The curtains finally came down on the Pearl Rhythm Foundation’s Stage Coach Season 2 with a finale that featured Timothy Arinaitwe (alias Haka Mukiga), Ann Nassanga (alias Afrie), J.Wonder and Lynn Aineomugisha as the four finalists.
The event, held at the National Theatre in Kampala, was also graced by Arpeggio, a Stage Coach academy band of 2014 who played all the accompanying music for the stage performances.
Stage Coach is an annual search for young, fresh and talented musicians, who then join the Pearl Rhythm team.
After a rigorous selection process, the most talented are picked to go through a three months’ mentorship programme that includes studio production for the Pearl Rhythm Compilation CD and rehearsals to prepare them for their first Pearl Rhythm Festival performance in October every year.
Afrie, a final year dental surgery student at Makerere University performed her songs Teliyomulala, Asikari and Grey (Hamwe), and was full of praise for the organisers.
“It’s a growing project and I like the fact that they have experience and they have exposed us to marketing, performance, production and music composition skills so as to have a lasting music career and avoid being among the one-song-hitters,” she told The EastAfrican.
Haka Mukiga was elated too and said; “Stage Coach is a wonderful project with positive objectives that other new musicians should embrace. It was very important for me to perform here this evening.”
He sang his Afro-fusion songs Kunihira Abagenyi, Kazooba, Omutti Murungi and the Acholi love ballad Tudu Wiye.
A Bachelor of Arts student at Makerere University, Haka Mukiga is a folk-reggae musician, vocalist, dancer, poet and choreographer. He is passionate about his music, which is rooted in Kigezi spirituality and history. He plays the harp (enaanga), guitar and flute (omukuri).