Maurice Kirya Brings ‘Unplugged’ to His Café

Last month Maurice Kirya unveiled his new guitar, Naggita. He invited fans and friends to The Sound Cup cafeacute at Garden city mall, and gave them a taste of the acoustic sound from Naggita, accompanied by his soulful voice.

Exactly four weeks later, Kirya hosted Irene Ntale last Thursday evening and made the big announcement – the monthly gigs are here to stay. Every first Thursday of the month, lovers of live music will be enjoying a free performance at the cafeacute, in a similar way Club Silk does its Unplugged night every last Thursday of the month.

Speaking before Ntale’s performance, Kirya said he was not stealing Club Silk’s idea but, rather, giving live music lovers and performers an alternative.

“As a proprietor, I needed a place like this when I was younger. Hence, I started the Maurice Kirya experience to have other artistes use a platform where people are hungry for their (musician’s) acoustic approach to music,” he said.

The Maurice Kirya experience ran for two years (2008 and 2009 at Club Rouge) before stopping when he went on tour with his band. Last Thursday night’s performance was worth every minute as expected of an artiste of Ntale’s voice.

For over an hour, she serenaded revellers with her sexy husky voice while strumming her acoustic guitar, backed up by a percussionist and a lead guitarist. She performed her original songs including Nkubukinze, Eno y’Essaawa, Love Letter and Remote Control.

But it is when she played Politiqx that she realized it was not just a bunch of wannabes there to watch a free show. These people knew Ntale from her days when she was rocking with the Uneven band before getting signed up at Swangz Avenue.

She did a few covers before performing her current hit, Stay With Me.

After the night’s action, she said: “People that came out here came to listen, sit down and enjoy, which is different from the club performances where people are drunk. They just want to dance and have a good time with you. Here people come to listen to your voice, enjoy and celebrate your talent.”

Source : The Observer

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