Sunday, April 4, 2010

Awava @ UNT Empower the Children Benefit Concert & Art Auction

Join Awava Saturday, April 10 for the Kroo Bay Initiative's (KBI) benefit concert and art auction in Denton, Texas. Famed pop-star and "African Idol" Maurice Kirya will come out to perform live for Denton residents! Kirya combines Afro with R&B to create a unique blend of music, a talent that landed him on CNN and has him traveling to Austin and Chicago to record performances.

Local Denton bands Every Explosive Ending and This is the Good Fight will play alongside Kirya. Awava, as well as artwork by Fred Mutebi, also of Uganda, will compliment what promises to be a memorable night!

The "Empower the Children" fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. at Art 6 Coffeehouse. Proceeds will benefit and help empower children and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Bring family and friends, come out to enjoy some great music and coffee, and peruse the art and fair-trade products on show!

For more information visit KBI's website here!



Michael said...

African Idol Maurice Kirya recently released his debut album "Misubbaawa". His music is an uncommon blend of soul, Afro, and R&B that is influenced by the beauty and unique spirit of Uganda, his homeland. He was the 2007 Best R&B Artist winner of the Pearl of Africa Music Awards in Uganda and nominated at the Kisima Awards in Kenya.

Maurice also runs a monthly show in Kampala, Uganda titled "The Maurice Kirya Experience" which showcases live acts from East Africa and other parts of the world. The show has been credited for boosting the live music scene in Uganda. The show exposes established and non established live musicians and poets on a professional stage.

Maurice made his first American concert performance at the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas USA.

Maurice Kirya

"Musubbaawa" | Maurice Kirya | CD Baby

"Musubbaawa" | Maurice Kirya | Commercial

"Boda Boda" | Maurice Kirya | Music Video

"If I Ever" | Maurice Kirya | Music Video

The Maurice Kirya Experience | Commercial

The Maurice Kirya Experience

Maurice Kirya | SXSW | Austin, TX

Michael said...

Ugandan artist Fred Mutebi has exhibited his distinctive woodcut prints in galleries all over the world. He is the founder and Executive Director of Let Art Talk. The organization uses art as an educational tool to teach underprivileged and vulnerable children and communities in Uganda. They have gained recent accolades for their program in the warn-torn town of Gulu in northern Uganda.

For more information about Fred Mutebi and Let Art Talk, please check the following links:

Fred Mutebi

Fred Mutebi | Facebook

Let Art Talk

Let Art Talk | YouTube

Let Art Talk | US Embassy in Uganda

Fred Mutebi and Let Art Talk | U.S. Department of State

Let Art Talk | The Independent

Let Art Talk | UNAA Times

Let Art Talk |

Let Art Talk video of special program in northern Uganda

African Greetings | Fred Mutebi