#10 Bernard Kaband – UGANDA

24 Sep

Olugendo Lw’e Bulaya – Bernard Kaband

Bernard Kabanda Sslongo was discovered in the streets of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, playing on a guitar he had made himself out of scrap. He was content to play solo, or with simple tin-can percussion as he played in pubs in Kampala.

Bernard Kabanda is king of the “kadongo kamu”” a style which first flourished in Uganda during Idi Amin’s rule in the Seventies. Kadongo kamu is an urban style that draws inspiration from country and western music and is laced with humor and topical content.

Sadly just as Bernard Kabanda realized his fame in the world music circuit he died of AIDS. He was 40 years old.

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