This year, the International Jazz day will be marked in a special way in Kampala as Ugandan Jazz Maestro Isaiah Katumwa will team up with Manu Dibango for a special tribute concert to celebrate the life of fallen South African trumpet star Hugh Masekela.
Masekela who was a close personal friend to Katumwa passed away on January 23rd aged 80 before completing projects they had planned to work on together.
Hugh Ramapolo Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as “the father of South African jazz.” And was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”
Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango is a Cameroonian musician and song-writer who plays saxophone and vibraphone. He is best known for his 1972 single ‘Soul Makossa’ which inspired Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music and has over 70 albums.
For the past two years, Isaiah Katumwa hosted Masekela at his annual jazz concerts but unfortunately he passed on at the start of the year. This year’s concert will feature both bands of Isaiah and Manu in the special tribute concert.
“Owing to the great inspiration, friendship and mark he left in the world of jazz, I want to celebrate the life of my friend Hugh Masekela,” Isaiah Katumwa said.
This year’s Isaiah Katumwa concert is sponsored by Johnnie Walker and will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on 30th April which will be the international Jazz day. Isaiah has so far held over 10 annual concerts since 2007 featuring both local and international renowned jazz artistes.
“It is our tradition as Johnnie Walker to celebrate rare and exceptional talent such as the duo of Isaiah Katumwa and Manu Dibango. We guarantee that this duo is a classic blend whose performance will be iconic and exceptional”, UBL Head of Whisky Portfolio, Annette Nakiyaga.
The concert will also feature Siphokazi, a famous South African vocalist best known for her versatile groovy, soulful, poignant lyrics and Afro-chic style.
Entry fee for the concert will be at Shs. 150,000 for VIP tickets, 300,000 for VVIP and 3 million for a table.