Congolese International and music legend, Awilo Longomba will be coming to Uganda where he is slated to have a live music performance at the Kampala Serena Hotel on April 5th, 2019.
Awilo who was last in Uganda a decade back confirmed his coming in a video clip shared by Cents Events (famed for organising the Uganda Entertainment Awards).
“We want to give Ugandans a retro-fused-with-contemporary experience. Growing up, many of us danced to Awilo Longomba’s music. And it will be like reminiscing the memories. He however also has a number of new hit songs,” said Nsubuga the C.E.O Cents Events.
Awilo Longomba is a Congolese musician who was a drummer in Viva la Musica, Stukas, Nouvelle Generation and Loketo. In 1995, he finally quit drumming for singing and released his first album Moto Pamba with help from Shimita, Ballou Canta, Dindo Yogo, Dally Kimoko, Sam Mangwana, Syran Mbenza and Rigo Star.
His second CD, Coupe Bibamba (1998) made him known throughout Africa, Europe and America. This was followed by Kafou Kafou (2001) and an album, Mondongo (2004), which features Japponais, Dally Kimoko, Caen Madoka, Djudjuchet, Josky Kiambukuta and Simaro Lutumba. He is also credited as an atalaku (animateur) on some soukous records.
In 2008, Awilo Longomba released the new album Super-Man which was another success. Awilo continued his popularity in USA/ Canada while on tour with Nabtry International Cultural Dancers, an African dance group founded in 2007 by Grace Haukwa. The Super-Man tour was successful throughout 2008 and 2009. By popular votes and a historic win at the International Reggae and World Music Awards with over 120 countries voting in, Super-Man won the Best Soukous Entertainer Award 2009.
His versatility has been evident lately with his many collaborations with modern day and styles musicians in many African Countries, among them are Nigerian Artistes P Square, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.
Awilo now lives in London, United Kingdom with his wife Paradis Kacharelle.