By Justine Namara
Uganda’s king of jazz, Isaiah Katumwa has announced that he is to dedicate this year’s concert to fallen South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela who passed on at the beginning of the year.
While addressing the media, Katumwa revealed that this year’s concert will take place on April 30 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
“Owing to the great inspiration, friendship and mark he left in the world of jazz, I want to celebrate the life of my friend Hugh Masekela,” said Katumwa.
Katumwa noted that this year’s concert will be spectacular and he plans to involve more than jazz music. It will be a mixture of funk and some traditional beats from various international jazz artistes.
“At this year’s concert, I will be hosting Manu Dibango, a global icon of African Jazz,” he said adding that “I think this is the right time to bring an artiste of his stature as we celebrate and remember Hugh Masekela.”
Manu Dibango is a celebrated jazz musician in Cameroon well known for his unique music which is a combination of traditional and funk style.
He started his music way back in 1968 and is known to have over 70 albums. The concert will also feature South African famous vocalist Siphokazi who is known for her Afro-soul music vibes and whose songs are rooted in traditional Xhosa rhythms and harmonies.
Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer.
He was described as "the father of South African jazz." Masekela was also known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home". He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing in the Grass