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Uganda instrumentalists to tour Europe with Austrian musician

By Ritah Monica Mukasa, Jacquiline Nakandi

Added 13th February 2017 02:27 PM

Wolfgang, a father of two and a resident of Vienna, Austria says, he has for long harbored a dream of marrying western music with African instruments to create unique melodies for the 21st century.

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Wolfgang with his team in the studio

Wolfgang, a father of two and a resident of Vienna, Austria says, he has for long harbored a dream of marrying western music with African instruments to create unique melodies for the 21st century.

Instrumentalists of  Amadinda Uganda  have recorded a 12 song album with a celebrated Austrian singer and  music producer, Wolfgang Schlogl,  which they plan to launch this year before embarking on a European tour.

Wolfgang, a father of two and a resident of Vienna, Austria says, he has for long harbored a dream of marrying western music with African instruments to create unique melodies for the 21st century.

“Music has been static for some time with a wide gap between electronic and traditional instruments which when blended together, produce sweet sounds and messages to everybody’s ears especially in Europe,” he affirms.

 

 



He continues that through this cross generational music, they prophecy about the world to come, create awareness of today’s problems in politics, economy, global warming among others.

“Many people are yet to embrace the world as a global village. So, as musicians, we have to build bridges, enrich people about their surroundings while reaching out to the needy,” Wolfgang explains.

Lawrence Okello, the director of Amadinda Uganda adds that this kind of diverse but highly distinctive music highlights many important aspects of the present world especially Africa.

“In the interludes you hear bodaboda hoots, wailing and happy people, all pointing to the life we are living,” he notes.

He adds that they have named this project,  Amadinda Systems  which is going to merge Europe with Africa, old and new music to forge the future. The people will appreciate each other’s cultures and ways of life.

The magic Union

Wolfgang says, he was invited to Uganda by VIDC Cultural group for the Bayimba cultural festival last September.  VIDC is an international cultural organization.

He jointly performed with Amadinda Uganda and it’s here that he fell in love with Ugandan instruments.

“Travelling around the world performing at music festivals has made me appreciate mixing western music with traditional instruments that is why I came back to grab this opportunity,” he says.

They recorded for a week from Crystal Clear studios in Kololo. According to Okello, the album will be launched at this year’s  Bayimba festival and thereafter ,  they  will tour all European countries,  performing  from the major capitals.

Farouq Bukenya, a vocalist and drummer says, these songs that were written by Wolfgang and Okello are unique to themselves because they are a combination of Upbeat, Hip hop, Techno and strong traditional instruments.

“We are perfect sure, Europeans of all classes will love them,” he states.

The instruments include; Drums, piano, guitar, Cello, xylophone, bow harp,  bowl lyre, flute, percussion and the electronic system jetted in by Wolfgang. 

The singers include; Catherine Namisango,  Sylvester Kabombo, Polo caps, Lawrence Okello, Moses Kirya, Apio Moro and Farouq Bukenya.

 

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