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MoRoots ends Concerts From the Sun series

During her album concert series, MoRoots and her band took time to engage fans between breaks as they discussed the Covid-19 situation and its impact on the arts. PHOTOS | COURTESY

One of the things the lockdown and coronavirus taught Ugandans was a fact that closed theaters and clubs cannot stop the beat.

At first, they did small acoustic concerts for their audiences online but then they started taking it a notch higher thanks to acts such as Bobi Wine, Chameleone and Spice Diana. One artiste that was not left out was soul artiste Moreen Rutabingwa, alias MoRoots.

Last year, while in Uganda, she released her latest album Music From the Sun, then she gave her fans a concert at The Square, but soon, she was out of the country, again.

As the entire world was locked up in their homes, MoRoots launched her Concert From the Sun series, with the shows happening from her apartment in London while the rest of her crew, the Ctrl_AD Band made of instrumentalists such as drummer Roy Kasika, bassist Martin Rutabingwa and Timothy were all based in different places in Uganda.

Not just Mo
The beauty about the shows though was the fact that she did not only celebrate her music but even that of other artistes like her. She would easily jump from her song to one by Sam Kimera which was good for the support.

But besides the music, she also got to have her band engage with the public, especially with those music breaks where they would talk about the lessons they have learned from the coronavirus experience or how the situation has seen Ugandan artistes going through a turning point in their careers.

 

Rutabingwa reflected on the fact that Ugandan leaders, especially the President believe the arts are useless but noted that he loves the conversations online, especially those involving young people teaching the older generation a thing or two about art and its relevance.

Timothy in Ntinda noted that even without shows, he has been lucky to play before cameras on Sunday when they have to play for different churches that still need music to enhance worship.

The lockdown good
But above it all, the musicians were at least pleased they have had the chance to spend some time with their loved ones, something they did not enjoy when they were busy playing at concerts almost every week.

For the finale show, all the songs she did were from the album but with Ctrl AD and their style of experimenting with sound, some sounded really different from the way they do on the album, but it was just okay and lighter than the band usually comes out on live sets.

The whole performance was a different take on her music, which surprised her online audience as well as herself at times.

Talking about her audience, they may have been a few hundreds but notable among artistes was Sandra Nankoma, Sandra Suubi, Joe Kahiri of Qwela Band, Isaiah Katumwa and Kaz Kasozi, among others.

akaggwa@ug.nationmedia.com

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