Maurice Kirya, the king of “Mwooyo” was in Kenya recently, performing at the Koroga Festival. On top of sharinf the stage with reknown Jazz legend Manu Dibango, the funky singer put up a show that many in Kenya will remember for long.
The sultry Kirya, who has been making strides in Kenya was a crowd favourite especially with the ladies. His personal style that blends Afro-soul, hip hop, and R&B rhythms was well appreciated.
Singing in his native language Luganda, he showcased the beauty and unique spirit of art in Uganda.
There was also news in the sight of Dibango on stage. At 82, you would think someone would hang up their boots, find a spacious plot, do farming perhaps, retire and enjoy the rest of his life away from the glam! Well, not Manu Dibango for sure.
Slowing down is a word that is way far from his vocabulary and during the Koroga Festival, he looked joyful, energetic and put up a performance Nairobi will forever remember.
Not even the previous day torrential rain pour would stop the eager festival-goers from streaming into the lush outdoor Arboretum Gardens.
The pan-Africa spirit was well expressed on stage. Backed by his Soul Makossa band, Manu was not a disappointment. Other performers included The Different Faces Band, Karen ‘Kaz’ Lucas, June Gachui and Maurice Kirya.
“I want my fans to know that I have lots of surprises in store for them. Mine is a different version of music that explores original Jazz and new sounds in a contemporary context making it easier for fans to sit back and enjoy,” he said, adding his fans would have the chance to ‘eat’ from the palm of his hands as they enjoy the music.