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Music Workshop between Norwegian Producer and Ugandan Musicians in Kampala

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Bendik Baksaas and Ugandan artists at the workshop in Bwaise. Photo: Gyda E.K.S. Koren

From the 1-4 of August, Bendik Baksaas in collaboration with House of Talent, conducted a workshop on fusing electronic music with traditional Ugandan music.

Norwegian musician and music producer Bendik Baksaas received a grant from Music Norway to carry out a workshop here in Kampala. The conduction of the workshop was in cooperation with Norwegian artist Maria Brich, local musician Kaggwa Noel, and House of Talent, located in Bwaise. House of Talent is a performance arts company, which focuses on contemporary presentations of indigenous African expressive art forms. With combining the rich tradition of drums, whistles, fiddles, adungus and voices together with drum machines and synth, the goal of the workshop was to increase the competence within electronic music production and expand the scene of electronic music in Kampala. After dividing the musicians into different groups, Baksaas recorded the music sounds, fused it with electronic music, and produced a track. The track is then released to local DJs with the hope of it being played in the club scene in Kampala.

The workshop ended with a concert at the nightclub Embers, and Baksaas is aiming for this workshop to become a yearly tradition.

“Even for me to live as musician/artist in Norway is not easy. It is a lot of work, many tough days. I really appreciate your eagerness and joy, especially how you drum, and how you are open for electronic music, and interested in learning what can we take from this into our drumming.” – Bendik Baksaas, talking to the group of musicians.