It was a moment of joy and excitement for Congolese-born guitar maestro Charmant Mushaga when last week he and Uganda philanthropist and musician Angella Katatumba visited refugee settlements in Kyaka and Rwamanja in Western Uganda alongside hip-hop icon Navio real names Daniel Kigozi.
The trip organised by the United Nations saw the trio participate in a talent search as Judges and engage the refugees in several other activities.
Charmant also known by his peers as Shalma is a refuge from Bukavu Eastern Congo and was particularly the main centre of attention especially because of his background with fellow Congolese refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo who were excited to see him. He shared his history with them and his inspiring story of how he has survived through music and his special talent of playing the guitar.
Charmant who came to Uganda as a young refugee made his mark at Watoto church where he sang in the choir. He has since built his own fan base because of his mature vocals, skills on the guitar and lively performances that have won him many fans across East Africa. He has also recorded his own music albums and has travelled in several countries for performances.
Diva Angella Katatumba is not only a singer but a philanthropist whose works and efforts for the disadvantaged communities in Uganda has been widely publicised. She is currently in Turkey for the world Humanitarian Summit, while Navio is arguably Uganda’s best hip-hop artiste of his generation.