#36: Game night with BFE

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I was recently told by a radio consultant that my radio show, SNMS, breaks almost every rule of conventional radio. Some of his criticisms were general- that we don’t have a clear structure, that the week-to-week format is all over the place, etc. But most of his criticisms (paranoia-alert!) seemed to be directed at me- that I talk too much, that I talk in the middle of songs, that I can be a little shout-y (I concede that one), that I’m sometimes rude to callers (but it’s SO funny!), that my enunciation needed work etc etc. By the time he was done with me, I felt about 1 foot tall.

When I thought about it a little later, I realised that although his points were valid, he was describing the sort of boring, cookie-cutter radio show that I absolutely hate and that we did not want SNMS to become.

Every production meeting we have for the show starts with the same question: how can we make our next show better than our last, and that philosophy has served us quite well for the 2 years we’ve been on air. It’s what makes us try things like the BFE game night that you are about to hear.

If you are a radio consultant, you should switch this off now because what you are about to hear may hurt your sensibilites. For the rest of you, enjoy the craziness! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

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How theMith cheated at Foosball (and how I got my revenge)

Heineken are running a “FoosBall Challenge” at various bars in the city at the moment and I’ve caught the bug (mainly because I badly want to win that trip to Amsterdam).

My thinking was that this foosball thing cannot be that hard.  I’d learn how to play in week one, become a foosball ninja in week two, beat any and all comers in week three, and off to Amsterdam I go!  I went to Legends last Wednesday full of confidence and challenged one of the Heineken reps to a game to gauge my skill level and see how much work I had to do.  Bad idea. Not only did he beat me quite comprehensively, but once he saw I was more Foosball Wannabe than Foosball Ninja, he picked up a drink and played one-handed.

Tres embarrassing.

My game needed work, so I moved on to Plan B, in which I channel Rocky Balboa and train, train, train until I reach the top! All I needed was a pasty who I could beat a few times to get my confidence up.

Enter theMith.

I’ll jump right to the end and tell you that he beat me twice and both times he came from behind- I was up 7-0 in one game- BUT HE CHEATED!!!

I don’t have conclusive proof (yet) but there are some “coincidences” that give me pause:

  1. He said he’d never played foosball before. (Liar!!!)
  2. He was very cosy with the supposedly impartial Heineken referee. (You can see from this picture, which was taken at Heineken’s launch event, that they had met before). Did I see money being exchanged after our game? No I did not, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…
  3. He was very particular about the table we played on. Did he perhaps have it rigged? Did he know the table enough to give him an unfair advantage. My Spidey Senses say yes.

In the end I had to swallow a ton of pride and get theMith’s round of drinks. But I got my revenge.  TheMith broke a cardinal Foosball rule (that I just made up): never leave Mister Deejay alone with your phone after you have beaten him cheated at foosball.

He got distracted while I was listening to his new single, “Winner”, and I bluetoothed the song to my phone.  The game is always on! Mwahahaahaha! If you want a copy of the song, tweet me @misterdeejayug or email me at contact@misterdeejaypresents.com and I’ll send it to you.

That’ll teach him 😀

The challenge continues at these spots around town, and you best believe I will be at each of these. I am currently in the middle of some serious Karate-kid type training in an effort to take my game to the next level. If theMith is man enough, he’ll show up and there will be a replay.

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#35: Navio introduces the Kata remix ft Benny D

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I have a very simple recording for you this week and it’s from when Navio came by the show to drop the remix to his Kata track. The remix features Benny D (Akon’s official DJ) and it maintains the high energy, high tempo feel of the original.

Before Navio and I got down to the buiness at hand I had to play him my own (very unofficial) Kata remix.

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#34: “Why most of Ugandan pop music is junk” – Joseph Batte

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An interesting article appeared in the New Vieion recently entitled “Why most of Uganda’s pop music is junk.” The article, written by Mr Josph Batte, claimed that Uganda’s pop music scene lacks creativity and innovation, and is full of one-hit-seekers, who sacrifice musicality for the sake of a quick buck. Mr Batte was not afraid to call out particular artists in his article and although I disagreed with the general argument he made, I did agree with some of his particular points.

Although I am, on the whole, optimistic about the direction of Ugandan pop music in general and of the urban genres in particular, Mr Batte made some very persuasive points in his article and I invited him on to SNMS to discuss them.

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#33: DJ Global “Toluleta”

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This week’s podcast features an interview we conducted on SNMS with DJ Global, who stopped by the show to discuss his latest single “Toluleta”. The song is a bouncy dance number that features Salvado, a local comedian and radio-presenter.  Salvado has been known to perform the occasional musical number during his act, but he doesn’t usually record full songs.  I asked DJ Global amongst other things, how he made the collaboration happen and why he wanted Salvado in particular for this track.

While he was with us, DJ global also also broke down the instrumental for the track and walked us through the decisions he made in studio. As usual, this is talk-heavy, but it’s the way we like it on SNMS. :)

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