Hugh Masekela alongside Isaiah Katumwa for Airtel Jazz Concert

Hugh Masekela and Isiah Katumwa

Airtel Uganda is, once again, set to thrill music fans in Uganda with a Jazz Concert “Jazz It with Airtel” to be headlined by Uganda’s greatest Isaiah Katumwa alongside Africa’s jazz Maestro Hugh Masekela. The concert which will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Hall to be specific and will be held on 8th May 2015.

The Jazz concert, that will also mark 20 years in the industry for Isaiah Katumwa is going to be in partnership with the soon-to-be-launched Jazz FM and is the first of the annual concerts to be held every year featuring a jazz legend from across the world.

Hugh Masekela

This will not be the first time that the telecom giant is thrilling music fans in Uganda with an international artist. Just earlier this year on Women’s Day, Airtel Uganda held an All Women’s Concert that featured Nigerian music diva Tiwa Savage singing alongside a lineup of top female Ugandan artists.In 2014, the company also hosted and sponsored the “Ugandan Women of Substance” 2014 Awards ceremony that featured Jamaican artist Nyanda as the main act.

According to Airtel Uganda Brand Assets and Properties Manager, Noella Byuma, “Airtel Uganda realizes that the majority of Ugandans are passionate about music. By being part of this concert, we are continuing to engage, support and spread Happiness to all of our subscribers through a medium that is different from our various products and services.”

“Airtel Uganda congratulates Jazz legend Isiah Katumwa on marking 20 successful years in this industry,” she added

Tickets will be sold at 150,000/- UGX each. Tables sitting 9 people each will be going for 3,000,000/- UGX and those interested can call 0702 00 52 52 and 075 2 00 52 52 for reservations and deliveries. Tickets will be sold at selected Airtel Uganda and partner outlets.

“About Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He was born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa on 4thApril 1939. He began singing and playing piano as a child. At age 14, after seeing the film Young Man with a Horn (in which Kirk Douglas plays a character modeled after American jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke), he took up playing the trumpet. His first trumpet was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, the anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peter’s Secondary School.

As an all-rounder, some of his achievements include a Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from Rhodes University (2015), an Honorary Doctorate in Music (2014) from University of York, an African Music Legend award at the 2007 Ghana Music Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards.”



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