By Edward Nimusiima
Two things stood out at Myko Ouma’s concert at Kati Kati over the weekend: it must have been the first jazz concert in many years to be held outdoors, and it finally brought songstresses Juliana Kanyomozi and Iryn Namubiru on the same stage after many years.
The debate whether Ouma is really a jazz musician notwithstanding, it is rare for Ugandans to turn up in large numbers to watch a concert of ‘instrumentals’, as one brave girl commented.
Such acts usually play it safe and go to the Serena Victoria Hall, where empty chairs do not look that bad. So it was something of a gamble that Ouma took. But show up they did, and paid sh50,000 too, a price tag usually a preserve of foreign artistes.
The Friday night show, however, was bought out by Silk Events, who hosted its guests to an exclusive show. And Ouma brought together some of Uganda’s finest musicians to the stage, from Moses Matovu, who appeared on Friday night, to Isaiah Katumwa (Saturday); to Maurice Kirya, Pragmo on keyboards, and it was something to see Kanyomozi and Namubiru holding hands on stage.
Ouma played most of the songs we have come to know and love, and a few from his new album, which is due out in November.
The sound was good, the lighting impressive, and it was two nights of great music. Who said Ugandans only come out to watch kidandali shows?
This was probably a sign of the times, that Ugandans have finally acquired some sophistication after all, and it is not about showing up at the Serena and showing off new outfits.