By Ivan Mwine
In appreciation of his decades long contribution to Uganda’s Arts, Performing and Creative Industry, the Janzi Awards (JAA) have honoured Afrigo Band Founder, Moses Matovu, with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.
Unlike the other awards lined up for the 96 categories in the Janzi Awards, this particular award is special and decided upon by the JAA.
Aged 72 years old, Matovu is a seasoned musician, songwriter and saxophonist who has been part of Uganda’s music and entertainment industry for decades and was selected unanimously by the JAA, a selection of peers and representatives from the 9 domains of the Creative and Performing Arts industry of Music, Collecting Societies, Film and Video, Visual Arts and Crafts, Books and Publishing, Software and Innovations, Cultural and National Heritage, plus Support Services.
The Janzi Lifetime Achievement Award is a special Janzi Award that is awarded by the JAA to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance in the domain of MUSIC.
This award will rotate between the different domains annually.
Matovu is a Co-Founder of Afrigo Band, Uganda’s longest-lasting band, founded in 1975 and still the leading band in Uganda.
He started his music journey from a church choir and his passion and talent have enabled him grace the stage for almost five decades.
The legend was once Chairman of the Uganda Musicians Union and later served for two terms as Chairman of the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) which has since rebranded into Uganda Musicians Association (UMA).
Matovu is set to receive the award on Sunday December 12th, 2021 at the inaugural ceremony of the Janzi Awards to be held at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
The Janzi Awards are hosted as a world-class awards ceremony and programme of activities to bring together different live experiences of Uganda’s cultural and musical entertainment to fans and followers in Uganda and beyond.
The awards are dedicated to ensuring the Creative and Arts industry becomes a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage.
The Janzi Awards honours and celebrates the artistic and creative excellence of Ugandans in the industry while investing in its future.