The Spirit of Uganda 2014 tour is wrapping up with only a few weeks remaining. Before the tour ends, we wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank our guest artist, Rachel Magoola, for joining us this year and adding her beautiful voice and influence to the performance.
Rachel Magoola is a contemporary Ugandan icon. With career spanning decades and over 26,000 hits on YouTube for her most famous song, “,” Magoola is one of the artists that helped put Uganda on the world music map. She performs with Afrigo, one of Kampala’s best known bands, and continues to write and perform solo music to this day.
We caught up with Rachel and asked her to share about her experience with Spirit of Uganda.
Why did you decide to tour with the Spirit of Uganda?
I was blown away by the Spirit of Uganda performers when they attended our Afrigo band performance in Kampala. They joined us on stage and were great! I said if I ever had an opportunity, I would love to perform with the Spirit of Uganda dancers. It was the kind of show I have always wanted to be a part of.
What is your favorite part about performing with Spirit of Uganda?
The quality of performance is very high. The behind the scenes-tech design, sound quality, the theaters the company is booked to perform at, the performers- all highly professional yet it is children in one big family working hard to put up a great performance. It is education for me. And I have been on stage 25 years.
What is your impression of Empower African Children’s scholarship students?
The students are hardworking anddisciplined. They adjust to situations without complaining, and they are focused. They have what it takes to succeed.
What is one thing you would like the US audiences to learn from viewing the performance and interacting with the EAC students?
I would like the US audiences to experience the rich, vibrant and diverse culture that Uganda has to offer and to witness first-hand the resilience of children who have been through so much, but survive and smile, and get on with it, and for them to realize that in America they have it so much better, they had better appreciate it more. I am challenged by the children to try do better.
How do you think this tour will impact your career and where do you expect to go from here?
I will definitely re-think my performances –the theater demands more from a performer as opposed to a nightclub performance. I have been relearning being on stage. I am meeting many people in the music industry with whom I could work in the future. I have visited schools and shared ideas that will be very helpful at my schools in Uganda. Manual has www.paper-writer.org/ guidelines for language use avoiding sexist and biased language,