DANCERS CONVERGE FOR BREAKÒFAST JAM
UNIQUE: Break-fast Jam has been known to launch the careers of dancers and offer practical skills, knowledge and inspiration to those wishing to pursue dance as an economic engagement
This year’s finals of the Breakfast Jam, an annual breakdance event held in Kampala, Uganda, will take place on November 18–1 9 at the YMCA in Wandegeya, Kampala.
The competition brings together participants from East Africa and around the world to cultivate a breakdance culture in Africa.
This year’s event will be hosted by the internationally acclaimed Belfast-born DJ Snuff, and will be graced by Danish dancer Soonenough.
DJ Snuff, who has collaborated with the Break-fast Jam before, has also performed and toured the world with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Public Enemy.
Dancers will compete in group and individual battles; others will showcase breakdance, popping, locking, new style, house dance, krumping, rap, beatboxing (vocal percussion) and deejaying.
This year’s event will also feature graffiti art displays, music performances, a panel discussion, as well as a photography exhibition. For those seeking intellectual engagement on dance, there will be workshops. For fun lovers there will be street wear markets, food and drinks.
The entrance fee is Ushs10,000 ($2.7) for adults but is free for children 10 years and below.
Break-fast Jam has been known to launch the careers of dancers and offer practical skills, knowledge and inspiration to those wishing to pursue dance as a profession
Meanwhile in Rwanda, Afro-jazz saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa’s recent performance at the Kigali Jazz Junction further cemented his dominance of the region’s jazz scene.
For close to two hours, Katumwa entertained the audience with original compositions such as All Year Summer, Mama Africa, Like You, What is Love? off his past albums.
As a performer, Katumwa could not have asked for a better audience, as the crowd was on its feet dancing throughout the show.
He said of the performance: “The fact that I have been in Kigali for several private gigs is evidence of how jazz is appreciated here.”
The Kigali Jazz Junction, hosted at the Kigali Serena hotel, was held on November 3. Katumwa introduced his son Mitchell Katumwa, 14, a pianist and vocalist, who performed a song much to the delight of the audience.
“This has been a real taste of jazz, a rare genre in our local entertainment
scene,” said Mutabazi, a businessman who attended the event. Katumwa has been cautious about crafting an East African jazz sound. “There are many young jazz artistes and the industry is growing, yet if the people don’t understand it, there will be no audience to play for,” he said adding, “Listening to Hugh Masekela playing African jazz, you still distinguish a unique South African element.” Katumwa’s sound is Afro Smooth Jazz, a combination of African inspirational sounds, with a gospel element. But he also infuses elements of zouk and Lingala, which gets people dancing. Last year, he released This is Me, an eleven-track album with music in English, Luganda, Kiswahili and Lingala. Additional reporting by Andrew I. Kazibwe in Kigali
Ugandan Saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa at the Kigali Serena Hotel on November 3. Left: The poster for the Breakfast Jam competition to be held in Kampala on November 18-19.