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MTN bring UB40

Release date:2/19/2008
Kampala, Uganda: The legendary British band UB40 will perform live in Kampala on February 23 2008 at Lugogo Cricket Oval. The historical concert sponsored by telecom giant MTN, will be the biggest music event ever held in Uganda and most likely in East Africa.

UB40 is one of the biggest bands in the world with album sales in excess of 70 million worldwide.
The legendary all male band shook the music industry and revolutionized reggae music with famous multi-platinum selling hits like “Red Red Wine”, “I Got U Babe”, “Kingston Town”, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” UB40 is without doubt the biggest pop and reggae band in the world, matched in terms of popularity and influence only by Bob Marley & the Wailers.

“MTN been associated with big music and entertainment events in Uganda over the last 10 years. We are pleased to enable Ugandans enjoy a live performance by a truly world class band. Best selling hits like Many Rivers to Cross, Sing our own Song and so many others will be delivered live at the Oval” said MTN PRO Sheila Kangwagye.

Kangwagye also divulged that preparations for the show and hosting the group are currently underway and MTN and organizers are putting the finishing touches to make sure that music lovers in the country are treated to a memorable experience.

She said, “We recognize the immense support and loyalty Ugandans have always given to MTN and by bringing UB40 home to us is one of the best ways we can say thank you. In the ten years we have been in operation, we have come to be known by our expertise, exciting, innovative and dynamic way of doing things and the UB40 concert will put a stamp on this record. True to our promise, we are bringing unrivalled and never-seen-before entertainment to thousands of Ugandans. Mark my words; people will not forget this experience. Come ready to party!”

In 2006, the quintet has won several international accolades most notably the Ivor Novello Award for International achievement and their 2006 nomination for best Reggae Album at the 49th
Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Their latest hit ‘Reasons’ was released off their 2005 album Who you fighting for? - and ranked 75 on the UK singles chart.

UB40 so far boast of combined single and album sales in excess of 70 million dollars with a staggering 51 hit singles. Among various prestigious artistes, the 8 boyhood friends have performed with industry top dogs such as Beanie Man, Chrissie Hynde and Coolio.
About the MTN GROUP
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As at 30 September 2009, MTN recorded 108,4 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East. Please visit www.mtn.com andwww.mtnfootball.com