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Kinobe to hit world stage with African beat

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th January 2009 03:00 AM

UGANDA'S king of African traditional and contemporary world music, Herbert Kinobe, is set for his first tour of the US in early March.

UGANDA'S king of African traditional and contemporary world music, Herbert Kinobe, is set for his first tour of the US in early March.

By Mathias Mazinga

UGANDA'S king of African traditional and contemporary world music, Herbert Kinobe, is set for his first tour of the US in early March.

Kinobe will travel with his ensemble, Soul Beat Africa, which comprises Michael Ouma, Allan Okia, Richard Ssewagudde, Samuel Bakkabulindi, Ambrose Tugume and Joran De Herder.

A multi-instrumentalist, singer and song-writer, Kinobe has been performing internationally since he was 10.
His performances of Ugandan roots music as well as original compositions, reflect a wealth of African and world music influence and are captivating.

This demonstrates why international artistes like Touman Diabate, Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Baaba Maal and Ismael Lo are eager to perform with him.

As an instrumentalist and teacher of traditional African instruments, Kinobe understands musical creation.

His shows feature the kora, adungu, kalimba, endongo, endere; an array of traditional percussion instruments, all crafted and brought to life by his skilled hands.

His solo performances are intimate and informative, perfect for small venues.
In 2007, with support from Cultures France, Kinobe made his first major tour of 18 countries around Africa and the Indian Ocean.

He has given solo concerts and workshops on traditional instruments all over Europe.

Kinobe features on the soundtrack of The Last King of Scotland with Percussion Discussion Afrika.

He will launch his first major tour of the US and Canada with a concert, which will take place at Alliance Francaise on January 23, at 7:00pm. Entry fee is sh5,000 and sh3,000, for Alliance Francaise members and non members, respectively.

Kinobe’s tour, which is sponsored by Alliance Francaise is part of the organisation’s strategy to promote Ugandan culture and talent.

Kinobe to hit world stage with African beat

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