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Victoria University confirms music battle between Cindy and Sheebah

Top two Ugandan female musicians Cindy Sanyu (L) and Sheebah Karungi (R) are set for a live music battle on September 15, 2023 (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The first-ever female music battle between musicians Sheebah Karungi aka “Queen Karma” and Cindy Sanyu alias “The King Herself” has been confirmed to happen on Friday, September, 15th, 2023, at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala.

The announcement was made on Tuesday morning by Victoria University Vice Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga who confirmed that the two musicians confirmed their presence for the event will on the d-date ‘go bare knuckles’ in the much-anticipated music battle to sort out their lyrical prowess.

The fierce battle comes against the backdrop of an ongoing social media rivalry between the two artistes which has seen them, backed by their respective fans, hurl words at each other during media interviews leaving the music industry divided in opinion on who is the better artist.

The internal bickering between the two started in 2018 and somehow seemed to have faded out only for Cindy Sanyu to book the same date and venue that Sheebah had booked for her Yolo festival.

Dr Muganga who was addressing the media on Tuesday confirmed the two artists were both contacted and affirmed their participation in the musical battle to determine who is the best female musician in the country.

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“As an institution deeply committed to advancing our nation, we see the immense potential in harnessing the energy exhibited by these exceptional artists into a meaningful and constructive direction for the country. This foundation has inspired us to challenge Queen Sheebah Karungi and ‘The King Herself’ Cindy Sanyu to engage in a productive Musical Battle, especially in light of recent media discussions,” Dr Muganga said, adding that the battle is one of the sure ways to “Future-Proof Education through Art.

“Each of the Artists was contacted individually, after what we saw in the media. Each of them, on their own terms, has accepted the challenge. “The Musical Battle will be held on September 15, 2023, at Kololo Airstrip, the same venue under contention. This will then be considered the Yolo Festival.”

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lawrence Muganga (centre) addressing journalists on Tuesday morning at Victoria University in Kampala (PHOTO/Handout)

Muganga however did not reveal whether an adjudicator will be secured to give a final judgement on the music battle between the two musicians but promised to provide an update in due course as they continue to arrange for the concert with the organizers and sponsors.

The Graduation and VusiMasterClass

The Vice-Chancellor also noted that a day before the Cindy-Sheebah battle, Victoria University will host their 7th Graduation Ceremony and the VusiMasterclass Seminar, and re-affirmed that both events will go as planned.

“…we already had our plans as Victoria University, which will coincide with the Musical Battle and be held a day before. We already had plans to host our University Graduation Ceremony and the Vusi MasterClass at Kololo Airstrip on September 14, 2023. This will be maintained, and a great way to sum them up with a Musical Battle the following day,” Dr Muganga noted.

The Inspirational and Business MasterClass will run on the same day (September 14), right after the Graduation, at Kololo Airstrip.

The Vusi Thembekywayo MasterClass is themed “Adapt or Perish: Innovate for Survival,” which is expected to host 2,000 participants, and 43% of the slots are already booked.”

According to Dr Muganga, the VusiMasterClass offers an opportunity for participants to gain invaluable insights from an inspirational leader like Vusi Thembekywayo and equip themselves with the necessary skills to adapt and innovate in an ever-changing world.”

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“We are eager to bring together art, education, and business in a harmonious symphony that will shape the future of our nation,” he noted, adding that; “Through collaborations like the proposed Musical Battle, Graduation Ceremony, and MasterClass, we can create a dynamic ecosystem that empowers individuals to thrive and contribute to the betterment of our society.

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