Freshly Ground Coming to Town

One of South Africa’s top bands, Freshly Ground, tops the must-watch-live list for any lover of Afro-fusion music.

Just when a group on Facebook was hatching a plan to crowd-source and get the band here, Tusker Malt Lager, the main sponsors of Blankets and Wine-Kampala, made the big announcement. The band will headline the eighth edition of the event, also the last one for 2014.

The event will take place on December 14, at what has become its home in Uganda – Museum gardens. Also taking to the stage will be a carefully-chosen lineup of Ugandan performers to make the right feel of Afro-pop and Afro-fusion acts.

These include soulful crooner Ekky, the sax guy of the moment, Michael Kitanda and Mun*G, the self-acclaimed ‘baddest’ and most creative Ugandan rapper, and CEO of Kunta Kinte Records. Ekky is a Ugandan singersongwriter who spent her earlier life in the UK and returned onto the music scene with her breakthrough song, Breaking Free, before dropping another one, Nzijukira.

Formed in 2002, Freshly Ground’s musical style blends elements of traditional South African music (such as Kwela and African folk music), blues, jazz, and features of indie rock. The band is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and is fronted by the diminutive, but dynamic, Zolani Mahola.

The band has been nominated and won international awards and is known to have joined other musicians for the 2010 World Cup theme song Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) alongside Shakira. Going by the lineup, the event will be a blend of different genres. Phoebe Nakabazzi, Tusker Malt’s brand manager, believes the fusion will suit the mood for the festive season.

“The blend of music genres this time suits the mood as we head into the festive period,” she told The Observer.

Entrance to the event will cost one Shs 50,000 if you pay in aance, and 75,000 at the gate.

Source : The Observer

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