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International Artistes arrive for MTN Jazz Safari 2009

Release date:10/6/2009
Kampala, Uganda: Jazz artists Eric Marienthal from Los Angeles, Chuck Loeb from New York and celebrated drummer Oscar Seaton arrived in the country last night and are expected to perform at a jazz concert at the Kampala Serena Hotel alongside Uganda’s celebrated reggae artist Tshaka Mayanja and jazz sensation and pianist PRAGMO courtesy of MTN. The three well known Jazz artists who work separately will entertain Ugandan Jazz lovers in a show at Kampala’s Serena on Thursday, 8th October 2009.
“For the first time, MTN has decided to bring to Uganda the best in the Jazz Music industry,” said MTN’s Brand and Sponsorships Manager, Aggrey Kagonyera. “Matt Cooper has just performed alongside Whitney Huston in Paris, France while drummer Oscar Seaton is joining international superstar Lionel Ritchie on his tour to promote his new album Coming Home immediately after performing here. Guitarist Chuck Loeb has just come from a tour of Spain while our very own Tshaka needs no introduction having worked with the likes of Shaggy, Third World, and UB40 among others” he added.
“Not long ago we brought you UB40, the best reggae band in the world. We hope that the way Ugandans enjoyed that concert is the same way they will enjoy this one.” Kagonyera said.
Marienthal, a Los Angeles-based saxophonist has six of his recently recorded songs among the top 10 on the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts with two being number one while Chuck Loeb has been part of the Petite Blonde group featuring saxophonist Bill Evans, Metro alongside Mitch Forman and the Fantasy Band. Oscar Seaton the drummer has been busy balancing recording and touring dates and will be joining Lionel Ritchie.
"These are some of the biggest names in jazz to visit Uganda and perform and I am greatly privileged to share a stage with them," says Tshaka Mayanja, a locally renowned reggae artist, who is also behind the show. "This concert is therefore one of the best ever, with some of the most talented players. Ugandans are fortunate to have all these world-class musicians. It therefore promises to be an exciting treat."
The artists will later launch the Jazz in Schools project in conjunction with Kampala Music School at the new Club Obbligato at Little Flowers. The project which will focus on jazz and contemporary music is hoped to promote originality and creativity in instrument playing in Uganda Schools.
Tickets are available at MTN Customer Care Centres in Kampala. The gates at Serena open on Thursday at 6pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm.
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