Uganda, will today, April 30 join the rest of the world to celebrate 2019 edition of International Jazz Day.
“Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide to celebrate the art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.”
In Australia for example, an All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre will be the highlight of the day now recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
For the third year running, jazz lovers will be treated to the finest music by the legendary Angelique Kidjo, Darren Rahn and Isaiah Katumwa during the Uganda edition of International Jazz Day at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Popularly known for songs like Wombo Lombo, Agolo, Malaika among others, Kidjo, who jetted into the country on Sunday said; “This is my first time in Uganda and I am very excited to finally be here. I am definitely looking forward to my stay in Kampala and I can’t wait to meet all my fans at the concert on Tuesday.”
She also shared notes on how her music has remained magical and timeless because ‘music started in Africa’.
“The magic of my great music is the African continent. We have so much good music in Africa, but we Africans don’t realise how we have impacted the music today. I don’t shy away from doing any kind of music because I know all kinds of music started here in Africa. I am so proud of my continent and my culture. We have so much to give and have to embrace who we are, and then give it out fully,” the multiple Grammy Award winner stated.
According to the official sponsors of the Concert, Kidjo is the perfect artiste.
“Kidjo and Darren Rahn are both phenomenal jazz artistes of great talent. Kidjo was named one of the Africa’s most iconic figures by BBC and that alone qualifies her as the perfect for us at this concert because Johnnie Walker is an icon progress,” said Annette Nakiyaga, Head of Luxury Portfolio at Uganda Breweries Limited, said earlier.
Tickets to the show go for Shs200,000 (general) and Shs4,000,000 for a table at the exclusive concert.