Maurice Kirya: Soundtrack Of My Life

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The syrupy vocalist/ acoustic guitarist hosts his fans to a self-sponsored concert on Friday September 2, 2011 at the Kampala Serena Hotel to introduce his new self-styled genre Mwooyo having toured 19 countries with 37 concerts. The 2010 RFI World Discoveries Award winner says his signature The Maurice Kirya Experience returns next year as a festival that will aid artistes in retailing their merchandise too.

MY WEDDING SONG
“So High”, John Legend
I like it because he paints the idea of love as heavenly. It is like he was picturing making love as a heavenly something-something. I do not know what it is about the song but I like it probably because he speaks of a very beautiful love situation.

MY FAVOURITE SONG TO SING AS A KID
“Away In A Manger”, Christmas Carol
That is the one song I consciously remember. My sister used to sing it to me as a baby and later on she was shocked to hear me sing it.

SONG THAT MAKES ME CRY
I haven’t cried since eight years old. I don’t know which song would make me cry. And I am serious I am not lying.

MY PARENTS’ FAVOURITE SONG
Mum; “My Boy Lollipop”.
She liked it because it’s a chatty, funny love song and kid-ish in a way. My mum has a young spirit. She loves anything that is in a happy mood, positive and lively. She would dance around, make all sorts of moves that would make us laugh.

Dad; “Bolingo ya Telephonia”
He kept singing it yet he is not that talented in singing. My dad can’t sing. My singing genes are from my late grandfather from my mum’s side. Dad loved that song! He never knew the lyrics. He would sing the title and do da-di-da-da-di-di-do-da for the rest of the song. And we would ask, “why don’t you take time and learn the lyrics to your favourite song?” Until today, he still sings the song and can’t get the lyrics right.

MY FAVOURITE ROMANTIC MUSIC
“Who Knows”; Musique Soul Child
It is an amazing song I just cannot stop playing lately. It talks about just letting go, letting your hair down and embracing love. “Who knows where this night might lead us, who knows what we might discover”, he sings.

FAVOURITE KIDANDALI SONG
“Kawonaawo”; Grace Nakimera
I thought that was a very good jam. Usually kidandali is filled with a million instruments going on. But she kept it simple with a bass, drum, a few keys and little droplets of stuff here and there and there. And you could hear her lyrics, no wonder she was that big.

FAVOURITE ETHNO/ WORLD MUSIC
Lokua Kanza
He is a favourite long time friend. I like that he can do what I do and make me look silly. Here at home I like Kaz Kasozi. Lately he has been telling me that I inspire him and I keep telling him, “Oh shut-up. I am trying to beat you and be like you.” Every time we meet we are debating who inspires who the most.

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