In a wake of Covid-19 pandemic, many people are creating alternatives to reach out to their clientele.
Online performances have proved to be a new normal in the era of Covid-19 though with the exception of singer Kenneth Mugabi, it has not been the case with most live perfomers in Uganda.
Pearl rhythm foundation who are the organizers of the annual live music festival dubbed Pearl Rhythm Festival have yet curated an international series of concerts dubbed #We are one -Tuliwamu concert where artistes who have preserved and used local traditional sounds, rhythms and instruments to incorporate in their art, will be performing to a virtual audience.
Suzan Kerunen, a singer and the executive director of Pearl Rhythm Foundation revealed that this comes after sighting the change in the times and how artists are struggling to keep afloat in the Covid-19 era.
“It is very easy for artistes to slip into a pit that will affect their long term core of creativity as they look at art for subsistence reasons, there by affecting the sustainability of what would be the life of society through reproductive art. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to sideline the arts, we feel artistes still have a greater role to play in bringing back sanity to society,” she explained.
She said that Pearl Rhythm together with their partners are moving to awaken cultural values and soothe heartbroken societies with art therapy while taking advantage of available digital resources and platforms, to reach as many societies as possible and lending a helping hand to orphanages, refugees, schools, universities and the general public with art that adds value to lives.
The concert that is scheduled to happen on July 11, 2020 will see a couple of both local and international perfomers that include; Pearl Rhythm stagecoach artistes in Uganda and friends in the diaspora like Kinobe Herbert (USA), Sarah Ndagire (UK), Seby Ntege (UK), Bernice the Bell (Burundi/Institute France Burundi), Miggade Aloysius (UG), Achiro Daphine(UG), Andereya Baguma (UG) Infectious (UG), Suzan Kerunen (UG), Hakim and Sekassi (UG), Obina Charles and Haka Mukiga (UG), Aborigins (Australia), Kenneth Mugabi (UG) WD Alzain ( Sudan Khartoum/ Institute France Soudan/ Goethe Institute Khartoum) , Giovanni Kiyingi(UG/USA), Faizal Mostrixx( UG).