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Introduction to project
Music, dance and drama have been an integral part of storytelling in Ugandan culture since time immemorial. These elements have endured throughout our collective history and form the basis for passing on oral history and tradition to the younger generation. The models of storytelling have evolved and technology has been a vital part of this revolution. Nevertheless, the stories from our childhood still endure and our origins have been tied to legend since the beginning of time.
Musical productions (hereafter referred to as musicals) have been presented in various forms and have been popular with the local audiences due to their resemblance to the earlier storytelling models our ancestors passed on throughout the generations. Alex Mukulu’s 30 Years of Bananas, Akattambwa and the CHOGM Opening performance are examples of musicals that have chronicled Uganda at different moments in time and history.
JAQ Deweyi, a musician and Esteri Tebandeke, a visual and performance artist are devising the Loving Masaba musical production. The overall goal at the end of the whole project is to highlight the beauty of the Bamasaba people and explore the beauty of Masaba land. The musical is set in contemporary Uganda. Deweyi will write the music and take on the role of the narrator while Tebandeke will work on the script for the production and direct the show.
The musical follows the story of Masaba, a young man from Mbale who comes to Kampala to attend his old classmate’s wedding. While there he meets Sophia a young lady who has spent all her life in the capital city. They stay in touch and their relationship grows into love. Masaba invites Sophia over to Mbale. He takes her on an adventure and teaches her about his people and their rich history. She learns about the origins of the Bamasaba people as their love blossoms.
The musical will incorporate different elements such as puppetry, music, dance and mime with dazzling backdrops and elaborate stage scenery to engage the senses. The performers will take on different roles throughout the show and will also double as stage scenery as they demonstrate different aspects of Masaba land like the terrain and vegetation. This show is designed to draw the audience into the world of the story from the onset.
The audiences targeted are from various socio-economic backgrounds and age groupings. The subject matter of the musical is both educational and entertaining and it is anticipated that it will have appeal across cultural and demographic divides.
Background on Project Implementer
Esther Tebandeke is an actress, dancer, storyteller and visual artist. She has been an actress since 2008 performing in a variety of theater and film productions in Uganda. Her most notable film work was on the Walt Disney Studios production, Queen of Katwe, starring Academy Award winning actress Lupita Ny’ongo and David Oyelowo. Other theater projects have included Maria Kizito, a play by Brown University professor, Erik Ehn about the trial of nuns who facilitated the massacre of Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide.
She was the lead actress in Cooking Oil, a play by award winning playwright Asiimwe Deborah, which was performed in Uganda and the United States of America. Other theater roles have included a mentally disturbed psychiatrist in the French/ Ugandan production of The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War as well as a frustrated wife in The Marriage Chronicles.
In late 2015, Esther traveled to the Northern part of Uganda with a group of artists to collect stories and hopefully turn these into stage plays that will be presented to audiences around the world. The Story Circle project, which was headed by Gerard Stropnicky, a theater practitioner in the USA gave her great insights into the use of story as a mechanism to help people cope with different aspects of life such as trauma.
She has also ventured into directing and worked on a theater project, Spice from Afroman ensemble. The project premiered in Kampala in June 2015 and has since shown in Ivory Coast and is booked to show in Rwanda, Tunisia and Niger.
She has also been involved as a teacher in other arts projects and her desire to gain more life experience and share what she knows with others in a professional environment drives her to work with people from all walks of life. Her experience has also involved instruction of children in different schools around the city of Kampala.
Her talents are not only in the field of dance but also extend to visual art with her preference being fabric decoration. Her desire to be unique and redefine fashion has spurred her to create in an unconventional style which she feels will cause people to rethink the way fabrics are designed.
She has also translated a documentary from Ateso to English and currently illustrates a comic strip that is soon to be publish in a Teso language newspaper.
Her work is not restricted to Uganda and she has been involved in projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, the United States of America, and Ethiopia. Esther is a graduate of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University and a Ugandan visual artist majoring in fabric decoration. As an up and coming artist, she allows herself to be influenced by other aspects of the arts and life in general.
JAQ Deweyi is a Ugandan-based singer and song writer influenced by Contemporary African Musicians like Brenda Fassie and Angélique Kidjo. JAQ recorded her first single; “Oukwamunabi” early 2013 and released it on April 26, 2013. It was not a bad year for the singer and song writer, she released her first single in Kampala’s No. 1 night spot; Guvnor, went on to have her first live performance and first professional performance ever at the Black Gold Nights at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, released her second single in July 12, 2013.
To crown it all, she released Yolele – Christmas Is Here, a Christmas song that was defined as a “fitting Christmas Carol” by Daily Monitor. “It is a song that easily relates with the times, and passes as a fitting Christmas carol.”
She has since released two new Albums (EPs)– Sun In The Rain in 2014 and Yolele in 2015. She showcased her work at the annual Pearl Rhythm Festival, where she performed 5 of her songs. Outside music, JAQ is many things; Radio Presenter at 93.3 KFM, Daily Monitor Columnist, TEDx Speaker, Hepatitis B Ambassador in Uganda and MasterPeace Uganda Club President.
Project by JAQ Deweyi
raised of $15,000.00
This fundraise has expired.
This Campaign will receive all of the funds invested by 15 March 2017.