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Looks like many groups are going through serious transformations some for the good others for the bad. But the ultimate girls group as many to refer to as “The Ugandan Destiny’s child”, I believe that it is for the good.After various rumors surrounding Cindy’s departure, the remaing members come forward to clear the air and let us know what is really going on and the various changes in the group.

The first change that they made was the name, they removed the star (Blu*3 to Blu 3), because they are all no longer pop stars. They have also recruited a new member to the group to replace Cindy. Blu 3 conducted private auditions and chose Edith Baganda a.k.a Mya a former member of Kombat Dancers and Obsessions thus an experienced stage performer and her singing ability.

Blu 3 has also changed management; it has been taken over by an Entertainment Agent called Talent 256, internationally owned by Ali Allibhai. Talent 256 will handle bookings, tours, administration, marketing, publicity and promotions while Steve Jean handles all music and video production and concert production. Other musicians under this management include; Peter Miles, Michael Ross, Priscilla Kalibala, Grace and Ray C.

Blu 3 is currently working on their brand new 14 track album that is yet to be released in August. It will feature songs in Swahili, English and Swahili.

Below is the new Blu 3 bio

BLU 3 is Uganda’s hottest all-girl group and is made up of Mya Baganda, Jacqui Chandiru and Lillian Mbabazi.

Blu 3 (Black Ladies from Uganda 3) has had a very long and famous history. The group burst onto the music scene after winning the Coca Cola Pop stars contest in Uganda. The judges were so impressed with the girls' vocals blending so well that they compared them to the biggest voices in the industry today.
After the group that was originally made up of Lillian Mbabazi, Jaqui Chandiru and Cinderella Sanyu won the competition, the girls moved to Johannesburg, (South Africa) to work on their debut EP, learning skills in performance, etiquette, stage presence, make-up and all the other things a group needs to make it a success.

A few years into performing together, the group had a sudden split. Where they lost one member- Cinderella Sanyu- but that was not the end of Blu3. The group recruited and trained young and beautiful Mya Baganda and is now again ontop of the charts with their amazing voices and talent.
All the group members are professional songwriters and work together on many of the songs of their albums.

Some of the girls most famous hits include Hitaji, Frisky, Kanchachanche, Strong woman, Burrn, Nsanyuka nawe, Ndiberra nawe, Tomalaako and so many more.

The ‘Hitaji’ single from their debut album of the same name, went to No.1 on every radio and television show in East Africa. The Hitaji video was No.1 on for 2 months, beating already established Ugandan artists like Chameleon and Bebe Cool.

In July 2005, Blu3 performed their hit song ‘Hitaji’ at the Kenyan Kisima awards where they won two awards for ‘Best video (Hitaji) and ‘Best Artist from Uganda.’

They took home the award for ‘Video of the year’ at the ‘2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards’ in Uganda where they were also nominated for ‘Best Video (Hitaji),’ ‘Best R&B Artist’ and ‘Best R&B Single (Hitaji).’
They were nominated for ‘Best Album from East Africa’ at the 2005 Kilimanjaro Awards in Tanzania where they moved the crowd with a sizzling performance.
They were nominated for Best group from East Africa at the 2005 Kora All Africa awards in South Africa.
The New Vision Ugandan newspaper awarded The Hitaji album the best full length album of 2005.
MTV Base and BBC Radio played all BLU 3 hits regularly.
Blu3 was the only group to be nominated for the prestigious Channel O Spirit of Africa Awards in South Africa in October 2006.
In February 2007, the feisty trio of Blu3 released their new album, a 17-track masterpiece entitled Burrn, which caused ripples even before it had hit the record stores! The first single, ‘Nsanyuka Nawe,’ a ballad written by Sylver Kyagulanyi and produced by award winning producer Steve Jean, is still sitting comfortably atop the radio charts countrywide. The album featured production by Steve Jean, Henry Kiwuwa, Fabrice and Benon of Benon and Vamposs, and guest artist Hip Hop star Navio and ReeJay from Ghana, among others. The second single from the album, Katika got the whole of East Africa on its feet.

“This is one of the best albums I've yet worked on. There's so much variety on it. You have Hip Hop, Reggae, Pop, R&B, Rock and, even Jazz! We tried to create an album that will be around for years to come and are confident that the girls can do these songs anywhere in the world be it Ghana, Japan, the US or Europe,” words of the infamous Steve Jean.

The Blu3 girls say they were excited to be able to reclaim their throne as Divas Supreme, following up with many amazing performances and lots more to come.

These three very talented young artistes whose music is almost R&B and is sang mostly in Luganda, Swahili and English have been hailed as the Uganda’s (and Africa) version of Destiny's Child.

Currently, the girls have a lot of gigs around Kampala and Africa. 2008 is going to be a very promising year for the amazing trio.

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Blu3 Releases new single

For Blu 3, the sky is the limit and there is no stopping. Here is the brand new song from Blu3. It's a breezy Latin flavored song that is easy on the ears yet fun to dance to. "Together" features Uganda's guitar guru, Michael Ouma. The song was recorded at Fenon Records.

Blu 3 to join Angelina Jolie against human trafficking by Titus Serunjogi

LOCAL pop music sensations Blu*3 have made yet another milestone in their eight-year career. The PAM Award-winning trio are the first African music group to be named goodwill ambassadors for the International Organisation of Migration (IOM). The role, which they share with American showbiz personalities Angelina Jolie and Ricky Martin as well as British actress Emma Thompson, entails mobilising people against illegal immigration and human trafficking.  Blu*3 are set to perform at international music festivals in Sweden, the US, Dubai and the UK.

BLU 3, Goodlyfe make it big in Africa by Isaac Ssejjombwe

Ever since Moze Radio, Weasel and Blu 3 recorded where you are, they haven’t looked back because not only has the song  topped all radio and TV stations in East Africa, but also becoming the only Ugandan hit to appear on both MTV Africa and MTV Europe countdown and better still to be number two for two consecutive weeks.

The song made its debut on number 9 and steadily moved to number 6, 4 and now number two on the African continent. Where you are is a fusion of RNB and Hip Hop, done at fenon records and its shooting was done in two different places; industrial area and kakira sugar plantation.
Bashir of BADI entertainment who is so far the best video expert in the Ugandan entertainment business was behind the camera for this particular song.

Among other achievement the song has received, many still anticipate that this is going to scoop the best video and best song for this year in the PAM Awards among other awards in the region. Ali Alibhai CEO talent 256 and manager Blu3 promised to make a party at club rouge if the song can make it to number one in these coming weeks. Both groups are under new management Blu 3 having joined Ali under his agency of Talent 256 and Goodlyf breaking away from Leone Island and forming Goodlyf as a means of hiking their music and by the looks of things, sky is the limit for both groups.

Blu 3 - Uganda's International Organization for Migration Ambassadors - By Peter Allen Kigonya

Blu 3 talks about Cindy's departure and their appointment as UN Ambassadors in this collaboration.

How does one describe Blu 3 after meeting with them for the first time? If you dare to compare them with the more known American group TLC, Lillian would be T-Boz, Mya would be Chilli and Jacqui would be Lisa Lopez... Left-Eye. That is because Lillian seems more of the spokesperson for the group, while Mya is the most "girly" girl, and Jacqui is definitely cool, perhaps not wild as Left-Eye, but when she speaks she is always cool... Her unique, at least by Ugandan standards, lip ring is perhaps one clue to a wild side of her. But let's try again with Destiny's Child... Lillian would be Beyonce, Jacqui would be Kelly and Mya would be Michelle. Make no mistake... These ladies are all unique in their own way.

Blu 3 - Radio and Weasel of Goodlife and Making Where You Are

Blu 3 - Music, Albums and Tours

Blu 3 and Michael Ross set for US Tour

Blu 3 and Micheal Ross are set to tour US. The tour will kick off with a show on the 29th August in Boston (Venue) yet to be confirmed. They will then grace the 21st UNAA Convention which starts from the 4th September to 6th September in Chicago. For both these artists, it is their first time in the US. Blu 3 is known for songs like frisky, hitaji, Nsanyuka Nawe, Ndibeera Naawe, Burrn, Nkoye, Where you are and many more. Michael Ross is known for like Senorita, How do you love somebody?, Fire, Nkwetaaga, Nalulungi, Yooyo and many more. Both artists promise the best for their US fans. Watch out they could be in your city next.

Dj Benny Dee to grace Blu 3 album launch by Isaac Ssejjombwe.

“Are you ready; Uganda, are you really really ready!!!” Were the words Benny Dee said during his first visit to Uganda last year at Akon’s concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval. He came back to Uganda during Wyclef Jean performance at the Zain concert at the same venue and left revelers yearning fore more.

Enough of history! Anyway the latest sleaze is that the entertaining and stylish disc spinner will be jetting in town on the 20th of October for Blu 3’s Be Free album launch at kcc grounds according to Talent 256 and Blu 3 manager Ali Alibhai.

Benny Dee will become the second international figure to grace Blu 3’s album launch after Montell Jordan’s successful gig last year when they were launching Burrn.

Blu 3’s 12 track album has songs like Where you are, Nzijukira, Fly, bad girl, Kakana all of which are receiving ample airplay on most media houses allover Africa and features celebrated artists like Nameless, Radio and Weasel, GNl among others.

Blu 3 to rock the MAMAs

The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) promises to be even more exciting this year than it was last year with several exciting performers slated to on the performance roster.Ugandan R&B divas Blu3 have been booked to rock the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA), the annual celebration of African contemporary music, in Kenya on 10 October 2009. Also added to the lineup of performers at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain are Lizha James from Mozambique – a hot contender for the Best Female trophy – South Africa’s Da L.E.S (Best Male, Best Video nominee), A.Y. from Tanzania (Best Hip Hop nominee) and Congolese soukous king, Fally Ipupa. All gal trio Blu3 is riding high as Uganda’s hottest female group, riding high in the Ugandan charts and a regular feature on radio, MTV base and BBC Radio 1Xtra.  The group comprises singer/songwriters Mya Baganda, Jacqui Chandiru and Lillian Mbabaz who effortlessly blend Luganda, Swahili and English and melodious vocals into a sophisticated and harmonious R&B sound.  As well as performing at the Awards, the trio are also nominated in two key categories in the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain – Best Performer and Best Group. Blu3, Fally Ipupa, Da L.E.S, Lizha James and A.Y. and join previously announced performers Wyclef Jean, Wahu, Lira, M.I. and Samini at the second annual MAMA awards, taking place at the Indoor Arena, Moi International Sports Centre, Nairobi, airing to a potential TV audience of 1 billion viewers around the world. The MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain, Road To MAMA and What Went Down TV shows will be aired on MTV base and partner TV stations from 17 October 2009.

Blu 3 to launch “Be Free” album by Isaac Ssejjombwe.

2009 has been a massive year for the 3 girl group Blu 3 and by the look of things; it’s their biggest of the six years they’ve been in the industry. Well, Blu 3’stwelve track album is done and every one is awaiting its launch that is due to take place on the 23rd of October at KCC grounds and Imperial Resort beach on the 25th of this month.

The album which is entitled “BE FREE CONCERT” will be graced by re-known disc spinner DJ Benny D who has made a resound name in Uganda especially after the successful concerts by Akon and Wycliffe Jean last year.

Be free for Blu 3 by Isaac ssejjombwe.

Talent 256 proved again that they are still the best in the entertainment business as BLU 3 BE FREE album launch at KCC Grounds was everything that fits the description of a successful concert as earlier anticipated. Good turn up by the crowd, brilliant lighting, flawless sound and great performances from every artist that came to support the trio.

Blu 3 release singles

Well…. The singles are out. Blu 3 has been commonly known for their distinct r’n’b style. The each of the girls i.e. Mya, Jackie and Lillian all stepped out and each of them has released singles. (Oh… Mya’s song is still in the oven).  A success in any of their solo projects is a Blu 3 success.

Agassi – Jackie Chandiru

The song was written by Jackie Chandiru and produced by Benon at Swangs Ave.  Languages: Lugbara and English. I don’t understand most of the song but it’s a love song about a girl who gets dumped, the girl basically doesn’t want to let go or say goodbye and continuously keeps declaring her love for him ... Enjoy

Vitamin – Lillian Mbabazi ft Weasle

This “happy love song” as Lillian prefers to describe it was written by Moses Radio and features Weasle. It was produced by Washington. Languages: Luganda. In this song she tells the guy how much he means to her thus comparing her to medicine…. Vitamin, chloroquine, quinine and so on.  This is the kind of song that keeps one on their feet the whole night… Enjoy.

This has completely given us another angle to view the girls from. They and Blu 3 are a true force to reckon.

Ugandans nominated for Tanzania’s Kilimajaro Awards

Artists are still raising the country’s flag in what they do best.  Blu 3, Juliana, Moses Radio and Weasle and Cindy were nominated for the Tanzania Kilimajaro Awards in the category of Best East African Single. Blu 3 was nominated for Where you are, Moses Radio was nominated for Bread and Butter, Cindy for Na Wewe and Juliana for Haturundi Nyuma. Kisean Jamal Anderson a.k.a Sean Kingston will headline the 2010 Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards show alongside Tanzanian stars at Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam on 15th, May.

Click here to vote and read more about the Awards.

Mya releases song

The moment we have all been waiting for has come, Mya has released her single. The song  titled “Give me your love” was written by her (Mya) and produced at Crystal Klear. Listening to this song… wow,  I was very impressed and very excited (not sure if you can be both at the same time). The song is about love. A lady discovers a guy that she loves but the guy is too shy to express his real emotions and feelings. The song will basically get you to your feet and dance. When it comes to performance, one can only imagine what Mya has in stock for us. Well patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010

Lilian releases Kankutwale

Lilian is one vocally gifted lady. After giving birth to her son, Lilian has released a brand new single. The song is a redo of Benon and Vamposs ft  Weasle song. It was originally produced by Jose Chameleone at Leone Island. The redo was produced by Benon Mugumbya at Swangz Ave.  This song clearly shows us the difference in production. The song is basically about a girl taking her man tired of looking around, she has basically given him her heart and will do everything good thing for him.

Monday, December 15th, 2010

Q & A with Jackie Chandiru

Who is Jackie?
She is a quiet and reserved girl but she is very outgoing when you get to know her.

Tell us about your upcoming album?
My Album is called or will be called “To Live and To die” and it will be consisting of 60% Lugbara. I have written most of the tracks on the album, produced and even co-produced some. It will consist of probably the most personal work I have ever done.

Tuesday, January 04th, 2011

“For all time”, Jackie Chandiru ft Sammie by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256-782233273)

Stretching her wings as a solo artist is certainly her main goal; for what possible reason could she have to team up with an eritrean artist called Sammie!

Jackie formerly of Blu 3 has proved to be a master of collaborations because tracks like “gwoyagala” feat Rabadaba, “goin on” alongside Jose Chameleone, “dirty shame” with Batabazi, Wind it up ft Fidempa and Navio and now her recent “for all time” alongside Sammie from Eritrea have all hit charts in the entertainment circles.

Recorded by Paddyman, the song was recorded in “Eritrean, English and Lugbara with a simple video in one location, full of color and tremendous camera angles and shot by Centrix.

Click here to read more about Blu 3 and Jackie Chandiru

Jackie Chandiru  shoots Video with Python

Looks like artists are taking videos to another level. Blu 3 member Jackie Chandiru shoot recently shot a video to her latest track “Overdose” to with a live Python. The snake was apparently got from the Uganda Reptile Centre in Entebbe. This proves that the level of creativity in Artists has increased and shows the distance artists are willing to go for their music. But  this a question: What animal is next to feature in a video. Guess lets wait and see.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Mya gives birth

Mya gave birth to a lovely baby boy in the wee hours of Monday morning at Nakasero hospital. The boy named Gabriel Suubi and mother are both in perfect health. Mya was discharged from hospital on Friday, December 14th.

Congs Girl

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Meet Lillian Mbabazi

Lillian describes herself as an outgoing, open, free spirit and loves having fun kind of person. Introduced to the Uganda and the rest of world in 2004 through the Coca Cola Pop Stars competitions where she emerged as one of the winners, Lillian Mbabazi the lead singer of Blu 3, a Rwandese by nationality and Ugandan by birth talks about her life in Blu 3, her solo project and a single mother.
In 2010, Blu 3 as a group went on leave and the group members embarked on a Solo project, Lillian gave birth to a lovely baby boy and also released her first single “Vitamin” where she featured Weasle. Now juggling both motherhood and a musician, after her break, Lillian is trying get back to on track with here music career.

Tuesday, February 01st, 2011

Jackie releases the long anticipated snake video

Many will say whatever they would like, but personally I think this is art and creativity at its peak thus taking this entire video thing to a whole new different level. The video that has caused a lot of talk among so many people some calling Jackie  devil worshipper , told her how she is going to be hated and the climax was  comparing her to Aaliyah thus she is going to die;  has finally been released. Now that the video has been released let wait and see. Jackie Chandiru is part of the Blu 3 and during their break has released  song that have become hits like Agassi, Goin’ On, Gwoyagala and many more. The video was shot, directed and edited by Jah of Jah Live.

Wednesday, 02nd March, 2011

Lilian’s listenership party by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256-782233273)

Fuego bar and restaurant in Muyenga was the place to be last Thursday as Blu 3’s Lillian was being unveiled as a solo and contemporary artist.

Lillian has been Blu 3’s lead singer ever since their formation during the 2004 coca cola pop stars talent search and together alongside Cindy and Jackie, the group was riding high in the region with tracks like “Frisky, Kankyakyankye, Ndibera nawe” among others but the group started splitting with Cindy being the first one to leave in 2008.

Cindy was replaced by Mya who was famously known in the dance circles after her spell with one of the dance groups in the region.

Two years later, the group finally called it quits with each of the girls following their solo careers.

Now mother to Moze’s kid, Lillian held her first ever show as a solo artist last Thursday performing her latest tracks, “Kawa and others to a fair gathering who came for the do.

She also exhibited class when she performed Bob Marley’s tracks and “where you are”, their collaboration (Blu 3) with  Goodlyf.

The show kicked off at 8pm and was organized by Talent Africa previously known as Talent 256.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Jackie releases “Gold Digger”

Out to change the face of Ugandan music, Jackie has released a new song titled “Gold Digger”. The song was produced by Washington at Magic Studios and written by Jackie Chandiru, Suxess, Washington, Red Bunton and Moses Radio. The song is about somebody looking for true love because of the image of glamour they think that she wants money. The song will surely get to your feet  dancing.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Mya releases new song against women harassment.

After a couple of months, Mya is back with a brand new single. The song title “Say No” was written by Mya and produced by David Mwesigwa from the Phatom Studios based in the UK. The song is about saying no to harassment and protecting our (woment) dignity, she will not give to have it and she will Say No, even if she reaches the wall she will still Say NO.  With what is going on today this is a kind of song that many people should get motivation from. This is the kind of song that one can listen to, learn a lesson and dance to.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blu*3  to re-unite after years of separation by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256 782233273)

Soon, we are going to see the reunion of breakaway trio Jackie Chandiru, Lillian Mbabazi and Cinderella Sanyu on a big project that will also see them taking international and regional tours. Steve Jean who was the main man behind the formation of Blu 3 in 2003 during the Coca Cola pop stars talent search is also behind the reunion. Steve has neither confirmed nor denied the reunion but our source reveals that the producer is so excited about the project.

The group started disbanding in 2007 when Cindy was expelled after she refused to end her trip to Italy prematurely and has ever since then been striding as a solo artist. With singles “Ayokya yokya”, “one and only”, “total satisfaction” and “Party” among others, Cindy has established herself as one of the most sought after artists in Uganda.

Cindy was later replaced by Mya. In 2008, Blu 3 took on Maternity leave thus leading to the girls venturing into solo projects. Jackie she quickly stood out after the success of “Going on”, a collabo she did with Chameleon, “Agassi”, “overdose” and “Gold digger” to mention but a few. Jackie has been on the radar as one of the best female artists for the last two years and her “Agassi” video was voted the best video in last year’s PAM Awards. Lillian released “Vitamin” with Weasel, “Kawa”, “Kankutwale” and her recent “I’m in danger”. Lillian is mainly known for her live performances with her band sundowners. Mya has released songs like Baibe, say No and her latest “Shankolo”

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