The Amarula Family is the leading comedy group in Uganda. Why are they called Amarula Family? We asked them whether the name Amarula had something to do with the Creamy South African alcoholic drink and the family said no. "No! it is not Amarula but Marwa" Marwa is a very popular Ugandan brew consumed by Ugandans in mainly the Central and Eastern regions of the country. The plural for Marwa in Uganda is Amarwa and the word sounded a lot like Amarula, so they decided to call their group The Amarula Family. They say they are not a solo act, not a one-night stand and not a band but a group or a family. When they perform, they do what the people want and their performances are very diverse.
They dance, do acrobatics and many other performing arts like singing. They are also fond of mimicking people like President Museveni, Sudhir Ruperalia, Sayida Karoli, Kiza Besigye and whoever is in the news. This keeps the crowds very excited because they make jokes about current and mostly controversial issues. hey say that they deal with reality and things which happen in real life.
They represent reality in Uganda in any way be it political, social or economic. There are four members of the group and they started doing their act approximately three years ago. Their dream is to become International stars and would want to do comedy films. They also have dreams of owning an entertainment canter and a professional comedy school.
Like all Ugandans in the performing arts field, the group has faced many draw backs. Resources have been a problem for this leading Ugandan Comedy group. They have had to promote themselves using their own resources and are a banch of self-made hard working lads. "Are you Bikers" was the next question we asked them. They had a definite answer "HELL NO!!! We Cruise," answered the family in an accustomed chorus form They perform on almost every day of the week. You can catch them at Mambo Bado at Mengo from Tuesday to Sunday
They also make appearances at Panther and Hollywood Theater in Katwe on Wednesdays. They are at Sax Pub on and Bwaise's Chez Johnson on Thursdays. As you can see, they are busy for most of the week but can always make arrangements to appear at your occasion or party if when you need them. You can send us an e-mail or call us when you want to get in touch with them.
Amarula still has it. - Words; BY Da Puzo
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Before they hit back with their latest comedy series, Ugandan comedy click “the Amarula” family had for a while been battling Jabs from the Ugandan entertainment press. The jabs thus emphasized the group’s comedy skits as the same old ones that they had started with five years ago. The ones about Former Kampala mayor Sebbana Kizito claiming he had done a commendable job of maintaining the clock tower by fixing the tower’s clock battery, the many about young “dethoothing” Ugandan Lasses etc.
Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Uganda Comedian Paddy Ssali a.k.a Paddy Bitama Dead
Dr. Henry Ddung One of the doctors who was treating the renown Ugandan comedian confirmed the death of Renown Ugandan comedianPaddy Ssali a.k.a Paddy Bitama
The former presidential aspirant passed away today at the the cancer institute of Mulago Hospital where he had been rushed in critical condition. Dr. Henry Ddung said that Paddy had cancer but he did not give details of the type of cancer he was suffering from the doctor said that by the time Bitama was brought to Hospital he needed fluids and he did not have enough blood since he had anemia.
Bitama is known to be one of the founders of comedy group Amarula Family but left the group to form his own called Amazon Family which did not last. The now fallen comedian has been bedridden since last year. His death comes just a day after a rumor went viral on social media that he had passed on. It turned out to be false. Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for the fallen comedian on social media.
Paddy started his trade as an MC at the then popular DV 8bar. He later teamed up with then singers Mola Messe aka Bontwe and Amooti Omubaranguzi aka Boogie Woogie to form the semi-defunct Amarula family and the three also worked together at Dembe FM.
In a bid to shift his career path from comedy to politics, Bitama unsuccessfully contested the 2006 presidential elections.
He was however determined to show Ugandans his desire to make it big in politics and it’s here that he joined FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye, in the infamous ‘Walk to Work’ operations orchestrated by A4C leaders in 2011.
It was during this time that he fell sick was said to be in and out of
May his Soul Rest in Peace
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