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Due to its troubled past the best known artists are usually in exile. There is some very beautiful traditional music to be found now that things are more settled.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



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JIMMY KATUMBA WITH THE EBONIES QUEEN OF LOVE EB011 LP 12.00 COL
Released back in 1981 with Jimmy's velvet vocals cruising along gospel style in both local language and English. Basically easy listening but at this time he was becoming Uganda's premier pop star. !. QUEEN OF LOVE
2. BAMUVEEKO
3. CONGRATULATIONS AND JUBILATIONS
4. DAYS OF GUNRULE
5. EVENING BREEZE
6. YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING IN CREATION
7. MUNYAMBE NTUKEYO
8. BECAUSE OF MUSIC
9. TUBE BAFUMBO
10. MPULIRA AKOONA
JIMMY KATUMBA WITH THE EBONIES USIUWE TEMBO USIUWE TC 10.00 COL
The late Jimmy Katumba who died in 2006 was known as the 'Black Jim Reeves' because of his velvet voiced style. His music career started when he met Abbey Kibalama, a music-loving tutor and they linked up in Kampala and formed the Eschatos Brides (Abagole ba Yesu) in 1973. He left the Eschatos in 1977 to concentrate his energies on The Light Bearers, at first a gospel group that he had earlier formed in Old Kampala in 1975 and which saw him diversify to include secular music. Subsequently, they changed the name to 'Jimmy Katumba and the Ebonies' in 1976. he was due to release a new album when he died. I also have in my collection a live recording with tracks; AMBA, NSABA, KONGE, WACHA TEMBO, WACHA SIMBA, I LOVE MY AFRICA, KONGE ll, AMBA ll, NDICHO AND NSABAKIMU. 1. USIUWE TEMBO
2. ANYRACHEKE
3. BOSS
4. OMUKWANO GERO
5. KONGE
6. MANDELA
7. SAKIMANYA
8. I LOVE MY AFRICA
9. AMBA
NDERE TROUPE KIKWABANGA PAN2016CD CD 12.95 COL
Well suck my socks! It said traditional music and was subtitled 'Songs and dances from the land of Ngaali'. What it didn't say was that this album is an absolute gem. The Ndere Troupe aren't some spotty four piece from the back of beyond they are actually twenty-five strong and the resident players of the National Theatre and probably the most talented singers and players in the country. The tracks take us through the musical styles and instruments of the various peoples of Uganda, as they switch from quiet instrumentals and songs to pumping up the beat with deafening, all aboard, dance floor throbbers. A wonderfully diverse album. Twelve pages of copious notes. I can't wait to catch their next European tour. [13T/69M] Track: Wonda Wonda
RACHEL MAGOOLA AND THE AFRIGO BAND INHAIFE AFRIGO15 CD 12.50 COL
SAMITE DANCE MY CHILDREN DANCE SHAN65003 TC 6.00 COL
SAMITE PEARL OF AFRICA REBORN SHAN65008 TC 6.00 COL
THE AFRIGO BAND BWENKANYA Vol. 16 AFRIGO16 CD 13.20 COL
THE AFRIGO BAND MUSIC PARADE Vol. 8 TAB008 LP 7.00 COL
THE AFRIGO BAND TUGENDA MU AFRIGO (VOL 12) ACP001 CD 11.99 COL
Uganda's top band with the first of two new albums that have been recorded over here. The eleven piece group prove that the rumba sound of East Africa is still alive and kicking. Singers Joanita and Rachael are magic, especially on Bakulimba which draws its inspiration from the traditional sounds of Uganda. Beautiful album all the way through with with some great guitar play from Eddie Ganja, a lovely horn section and some great tunes. (F.T. Index: Bakulimba, Jim, Omutanda Jaali, Ekadde 94,) [6T/35M]
THE AFRIGO BAND VINCENT Vol. 17 ACPCD005 CD 13.20 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM UGANDA Vol. 2 MODERN TRADITIONAL CAP21553 CD 12.70 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM UGANDA Vol. 3 MODERN CAP21555 CD 12.70 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSILIT CONCERT 1987 KCF1001 TC 5.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE KINGS MUSICIANS: ROYALIST MUSIC FROM BUGANDA TSCD925 CD 12.05 COL
A comprehensive selection of music from professional musicians who once practiced their art at the Royal Courts of the Kingdom of Buganda, the South Western part of the modern country of Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria. Music was a very important part of Court life and no other African rulers maintained such a rich variety of musical ensembles. The Royal Courts and, indeed, the Kingdom itself was suppressed in 1966 when Milton Obote took over and consolidated the modern country of Uganda. This remarkable CD collects together performances from these musicians before and after the loss the Royal Courts, dating from 1949 to 1987 and is more than just a recording - it is a piece of social history on a national scale. There are songs, instrumental music featuring flutes, lyres, harps, xylophones, etc; solo and ensemble pieces. Altogether, an archive of wonders.
YESE MUTENGA YESE SINGS FOR UGANDANS YESE CD £ 9.00
Born in Uganda and worked for the Ugandan Foreign Service (Diplomatic), now retired and living in England and has had a life long love of music. Now with time to spare he has made this unique album which features ten songs in seven different Ugandan languages. Have a listen to tracks 9 and 10 to get a feel for it. If you like it then click BUY or contact Yese direct on jessemu@btinternet.com. Yese also tells me that he is working on a second CD which he will be releasing shortly. 1. AKIILI - LUTORO
2. BEEDO KA LEK? - ACHOLI
3. ESAALA - LUGANDA
4. LORI ROSO RII - MADI
5. NILE DANCE - LUSOGA
6. NANYOLE - LUNYOLE
7. BEDIMA CWINY YOM - ACHOLI
8. BAMASAABA - LUGISU
9. ADA - LUNYOLE
10. MARIA - LUGANDA




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