Seby Ntege & Band announce ‘Five Notes’ UK Tour 2018
In June, Seby Ntege & Band will embark on a tour of 10 unique performances, funded by The Arts Council of England. Each performance day will see Seby Ntege & Band lead workshops with a local community music group to create a new piece of music. Each evening will climax in a showcase of performances. From choirs, to samba & carnival groups; from an African drum project to a World Music Ensemble, Seby Ntege & Band will be inspiring musicians and audiences across the country with their Ugandan vibe.
The ‘Five Notes’ Tour
Sun 24th June The Monastery, Gorton, East Manchester with Crisis Choirs
Sun 1st July Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford with Mizike Choir
Wed 11th July The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme with Kasante-Madula
Sat 1st Sept Birmingham Town Hall with Birmingham City Council Choir
Sat 8th Sept Oxford Canal Festival with Mizike Choir
Thu 20th Sept Lincoln Drill Hall with EVOLVE schools music project
Sun 14th Oct The Dugdale Centre, Enfield with Haze Samba
Sat 27th Oct Cambridge Junction with Cambridge World Music Ensemble & friends
Sat 17th Nov Foxlowe Arts Centre with Biddulph Ukulele Group
Sat 24th Nov The Vale, Manchester with Global Grooves ‘Creating Carnival Community’
Seby Ntege & Band recently performed at the Centenary Celebration Gala for the Global Gift Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, alongside Hollywood actresses Vanessa Williams & Pamela Anderson, African television star Bonang Matheba and the amazing vocal talents of Beverley Knight..
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist and UK ambassador for Ugandan folk music and instruments Seby Ntege, the band’s danceable sound is a musical marriage between Uganda, the UK and West Africa – ‘Ugandan afro/soul.’
Interest in the band has snowballed, following the launch of their debut album ‘Five Notes’, which took place at Rich Mix London on Sunday 15th April in association with Mwalimu Express – a celebrated event which was well attended.
BBC Radio 3 have already picked up ‘Sing for the Moment’ from the debut album, featuring it as BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on World on 3, earlier this year.
Seby & the band have made a number of radio appearances including with Resonance FM & BBC London. They have been invited to perform at the Bayimba Festival (Uganda) in August and will headline the World Music Workshop Festival 2018 – with another massive UK festival appearance, shortly to be announced.
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About the band
Seby Ntege is a singer songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda, renowned for producing some of the best multi-instrumentalist in the country and himself is a master of several folk instruments from his country including akogo thumb piano (a.k.a. kalimba), endongo lyre, adungu harp, percussion and endingidi, a one stringed fiddle.
Born into a musical family, Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13 and was introduced to the international stage, touring different African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer.
In the UK he is today among the most accomplished new musical exports and an ambassador of traditional Ugandan music, yet his musical versatility and adventurism has led to collaborations with a number of celebrated artists from different musical backgrounds.
Seby describes his forthcoming album, Five Notes, as “a personal musical memoir of his 15 years of living in the UK” and the presence of the West African Kora picked up whilst touring with acclaimed female Kora player Sona Jobarteh from Gambia is part of this story.
Updating the Ugandan folk tradition alongside Seby is a hand picked band of choice musicians…
Providing a sweet contrast to Seby’s vocal is backing vocalist Diana Lganda who first reached out to the band via social media and was readily invited to join the band. A fellow member of the Ugandan diaspora in London, Diana has released her own album of Luganda language children’s nursery rhymes.
On guitar is Mr Will Sherratt; Born to an English father and Filipino mother Will is loved and respected on more than one continent for his stage persona “Mr Will” and first picked up a guitar age eight already understanding there was a world of music beyond MTV and Radio 1.
Mr Will’s eclectic and playful approach to composition and performance was developed as a result of studying with elder of Congolese guitarist Lokassa Y Mbongo in Boston, as well as artists from Mali, Guinea and South Africa, and legends of fingerstyle Tuck Andress and Martin Taylor.
Sitting behind the drums is Lucas Keen, a nuanced and inventive drummer thanks to time spent living in Burkina Faso. Having played mbalax, afrobeat and jazz, Lucas occupied the drum stool for Rise Kagona of The Bhundu Boys before keeping it tight for Seby.
On bass duties and also lending his production to Five Notes is Rob Stevens. Recently returned from NYC where he engineered bands including The Magnetic Fields and The Davenports at Mother West Studios, Rob can seemingly play and mix anything.