Thursday, 17th November, 2011
1on 1 with Bakka (The Percussionist) by 1544c Ssejjombwe. (+256 782233273).
Playing instruments has for long been regarded as another flippant profession but Baka, one of the finest instrumentalists in the region gives us an insight about the whole drumming profession in an exclusive interview.
Baka is a Ugandan percussionist who realized his strength in playing the “Bougarabou” drum which is originally from West Africa.
After the murder of his father, Baka who started as a dancer joined the drumming career in 1996 and it’s through the same profession that he was able to complete his education.
The xylophone, fiddle and Adungu (East African herb) are some of the other instruments he can play besides the drums.
Taking the late James Ssekilyanga as his inspiration, the soul beat Africa drummer is in the process of starting up a charity organization called Nanda cultural musical organization aimed at teaching musical instruments.
“Instrumentalists have for long been disrespected and that is precisely why earning from it has always been a problem.” Baka says about the huddles they face in their profession.
However, it’s through drumming that he’s known allover the globe because of travelling to different countries for concerts.
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