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

The East African - - MAGAZINE - By Ba­mu­tu­raki Musin­guzi, Spe­cial Correspondent

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

Pic­tures: Cyril Ndegeya Pic: Cour­tesy

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.

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