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COCA-COLA UGANDA LAUNCHES ZERO SUGAR VARIANT

Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Rodney Nzioka poses with some of the invited guests during the launch of the Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar at Lakeside Adventure park

Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Rodney Nzioka poses with some of the invited guests during the launch of the Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar at Lakeside Adventure park

  • Treats guests to fun-filled day at Lakeside adventure park
  • Consumers can now choose the Coca-Cola that best suits their taste, lifestyle and diet.

Influencers, guests and members of the media were recently treated to a day full of fun, adventure and team challenges at the Lake Side adventure park during the launch of the new Coca-Cola With Zero Sugar variant.

This comes just after the beverages company announced the launch of new graphics that use one visual identity system featuring Coca-Cola Red as a unifying color across the Trademark in a bid to extend the Company’s “One Brand” global marketing strategy to packaging.

The Red Disc, the signature element of the new “Taste the Feeling” global creative campaign launched in Uganda in April last year, will now appear prominently on packaging. Further underscoring the Company’s commitment to provide choice, the new packaging is designed to enable consumers to choose the Coca-Cola that best suits their taste, lifestyle and diet.

To clearly identify each product, the signature color is featured throughout the packs and the new graphics will also include the unique product name and benefits on front of pack to help consumers make an informed choice:

  • Coca-Cola Original Taste (or Classic in select markets)
  • Coca-Cola Zero: Zero Sugar
Mr. Rodney Nzioka, Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager displays the new Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar during the launch at Lakeside Adventure Park in Mukono

Mr. Rodney Nzioka, Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager displays the new Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar

“Packaging is our most visible and valuable asset,” said Rodney Nzioka, Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Uganda. “The Coca-Cola Red Disc has become a signature element of the brand, synonymous with great taste, uplift and refreshment. By applying it to our packaging in such a bold way, we are taking the next step towards full adoption of the “One Brand” strategy, uniting the Coca-Cola family under one visual identity and making it even easier for consumers to choose their Coca-Cola with or without calories, with or without caffeine.”

“The unification of the brands through design, marks the first time in our 130-year history that the iconic Coca-Cola visual identity has been shared across products in such a prominent way,” Nzioka added.

Last year, Coca-Cola Uganda launched “Taste the Feeling” – a campaign designed to allow its consumers a continued celebration of their moments with Coca-Cola. “Taste the Feeling” is now live in 195 markets and includes 12 television commercials in addition to more than 100 campaign images, a visual identity system and a music anthem and audio signature.

Mafikizolo dazzles at the 14th Blankets and Wine Edition.

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The 14th edition of the Tusker Malt Lager sponsored Blankets and Wine Kampala social event was all that had been promised to be. The blend of Giovani Kiyingi, Levixone, Qwela Band, DJ Saint Evo and the main act Mafikizolo, showed why Blankets and Wine is still the social event of the year.

With a big turn up at Lugogo Cricket Oval, the new home of Blankets and Wine Kampala, revelers were at the grounds as early as midday.

The show kicked off at 2pm with House of DJs entertaining revelers with various DJs taking to the turntables.

Giovanni Kiyingi well known for his multi-instrumentalist skills, opened up the day’s performances. It is his songs like, Joy of an African, Ekibbobo, Kanyimbe, Onukisa omulala, Ssegamwenge, Enukuba, which made the revelers dance along to his music despite the rain.

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Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste Levixone,  brought a change of mood as he sang Nonya Omu, Shuga, Niwewe , Victory, Kangende Noono, Samanya (ft. Akello). He preached the word of God to the fans as he had promised earlier and the revelers sang alongside him.

Qwela which means ‘pure’ in Rukiga- one of Uganda’s ethnic languages added more energetic mood to the revelers as they performed many of theirs songs. The band made the revelers dance the traditional way of Kikiga with their songs like Mama Tokaaba, Okello, Take it all back. Qwela band put up a good performance and it left the revelers yarning for more.

DJ Saint Evo stepped on stage and played for the crowd some of his afro fusion club bangers.

The Tusker VIP tent and bars were busy entertaining the guests with beer and eatables as they were enjoying the music.

When Mafikizolo later on took the stage, the party was only getting started, the duo was clearly astonished by the atmosphere of the crowd that had been waiting anxiously. They perfomerd songs like Happiness, Tchelete Goodlife but when they played the “Khona” song, the revelers went into a sing-along that was only similar to an anthem.

“The 14th edition of Blankets and Wine was remarkably different from the others. This edition was at a new venue Lugogo Cricket Oval. Having Mafikizolo the finest acts on the continent has shown how we have grown. Our consumers got a new experience and indeed enjoyed, Ugandan musicians like Giovani Kiyingi, Qwela Band and Levixone who performed alongside them created that much loved afro-based music fusion.” said Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager.

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“In the past 13 editions, several artistes like Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, Liquideep, Just a Band, Afrigo Band, MI Casa among others have performed in Kampala. Now we can add Mafikizolo to the list.” he added.

Blankets & Wine provides a platform for appreciation to consumers by show casing the rich African talent and in LIVE performances by a wide array of artists.

Levixone set for debut at Blankets and Wine 14th Edition.

Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste who came to the scene in 2013 with a hit banger called ‘’Nonya Omu’’, is set to have his debut performance at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala on September 25th, 2016 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

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Levixone a.k.a Sam Lukas Lugolobyo’s rise to fame is a story of hard work and persistence. His Child background is dated way back in Kosovo, a Kampala Suburb where he grew up as a street child. He was introduced to the Music fraternity by two Gospel Artistes, Krystal Fabulous & Tic Tah (Currently manager to Ugandan Musician Moses Ssali A.k.a Bebe Cool) who had gone for a performance and met the little boy who performed alongside them early 2000s.

Voted as the Best Gospel Musician at the 2016 Uganda Entertainment Awards, the rising star is a heartthrob for many audiences in Uganda.

Some of Levixone’s songs that have received massive airplay include hits such as; Nonya Omu, Shuga (ft. Daisy Ejang), Niwewe , Victory (ft. Flex D’ Paper, Ruyonga & Andy Music, Kangende Noono( ft. Jay I) ,Passport, Samanya (ft. Akello) , Save A Life (ft. Baby Gloria), Help (ft. Kenya’s Dafari), Jungle among several others.

He has performed at events that are both in the secular and gospel worlds. He has performed at the annual Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, the Reggae Worship Concert among many others. This Year he will be performing at the 14th Edition of the Tusker Malt Blankets & Wine Festival slated to take place come 25th September 2016 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

“Performing at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is one of the difficult stages on the Ugandan music scene and for me to be a part of it, is an honor. I am going to preach the word of God to my fans. This is a great opportunity for me. The revelers I will be performing for love and understand my music.” Said Levixone

Commenting about the opportunity of having Uganda’s best gospel artiste and fast rising star performing at the Blankets and Wine 14th edition, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said; “Having Levixone a gospel artiste at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is great news to gospel lovers. We all know about his potential and his ability to get crowds on their feet. This is the time to show the people that Blankets and wine is not only for secular people but also gospel musicians. We shall be expecting nothing less. He defines what Blankets and Wine is all about.”

Levixone will join Uganda’s sensational band Quela Band, multi-instrumentalist Giovani Kiyingi, one of East Africa’s best deejays DJs Saint Evo, alongside South Africa’s multi-award winning duo Mafikizolo.

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Giovanni Kiyingi set for the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine.

Ugandan folk singer-songwriter and Afro-fusion multi-instrumentalist, Giovanni Kiyingi, will be one of the acts to look out for during the hugely anticipated 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine happening at the Lugogo Cricket Oval on 25th September, 2016 that will have South African sensation – Mafikizolo as the lead act.

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Well known for his multi-instrumentalist skills, Kiyingi plays drums, guitar, harmonica, flute, local Ugandan fiddle (endigidi), conga, adungu (a stringed musical instrument of the Alur people of northwestern Uganda), akogo (finger piano), djembe (rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa), maracas (rumba music shakers) and the calabash.

Kiyingi has performed at major music festivals like the Bayimba International Festival, Pearl Rhythm Festival in Uganda; Santuri Safari Projects Kenyatta University Cultural Exchange, DOADOA, Utam Festival, Sondeka Festival in Kenya and at the Irimba Cultural Festival in Arusha, Tanzania.

Kiyingi has performed alongside veteran artist Harry Lwanga, Kora Award winner Suzan Kerunen, multiple award winner, folk artists Joel Sebunjo, and also with bands like Ssarabi and Afrigo.

With two albums under his belt namely Essanyu Ly’omufilika (Joy of an African) and his latest Akondeere (Trumpets and Hones), he is certainly destined for bigger things.

“Performing on a platform like the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is an entirely different audience. So I am putting in more studio time to perform my voice, and polishing up with my instrument selection so that my set can be as invigorating as it will be entertaining. Since I only recently dropped a new album (Akondeere) I will be able to maximize the huge numbers here to raise my flag even higher and gain more recognition,” Kiyingi remarked.

Commenting about the myriad of talent that Blankets and Wine brings to its audiences, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said that they make it a point to have every edition remarkably different from the other.

“This time round, Mafikizolo as the headlining act are in a league of their own. But regardless, the Ugandan performers too will undoubtedly sizzle. For example Giovanni Kiyingi as a multi-instrumentalist is also a great singer and even better performer. Nkwesunga, one of the songs he performs often is a marvel to listen to. He defines what Tusker Malt Lager and Blankets and Wine stand for.”

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Tusker Malt Lager reaffirms its support for Blankets and Wine.

Tusker Malt Lager, Uganda’s signature premium beer and lead sponsor for Blankets and Wine has reaffirmed its support for the premier music experience by extending its title sponsorship into the 13th edition of Blankets and Wine.

L-R Davist Ntare winner of the Tusker Malt Project Fame 4 season speaks ...

Davis Ntare speaks during the Presser alongside Alex Tunsigwire, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager and Jackie Akello, multilingual songbird who will be performing at Blankets and Wine XIII.

Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. A quarterly picnic style music festival that brings lovers of afro music together.

In a press conference held at the Ekombe Villas, Kampala, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Mr. Alex Tusingwire said that the partnership Tusker Malt Lager enjoys with Blankets and Wine is strong and continues to grow with each passing edition. “Tusker Malt Lager is proud to be title sponsor of the biggest musical experience on the Uganda social calendar. At Tusker Malt Lager, we are keen on giving our consumers an opportunity to discover the best Afro-music acts that the continent has got to offer and Blankets and Wine offers the perfect platform for this.” He said.

The 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine will take place on 10th July, 2016 at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum grounds.

Representing the Blankets and Wine team, Mr. James Byaruhanga commended Tusker Malt Lager for their tenacious support. “Tusker Malt Lager’s unwavering support is the reason why Blankets and Wine is what it is today. We have and continue to enjoy our relationship with them. Each passing Blankets and Wine experience gets bigger and better and the 13th Edition is set to be the biggest yet.” He said.

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Mi Casa, will be the headline act for Blankets and Wine XIII

A special line up has been set up for the 13th Edition: Uganda’s top multi-talented female sensation Mo-Roots, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti, Tusker Project Fame 4 winner Davis Ntare, multilingual songbird, Jackie Akello and the headline act, Mi Casa from South Africa.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Mi Casa alongside Mo Roots to headline Blankets & Wine XIII.

South Africa’s multi-award winning house band Mi Casa, will be headlining the 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine in Kampala on 10th July, 2016 alongside some of Uganda’s best afro-pop and afro-fusion acts.

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The 13th edition of the premier Afro-based musical experience powered by Tusker Malt Lager will be held at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum with dazzling performances lined up from Uganda’s top multi-talented female sensation Mo-Roots, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti, Tusker Project Fame 4 winner Davis Ntare, multilingual songbird, Jackie Akello and the headline act, Mi Casa from South Africa.

Mi Casa, a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa, consists of 3 members, Dr. Duda – the pianist, J’Something – the vocalist and guitarist, and Mo-T – the trumpeter.

The group’s first album titled Micasa Music, went gold and won several awards at the 18th Annual South Africa Music Awards in 2012.

Hits such as Turn You On, Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend and These Streets earned them three nominations at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, these lads put together weave musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

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Mo Roots

Mo-Roots will add spice to an already dazzling nuance of artists. Widely renowned for her multi-talent; instrumentalist, song writer and currently the best female saxophonist in Uganda, Mo-Roots’ energetic performance will be a welcome addition to the revelers who will flock the Uganda Museum, Blankets and Wine Kampala’s proverbial home.

Rising star and super saxophonist, Kirya Kuti, will be sampling revelers with the finest from his dazzling jazz compilation at his debut Blankets and Wine performance.

Davis Ntare, 2010 Tusker Project Fame 4 winner and Jackie Akello an African contemporary and urban music performer who sings in popular languages like Acholi, Luganda, Swahili and English to complete the star studded artist line up.

Alex Tusingwire, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said; “Blankets and Wine Kampala experience keeps getting bigger and better with each passing edition. The blend of music genres and acts lined up for this 13th edition will deliver an awesome experience for our Tusker Malt consumers. We are excited to have Mi Casa, all the way from South Africa headlining this edition. We have an array of activities lined up this time round to keep our revelers glued.”

“Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. As Tusker Malt Lager, we appreciate our consumers and thus, give them an opportunity to discover some of the finest afro-based music acts through Blankets and Wine.” He added

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

“So prepare to your mats, picnic baskets complete with some ice cold Tusker Malt Lager and head to the Uganda Museum grounds on the 10th of July to enjoy the sun, food and good music.“ remarked Tusingwire.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Photos courtesy of Google Images

Photos: Blankets and Wine XII Edition.

What other way would you better spend your Easter holidays than enjoy a fresh Tusker Malt Lager while dancing to good live music.People having a good time at the B&W eventThat is just what the 12th edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala provided on Sunday March 27, 2016 at the Uganda Museum grounds. The artiste line up was a blend of tingling musical genres; South Africa’s Uhuru unleashed the best of house music, Maddox on the other hand provided the ultimate lovers’ rock and reggae.

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Sitenda, a former contestant in the Tusker Project Fame music competition and Sandra Suubi, winner of the Airtel Trace Music Star Search competition gave the audience a subtle but energetic vibe as the two ladies made their debuts at Blankets and Wine Kampala.

A couple enjoying themselves at teh B&W XII edition

Sponsored by Tusker Malt Lager, Blankets and Wine Kampala has become the most sought after event on Uganda’s social calendar.

Ladies having fun at the B&W event

Revelers having a good time.

Eddie Kenzo at the B&W event

Eddie Kenzo with a friend during the Blankets and Wine XX Edition

Speaking prior to the event, Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager said that they will continuously seek to raise the bar in terms of experience and artiste line up.

Madoxx giving his all to the revellers

“Our aim as Tusker Malt Lager is to give consumers the freshest and most captivating experiences. 12 events down the road, the Blankets and Wine Kampala experience is only getting bigger. We shall always ensure that our consumers only get the best,” he noted.

Revelers enjoy the sun as they watch B&W performances

As has become the norm, when the gates were opened at midday, lines quickly formed as families, friends and acquaintances aimed for perfect picnic spots at the museum grounds.

Uhuru performing at B&W

Hits such as Wowota, Omuyimbi, Omukwano, Namagembe, Munakyalo, among others kept the audience on its feet. He did a great job; setting the mood right for a musical explosion with South Africa’s Uhuru.

Uhuru on stage

The kwaito/house music group famed for its Y-Tjukutja song left fans clamoring for more after putting up a sterling performance. The dynamic group is a compilation of young producers with a keen musical sensibility and an almost otherworldly ability to harness music and create sure-fire hits. The foursome are passionate producers who love to fuse African sound into their music.

Joyous fans having a good time.

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