The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take 5 - Milege Promoting Indegenous Uganda By Modern Links

interview

Francis Manana Birabi is a member of Milege Afro jazz brand.

He fielded five questions with Sharon Atwine.

Why did you choose jazz over ordinary Ugandan music?

We would like to promote an indigenous Uganda facilitated by modern links. Afro jazz marries the indigenous arts with contemporary approaches, making it relevant to present-day humanity yet maintaining our heritage.

Who is the brains behind the band?

Francis Manana Birabi, and that's me.

If you were not doing arts, what else would you do?

Marketing; I believe I can do it.

What does Milege mean?

It is a Luo word for a rattle bell worn at the ankle by males for traditional dance.

How do you spend your free time?

I love poetry; so, I go out to the National Theatre to listen to live poetry. I also watch movies at home.

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