Tuesday October 9th 2018
By Aiden Graw
56 years ago today, Uganda got her Independence from the British.
But what could be more satisfying than to lie in relaxation, listen and watch some songs that celebrate Uganda and the spirits of her citizens ranging from biographical African story lines to entertaining box-office blockbuster songs?
Below are some of the musicians and their songs that capture Ugandas culture, journey of unsung heroes and the strength of Uganda as a people.
- Professor George William Kakoma
Prof. George Kakoma was the first trained professional music composer in East Africa. He was an accomplished singer, author and tops the list of Ugandan Independence heroes.
Kakoma a distinguished and smart composer is the brains behind the Uganda National Anthem
- Rev Polycarp Kakooza
Mr Polycarp Kakooza was a smart as well as a distinguished multi talented man.
He wasan author, composer, sports man, artist among other talents. He is the main man behind the Buganda Anthem in 1939 at age of 25.
- Eva Nanyonga
Born 1933, Nanyonga was a woman guitarist who was nicknamed a guitarwizad by her fans then.
Nanyonga had a chance to perform live on October 9th 1962 (Independence day). When armed with a guitar, Nanyonga could always literally make it talk as her fans always stayed glued watching her do her thing.
She a number of songs such as Eriso Lyo Mwana, Ndikuwa, Tabitha, and Mukama Rukiddi Akanoba. She was the first lady in this countrys history to use an electric guitar that was given to her by the late Sir Edward Muteesa II when she invited to the palace. In 1970 she started her own band called Mwalingo.
- Elly Wamala
Yes, I think most of you heard about the legendary Sir Ellys music. He is a man with a million lyrics and musical notes to his credit and a music genius of our time. Before his passing on, he had composed, written and sung for over 40 years.
Wamala started recording his music back then in 1955 which is still relevant to date.
His music absolutely timeless. By 1957 he was already a singing star. His first hit single that saw him grab news headlines and hit the limelight was Nabutono. His music can be defined as refreshing, entertaining and educative and often included poetry in most of his songs which are evident in songs like Sacramento, Viola, Ebinyumu bayaffe among others.
- Fred Masagazi
He started his singing career in 1955. Some of his songs we played on BBC music charts in 1960s .
His top hit Antanawa Musolo made him a powerhouse in the industry. The song was released two years earlier before the Independence.
- Minsuseela Ssegamwenge
He had an impact on the whole of East Africa after independence. He is one of the pioneers of Kadongo Kamu music with popular songs such as Ssekono Tawanyikiza, Bamugamba nganyooma, Akusigula Takugula and Kyusa Kumpisa.
- Stanely Kamparo
He is one of the early singers with a 40-year career in music. He is only established Kadongo Kamu singer from Ankole. He sung a very romantic song called Irida, which was a mixture of Runyoro, Rukiga and Luganda which was about marriage between Kamparo and Irida, a muganda girl.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website