Tomorrow at the Sheraton Gardens, Suzan Kerunen will host her very first concert since 2013.
A world music singer that uses Kiswahili, her mother lingual Alur-Jonam and English, Kerunen will be using the show tomorrow as a celebration of more than one thing, she will be marking ten years in the industry, a new album and as well as milestones that have come between her last show and this one, motherhood.
Over the time, the folk/fusion music from Africa has struggled to get name or even a definition with some people simply calling it a fusion of different sounds while others either call it folklore; talking to the Observer, the two time Kora Awards nominee defines her music genre, world music as; “any form of ethnic sound with a cultural route inclination and fusion.”
The show themed Crossing Cultures according to Kerunen will be more than a music concert thus the intention to celebrate both her culture and that of the Ganda, Ankole and Acholi among others.
“We are doing a lot of things on Saturday like reciting poems, riddles and proverbs,” she says adding that even her choice of artistes to work with was partly influenced by the need to celebrate more than just a single culture.
For instance, even when she mostly uses Alur-Jonam, artistes like Giovanni Kiyingi and Sewa Sewa who will be performing together and presenting part of the project they are championing of celebrating different stringed instruments of Uganda.
But above all that, the show is still an extention of Pearl Rhythm a foundation she runs with an aim of giving original Ugandan music creators a stage, these will be artistes like Ann Nassanga alias Afrie and Shifa Musisi.
During her last show held at Jazzville in Bugolobi in 2013, Kerunen revealed that her on her next album, she was working on making it less heavier on sound – on Saturday, that album Pimar, will be available for sale.
Named after her daughter, the album’s process started in 2013 after she was born and true to her word, its lighter with a more organic sound which she says was deliberate to enable an international market appreciate the music more without synthetics.
With a seven man band with Jimmy Mugema and Laurence Matovu on the bass, Hakim Kiwanuka , Cliff Kibalama who will do a special drum set with Walter Ruva, the dancer, Kerunen has promises to take fans through some of her old and new songs.
Of course the show will even feature Faisal Mostrixx on the DJ’s table.
Tickets for the show will go for shs100,000/= and gates will be open as early as 6pm.