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Saxophonists Manu Dibango from Cameroon and Uganda’s Isaiah Katumwa will pay tribute at a concert honouring to the late great South African music icon, Hugh Masekela in Kampala. Hosted by Katumwa under his annual Isaiah Katumwa Concert, the live performance will also feature South African singer Siphokazi Mohapi. It will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel to celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30. The Isaiah Katumwa Concert, which has been running since 2007, is an annual concert to celebrate especially African jazz artistes who have excelled both in Africa and globally. “The importance of holding this tribute concert…
Msafiri caught up with Ugandan Village Boy turned International Jazz Sensation, Isaiah Katumwa, in his recording studios in Los Angeles Katumwa released his 10th highly acclaimed album earlier this year, entitled This is Me, and he’s currently back in the studios again recording his next soundtrack. An accomplished, self-taught saxophonist, Isaiah is credited with putting jazz on the East African map, and putting East African jazz on the world map. His story is of a young man who grew up in rural Uganda in a single parent family of limited economic means. His hit album Sinza catapulted him to international…
Uganda's music fraternity has paid tribute to South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela. The genre is becoming increasingly popular in Uganda, becoming the soundtrack to Kampala's vibrant night life. One artist hoping to follow in Masekela's footsteps is Isaiah Katumwa -- who headlined the show in Kampala
Guests were left yearning for more as Ugandan maestro Isaiah Katumwa and jazz legend Manu Dibango from Cameroon put up a performance at the Hugh Masekela Tribute Concert, that they will live to tell. The 84-year-old Dibango showed that he still has his A game as he kept the audience spell-bound. South African songstress Siphokazi put up a strong performance, her powerful voice drawing a standing ovation from those in the audience. As the night drew to a close, Katumwa and Dibango were joined by the legendary Moses Matovu of Afrigo Band and this brought the whole audience to its…
Isaiah Katumwa celebrates his CEO GLOBAL TITANS AWARDS (2016) Nomination which is an all Africa Prestigious award body based in South Africa. The Titans – Building Nations Awards process aims to recognise the top achievers in business, great leaders in government, entrepreneurs and civil society activists. This 12 month recognition programme is designed to uplift, celebrate and recognise men and their achievements. They provide a platform that each nominee can use to celebrate their achievements amongst their continental counterparts. “There is no doubt that men advancing to the various stages of this programme are those who have impacted the lives…
When you talk of jazz to most people they think you are slowly losing it but what is surprising is that there are a lot of Africans who listen to jazz now more than before. Be it in high end bars and restaurants or in concerts. Did you know that jazz actually originated from right here in Africa and propagated mostly by those who were taken into slavery? It is more like Negro spirituals with more emotion manifesting itself in the major and minor notes. This way, jazz has woven itself into the lives of those who it surrounds. The…
After several years of waiting, fans of Ugandan jazz musician Isaiah Katumwa are rejoicing at news of a new album, This Is Me. According to the artist the album will be launched in Los Angeles, USA on Friday 15 April. Katumwa last released an album in 2011, the 14-track African Smoothie. Speaking recently to Music In Africa, Katumwa explained that as a self-taught saxophonist and an independent artist he depends on his passion and the constant pursuit for excellence and originality - that’s why it has taken him seven years to put together this album, which is his tenth. “As…
Let’s be honest guys, who is better than Isaiah musically speaking here in Uganda.I mean real music not this horse crap we hear every day on so many respected music radio stations. Behold, the lad has served us finally with an amazing album you must listen to if you have been his fan for the last seven years. The album which is titled “This is me” is available online and being distributed by agents all over Kampala.We are proud of you Isaiah, Keep jazzing SOURCE: New Vision Sunday 23rd March 2016
Everyone is familiar with Hugh Masekela’s “Market Place” song and they waited for it, they really waited for it and wanted to watch him perform it. So why Hugh Masekela never performed it at the “Jazz It With Airtel” concert Friday evening at Kampala Serena Hotel, will only be a secret he knows.When he finished his performance, the crowd demanded for more from him, but he was done and was leaving the stage.His was no trick like Billy Ocean to perform a popular song last after a revelers’ roaring encore, he was done. All the same, he and Isaiah Katumwa…
At a jungle themed Serena auditorium, the stage had been set for the year’s Jazz concert as well as the celebration of a maestro’s twenty years in the music industry powered by Airtel. The sold-out concert that attracted the city’s elite, was highlighted by two Kings of the African Jazz movement; Uganda’s Jazz Maestro Isaiah Katumwa and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. After having promised a sensational and memorable performance, Isaiah Katumwa delivered exactly that. He came onto the stage and the crowd immediately got into rhythm to the melodies of his Saxophone. Playing songs from some of his past…
It took jazz maestro Isaiah Katumwa about three hours to blow the roof off Serena Hotel's Victoria Hall on July 20. I sat in the capacity-packed hall amongst ministers, top business people, men and women young and old, including uniform-clad teenagers from Nabisunsa Girls' School, and found it hard to believe that one guy with a saxophone had the crowd so completely captivated. The most excited ones were perhaps Information and National Guidance Minister Mary Karoro Okurut and Parliament's Public Relations Manager Hellen Kaweesa, who danced and sang along non-stop through three hours of a performance that spanned through favourites…
Uganda’s Jazz and saxophone maestro Isaiah Katumwa could not have celebrated his 20 years in the music industry any better. He put up an electric performance that left revelers yearning for more at his Jazz Concert. The concert kicked off with a brief performance from Talanta group, mentored by the man of the evening Isaiah Katumwa, to warm up the audience that was still settling in at the Serena Victoria hall and also welcome Katumwa onto the stage. When Isaiah stepped on stage, the audience went wild with cheers. Clad in a yellow shirt and black pants with a saxophone…
SAXOPHONIST Isaiah Katumwa's stardom is no longer doubtable, following his successful concert, Sensational Jazz,' which he staged at the Kampala Serena Hotel last Friday courtesy of MTN. Read the full story below In spite of the sh70,000 entry fee, Katumwa's fans turned up massively for the show. To Katumwa, this was a manifestation of his fans' immense love. In response, he gave them quality jazz music. During the concert, Katumwa came off as an innovative artiste, with a passion to elevate jazz and to add the local flavour to it. Backed by a 20-member ensemble, Katumwa reached out to his…
The lights dimmed as the curtains peeled off smoky, rainbow lit stage hosting the Isaiah Katumwa Live Band. About 1,500 ardent fans of Sax Wizard Isaiah Katumwa eagerly waited in the Serena Conference hall. Read the full story in the press clip below or click here to download it
Isaiah Katumwa studied Sound Engineering, but his love for the saxophone prompted him to ditch his profession for his true calling. doing jazz music. He spoke to Moses Opobo. Read the full story in the press clip below or click here to download it
Isaiah Katumwa could have become a street kid, but he chose to join his mother in the village to dig for a year in preparation for him to go back to school, in-case their crops sold at a good price. 
He is knows as Uganda's leading Jazz Artiste, but some have doubted that status, claiming he is merely an instrumentalist who has benefited from the ignorance of many about jazz. I sat with him and we talked jazz.
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