Prior to the Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts (scheduled for 12th-14th June 2009), Bayimba Cultural Foundation organises a number of workshops for artists. For this year, a Live Performance Workshop is included.
The general objective of including a live band workshop is to emphasis and train local artists – the importance of live performance – although music is a very popular art form – only few musicians have made it to the regional and international stages – the music industry remains underdeveloped because of lack of skills to perform live and no training institutions – often performances are done on CD backups. Whereas other countries and regions of Africa have already made it to the international scene – Uganda and East Africa are still at the initial stage in the industry.
Because there are no specific organisations to targeting at training skills of contemporary music – Bayimba Cultural Foundation intends to use this use this workshop to create awareness and expose artist to the beauty of performing live with a band on stage.
Set-up of the workshop
The live band workshop will be led by the established Ugandan fusion band “Baxmba Waves” which will work closely with 6 selected artists – and in these include the Uganda PAM Award Artists of the year – Juliana Kanyomozi, Sarah Ndagire, Bebe Cool, Sweet Kid, Grace Nakimera and Henry Tigan. They will work together – with their different backgrounds and disciplines in music. The workshop will take place in a warehouse from the 1st – 11th June 2009.
- Introducing the main stream musicians to live band performance
- To encourage and promote collaborations
- Encouraging understanding of each others music Encouraging thematic performances and compositions – music with a message
- Showcasing old faces with a new style of fusion and live performance to the wider audience.
- Artists will understand the relevance on making music that can change societies
- Confidence on stage
- Introduction of concept of Street Fashion “by and for young people”
- Increased collaboration between established and new local artists
- Increased chances of more relevant music that can help to modify our communities