I didn’t get on the podcast train as early as some people did. I stumbled upon my first when I was looking for audiobooks and audio discussions to listen to during commutes or when I’m too tired to watch anything on a screen. I got so into Startup that I decided podcasts were a thing I needed in my life. They are very convenient for me so I listen to ALT’s Vogue podcast, the regular IMF and China-Africa Project ones as well as my biggest interest – always trying out black-hosted or African-based podcasts. A bunch of entertaining ones have cropped out of Uganda these past few months so I thought it was time to have them listed somewhere for easy finding. PS: This is not a review in any way of these podcasts. That will be for way later on. For now, it’s only a #DidYouKnow post. If you’ve been listening to any others that aren’t listed below, please feel free to comment with the link and I’ll include it. Also, let me know, what are your favourites? What would you like a podcast on?
Conversations With Kylie
This is a lifestyle podcast hosted by Kylie Namugga where she discusses a wide range of topics of interest to pretty much everyone. Seriously. Kylie (her voice too) appeals to both sexes, young and middle-aged alike. She’s usually joined by a couple of her friends, so much so that sometimes you feel like there’s group inside jokes you’re getting initiated to as you listen in. But it’s alright cause the stuff that comes up during these episodes is what makes it really cool. It’s like tapping the conversation of the cool inner circle and finding out that sometimes, you don’t have to be of the same opinion to be friends.
The Opinionated Stooges With A Playlist
First of all, I love the name and the time that was taken into designing the graphics for this podcast. The stooges are 3 guys in uni (as of August 2016) with an opinion on a lot of things but mostly film, TV and music. The podcast is hosted by Kevin Abuka, Wadda Moses and Odong Samuel, with regular visitors to switch things up. I’d recommend this for anyone heavily invested in appreciating music and television, you’ll definitely learn something new each episode and maybe even discover kindred spirits. Also did I mention, they are funny as hell?
Touch The Dial
I’m not sure how to explain Touch The Dial just yet. I think Duncan Ngabirano (aka ThaDropout) is still figuring that out still. Or maybe not. I first discovered this channel when ThaDropout was hosting an audio series with Caroline Ampaire called Break The Ice. I liked listening but updates weren’t regular. Right now, TTD is the home for the all-new (and refreshingly short) music show: SessionOne. It’s everything you want it to be with guest musicians and good Ugandan music conversation. Hoping it keeps true to its word – “Before The Mainstream. Beyond The Mainstream.”
No need for an introduction. It’s the Daily Monitor. The podcasts cover everything from Parliamentary week round-ups, one-minute news-bites to full reporting and audio interviews.
Africa Centre For Media Excellence
ACME is a Kampala-based independent organisation that aims to make the media a more effective platform for the provision of information on public affairs. The podcasts are in the form of news, programs and documentaries from participants in ACME‘s journalism training seminars and workshops.
Forever funny guy Ernest Bazanye once had a really great podcast with Rudende Moses aka Rudy of XFM. The episodes were the ultimate joke destination to hear about current affairs and anything really with a twist. If you ever read this, Baz & Rudy, PLLLLEEAAASSSSSEEEEE do come back to the scene. The sound and mixing was clean, and I’m sure it’s not just me that still plays some of these even in 2016. The episodes are short, concise and again, hilarious! Check it out!