Qwela is a lively and soulful Afrofusion Band from Uganda the East of Africa. The Band is comprised of eleven members that is; Alice Nakato, Anita Asiimwe, Emma Dragu, Festo Mugume, Ian Businge, Joe Kahirimbanyi, Maureen Rutabingwa, Ricco Del Monte, Roy Kasika, Sam Bisaso and Victor Uringtho. Their music is a passionate blend of a Ugandan folk sound infused with flavors of Jazz, Reggae, Blues and even Rock sometimes. Their unique sound is derived from the amalgamation of different musical leanings of the different backgrounds of all the members against a tapestry of their African cultural background. Qwela’s music carries a message of love, hope and togetherness.
Qwela have won awards for best live band in PAM awards and Olive Awards and have been named top band of the year in various annual music surveys Nationwide.
When it comes to discography, Qwela Band has recorded two albums i.e.; Kidepo and Afrotopia. Both have been well received with the singles Mama Tokaaba and Eija Nkutware receiving airplay on radio stations nationwide.
The Band has also showcased alongside international names like Salif Keita (Mali), Nneka (Nigeria), Eric Wainaina (Kenya), Waje (Nigeria), Claire Phillips (South Africa) and Amp Fiddler (Detroit). Qwela has also had great performances over the years and these include; Qwela and Salif Keita live in Kampala, Sauti Za Busara Music Festival – Zanzibar, Kidepo live concert in – Nairobi, Qwela Live in Mombasa, Rhythm and Life Concert – Kampala, Qwela Live – Kampala