As I sit and enjoy a silent Sunday, I can’t help but reminisce to last Sunday, when I had the pleasure to attend the second edition of the Qwela Jazz junction featuring the Sax Aces. My first ever Jazz concert in Kampala at the Beautiful Kampala Serena,made me truly appreciate these talented jazz artists making love to their saxophones. Feast your eyes on what went down courtesy of Walter photography
Full disclosure, I’ve never truly appreciated jazz even as my mum (who’s the biggest jazz lover I know) plays ONLY jazz tunes in her car and every chance she gets. I was shocked to find a full house of jazz lovers in the Serena hall. I missed out on first performer Kenneth Mugabi, renowned music storyteller and guitarist.
I walked in as Mc Denzel introduced the next performance of the evening, who was the super talented and suave Sam Kimera. Sam opened with our Ugandan anthem, which he sang beautifully. Of-course there were some individuals that chose not to stand up (smh). I’d actually never listened to any of his songs, but watching him swiftly perform made me note to hunt down more of his music!
I loved what Fenon records did with the décor, graphics as well as sound!
On to the brilliant performers for the evening, there were endless cheers as the new generation Jazz artists; Brian Mugyenyi, Michael Kitanda, Mo Roots, Kahiri, Joseph Sax and Happy K played tunes to suit our every need.
Can we take a minute to look acknowledge how amazing Maureen Rutabingwa a.k.a “Mo Roots is?
She is currently Uganda’s best female saxophonist, a multi-talented instrumentalist, singer and only female that left us all in awe as she played alongside Uganda’s top Saxophonists.She performs with the Qwela Band, as a lead singer and Saxophonist.
I love the way she rocks her hair and was gazing at her beautifully fitted dress all night! SO beautiful and inspirational!
Moved by her son’s performance Kizito Joseph got a gift from his mum…so sweet! *I’m so proud of you son!
At about 9:30, Uganda’s finest Jazz blend Isaiah Katumwa took on the stage performing beautifully, ‘Nakupenda saana’ . Playing with his mini saxophone, he entertained with some of his latest and amazing tunes.
The highlight of the night was when Isaiah gave a touching introductory speech for Uganda’s Legendary Jazz Maestro, Moses Matovu of the Afrigo Band (celebrating over 40 years in the industry) They each played their hearts out, displaying how far Uganda’s Jazz music has come and bringing us all to a standing ovation.
The moment we all highly anticipated came to life, when all the maestros stepped on to stage for a grand performance! At this point we had to get up and groove.
I’m so jealous of that person that walked away with a Samsung Galaxy S6 courtesy of Airtel. The show came to a close with a tune that takes me waaay back, “Obangayina” This was truly a breath-taking event where exceptional talent was displayed!
How are you spending your Sunday?
Have a jazz-filled week,