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Tomusange’s Music Only Satisfies The Soul

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd May 2002 03:00 AM

Memory Tomusange, 25, does not exactly strike you as the guy who would pick up a guitar, mount the podium and strum away.

Memory Tomusange, 25, does not exactly strike you as the guy who would pick up a guitar, mount the podium and strum away.

Memory Tomusange, 25, does not exactly strike you as the guy who would pick up a guitar, mount the podium and strum away. But looks can be very deceptive. This meek and unassuming born-again young man might not be snazzy, but he is an average guitarist and an up coming gospel singer, apparently, as close to ‘professional’ as he can be. The singer, songwriter is a Grade Three teacher who studied music extensively at Buloba Teacher’s College. Such would-be great credentials. Yet, all notwithstanding, he is only another struggling singer writhing in oblivion. He just got his hands off his first major musical endeavour-an album titled Osanide. The seven-track project projects nothing more than what the average listener would expect from an artist with such limited experience and exposure. Sluggish rhythms and dragging songs. But Tomusange does redeem himself on some songs. You’re Worthy (Osanide), the title track is the silver lining on the album. A highly danceable and lofty blend of hip-hop soul and dancehall was apparently done by producer Shadrack at A.K Communications Studios at Lugogo Show ground. The quality of recording too far outbalances the rest of the tracks. But that is about the best there is about the song. On another track Praise The Almighty, which features Douglas Kibirige another struggling gospel singer, Tomusange’s enthusiastic performance remains the major attraction. His vocals are underdeveloped and dull and, although the song is basic dancehall flavour, it is not quite clear whether he was singing or doing dancehall. But Yemukumi Wange, which adopts an adult contemporary feel, is a more mature and enjoyable song with a general mass choir presence. Mukama Ye Musumba Wange is a recital of the prayer The Lord Is My Shepherd with a dancehall flavour. Tomusange’s album leaves you feeling musically empty, but with a satisfied soul. The message is designed to tap into your inner-most, but the method he uses leaves a lot to be desired. If he could drop the rough-edgish dancehall act, which he does miserably anyway, and, in the hands of the right tutor, concentrate on developing his vocals, one feels there is a promise of a singer somewhere in him. Still, Tomusange’s album is enjoying airplay on Christian radio as well as a few secular stations like Dembe, Star FM and Radio Sapentia. In addition to that, he has enjoyed plenty of exposure as a World Vision volunteer, performing to live audiences across the country. He has worked with many other upcoming gospel artists like God’s Image, a seven-man urban gospel team and producers Jimmy Kasirivu and Robert Sekiziyivu. He has also recorded a music video for the title track, which is currently being aired on WBS TV’s Gospel Soul, TOP TV and UTV. Although he needs to work a lot on his vocals and musical direction, Tomusange is quite optimistic about his music: “I want to reach out to the youth and glorify God through my music. I would also like to network with foreign artists in order to advance our course,” Tomusange says. With this kind of vision, one only hopes his next album will be better crafted. “God willing, if I get enough money, I would like to release another album. This album mainly targets the youth, but the next album would be designed to reach more people,” he says. Ends

Tomusange’s Music Only Satisfies The Soul

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