TSHAKA Winston Mayanja, ‘Jazz’ and ‘Uganda’ were
rarely used in the same sentence until recently when he celebrated 20 years in
music in a show dubbed the MTN Jazz Safari ‘09.
For someone who had previously been known as reggae music’s best kept secret, and
a pioneer/veteran in international concerts promotions locally, Tshaka’s
successful switching of genres from reggae to jazz, where he has made a huge
impression already, earned him the UBL-sponsored Arts Press Association (APA)
award for October 2009.
Tshaka beat a veritable shortlist that included Miria Matembe for her book,
Woman in the Eyes of God; Reclaiming a Lost Identity, Charles Peter Mayiga for
the book, King on the Throne, Charles James Ssenkubuge, (Magumba play) and the
producers of the NTV local drama series Kakibe Ki.
“Honestly, this is the first ever local award I’ve received. I am honoured and
humbled,” Tshaka mayanja said.
He defended his journey into Jazz. “I am now into jazz music because it is the
epitome of all music. If you can conquer jazz with your instrument all the
other genres become easy.”
Bebe Cool also picked up his September award in absentia.
Steak Out bar, the venue for the ocassion, was alive with chatter and
excitement as the award coincided with the recently reloaded UTAKE night
sponsored by Uganda Waragi.
The ( APA) awards have been won in the past month by people like GNL , pastor
Bugembe, this is a honour awarded to
people who make a significant contribution in a particular field of Arts every month by Art press association.