It is five years since singer Sarah Zawedde last had a solo concert.
Forget about last year’s Zawee band concert at Fairway hotel. That one was to celebrate two years of the band. We are talking about a concert, which is all about her. The last time Zawedde had her own concert was in 2009 when she did the Lwaki Onondoola concert at Super Paradise, Crested towers.
Now she is back again with what she dubs the Candle Yange concert, scheduled for this Saturday at the Silver Springs hotel in Bugolobi.
“I feel ready for my audience that has been waiting for a concert from me for a long time,” says Zawedde.
Five years without a concert or music release from an artiste is quite a long time for a market like Uganda, people begin to write you off. But Zawedde says she has “actually been working harder.”
“Working with the band is such a hectic job. It makes you almost forget your solo career path. With the band, you have to rehearse everyday that you can hardly get time to go to the studio for your solo projects,” she says.
However, her view is that the five years have been a worthwhile period for her to establish a g footing for her band.
“At least now, we are no longer asked, ‘what can you do?’ Now, when someone calls, they ask how much you will charge.”
For people who run bands, their prayer is to reach the level where you are not explaining what you can do but, rather, negotiate the fee. And now that the band has reached that level, Zawedde says she plans to have alternating annual shows, where if this year it is her solo concert, next year it is all about the band.
“This year, Candle Yange is not just a concert, but a special musical and artistic show,” she says.
“What we did last year was special, but this is more special. We will display talent on stage.”
Zawedde will be backed by her long-time and talented vocalist, Jemima Sanyu, in the company of young and promising vocalists, Theo and Suez Brown. Dusba will be on the solo lead guitar as Rogers and JJ play the bass guitar and congas, respectively. Producer Steven Jean’s brother, Legend P, will be on the keyboards while Wasswa and Happy will play drums and saxophone, respectively.
Zawedde says what keeps her band unique is that it is an all-round outfit that you will find performing at Blue Ice bar to a youthful audience that loves something rocky. But it is also the same band you will find at Piato or Terraces, Muyenga performing to a fairly-middle-aged audience.
The band plays almost all genres of music, from rumba, zouk, reggae to raga and rock, among others. The show kicks off at 8pm and entry is Shs 20,000 for silver, 50,000 gold and 100,000 platinum.
Source : The Observer