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Percussion Discussion Africa

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Percussion Discussion Afrika came together as the result of one man’s dream: already a celebrity in the Ugandan community, Omwana We Nsenene Ssewanyana has been performing and recording for over twenty-five years. To Kampala’s press he is the ‘King of the Congas.’ But, though renowned for work with dance-hall giants the ‘Afrigo Band,’ his musical roots lie far from the nightclubs of Uganda’s big cities. Ssewanyana’s first instruments were not the congas, but the nankasa; mpuunyi; namunjoloba and engalabi - traditional drums played by the tribal peoples of East Africa for centuries. Sadly, these instruments (along with traditional harps, flutes, fiddles and xylophones) are rarely heard. But now with PDA, Ssewanyana brings them back from obscurity straight onto the world stage. It has taken over ten years to pull together the resources and musicians which make this project possible. To Ssewanyana and his song-writing partner Michael Musoke, Percussion Discussion Afrika is a dream come true.

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  • samhalen

    I can't believe I stumbled across this! These guys have a great weekly night at National Theatre Kampala.

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • swgrrl09

    I saw Percussion Discussion when I was in Uganda over the summer. Downloading some videos I recorded off my digital camera to YouTube--check em out! And let me know of more of their music, I love it!

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • hobbitte

    Hi. I too love Nakawunde! And Buzaawa. And Kisomabwire. And Ensi Eno. And Zamberi. Hey, they're all adorable! Btw, I'd love to learn what (at least) the titles mean in English... help?!

    15 Jul 2007 Reply
  • procynic

    I love Nakawunde. Such a refreshing song. I can wake up to it every morning for the rest of my life

    19 Apr 2007 Reply

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