By Florence Kyohangirwe
A winner of the 2018 All Africa Music Award for “Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music”, Sandra Nankoma represents a new age of soul music that combines her local roots with international influences. Sandra is very much inspired by the late Nina Simone and creates her art concurrently by Nina’s wisdom; “It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times.” Nankoma preaches social justice through her music and most of her work is inspired by hard-knock life experiences growing up in Uganda, being teased in school for being dark-skinned, witnessing generations growing up with absent fathers, and seeing the effects of corruption damaging her native country, amongst other themes. Her amazing vocals and inspirational messages in her music rightly earned Nankoma fist prize from the Institute Français’ Visa Pour la Creation, which awards the Best Artist out of Africa and the Caribbean.
The black beauty will on 4th October 2019 host music lovers to a concert dubbed The Black Dame Experience at Protea Hotel Kampala. She promises a never seen before experience where technology and music will combine to immerse the audience in a concert which explores a black and white world, where women are no longer held captive by societal expectations. A universe where the long suppressed power of the Black Dame is celebrated and she is allowed to express herself freely. Interactive projections will transport the audience to said world so that they may experience the feelings of liberation firsthand. While moving into the future through technology, musical greats of the past shall be celebrated with a touch of glamour. The audience should expect a manifestation of soulful ballads, jazz scatting, and fresh fusion through the vocals of Sandra Nankoma and produced by Kaz Kasozi of Little Room Studio.
The Black Dame experience will be an intimate affair targeting people that dare to make a change no matter what the society they are in conforms to: young women who have been able to make something of themselves despite living in a man’s chauvinistic world, young decision makers of our time, young CEOs, brand ambassadors, achievers, activists, and managers of corporate firms. The artist and her team are thrilled and working to put everything together for Friday’s concert that will see atendees parting with only UGX. 100,000