Kalule is set to release a six-track album
Thursday, 11th May, 2006
By Titus Serunjogi
Major things appear to be set on the horizon for Angela Kalule as she turns away from singing drowsy ballads to exciting pop music. The 28-year-old soprano, recently released a couple of singles and they are fast climbing up the popular charts.
Her new six-track album is also being remastered at the Soul Recording Studios.
Of course, it seems strange that an artiste famous for blues should now be stimulating crowds into dance with her new single Njagala.
The song, in which a woman reminds her husband that she needs his affection, has hundreds of fans buzzing.
Njagala opens with an instant and catchy drumbeat before romping along to stuttering beats. Kalule's characteristically mellow voice keeps bobbing up and down on the wavering pools of reverb. Indeed Njagala is a nice profound groove. Little wonder that the song hit the No.5 chart spot on the East African Top 20.
Her other single that entered the radio waves just a few days ago is Oyo Omwana. Oyo Omwana flows along a much softer pulse than Njagala. It is a tender message of a woman's convictions to her man.
Oyo Omwana has everything needed of a mellow blues hit - low key bass lines, finger-picked guitars and gloriously breathy vocals. Listeners may bob their heads and let themselves be lost.
Although Kalule has always wooed us with her easy vocals, true, it seems she has realised that she cannot rely on dozy jazz and blues forever.
"My Voice is flexible. I can do dance pop just as well as roots reggae, jazz and blues," Kalule says.
Earlier this year she featured alongside Tshaka Winston Mayanja on Reggaeology, a CD that made a solid much impact on the local market including Amaaso go, an unpretentious duet about two lovers who just cannot wait to learn more about each other. The single is meant for adult couples that just want to relax and enjoy quality time together.
However, with her new tracks, Kalule is already rocking the local radio charts.
Once a protégé of the late Carol Nakimera, Kalule played in a couple of bands before joining Misty Jazz and Afrigo Band. Some of her earlier singles like Akamuli and Kanneweeyo have become somewhat radio classics.