Seby Ntege & Band announce ‘Five Notes’ UK Tour 2018
In June, Seby Ntege & Band will embark on a tour of 10 unique performances, funded by The Arts Council of England. Each performance day will see Seby Ntege & Band lead workshops with a local community music group to create a new piece of music. Each evening will climax in a showcase of performances. From choirs, to samba & carnival groups; from an African drum project to a World Music Ensemble, Seby Ntege & Band will be inspiring musicians and audiences across the country with their Ugandan vibe.
The ‘Five Notes’ Tour
Sun 24th June The Monastery, Gorton, East Manchester with Crisis Choirs
Sun 1st July Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford with Mizike Choir
Wed 11th July The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme with Kasante-Madula
Sat 1st Sept Birmingham Town Hall with Birmingham City Council Choir
Sat 8th Sept Oxford Canal Festival with Mizike Choir
Thu 20th Sept Lincoln Drill Hall with EVOLVE schools music project
Sun 14th Oct The Dugdale Centre, Enfield with Haze Samba
Sat 27th Oct Cambridge Junction with Cambridge World Music Ensemble & friends
Sat 17th Nov Foxlowe Arts Centre with Biddulph Ukulele Group
Sat 24th Nov The Vale, Manchester with Global Grooves ‘Creating Carnival Community’
Seby Ntege & Band recently performed at the Centenary Celebration Gala for the Global Gift Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, alongside Hollywood actresses Vanessa Williams & Pamela Anderson, African television star Bonang Matheba and the amazing vocal talents of Beverley Knight..
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist and UK ambassador for Ugandan folk music and instruments Seby Ntege, the band’s danceable sound is a musical marriage between Uganda, the UK and West Africa – ‘Ugandan afro/soul.’
Interest in the band has snowballed, following the launch of their debut album ‘Five Notes’, which took place at Rich Mix London on Sunday 15th April in association with Mwalimu Express – a celebrated event which was well attended.
BBC Radio 3 have already picked up ‘Sing for the Moment’ from the debut album, featuring it as BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on World on 3, earlier this year.
Seby & the band have made a number of radio appearances including with Resonance FM & BBC London. They have been invited to perform at the Bayimba Festival (Uganda) in August and will headline the World Music Workshop Festival 2018 – with another massive UK festival appearance, shortly to be announced.
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About the band
Seby Ntege is a uniquely charismatic singer and songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda, an area renowned for producing some of East Africa’s best multi-instrumentalists. Seby himself is a master of half a dozen folkloric instruments, including the akogo thumb piano, endongo lyre, adungu harp, and the one stringed fiddle called endingidi.
Born into a musical household, Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13, introducing him at an early age to the international stage and touring neighbouring African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer.
Relocating to London in his twenties Seby quickly gained respect as an ambassador of traditional Ugandan music, whilst his musical curiosity soon led to fruitful collaborations with various celebrated artists, notably acclaimed Gambian Kora player Sona Jobarteh.
In 2018, gathering a multicultural band around him, Seby distilled this journey into a highly autobiographical album that would showcase his virtuosity as a musician.
Described by Seby as “a musical memoir of 15 years of living in the UK” the album Five Notes relates all that Seby has learnt – the five notes of the album’s title referencing both the five note pentatonic scale in which Ugandan instruments are tuned, and the autobiographical content of the songs. Picked up by A World In London’s DJ Ritu and championed by BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt via BBC Introducing, Five Notes received praise on BBC World Service, Resonance FM and BBC London, leading to live appearances at WOMAD and Latitude festivals and a 10 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England.
Seby’s current band features vocalist Diana Lwanga who has released her own album of Luganda language children’s nursery rhymes, guitarist `Mr’ Will Sherratt – a student of legendary Congolese guitarist Lokassa Y Mbongo, Lucas Keen previously the drummer for Rise Kagona of The Bhundu Boys, and on bass Rob Stevens, producer of Five Notes and another multi-instrumentalist.