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Jimmy Katumba Vs Jim Reeves

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th July 2011 03:00 AM

Jimmy Katumba was nicknamed the Black Jim Reeves. He showed us that you can ape somebody’s singing style, lift his song without permission, make it your own and still get away with it.

Jimmy Katumba was nicknamed the Black Jim Reeves. He showed us that you can ape somebody’s singing style, lift his song without permission, make it your own and still get away with it.

He not only sang like Jim Reeves, he also went as far as ‘borrowing’ the late American country musician’s songs like The Wreck of Number Nine, which was written by Carl Robinson in 1961, and translated it into Luganda and recorded it as Kinawataka.

Katumba actually lifted the entire structure of the song — the instrumentation, the melody, the rhythm and flow.

He sang Kinawataka so well that whenever he performed it, audiences would break down and cry.

However, years later in the 1990s, he travelled to America and met Mary Reeves, the widow to Jim Reeves who gave him permission to sing and record her husband’s songs and was also surprised that there was an African who sang like her late husband.

Jimmy Katumba Vs Jim Reeves

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