It is exactly sixteen years since lights went dark for Uganda’s celebrated Afro-pop star Elly Wamala alias evergreen.
But like they say, great people are not easily forgotten, it is on that note that the Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC) has confirmed an online concert in the memory of Uganda’s fallen musical hero.
It is understood that the concert that is scheduled for Friday at 07:30pm, will be streamed live on Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) YouTube channel and other social media Platforms.
Robert Musiitwa the public relations manager of UNCC explained that the memorial concert which has been annually happening at National theatre auditorium will this time be conducted digitally which happens to be the ‘new normal’ that is opposed to mass gatherings.
Musiitwa noted that the virtual audience will be treated to Elly Wamala’s songs as presented by various artistes like the 1973 classic, Akaana Ka Kawalya Ka Wanyana, sang by Frank Mbalire, Taata Wange by Julie Ssessanga, Nalongo Wange by Moses Matovu, Ebinyumu among others.
“The Memorial Concert we are streaming this Friday revived what Elly Wamala’s values and aim were to impart skills and give young talents a chance. In attaining this, last year’s memorial concert had two sets of the bands; the professional band led by Afrigo band/ Ziwuuna Band and the upcoming talents from Makerere University performing Arts and Film Department,” he said.
Elly Wamala reportedly succumbed to throat cancer on August 22, 2004. He is believed to be among Uganda’s first musicians to release a recorded song and have it become a commercial hit in the 1950s.
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