American star Richard Bona flew in the country last night and promised to give the best of Jazz performance that Ugandans deserve and a weekend in jazz heaven at the Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari tomorrow Saturday, June 30.
“Uganda is a beautiful country with beautiful people. You guys have done a lot to make sure I am here and you deserve the best and I will give you the best”. Bona said at a press briefing this morning at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The Grammy Award winner is the main act at this year’s edition of the country’s premier jazz show.The celebrated bassist assured jazz fans he would literally blow them away when he takes to the stage at Speke Resort Munyonyo lakeside, which is the new venue of the show after moving away from the city center.
As if to prove what Bona said about Ugandans being nice people, Janzi Band leader James Ssekasi handed him a present of his local instrument he created called the Janzi while a Uganda Breweries handed him a customized bottle of Jonnie Walker. He was also given a branded ‘Ondaba’ T-Shirt to spread the gospel of love for the country.
“We promised jazz lovers only the best would do for the 11th edition and Bona is one of the finest fit you will find. His musical skills and talent transcend generations. To put it simply he is the kind of talent you do not get to see every day so we are thrilled to be part of his show in Uganda,” said Roger Agamba, International Spirits Brand Manager at Uganda Breweries Limited.
The 50-year old bassist who is originally from Cameroon is an acclaimed jazz artiste and singer has performed with a number of icons including Manu Dibango, Chaka Khan, Salif Keita among others. The artiste also boasts close to a dozen albums to his name in a career spanning more than two decades.
The American star will be joined by some of the best that local jazz music has to offer with names like Kaz Kasozi, BlackRoots UNLIMITED, Michael Kitanda, Tony Trumpet and Aloysius Migadde.
Tickets to the Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari will go for Shs130,000 for individuals while a table of 10 will be available for Shs3m. The Johnnie Walker Jazz Safari partners include Stanbic Bank, who are offering discounted tickets of Shs100,000 for everyone who pays using Visa cards via Stanbic POS machines.
Representatives from other partners like Stambic bank, Speke Resort Munyonyo, NBS TV and Pepsi also emphasized their commitment to support Jazz Safari and thanked Bona for honoring their invite to come and perform in Uganda.