Owiny Sigoma Band // Announce UK Tour
January 7, 2016
Following the storming success of their third album Nyanza - receiving plaudits from The Guardian and The Quietus, no less – we’re excited to announce that Owiny Sigoma Band will be playing live in the UK once more. What’s more, they’re playing a string of dates which includes cities they’ve never played in before.
Following the sad news that Charles Owoko passed away in October, we can announce that Albert Bisaso Ssempeke will be joining the band. Charles was a hugely well-regarded practitioner of the nyiduonge drums which he played in the band, and Albert comes from a suitably esteemed background. Albert’s father was the last “court” musician in Uganda and so he comes from a revered musical lineage to say the least.
The band’s Jesse Hackett said, “We’re incredibly excited to play live in London again, as well as a bunch of other parts of the UK we’ve never been able to play before. Having the Arts Council on board makes all the difference for a project like this where our band is spread across two continents. It’s going to be strange to play without Charles but we’re excited to have an amazing Ugandan musician like Albert join us. The gig promises to take Owiny into new exciting, unknown musical explorations playing material spanning our three albums.”
Huey Walker, London Music Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, said: “Having supported the development of Owiny Sigoma Band’s new album through our Artists International Development fund, it’s fantastic to see the finished work now reaching a wider public audience through Grants for the Arts. It is our investment in exciting artists like this, and their supporting organisation Brownswood Music, that helps us realise our mission to get great art and culture to everyone.”
Check the dates below.
22nd May Brudenell, Leeds (Buy tickets)
23rd May The Harley, Sheffield (Buy tickets)
24th May Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (Buy tickets)
26th May Colston Hall, Bristol (Buy tickets)
27th May Rich Mix, London (Buy tickets)
28th May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester (Buy tickets)
29th May The Welfare, Swansea (Buy tickets)