Sade-philes may take delight in the fact that two of her band members will form part of the musical ensemble at the annual Nile Gold Jazz Safari on Friday October 4, 2013 at Kampala Serena Hotel. Tony Momrelle (background vocals) and Karl Van den Bossche (percussions) arrive in Kampala on Wednesday October 2, 2013. They were part of Sade’s 2011 Bring Me Home Live tour to promote the reclusive British chanteuse’s 2010 Soldier of Love CD. The duo’s Ugandan itinerary includes a media conference on Wednesday morning at the Serena’s Turaco Hall and a Jazz Safari Workshop/Q&A/Jam session later that day at Jazzville, Bugolobi from 7pm.
While many will recognize Momrelle (born Anthony Momrelle, 5 September 1973) as mostly a background vocalist, the Briton is an accomplished R&B and jazz singer, and is one of the current lead vocalists of the band, Incognito. And before his stint in Incognito, Momrelle was already a solo recording artist who released two studio albums under his name. Also, he was once a member of gospel music group, Seven. In a year, he toured with both D’Sound, and the Brand New Heavies as a guest performer. His success in touring impressed Incognito’s frontman, Bluey Maunick, and he offered him the job as the vocalist of the acid-jazz outfit. He made his Incognito full-debut on the band’s 2006 album, Bees + Things + Flowers, in which he contributed as a main vocalist.
Karl Van Den Bossche, also a Briton, is ranked as one of the leading percussionists in Europe. Apart from touring with Sade on her 2011 Bring Me Home Live tour to promote her Soldier of Love CD, he has played and recorded with Lighthouse Family, Incognito, Brand New Heavies, Des’ree, Simply Red, Joss Stone, Ms Dynamite, Natasha Bedingfield, Steve Winwood and Gorillaz. His career had a dubious start. At age 15, when his English mates were joining bands, he figured he had better learn an instrument fast if he wanted to be part of the scene. “I chose percussion because I thought it would be easy. I had no idea how much work it would be!” But the years of effort are paying off for the London-based percussionist/drummer. Catch the duo play alongside the 6th annual Jazz Safari headlining acts Keith Sweat, Tom Braxton, Patches Stewart and The John Blackwell Project this Friday for UGX170K.
Text: MOSES SERUGO (email@example.com)