HIS voice and appearance do not match, but should everyoneâ€™s voice reflect their image? Yes and no because when you hear a voice, you are likely to visualise how one sounds.
So how would one describe 18-year-old Richard Paul Kawesa a.k.a Richy?
He is a fairly small man with a powerful voice. It is Richyâ€™s voice that swayed Talent 256 boss Ali Alibhai to sign him up, despite his inclination towards gospel music, a genre not heavily favoured by Aliâ€™s label. In fact, Richy is the first Gospel artiste to be signed under the Talent 256 label.
Ali, however, did not have any qualms with Richyâ€™s debut performance being held in Club Rouge last week.
To him, it mattered less whether or not a gospel artiste should sing from such a place.
Richyâ€™s live performance saw him sweep the club with his rich voice amidst uproar from frenzied fans. Yes, he already had fans, despite being fresh on the scene.
Backed by four female vocalists and good instrumentalists, Richyâ€™s debut performance was inspiring. Inspiring in the sense that with live instrumentation his curtain raisers, a new reggae outfit, was put to shame.
Their music sounded good, yet ironically (for a reggae group), it was played off a CD! There are few reggae artistes who rely on playback stuff. Richy is a good and fresh addition to the local music scene although he at times sounds like Maurice Kirya.
Richy is a son of a Ugandan pastor and comes from a family of talented singers.
Like his older siblings, he used his childhood church choir as a ladder.
Apart from gospel, Richy is interested in soul, R&B and reggae. In fact his Gospel music is R&B tinged.
RICHYâ€™S POWERFUL VOICE EARNS HIM recognition