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Hemdee Kiwanuka
BornHemdee David Kiwanuka
(1975-08-31) August 31, 1975 (age 43)
Kampala, Uganda
OccupationFilm and Television producer
Years active  1994–present
Spouse(s)Sheila Mulindwa Kiwanuka (m. 2010–present)
Children3

Hemdee Kiwanuka (born August 31, 1975) is a Ugandan Film & Television producer.[1] [2] [3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Hemdee Kiwanuka was born in 1975 in Kampala, Uganda, to a Ugandan Singer Halima Namakula.[4] Hemdee has two brothers, Rashid Kiwanuka and Khris Kiwanuka, one sister who is also a singer Rachel K (musician). In 1987, Hemdee and his brother Rashid relocated to the United States.[5]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 2007, Hemdee Kiwanuka became a father, his girlfriend, Sheila Mulindwa, gave birth to a baby boy.[6] In 2017, He lost his close friend and dancehall Singer Dennis Mpima aka Dennis Rackla.[7] In 2018, Hemdee Kiwanuka was invited to attend the 14th Annual LA FEMME International Film Festival Awards Ceremony Honoring Rachel Winter and Jaina Lee Ortiz.[8]

Career[edit | edit source]

Hemdee began his entertainment career as a Hip hop artist in the 90s. Hemdee toured with artists like R Kelly, Master P and The Gap Band. He was also signed to Abram Artist Agency as an actor/models and appeared in TV commercials.[9] In 2000, Hemdee booked Cannonball Run 2001 a TV Show that aired on USA Network and was produced by GRB Entertainment. [10] In 2013, Hemdee created and produced his first reality Television Show “Fame In The Family” featuring Sean Kingston and Romeo Miller. The show was aired on E! Network and was Executive Produced by GRB Entertainment.[11]

In 2018, Hemdee Kiwanuka premiered his first theater-released film The Dark Within produced alongside Steven Durham, Mary Ann Barnes, David Dittlinger, Lorraine Keith, directed by David Ryan Keith and Executive Produced by Niko Foster.[12] In the same year, Hemdee and GRB Studios signed a multiyear licensing and distribution deal with Black TV, an African Channel, led by Actor and Producer, Thomas Gumede. [13]

Concerts[edit | edit source]

In 2001, Hemdee staged his first international concert with Tevin Campbell. In 2000, Hemdee Started booking and producing international concerts in Africa with artists like; T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Jason Derulo, Beenie Man, Elephant Man (musician) and Joe (singer).[14] In 2008, Hemdee staged a show with American R&B group K-Ci & JoJo. [15] In 2000, Hemdee use to perform on stage with his mother Halima Namakula. [16]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Hemdee's Radio Station Beat FM was shutdown by the Kampala Broadcasting Council for operating without a license.[17] In 2015, Nigeria-born American singer Meaku and Hemdee claimed credit for what became a controversial collaboration on who actually facilitated the collaboration between Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie (rapper) and his American counterpart, Ace Hood.[18]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Cannonball Run 2001 Himself Hip Pop With Pop Reality TV series; 5 episodes
2009–2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kalal and African Man Talk Show; 2 episodes # 7.70 (2009) #9.148 (2011)
2011 Tosh.0 African Man TV series; 1 episode
2013 Fame In The Family Creator/Producer Reality TV series

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Love Collision Joshua Actor and producer
2013 The Uganda Executive Producer
2014 Death Factory Very Special Thanks
2016 The Brothers Grimsby Additional voices
2018 The Dark Within Abaddon Actor and producer
2019 Army Of One Dean Actor and producer

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ugandan producer Hemdee scoops mega money TV deal". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  2. "Yet another US-based Uganda actor Hemdee Kiwanuka shines in Hollywood". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. "Exclusive Video: Get to Know Hemdee Kiwanuka, the man behind AY's international success - Bongo5.com". Bongo5.com. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  4. "Halima Namakula's son, Hemdee to shake up US music industry". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. "Photo: Rachel K graduates". BigEye.UG. 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. "Hemdee Becomes a Father".
  7. Hub, Africa News. "Singer Denis Rackla Passes On". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  8. "14TH Annual LA FEMME International Film Festival Awards Ceremony Honoring RACHEL WINTER, JAINA LEE ORTIZ - Press Release - Digital Journal". www.digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  9. "Yet another US-based Uganda actor Hemdee Kiwanuka shines in Hollywood". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  10. TV.com. "Cannonball Run 2001: Race Across America". TV.com. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  11. "Yet another US-based Uganda actor Hemdee Kiwanuka shines in Hollywood - Lady Click | Women's Interest". Lady Click | Women's Interest. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  12. "Yet another US-based Uganda actor Hemdee Kiwanuka shines in Hollywood". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  13. "THOMAS AND PARTNERS TO LAUNCH A TV CHANNEL". DailySun. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  14. "Exclusive Video: Get to Know Hemdee Kiwanuka, the man behind AY's international success - Bongo5.com". Bongo5.com. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  15. "K-ci and Jojo Coming To Town". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  16. "Does Mama Halima Have to Come Back to Stage?". HiPipo. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  17. "Beat FM Shuts Down".
  18. "Nigerian singer claims he facilitated Sarkodie's collabo with Ace Hood". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-11-29.

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