Before the sound was silenced, Afro music as a genre was on the verge of finding its place at the top of Uganda’s music industry. Musicians such as Aloysius Migadde were no longer finding hurdles luring audiences to their indigenous sounds, while others like Kenneth Mugabi were no longer “foot notes” in stories written about art and music.
On Saturday, afro music had yet another chance to test its influence and command as Pearl Rhythm Foundation unleashed an online concert dubbed Tuliwamu. The initiative was intended to ensure that artistes in Uganda and friends in the diaspora remain true to their unique cultural heritage, rhythms, dance and sounds.
The concert curator and musician Suzan Kerunen noted that with the fact that there is a growing number of Ugandans listening to soul music, the concert would be a healing point for heartbroken societies since art is therapy, hence taking advantage of available digital resources and social media platforms to reach as many societies.
“This kind of fusion art or alternative art has for a long time been the giver of freshness in whatever times and circumstances and has contributed to the livelihood of society through educative arts and also stretched a hand to the sustainability of communities through social outreaches such as teaching in community groups, tourism, and cultural exchanges,” she explained.
Percussionist Robert Kibalama raised the curtains with a unique drumbeat before giving space to Ambassador of France to Uganda Jules-Armand Aniambossou who gave a key note address and asked artistes to stay strong amid these trying times.
The audience was then treated to a rare act, Daphine Achiro, who put up an amazing performance and later gave way for Burundi’s award winning artiste, Bernice the Bell.
Other perfomers included Andereya Baguma, Infectious, Charles Obina and Sudan’s WD Alzain but it was Kenneth Mugabi who thrilled with his Ebinyuma track, one off his Ugandan album
The show, which was crowned by Kerunen, was also graced by US-based Giovanni Kiyingi, Aloysius Migadde’s Akemba Band and Faizal Mostrixx.
The concert’s cinematography was handled by Michael Ronald Siima and produced by top sound engineer Jude Mugerwa, who is also the co-director of Pearl Rhythm Foundation.