The Afrigo band hit makers and great musicians Frank Mbalire and Sammie Kasule have left the band,
What was a little strange about this outfit though was it was not Afrigo Band – a band in which the three used to play alongside Moses Matovu on the Saxophone.
Mbalile, Kasule and Sseninde had earlier left Afrigo to form Ziwuma Band.
Ziwuma also comprises Jimmy Mugema, a bass guitarist and sound engineer who has played with a couple of bands, including Qwela as well as Isaac Zimbe, who has done his time as a drummer with Mystic Band.
Zimbe, Mbalire, and Sseninde were once members of Misty Jazz band which played at Kampala Casino until two years ago.
The band gets its name from one of Kasule’s songs that shares the same title – Ziwuma.
Across town, at Guvnor Discotheque, an upscale nightclub, Matovu and the remaining members of Afrigo were treating revelers to some of their classics at the monthly Friday Night Live show.
“As a musician, I would practise my instruments at home and expected to go on stage and perform. Upon arrival at the venue, my guitar and I would be relegated to the role of spectators,” Kasule, who joined Afrigo about two years ago after returning from Sweden where he was based since the 1980s, says.
Upon return, he says he asked his good friend Matovu if he could join Afrigo.
“I never foresaw myself leaving Afrigo but circumstances and the fact that I felt I was losing out on expressing my talent forced me out,” he says.