Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Congolese, local artists mourn Gen. Kazini

A number of Congolese artistes are mourning the death of one of their best friends in Uganda, the late Maj. Gen. James Kazini.
In case you need your memories jogging, the fallen army officer was behind the coming of many Congolese artistes to Uganda including recently the Mbilia Bell concert at Sheraton Kampala Hotel...
Back to the real issue: we're told the likes of Kanda Bongo Man, Mbilia Bell, Tshalla Muana, Awilo Longomba and Aurlus Mabere have sent condolence messages to the family of Kazini (RIP).
Meanwhile, even our local artistes through the Federation of Performing Artistes in Uganda sent condolences to the man who loved music and especially music by Afrigo Band.
Signed by the President of the federation, Andrew Benon Kibuuka, the document reads in part: "The artists' fraternity is profoundly shocked by the sad news of the demise of Maj. Gen. James Kazini. The arts industry has lost a friend indeed, who has been always available to find a solution to any challenge. He founded the Umoja Band when musicians needed jobs; Umoja Club when venues were exploiting artistes; bought first-class open-air instruments when musicians needed stadia instruments, the list is endless...we thank God for the time he has given us with Kazini."

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