Discussion Afrika have come a long way since the band's
inception in 1997. These days, there are very few people who can
get away with admitting to ignorance of this dynamic group
because they have proven to be one of the most hardworking
groups in the country. Makes one wonder what we would have if
every one involved in showbiz did their stuff like these guys.
It is a
group that has stuck to what is important. They saw the gap in
Ugandan percussion and realised that if they did not come out to
bridge this gap, probably there would be a catastrophe of sorts.
Omwana We Nsenene Herman Ssewanyana, the lead man of the group
used to do his thing solely with Afrigo band. Sewanyana has been
performing and recording for over Twenty years.
Percussion Discussion Africa in 1997 in an attempt to develop an
East African identity and avoid being asked all the time whether
we come from Congo," Sewanyana said sometime. It seems he has
gone along way in convincing whoever would doubt that he is very
has become one of the most visible elements of Percussion mainly
because of his talent on the drums. When the brother gets down
to beat the drum, (make that drums) it is hard not to get on the
floor and shake it. Sewanyana's passion for percussive
instruments has refused to die and this is probably why he
decided to start up something that would be dedicated to drums
and drums alone.
Discussion Afrika is self-explanatory. They make percussion
instruments discuss amongst themselves. They mix western
percussion instruments with local ones and the result is always
amazing, ask those who have been for their shows at Club
Obligatto. They try to stick to original Ugandan tunes and then
they doctor them to suit the taste of everyone, young or old.
has not been blind to their efforts. Their two albums have
received rave reviews all over Africa. Twabalamusa a track on
Omubala was number one on the internet charts for close to a
year. The second album Mulamu took Kampala by storm and took
them to the pinnacle of Ugandan respect when it won them a PAM
recent KORA awards, PDA was nominated for Best Cultural Group.
Even though they did not win, they feel that they are on another
level now. The fact that Africa gave them a nod means a lot to
them. Their song, Mu'Africa, a cry to the world about the
problems that plague Africa has a strong video which tells the
story on its own and probably was a very strong factor in that
PDA is well
known all over Africa because they have done their fair share of
travelling. But then even in places they have never been to,
they are known because their music has gone ahead of them and
announced to the world that there is a force to reckon with and
it comes from Uganda. They have been to Lebanon, Malawi, Rwanda,
based at the National Theatre and you can never fail to see one
of the bright eyed members when on a visit there. Herman
Sewanyana and Mike Musoke are very common figures at the
Sewanyana and Musoke, the band is composed of Saidi Kasule on
the saxophone, Robert Kajoba on bass guitar, Denson Kirunda on
western drums, Wilfred Okello on the harp, Herbert Kinobe on the
tube fiddle, Sam Bakabulindi on the long drum and Winnie Namulwa,
Harriet Nalumansi and Juliet Nabukalu on vocals.