Music Extravaganza On, This Saturday

There are people that sing and strum instruments like total legends.

When they stand on the stage, nothing else matters but what they are saying to the microphone and the magic their hand is doing on whatever they are holding. These are people such as Suzan Kerunen with that sultry Afro fusion, Maurice Kirya and his Mwoyo vibe, Joel Ssebunjo and his Kora, Kaz Kasozi or Myko Ouma and their guitars.

Sadly though, many of these acts are held up you will never find them performing in your normal kivvulu in Kati Kati or Kyadondo. Even when they do, it will be a festival where many of the acts have names you can barely remember after the night. Because of this, their magnificent talent is aptly enjoyed by a select few that can afford a ticket to Serena concerts and other high-end gigs.

However, Ugandans can now settle because this bunch and many others will this Saturday June 21, be playing for whoever is willing to watch for free.

The shows that will stretch from the KCCA Park near Watoto church, through City Square to the National theatre will be coinciding with other global celebrations, in 108 countries and over 720 cities, of the World Music day that’s marked every year on June 21.

As all the World Music celebrations around the world, the performances are usually a guitar and drums affair. It’s a day to celebrate talent and thus, wayward behaviour of calling DJs asking for track number two are unheard of.

Instead, there will be unplugged sessions by The Bantu Clan, instrument maestro Hakim Kiwanuka, Sandy Soul, Jovan Kiyinji and Uganda’s season six TPF contestants, Undercover Brothers, during the day.

To make sure that all the other shows on that day flop, a great cast of performers has been assembled. They include Godfrey Lubuulwa and the Baximba Waves, Jackie Akello, rap legends Sylvester and Abramz, Suzan Kerunen and the undefinable duo of Maurice Kirya and Joel Ssebunjo.

Fete de la Musique World Music day originated from France in 1982. Since then, the idea has spread across the globe, which has seen different countries organise their own events following the same principles – that all concerts are free and accessible to the public.

Source : The Observer

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