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As Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Jazz Day, celebrated jazz phenomenon Manu Dibango who is in the country for the first time, has promised to go all out in tonight’s annual Isaiah Katumwa concert at Kampala Serena Hotel.

The Johnnie Walker-sponsored concert will also double as a tribute to the late South African jazz maestro Hugh Masekela.

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Katumwa described Dibango coming to Uganda as a ‘great relief after waiting long’.

“We are here to pay respect to one of the greatest and everyone should enjoy the show. I can only promise a good show tonight,” said Dibango this morning at a press conference.

At the same event, multiple award winning South African Afro-soul songstress Siphokazi Maraqana, who will also grace the stage tonight, hailed Masekela`s influence on her 12-year-old music career. She also expressed the feeling of sharing a stage with Dibango and Katumwa.

“He was like a teacher to me and I learnt so many things from him. I feel great pleasure in playing on the same stage as my big brothers Katumwa and Dibango. It’s my first time here and I hope to come back in future,” said Siphokazi Maraqana.

Entrance to the show is Shs150, 000 for regular tickets and Shs3m for a table. The show starts at 7pm.