Uganda jazz lovers finally got to experience a combination of traditional Yoruba music, Afro soul, highlife, funk, and chanted vocals, fused with percussion and vocal styles from the extremely talented and self-styled “Afro-Electric African Soulstress” Efya Awindor during the long awaited TML 100 Club Jazz Concert held at the Serena Hotel on Friday.
With special appearances from Uganda’s very own Pragmo and the self-taught saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa, jazz lovers were extremely thrilled in a night that was filled with contemporary Afro Soul and Jazz in an exclusive setting.
And when Efya, who draws influences from American artistes like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, hit the stage, it was nothing short of a tenacious live performance with her band providing sweet blends of strong African rhythms with Western-style soul and hip hop to the delight of the hundreds that had turned up.
“I love soul, jazz and rhythm and blues but my style combines those genres effortlessly with our own unique music, like Afrobeat, to produce a beautiful sound” she explains.
And after the show, fans could not hide their excitement as they all thronged the VIP section in a bid to get a moment with this music legend on the rise.
The Tusker Malt Lager 100 Club which was introduced in September last year with performances by another emerging star, South Africa’s Zonke in November is a notion that brings together consumers of the premium brand who enjoy contemporary Afro Soul and Jazz music.
Uganda and TML 100 Club members will be eagerly waiting for the next African music legend to be rocking the country even as the weekly Jazz Nights continue in various locations around Kampala celebrating our own homegrown talent.