By Sebidde Kiryowa
Although Annette Mutyaba, 29, has written and recorded music for Gospel music groups for the last 10 years, she had never, until now, ventured into recording a full album of her own. All Things Are Possible (Byonna Biyinzika), Mutyabaâ€™s six-track debut solo album, was completed last year and launched three weeks ago.
She wrote all the songs on the album and arranged the vocals while Victor Uringtho, an accomplished vocalist, produced the tracks, except the title track at AYF House, at Salaama, Munyonyo. Andrew Kawesa produced the title-track at Greater Sound Studios in Kibuli. â€œThis song is a personal testimony. I wanted to encourage, especially women, never to give up even when there seems to be no hope,â€ Mutyaba says. â€œFrom personal experience, I know that God can take you through anything. I miscarried when I was seven months pregnant during my first pregnancy. The doctor said Iâ€™d take 10 years before getting another child. But, by the grace of God, it took me two,â€ Mutyaba, whose daughter is one year old says.
The most amazing thing about Mutyabaâ€™s album is her incredible vocal elasticity. Her voice is firm and soulful as typified on All Things Are Possible, an uptempo track with a catchy Afro-beat. But Mutyabaâ€™s vocal effervescence is best exhibited on the mellow Be Exalted. She declares that no harm can come to those who take shelter in Jesus on His Able, a spiritually uplifting dancetrack which fails to leave up to its label.
The tempo slows down to a feel-good mid-tempo reggae pulse on Sanyu Jerere, a Luganda offering on which Mutyaba declares that trusting in Jesus brings happiness. This song stands out for its brilliant vocal arrangement, while King Of Kings, another dance attempt succeeds at inducing others to dance.
My favourite is Once Again, a sweet mellow song that balances masterful production with skillful vocal display.
This album is averagely produced, but save for a few instances, Mutyabaâ€™s vocal prowess seems to shine through. With a little more aptitude in the post-recording, production and vocal areas, this album might have held its own.
Mutyaba sang in the Scripture Union Choir at Wanyange Girls School. Under her leadership, the choir recorded its first ever album, which won her a free scholarship for a term.
She participated in putting together Youâ€™re The Light, an album by the Youth Ministries at KPCs.