Music is meant to nourish the soul and Soul Orchestra Africa did just that in a three-hour show at St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe over the weekend
By Norman Katende
Music is meant to nourish the soul and Soul Orchestra Africa did just that in a three-hour show at St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe over the weekend.
As an annual show that brings together youths who have dedicated themselves to changing people's life and preach the gospel through music, Soul Orchestra Africa was again at it as they showcased talent in combining different music instruments literally paralysing their audience with awe.
The sound from the saxophones, flute, oboe, Clarinet, trumpets, violins among others gave the newly renovated cathedral the deserved warmth as the audience hummed and clapped along.
It was so good that you did not need to have attended music school to appreciate the music; it was just natural, no wonder the applause after every performance energised the musicians the more to play for an eager audience who always fell silent obviously awestruck by the melodies.
From the time they opened their show with "Once in the royal David's City" to the closing hymn, the whole church was attentive as guests from different corners of the world appreciated what music is all about - nourishing the soul.
Frida Nasejje and Grace Nabbembe did not disappoint as they did the traditional carol "Unto us a child is born," with love and vigour.
They pitched so well with clear words that could be heard without straining the ears and their body movement was envy to many.
It was not the usual type of music shows where the instruments drown the words but it was a delicate blend of music with sound from the different instruments and the voices of the musicians, leaving the audience full of praise and admiration.
When the vocalists combined with Vivian Ndagire and Cissy Nabankeme and the Country vocals among others and performed Loona's Parapapa, it was sweet and unimaginable it warranted a standing ovation for a good performance.
It was indeed a mixture of hymns, carols and songs, that left many music lovers awed with the bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira saying "It is indeed a worth celebration of Christmas music. Thank you very much."
When the director, Daniel Kalule, gestured the end of the show with a bow, he was greeted with a standing ovation and thereafter many hang around to interact with the different musicians. They had really nourished the soul.
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