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Isaiah Katumwa set to reunite with the man who gave him his first-ever saxophone

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Isaiah Katumwa

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Despite not owning an instrument, youthful Isaiah Katumwa was considered a prodigy among his peers. He was able to develop his love and skill for playing the saxophone during church programs at the Kampala Miracle Center in the early 2000s.

He is now a household name and has a show slated for April 30 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. This show is important to him because he will be in the midst of Chris Lang, a man who gave him his first working saxophone close to 20 years ago.

The self-taught saxophonist’s talent, passion and journey with music later boosted while at the Kampala Pentecostal Church, (KPC) where he attended a music workshop facilitated by Lang and was recognized, a man who literally became instrumental in his life.

Chris Lang, an American jazz artist and record producer picked interest in the budding jazz maestro shortly after watching him perform during his program in Kampala in the year 2000.

Lang watched several budding saxophonists, but unlike the others, Katumwa didn’t own a saxophone and used to borrow from the church since he couldn’t afford one. At that point in time, he asked Lang to lend him his so he could display his craft.

The music producer was impressed and that was Katumwa’s defining moment in his music career.

“He told me his saxophone was new and asked me to handle it with care. But after my performance, he was blown away and gave it to me,” Katumwa recalls how he got his first instrument. He couldn’t believe Lang had gifted him a $4,000 saxophone.

That was the stepping stone that propelled Katumwa to one of the greatest jazz artistes of our time.

Isaiah Katumwa has been a great influence to the growth, appreciation and recognition of Jazz music in Uganda with close to 20 years of experience.

For Ugandans, Isaiah Katumwa is a well-known household name associated with the best jazz and contemporary afro-fusion music across the country.

He never knew their paths would meet again until they reunited in the US in 2011. Since the meeting, Lang has helped propel Katumwa’s career even further.

“Chris Lang has played a great role in the story of Isaiah Katumwa. Our relationship goes beyond music, he is a friend, a brother and confidant. He has helped shape who I am today and linked me to many influential people in the world including Darren Rahn who will be performing at our concert come April 30 at the Serena Hotel,” says Isaiah Katumwa.

Now as his music director, “Chris has seen me perform in different stages of the world, but he had never seen me perform in Kampala where our story began. He is looking forward to our concert,” Katumwa says.

The Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve sponsored concert will coincide with the World Jazz Day and will feature performances from three-time Grammy Award Winner, Angelique Kidjo and Darren Rahn. The concert is an annual jazz event that has been held since 2007.

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Comedian Reign too close with upcoming singer Vilani

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It looks like there’s something cooking between talented comedian Reign- of the Maulana and Reign duo and upcoming female singer Vilani.

Word reaching our desk indicates the two, Reign and Vilani, have been inseperable the last few weeks.

We hear the two spend most of their time together. However it’s unclear what their business could be. Unconfirmed reports reveal the two could be an item. However another source says the two have a business deal they have been working on together.We wonder what deal it could be considering they are in different entertainment fields. Ever since she joined the industry, new star Vilani, better known as ‘The Sweet Malaika gal’ has always made a fashion statement which has attracted men.With her sweet melodious and tempting voice, Vilani proved by her song, Sweet Malaika, that she has all it takes to have men dying for a piece of her. Reign could be one of them.

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What You Missed At the DJ Ciza House & Barbecue Party

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Last Saturday, one of Kampala’s finest DJS, DJ Ciza hosted his famous house party that attracted a section of Kampala party animals. The DJ Ciza house Party took place at an exclusive crib along Kyambogo Road Ntinda.

Also called the real crowd pleaza, Ciza hosted his fans, artistes and fellow DJs to an all you can eat party where guests eat until they could eat no more.

He was also supported by fellow DJs like Naselow, DJ Nyowe, Selector Jay, DJ LL and artistes like Cosign, Mugaba and JWats among others.

The party started at around 6pm and went on till 3am.

DJ Ciza is a versatile DJ that has marked his place in the industry. He has played at both small and big stages. He currently plays at Radiocity and hosts weekly nights including but not limited to Jamrock Thursday’s at Valhalla, vibe up Friday’s at H20 Kololo among others.

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Jose Chameleone cleans up Twitter, follows only two Ugandan artistes, your guess is as good as ours.

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After being unfollowed by the President or rather his administrator, Jose Chameleone has not taken Twitter lightly. The singer has done some cleaning up and has been left with only 108 accounts to follow and only two of those are Ugandan artistes.

It is not rocket science that Chameleone only decides to follow his two brothers Pallaso and Radio&Weasel, had it been any others maybe we would be wondering the criteria he used.

Chameleone is one of the most followed Ugandan artistes on Twitter and not following you may not go so well with you as an artiste.

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