Emmanuel Zzinda Returns

Last year, when Emmanuel Zzinda held his maiden concert at the National theatre, everything was on track, save for the fact that the numbers were extremely low in the auditorium.

Despite that, the violinist has been working on new songs, and on May 3 he will be live at Kampala Serena hotel in The Violin Smooth Classic concert.

“Last year was an eye-opener I learned a lot of things and that is why there is a change of venue and production,” Zzinda told The Observer.

Zzinda adds that he will be focusing on his old tracks as well as playing a few classics for his one-hour concert. Patrons will have to part with Shs 50,000 for the ordinary ticket and Shs 100,000 for VIP.

Like last year, Kampala Music School is backing him for the concert. He began his musical career at the age of nine as a chorister in 2001 at St Paul’s cathedral, Namirembe.

The following year, Ivan Kiwuwa, who was by then doing his fellowship programme at Guild Hall College UK, on realizing the talent Zzinda had, introduced him to his own former teacher, Fiona Carr. But she could not teach him and handed him to her former student, Fred Kiggundu, who taught Zzinda from Grade 1 to 8.

Later, Zzinda started violin and viola lessons under Julie MaCrae and later Frances Artwood. In 2009, Zzinda made his first appearance at the French residence hosted by Rene Forceville, former Ambassador of France to Uganda.

Thereafter, he has been able to record and produce his first violin album. Zzinda’s particular enthusiasm for studying the violin earned him a distinction in 2007 where he was first runner up in the Young Musician’s competition at Kenton College in Nairobi.

“Talent and command of one’s instrument help one to intellectually and spiritually penetrate their work and gain grasp of it,” Zzinda says.

Source : The Observer

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