Grammy Award winning bassist Richard Bona was here a few days back for the Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari that took place at Speke Resort Munynoyo on Saturday 30th July.
It was the 11th edition of the annual Jazz Safari and new changes were made among which included shifting of venue from the usual Kampala Serena Hotel and Lugogo Cricket Oval where the 10th edition was held to the luxurious Speke Resort along the shores of Lake Victoria.
This was also the first time Jazz was separated from Soul in which the Saturday event was dedicate to only Jazz with Soul and RnB coming later at the end of the year.
Bona who was not known so much by Ugandan Jazz enthusiasts before the show but connected well as soon as he landed in the country. His performance was not bad either just like the new venue which gave fans something fresh and new to look into.
With his habit of incorporating different styles from across the globe to compliment his own, he took the crowd into a journey of soul searching jazz that oscillated on his base guitar doing the lead role. With his heavy voice occasionally interrupting with some soft but deep vocals, he produced the moment of magic my working out some Ugandan ‘Kidandali’ beats including a ‘Sheebah’ into his Afro-soul jazz rhythm smooth flow.
With organizers dedicating Saturday for only Jazz, several local talents were given a chance to showcase too and didn’t not disappoint as they seized the opportunity with both hands.
Tshaka Mayanja’s Black Roots Unlimited comprising several talented artistes like Michael Kitanda and Aloysious Migadde as well as Kaz Kasozi gave a good account of themselves as they mixed it up with different styles.
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