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Tribute concert planned to celebrate Jimmy Katumba on September 4

Jimmy Katumba. Courtesy photo

Many Ugandans who had travelled abroad in 70s would compare Jimmy Katumba to American singer Jim Reeves, given the fact that he left many awestruck with his mesmerising voice.

It explains why Katumba still remains in the hearts of many music enthusiasts. Katumba was a Ugandan popular musician and songwriter who started out as a gospel musician in the 70s.

In order to keep his legacy alive, just days after the Ugandan National Cultural Centre celebrated the late Elly Wamala, the custodians of Ugandan National Theatre have taken the same step to commemorate the legendary singer.

A statement issued by UNCC says the move to celebrate fallen art legends is part of the institution’s mandate to preserve, promote and popularise Uganda’s art and culture in Uganda and beyond. “It is an opportunity to watch and listen to classic songs such as Twain Omukwano ne gufa, Drums of Africa, fa kukyolina, Nsiimye ggwe, among others,” the statement reads.

Andrew Ssebagala the productions manager at UNCC said that on Friday, the tribute concert that had been done for Katumba in 2006 will be screened live on all UNCC’s social media platforms and YouTube.

The 2006 concert featured Roland Katumba and other acts from musicians like Julie Ssessanga, Carol Nakimera, and Sarah Zawedde among others. In addition to the airing of the concert, there will be a couple of presentations that will make audiences understand who Katumba was and what they can still learn from him as the country celebrates his musical talent.

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