July 9, 2020
July 9, 2020

AFRIGO BAND GEARS UP FOR ONLINE SHOW IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

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By Xavier joreen

Uganda’s oldest musical group in the history of Uganda will be making 50 years in the game come the year 2024 but has clearly not backed down on coping up with the new generation.

The band last year partnered with Tidal to release their first album in 20 years featuring Jose Chameleone.

The eleven-track album was sold online which meant that the Band had come to terms that this generation has evolved and become digital as opposed to cassettes and tapes back then.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, musicians and the arts industry as a whole have been categorized as one of the most affected with the President clearly stating that a fund has been set up to sustain them during these hard times.

With the known bureaucracies associated with Government funding, several musicians have stuck to staging online concerts to stay in touch with their audiences during lockdown using Zoom, Facebook, and other tools.

In the wake of Covid19, Elijah Kitaka the founder of Fezah an app that does airplay monitoring, artist bookings and shows says concepts like home concerts or living-room shows could see growth during this period.

He further notes that we will see an increase in virtual reality content due to the prolonged lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 in several countries.

Fezah has organized what would be Afrigo’s first virtual concert and it will be held on the Zoom platform. The company has also organized several concerts virtually for artistes like Kenneth Mugabi, Lillian Mbabazi, and more.

The Afrigo concert will also feature Gospel artiste, Sengendo JohnMary aka JohnMarie who will be performing alongside the historic band.

Like Kenneth Mugabi’s concert, Afrigo’s June 28 online show will attract an entrance fee of sh10,000 and will start at 8 pm.

The codes to entry are currently being sold by a vending platform but revellers can also pay using mobile money.

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