The Observer (Kampala)

25 November 2012

Uganda: Phatfest 2012 to Knit Decades of Gospel Music

PhatFest, East Africa's most celebrated gospel concert organised by Power FM, is back:

Happening at Kyadondo rugby grounds on December 14, the music fete is to be graced by more than 15 Ugandan artistes such as Wilson Bugembe, Maurice Kirya, Coopy Bly, Mac Elvis, Tamba, Myko Ouma and Exodus. Daddy Owen and Kris EhBaba from Kenya will also grace the concert.

"This year, we intend to take people on the gospel music journey in Uganda over the last 50 years and therefore, we are going as far back to get the first ever gospel recording group, the Calvary Cross choir," Peter Kakuru, Power FM's new station manager said.

Calvary Cross choir, led by Pastor Simeon Kayiwa, was very popular back in the day, introducing to Ugandans stories from the Bible - like the story of David and Goliath - told with amazing melody. Other gospel old timers set to make another splash at this year's PhatFest include Limit X, Phiona Mukasa and First Love, among others.

Over the past three years, PhatFest has been graced by international musicians like former Sudanese child soldier Emmanuel Jal, Sherwin Gardner, Isaac Blackman and Michelle Bonilla. The concert, which started in 2009 to celebrate Power FM's tenth anniversary, has attracted more than 3,000 youths for the last four years.

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