Kirya Set for First Live Concert in Three Years


UGANDA (CelebrityAccess)–Fans of Maurice Kirya must have been wondering why it has taken him long to hold a show since Misubbawa in 2014.

Last Thursday, Kirya announced his next concert, dubbed Kirya Live, to be held at the Kampala Serena hotel on July 29.

Maurice Kirya is a Ugandan musician and actor. He won RFI’s 2010 Discoveries Music Award He won prize money plus a grant worth 18,000 euros to develop his career. He staged performances in Paris plus a year-long tour of Africa where he toured over 35 countries. He was nominated for the most gifted afro pop video of the year in the 2012 channel O video music awards. He was one of the three Ugandan artists to perform at the inaugural annual Tribe One Festival, in South Africa.

He said he didn't hold a concert last year because it was a "very trying time" for him and his family. Last year, Kirya lost his mother to cancer and the singer says "life has never been the same because she was his best friend."

And that is one of the biggest inspirations for this year's concert: "My mother inspired so much of me and I want to give my fans the best of me. I am going to be doing all my songs from the old classics to the new ones like Busaabala," he said.

The theme of the concert is biblically-inspired; Last Supper, and Kirya says it is in significance of his salvation just like in the Bible. At his last concert in 2014, Kirya was on stage for just 80 minutes but he is keen to make amends for the unsatisfied fans.

"I have been away from my fans for too long and I don't plan to get off the stage so soon. This time the production is better and we have been practicing almost all the songs," he said.

Tickets to his concert will be going for Shs 100,000.–Staff Writers/The Observer (Kampala)