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Friday, January 25, 2008


Artist: Emily Mwebaze
Album: Okurwana
Number of tracks: Six
Reviewed by: Dennis D. Muhumuza

She has just climbed the local music platform but judging the strength of her six-track, she could be a force to reckon with.
First is Okurwana (fighting), the title track of the album.
It's followed by the funky Tukore (let's work) in which the singer calls upon women to work hard and earn something for life to be fair to them, and to be assured of supper and tomorrow.
In Abasheija, she castigates men who batter their wives and yet women are their ribs. She sings that there are alternative methods of solving disagreements rather than violence.
Mama is a bittersweet ballad about women who walk out of the relationship to seek fresh love, leaving behind their children to suffer.
The album includes one gospel Luganda song, Akwetaga; the rest are in Runyankole-Rukiga.
At last but very catchy a tune is her first single, Kakwanjure, whose video enjoys prominent airplay on WBS' 'Late Show' program and 'African Rhythms', and on radio stations in western Uganda. It's a marriage song that shows the singer introducing her prospective hubby to her parents.
This TV anchor with WBSTV) sings rather nostalgically that if you don't fall for her seductive voice, you will love the fact that her music promotes positive valuess.

Published in Daily Monitor, May 26, 2007