Rather than dwell on the semantics of which among the Qwela Junction III line-up is a true diva or just a chanteuse, Qwanza Music’s Joe Kahirimbanyi prefers to dwell on the added value his event brings to the Kampala city cultural landscape. “Qwela Junction” is a quarterly showcase of collaborative concerts featuring handpicked artistes of a particular discipline. They all come together in a one-night only high quality live music showcase. The third edition brings together some of the finest voices and instrumentalists for a Sunday November 29th, 2015 concert at the plush Kampala Serena. They are the legendary Rachel Magoola, the soulful multi-instrumentalist MoRoots, the sultry Naava Grey, reality show star Sandra Suubi, stage gladiator Jemimah Sanyu, the steadfastly rising Solome and acoustic fret board Rita Sabiiti.
Qwela Junction also aims to highlight the ecosystem in the musical side to the Creative Economy by creating linkages for artistes with everything from rehearsal space, session musicians, mainstream and digital PR, technical riders and post-event branding. While Kahirimbanyi is cagey about matters business in regards to revenue expenditure, he is right on the money in his quest to create a musical experience that appeals to lovers of jazz and Afro-fusion. “Qwela Junction brings together varied audiences to form one large crowd drawing from each of the artistes’ dedicated following. The quarterly repetition ensures a growing and dedicated audience that has something to look forward to,” he explains. Previous editions brought together guitarists (Guitar Maestros) and saxophonists (Sax Aces). Tickets for the Divas Edition cost UGX50K (advance) and UGX60K (at the door).
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