On The Low – Burna Boy

Even though most people might agree that they mainly dance “On The Low” while on the high, it is still a song whose power can’t be matched for now. We await for another bombshell from self-styled Afro beat Star.

 

1.Boasty(feat. Idris Elba) – Wiley, Steflon Don, Sean Paul

No doubt this song is currently enjoying well-deserved airplay all over the world, and we are sure it isn’t for very different reasons that this song is the most listened to on Tidal in Uganda, for weeks now. Good music always cracks through!

 

Generally, the therapeutic thing that Shakespeare describes music as, is what keeps the world going round, so I personally will keep my Tidal account active.

Nigerian Singer Burna Boy Wows Party Goers In Kampala

If you’re a life eater, then you surely have noticed how busy the roads connecting to Sheraton Hotel were on Friday evening for the highly anticipated show codenamed #BurnaBoyXperienceKla headlined by Nigerian singer and song writer Damini Ogulu known to his fans as Burna Boy.

The Gbona crooner’s experience in Kampala is without a doubt now termed as one of the, if not the best show due to its massive turn up by thousands of party goers who showed up as early as 4PM to party along with their favorite artiste Burna Boy.

Ugandan Artistes like Fik Fameica, the Bubadi singer John Blaq, Irene Ntale and Queen Sheebah featured to set the mood high moments before the main act “Burna Boy” stepped on stage to wow up the crowd that had been craving for his electrifying performance.

We have Pictures;

Urban Tv’s Timothy CODE and NTV’s Crysto Panda were the Hype Men of the night

 

Fik Fameica entertaining revelers

See more pictures and Burna Boy’s Performance Here: Photos By Kab Derrick

Pulse Celebrity Feature: What you need to know about Burna Boy ahead of his show in Kampala

Damini Ogulu, most popularly known as Burna Boy was born on July 2nd 1991, in Port Hancourt Nigeria.
He is an Afro-fusion singer and songwriter having risen to fame in 2012 after the release of his lead single “Like to Party”.

Because he is in town for the #BurnaBoyXperienceKla, we felt as you go out today to enjoy his music and great energy, you need to know just a bit of his musical background.

“Like To Party”, the song that rose him to prominence was released as the lead single from his debut album L.I.F.E Critics however, believe it’s his video that ushered him to the limelight and we’ve got to agree that Burna Boy really takes time to invest in catchy music videos so clearly he got the memo.

Some of you were asking that after “On the Low” and “Gbona” what next? Well, this article alerts you about what next. Burna Boy has loads of other songs that you (his new fans) may not know of, but are really great jams among his die-hard fans.

On 24 September 2012, according to Wikipedia, Burna Boy released “Tonight” as the second single from L.I.F.E. for which he was to consequently release video in December of the same year. In the music video, Burna Boy expresses his innate feelings but doesn’t forget to do it in his usual style of energy and great instrumentals.

He left Aristokrat records in 2014 and in 2015, created his own record label called Spaceship Entertainment. This should shine light on his recent fans because surely you must have seen this in one of his videos.

The label was to later influence his second album “On a Spaceship” that he released on 25th November 2015. In September 2016, he released the 7-track EP titled Redemption, with the lead single “Pree Me” mashing up musical waves locally and abroad.

He has become a house hold name in the music world to the extent that in January 2018, he was featured on the track “Sunshine Riptide” that is from Fall Out Boy’s Grammy-nominated seventh studio album, MANIA.

His third studio album “Outside” of 2018 debuted at number three on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart.
The album’s biggest single “Ye” ended up atop most Nigerian publications year-end list as the biggest song of 2018 and Burna himself as the country’s biggest artiste of the year.

On 3rd January 2019, he was announced alongside fellow Nigerian artiste Mr Eazi, as one of the artists performing at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The same year, he won four awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, including African Artiste of the Year, Listener’s Choice and Best Male MVP.
So, as you can see, the man is really worth all that hype and tonight as we go for his show, we’re expecting a performance worth all this accreditation and more.