Stories > 2. Uganda (South West) 2011

Day 1 & 2: Preparing to leave for Kisoro, Uganda

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DAYS 1/2: The Abubilla Music crew sets out to Nairobi to meet up with Tabu Osusa, Founder of Ketebul Music and co-partner of the Singing Wells Project and met the Ketebul team in the studios for a day . Day 1:  11.11.19, Flight to Nairobi:  Jimmy and Andy, Founder and Sound Engineer of Abubilla Music respectively,…

Day 3: From Nairobi to Kigali to Kisoro

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DAY 3: Today, we travelled from Nairobi to Kigali to Kisoro, arriving at the Traveller’s Rest Hotel by late eveningWe set off early so we could settle all custom issues with our equipment (we really wanted to return with it all!).  We then took Kenyan Airlines (new plane with movies!) to Kigali, the capital of…

Day 4: UOBDU and the Birara Dancers

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DAY 4: After 3 days of travel (at least for those of us leaving from London), we were ready to record.  And we rewarded with a great day of recording, starting in the morning with the Birara Dancers, led by the legendary Batwa artist, Francis Sembagare. Before reading this blog, here’s a sampler of the…

Day 4 (later): Recording for ‘Influences’ with the Birara Dancers

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DAY 4: We continued our recording of the Birara Dancers when we invited four of the performers (Francis and the three lead female vocalists) back to the Traveller’s Rest Hotel in Kisoro. Jennifer who manages the hotel is brilliant.  She allowed us to set up a recording studio, under the verandah of her hotel, just outside the bar.   We…

Day 5: Recording the Mperwa Dancers

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DAY 5: Welcome to the most beautiful setting for a music recording session.  Today we visit the Mperwa Community.  While you read this, please listen to a little sampler of the Mperwa Dancers and the beautiful lead singer: The second day of recording – beautiful sunshine in morning and there’s a patten emerging.  Morning sunshine, afternoon rain,…

Day 6: The Studio @ Traveller’s Rest Hotel, Kisoro

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DAY 6: An amazing day at the ‘Hotel Studio’, recording for the first time the Gatera Community (Alice’s community) and the Kabahenda Community.  And the return of Francis and the Birara vocalists, and the Magic Bass Guitar… The day began with the return of Francis Sembargare from the lovely ‘Community on a Hill’.    We started…