Bakuseka Majja Matta Group

Group Information

Bukuseka Majja Matta

Bakuseka Majja Matta Group: The group leader is 76 year old Nathan Matta Nyende.  Nathan started playing in 1952 and was blinded in 1958 with an eye problem.  Their style of music is Kisoga which both educates and entertains.

The group are Fred Tavakumuwa on the tube fiddle; Kisame Ndaba on the thumb piano; Kirunda Awali on the flute and Nathan Matta Nyende, the lead vocalist and also playing the thumb piano.

Song Meanings

“Abalimperekera Baliba Muganda”: When I die, those that will escort me to be buried, will be many.

“Enumba Y’eisubi Esana Buko”: If a woman refuses you, you go with a match and burn down her grass thatched house.

“Atyamiisa Asekerera Adagha”: A person who is doing well will always laugh at one who is struggling.

“Otabona Bukaire”:  Even if I am old now, I’m still suitable for marriage.

Recording Information

22nd November 2013

Recording location:

Gately on the Nile Hotel, Jinja, Uganda

Audio by:

Steve Kivutia, Ketebul Music & Andy Patterson, Abubilla Music. Mixed by Andy Patterson

Video by:

Patrick Ondiek, Ketebul Music; Jimmy Allen and Victoria Denison, Abubilla Music