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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bayimba Regional Festival of the Arts: Jinja

Rachel Magoola at the Bayimba Regional Festival of Arts in Jinja
Bayimba Regional Festival of the Arts: Jinja

“What should the audience expect from Rachel”

“This time, it’s different from my usual performances: I am doing a fusion with African Instruments comprised of Students from the Music Department of Kyambogo University and I am very excited about performing in my home Town and I hope they too are eager to watch me perform live” says Rachel Magoola.

Rachel Magoola is one of the artists who will be performing at the Bayimba Regional Festivals of the Arts that starts in Jinja on 26th March 2011 at the Main Street Primary School along side Siraje form Iganga, Inkwanzi and Munaku Kaama Dance Group, Mbikko Brass Band, Dizzoman and Ivulungo who will be performing Live with a Jazz Band.

Rachel is very thrilled to be the Guest Artist in her home town Jinja and she will singing some of her popular songs from her new and old albums like “Inhaife” and ”Obangaina” among others.

“It’s always fun playing in Jinja, people always say I am lost and whenever I am there, it’s always a home coming or call it a great re-union” She adds.

Rachel Magoola has professionally performed with Uganda’s top group, The Afrigo Band, from 1989 to 2001 when she started her solo career. She is now a successful artiste in her own right, having produced four solo albums, Inhaife in 1997, Tyenda Wundi in 1998, Tonyiiga in 2000 and Atwibembe 2001.These albums earned her much respect from her fellow artistes and amongst the Ugandan public. One of the tracks on Inhaife, Obangaina, was a smash hit countrywide, and arguably the biggest hit in the history of Ugandan popular music. For example, it was Number One on Capital Radio’s Coca-Cola Hot 7 at 7 for 30 consecutive days, a record. The videotapes Inhaife and Vooto were extensively played on UTV, WBS and other TV stations. Rachel hosted radio shows like Kampala’s Top Twenty and The Morning Crew shows on Capital radio as well as being the guest on its Desert Island Discs programme. Other radio appearances include: Radio Simba’s Countdown Africa (on which Obangaina was voted Number One); Radio Sanyu’s African Express; Star FM’s Munakatemba; Dembe FM and BBC’s Focus on Africa in March 2003.
Magoola has been featured numerous times in local newspapers. In a New Vision poll, she was voted one of the 100 most influential women for 1998-9. She was also voted one of Uganda’s top 25 celebrities 2001.

“I hope everyone comes out to see what Bayimba is doing; presenting a show in a unique style for people to appreciate music and culture; – it’s a learning experience and it will be fun” She adds.

Bayimba Regional Festival of the arts: in Jinja marks the beginning of the 4th Season of the Bayimba activities of 2011; after Jinja the festival will be in Arua on 30th of April, In Gulu on 28th May, In Mbarara on 25th June and Mbale on 30th of July; this will be rounded up by the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts on the 16th till the 18th of September 2011.

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