The inimitable Nnamdi Moweta, the tireless manager of the late Osiat Osadebe, helped stage two concerts earlier this month of Uganda’s incredible Afrigo Band, whom I have heard many times in Kampala. Led by Moses Matovu, Afrigo played two concerts in Los Angeles to close a three week tour of the U.S. The L.A. Times raved about the performances even though Afrigo played with a scaled-down band and without its trio of amazing dancers (led by the one and only Jasintah Wamboka). Even a rump version of Afrigo knocked out Moweta, a Nigerian-American who’d never heard the band live and in person. And the Times reviewer was similarly blown away, observing: “By the time Afrigo Band took the stage at Temple Bar in Santa Monica on Friday night, the room already felt a long way from Southern California. A good African club show is not just a concert but also a visit to another continent, and to many of the people crowding around the stage, it was clearly a chance to spend a few hours back home.”
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