SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

The Soul of East Africa

Seby Ntege (Uganda)

Date: 18 October 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Finishes: 18 October 2019Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

Seby Ntege is a uniquely charismatic singer and songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda renowned for producing some of East Africa's best multi-instrumentalists and is himself a master of half a dozen folkloric instruments, including the akogo thumb piano, endongo lyre, adungu harp, and the one stringed fiddle called endingidi.

Born into a musical household Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13, introducing him early to the international stage and touring neighbouring African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer.

Relocating to London in his twenties Seby quickly gained respect as an ambassador of traditional Ugandan music, whilst his musical curiosity soon led to fruitful collaborations with various celebrated artists notably acclaimed Gambian Kora player  & SOAS alumnus Sona Jobarteh.

In 2018 gathering a multicultural band around him, Seby distilled this journey into a highly autobiographical album that would showcase his virtuosity as a musician.

Described by Seby as “a musical memoir of 15 years of living in the UK” the album Five Notes relates all that Seby has learnt - the five notes of the album's title referencing both the five note pentatonic scale in which Ugandan instruments are tuned, and the autobiographical content of the songs. Picked up by A World In London's DJ Ritu and championed by BBC Radio 3's Max Reinhardt via BBC Introducing, Five Notes received praise on BBC World Service, Resonance FM and BBC London, leading to live appearances at WOMAD and Latitude festivals and a 10 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England.

Please visit Seby's website for more information.

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