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Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer Giovanni Kiyingi Begs Babe To Give Him Love And ‘Shake Ko’ Her Body

Celebrated Ugandan folk singer, songwriter, and world music artist Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is back with yet another monster tune. The multi-talented singer who is known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist has been working hard during the lockdown and the result is yet another superb fusion of Afro-soul and Pop with a blend of African Jazz that soothes the soul.

He has in his characteristic feel-good style incorporated a danceable rhythm and flow to the song dubbed ‘’Shake Ko’’ to vividly magnify the theme of shaking it or dancing till you drop.

The singer who also plays the local Ugandan fiddle (endingidi), akogoadungu, guitar, harmonica, flute, djembecalabashcongas, drums, and maracas, among others, makes use of his wide range of skills on the instrumentals which are evident in his sound throughout.

In this new tune that will be dropping next Monday, Kiyingi is asking us to join him in shaking the body although he particularly calls out his baby, honey or sweetheart to do it for him. He also asks her to give him love as he will give it right back to her.

The audio produced by Andy Music, also carries some elements and fluidity of modern RnB as he pours out his feelings while asking the mysterious babe to give him love and Shake her body. “Baby Shake o body Shakoo, Shako yo body…” he sings in a mixture of Luganda and English.

‘Shake O’ will be premiering offciially on Monday next week.

Being a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performer won him invitations to perform at major music festivals and co-operate events in Uganda and the rest of the world. His authenticity and sharing of his talent has enabled him to share the stage with other renowned artists from Uganda and across the continent like South Africa’s Mathambo,Mafikizolo, Ethiopia’s renowned Jazzist Mulatu Astatke (father of Etho- jazz) and Kenya’s Makadem, and Sarabi band and back home here with the likes of Janzi BandSsewa SsewaMulatu AstatkeMilege, Joel Sebunjo, Suzan KerunenAfrigo BandHaka Mukiga

To enrich his music further, Kiyingi added a classical guitar to a bunch of African instruments he plays which has made his music more rich and beautiful that is appreciated by different kinds of audiences.

Kiyingi has shared the stage with many big-name artistes in Uganda and Africa at large.

In 2008 Kiyingi started his career with a solo album “Essanyu ly’Omufilika” which means the joy of an African; the album was put on hold as he teamed up with other friends who shared the same vision to form Zivu Band with Kiyingi as the lead vocalist and instrumentalist. Zivu band then recorded an album called The Dawn that led to their tour in Europe.

His second album “Akondere” which means trumpets that received massive acclaim both locally and internationally was done while he pursued his Bachelor of Arts in music at Makerere University. ‘’Chengi’’ and ‘’Kama Dudu’’ the most recent ones are not doing badly either.

Shake Ko that is so easy on the ear and can as well make one shake the body, will be premiering officially on Monday and surely is bound to be one his biggest songs that is a must-listen for music lovers.

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