GALLERY AFRODESIGNS AND THE ARTS
ALBERT CAMUS patriotically stated "I have the loftiest idea, and the most passionate one, of art. Much too lofty to agree to subject it to anything. Much too passionate to divorce it from anything, "Notebooks 1942-1951"
JACOB BURCKARDT in "Reflection On History" tells us, "From the world, from time and nature, art and poetry drew images, externally valid and universally intelligible, the only perdurable things on earth, a second ideal creation exempt from the limitations of individual temporality, an earthly immortality, a language of all nations.
PLATO instructs us, We must seek out those craftsmen whose instinct guides them to whatever is lovely and gracious: so that our young men dwelling in a wholesome climate may drink in good from every quarter whence like a breeze baring healthy from happy regions, some influence from noble works fall upon eye and ear from childhood upwards, and imperceptibly draws them into sympathy and harmony with the beauty of reason whose impress they take.
Contemporarily, the initiative innovationist F.T. IRUMBA confidently observes and positively "Comrades, it is noble and patriotic, to dutifully perform justice to our heritage by vantagely exposing, exhibiting, and displaying the 'hibernating' art, thus facilitating both local and international perusal, appreciation and eventual collection therefrom, in conformity, with forging good international relationship.
Authoritatively, in a nutshell, the celebrated Art Historian and Critic HABERT READ put it on record that; "A work of Art is a unique experience both for the artist who creates it and for the observer who benefits by its creation. For this reason Art is 'nine times out of ten' defined by works of Art and not by words about them.
Contemporarily, YOWERI K. MUSEVENI observes: "Time has come for Uganda to revive its Cultural Heritage… Art exhibitions open the ways to cultural ties between countries, thereby enhancing the understanding between our peoples." Celebrated U.S American painter WILLEM de KOONING sagaciously said; "I do not paint for a living. I paint for life."
And I, MUGALULA-MUKIIBI of Uganda modestly observe: "Art is an effort to make pleasing things. My paintings are key-hole impressions of the society. My entire joy in life hangs on the brush's tip." I must share my talent with others. What stimulates Ugandans should be shared by the whole world community and vice versa.
My mission is to, through my Art, modestly contribute to the interaction of Humankind.
Compiled by Mugalula-Mukiibi.
TIT BITS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN TO PLAY A HARP IS TO PLAY IT. THE CORE OF SUCCESS IS DISCIPLINE. DISCIPLINE IS THE CORE OF SUCCESS. WHEN IN DOUBT SAY THE TRUTH.
It is a sign of strength and intelligence to be concerned with the Arts, especially at a time when all over the world dire predictions and alarms fill our ears.
If you can understand the direct relationship that Art has to your life you have another way of developing the confidence, faith and self-confidence sorely needed in a world beset by doubt, suspicion, misgiving, prejudice and hate.
Art evolves directly as civilization evolves.
An interest in Art can become an absorbing and rewarding study.
A MAN, SIR, MUST KEEP HIS FRIENDSHIP IN CONSTANT REPAIR
The young man with a bright idea for a new product or service decides to form his own company. He invests (money in it), his family's savings in the new venture. He is soon working 18 hour days but does not mind because the company is his own. Sales start sluggishly and he makes mistakes to fill a text-book. Eventually it all pays off. Profits boom; he makes it big. He becomes wealthy beyond his wildest hopes.
PETALS OF BLOOD Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Mugalula's friend – Atereere)
The lawyer came home after six bringing them welcome packets of Jogoo flour and milk and cabbages. He invited them into the sitting-room, a huge oblong space. Nyakinyua exclaimed that a hut could easily fit into it: what waste! And they all laughed. Some of the children were still playing outside and watching aeroplanes fly toward Embakasi. But afew sat with the grown-ups. The walls were decorated with pictures of Che Guevara with his Christlike locks of hair and saintly eyes; of Dedan Kimathi, sitting calmly and arrogantly defiant; and a painting by Mugalula of a beggar in a street. At one corner was a wood sculpture of a freedom fighter by Wanjau. Abdulla stood a few seconds in front of Kimathi's picture and then he abruptly hobbled across the room and out into the garden. The others surrounded the sculpture and commented on the fighter's hair, the heavy lips and tongue in open laughter, and the sword around the waist. But why did he possess breasts, somebody asked: it was as if it was a man and a woman in one: how could that be?
They started arguing about it until Nyakinyua almost silenced them with her simple logic.
'A man cannot have a child without a woman. A woman cannot bear a child without a man. And was it not a man and a woman who fought to redeem this country?'
Portraiture has a long tradition in the arts, and at times has been the only means an artist has of supporting himself.
The sitter seeks to be remembered, and occasionally when sitting to a great artist has earned thereby an immortality that otherwise could scarcely have been foreseen. The Spanish Court lives on in the canvases of Velasquez and Goya. Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar in authorless marbles.
All over the world we see crowds of frozen admirals, Kings, politicians in squares, churches or streets.
Here in East Africa, modestly housed in the Uganda Growers Co-operative Society, and in Baden Powel House, Kampala, are two master pieces. The first, "Mikairi Wamala" is a terra cotta. The second is a bronze "Ham Mukasa".
The artist Gregory Maloba, is East Africa's' finest sculptor; he works in stone, bronze, wood, cement and terra-cotta and his work is distinguished both by imaginative force and its intellectual balance, as witness these two heads.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SURPASSING SUPPORT , ENCOURAGEMENT AND GOODWILL TO ME AND MY ENDEAVORS, I OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO - AMONG VERY MANY OTHERS:
The Government and People of Uganda particularly State House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, and Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Makerere University, Bank of Uganda, East African Development Bank, Uganda Commercial Bank, National Insurance Corporation, Uganda Electricity Board, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank, Nile Bank, UKTA - United Kingdom Trade Agency, JETRO - Japan External Trade Organisation.
Then comes the following individuals and families:
Hannington Matovu, Carol & Ray Buchanan, John Frank Kisaka, John Francis Bennett, Monsignor Rene Dole, Leif & Vesler Vetlesen, Rolf Svendsen, Helge Hveem, Carl Georgeson, Per A Troller, Omwami Evalisto Muyinda, Charles N Kikonyogo, Peter & Erina Nsubuga, Robbie D Stone, Mansoor Esmail, Mansur Ssimbwa Bunnya, Arthur Bikangaga, Ezra Bunyenyezi, Mathew Kibuuka, David Kibuuka, Henry M Kajura, Jimmy Kiremerwa, Mark Mutyaba, Kristian Oland, Philip Ngoma, Richard Shonga, Jecho O Amai, Margaret Ndekera, Richard Apira, Sam Owori, Horace Awori, Norman Shalita, Ezekiel Nsubuga Mubiru, Marcel Otim, Stanley Lwanga, Ahmad Kirumira, Steven Seguya, Yusufu Mpairwe, Harman Mkwizu, Elimo & Rebecca Njau, Ivan Kirabira, Bulasio Nakabaale, John Sekaggya, Antonio Sewatti, Tom Keeya, Gordon Wavamuno, Kamuda Lutaakome, Haruna Kyamanywa, Ivo Fabrizio Landone, Nelson & Sidney Kasfir, Arthur Gakwandi, Catherine Snyder, Dave L M Edgar, Michael Kintu, Sam Weanga, Ponsiano Mulema, George Ggingo, Omukulu Samuel Ssonko, Gerald M Sendawula, Paddy M Kiyanja, Davies Sebukima, Oweekitibwa Namasole e Kanyanya, Stanley Mudawalima, Dorothy Opio, J B Nganda Kasirye, Juliette Machette, Jansen, Sophie of Expo 2000, Nurse Mary of Budo, Godfrey Makonzi, Leonard Kaggya, Sarah Ndagire, Grace Mugume, Grace Mayanja, Enoka & Norah Biryabalema, Reverand Webster Carrol, Carlos & Mrs Godhino, Almeida, Adelina Lubogo, Val Hume, Godfrey Muyanja, Tim Wangusa, Reverand Samuel Tamale, Reverand Nsubuga Livingstone, George Musoke Ggombolola, Omulangira Kateregga, Geoffrey Richard Oryada, Moses Abaikye, Kei Otani, Nasser Sebaggala, Louis Abreu, Roger Rodrigues,Winnie Lawoko, Yvenine Pereira, Michelle & Mother, Tom Correa, Marshall Segal, Peter Ucanda, Albino Odoch, John Odoch Ameny, Matovu William, Kaddu Epainento, Godfrey Semugabi, Kikomaga Peter, Salongo Kalule Bigomba, Ricardo Racitti, Nabyonga Jane, Tim Osolokoya, Xtina & Nwifa, Ajoa Amama, Ntare Mwine, Willeim & Ngaire Van Eck, Katongole Kakooza Wasswa, Kiyimba Namuyenga, Lary Mackilop, Femi Nzengu, Siperito Kyaligamba, Mathias Mulumba, Ronnie Segujja Kyaligamba, Steven Naggenda, Glen Stizman, Alini Marandora, George Peralta Ibarra, Nasanairi Kajjankya, Igor Kozak, Dan Kigozi, Sam Kibirige, Arrand Parsons, Ousmane Silla, Fred Irumba, Frank Karake, Kanagwa Erisa, Geoffrey Semakula Kamya, the celebrated art collector, James Baba, James Sabune, Edward Nsubuga, Pairogalo, Theophilus Mazinga, Theophilus Kisosonkole, Yunusu Mpagi, Chranimer Kalinda, Catherine Munyagwa, Pilkington Sengendo Nsibambi, Peter Kinunka, George Kinunka, Festo Matovu, Mikaaya Kamya, Daniel Okello, Terry Hirst, Okello Oculi, Don Lukyamuzi, Joseph Ssali, Augustine Kasozi, Ben Musoke, Mugarura Erisa Kironde, John Ruganda, Ezra Mugambe, Beti Bikangaga, Alikisa Kaganga, Barbara Kimenye, Simon & Helen Wiltshire, Almeida, Haruna Semyano, Robert Rutagi, Arinaye Clayton, Karuhanga Chris, Elly Twineyo, Elly Tumwine, Fab Mpagi, Steven Mayanja, Wilson & Alice Nsubuga, Roger Hargreaves, Phenny and Sarah Birungi, William Kamaanyi, Dan Kamaanyi, Noah Sentongo, Fred Lubwanguzi Ssali, Hugh & Thelma Rowell, Cecil Todd, Jonathan Kingdom, Jonathan Kariara, Michael Adams,, Ali Darwish, Gregory Maloba, Screven Graham, John Francis, Perez Bukhumunhe, Spencer Kamulegeya, Samuel Balagadde Junior, Bulaimu Muhongya, Canon David Sentongo, Muwonge Keewaza, George Kirya, Habert Semakula, Tom Buruku, David Mwaka, Joseph Balikuddembe, Ggalabuzi Mukasa, Nalinya Doroth Nassolo, Lady Sarah Kabejja, Frobisher Kabali - Kaggwa, Miria Kalule, Elly and Margaret Wamala, Godfrey Ssango, Anthony Lubega, Kyagulanyi Ntwatwa, Danier Kibalama, Aloni Mukasa, Jane Nabyonga, Sam Kibuuka, Arch Bishop Livingstone Nkoyooyo, Reverand Yeremiya W Mwima, Bishop and Mrs Misaeri Kawuma, Martin & Mrs Aliker, Father Claude Butche of Canada, Sister Rosalyn of Ethiopia, James & Nyambura Ngugi wa Thiong, Elimo & Rebecca Njau, Sam Serugga, Moses Kigozi, Sam Kibirige, Katatumba Boney, Joseph Katatumba, Albert and Mrs Ferrell, Patrick Fine, Patrick Deny, Patrick Ruhinda, Willy Jjagwe, Henry Musuubire, Girigooli Mabirizi, Ben Mubuya Mambule, Aeron & Nitza Etra, Nsiyona David Conrad, Julian Wu, Rebecca Martin Nagy, Christopher Saazi, Musa Tibamanya Mwene Mushanga, Rhoda Kalema, David Rubandiri, Iqbal Esmail, Zivislav Zica, Francis Odida, Franf F Frazier, Alfred and Mrs Rhea, Eric Edroma, Assia Khaldi, Diana L Morris, Kathryn Snyder, Helena Lanko, Reverand Father Grimes, Awind Oleche, Claire Marie Wheatley, Basajja Samuel, Fredrick W Mukoka, Davis Masifa, Moses Kagondoki, Michelle Nendez and Mother, Irmgard Gatzemeier and Family of Goslar, Edong Menye Hubert, Bernad Goyette, Josephine Turpin Sarr, Alphonse Oseki, Adonia Tiberondwa, Tom Buruku, Gabriel Schiller of Goslar, Susana Macrea Whitty and Family, Andrew Stuart, Mugarura E C, Fredrick Semazzi, Benardette Alowo, Kimberly of Okholahoma, Katherine Szabo, Bryn Gotton, Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos and Baaya Allan.
GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST GUEST ARTIST NO 1 JUNE 2002 WORLD PRESENTATION OF OMWAMI EVALISTO MUYINDA TRADITIONAL MUSIC MAESTRO OF BUGANDA - UGANDA
by Artist Mugalula - Mukiibi of Uganda
In honour of Omwami Evalisto Muyinda, son of Omutaka Ssebudde of Nabbaale village, Kyaggwe county Buganda, a King's Man - Musajja wa Kabaka, my maternal uncle, because he belongs to the Emmamba ( Lung-fish) clan of my dear good mother Nakkazi and one of my greatest friends and mentor, a celebrated Traditional good Music Maestro, who played music in the royal courts of three (3) consecutive Kabakas; Daudi Chwa II, Freddie Muteesa II and Ronnie Muwenda Mutebi II, please allow me to, with maximum respect and genuine admiration, run the following spontaneous account of the great accomplished musician, regarding his very noble absolutely remarkable contribution to the arts - internationally; excelling in playing and vocally accompanying and dancing to almost all the traditional music instruments especially the strings, harps, drums and percussions, playing all of them to surpassing excellency while performing to Royalty, the entire cross - section of society and at international exposures, to which he was always regularly invited to perform and participate together with his fully fledged orchestra, earning himself professional and academic awards. - bringing pride to Uganda.
I, not with a secret sense of aversion, wish to gratefully mention that I had the honour to have Omukulu Muyinda, with his fully fledged orchestra voluntarily play and perform with very live accompanying music, singing and dancing through the nights till dawn enthusiastically at / on my wedding reception and after party - 1970 October 17th - and believe you me - gratis!
Evelisto Muyinda's name, like those of some of his other distinguished contemporaries like the unrivalled Temuseo Mukasa, Muyinda's mentor and creative Albert Sempeke names, is synonymous with Traditional Music and Dance of Buganda and Uganda. He has famous original tunes like Gganga alula, Omunya mpaawo kye baagulanga gweriira munyale, Omusango gw'abalere - bantwale e Bbira gye Banzaala and Akayinja Kammenya to his account.
Evalisto Muyinda crowned his eventful profession and career of diverse seasoned track record by frequently and regularly globe trotting representing Uganda in many World Symposiums and Expos, leading among others, the famous pulsating National Heart-beat of Africa Ensemble that climaxed in the sixties and seventies. Recordings of his music for the present and posterity has fortunately been made, awaiting proper discemination to the appreciating World. He participated in many relevant music workshops all over the world, in schools and universities teaching and demonstrating , whereby he earned many honorary Degrees and Doctorates - and most people, always in reverance addressing him as Doctor / Professor Evalisto Ntensibe Muyinda.
We, his lifelong admirers and friends, are happy and delighted in that Muyinda's Legacy is survived through his sagacious and creative workholic daughter Maria Frances Nannemba Muyinda, 50, who is an accomplished natural and trained musician with several international academic and professional qualifications in music and drama, including a diploma in Music Dance and Drama of Makerere University Kampala and she is a distnguished member of 'The African Music' Editorial Advisory Board, Institute of social and Economic Research, Rhodes University of South Africa. and an influential active civic leader of the woman and men folks in her division and consitituence, Kawempe Division, Kampala District. She is now, ably, the torch bearer of her father Muyinda's Legacy; devotedly endeavouring to upkeep, update, promote, develop and preserve Evalisto's enviably remarkable contribution to mankind, by intensively personally training the youth at her modest school in Kanyanya village next door to my home - place of abode. - a stone throw away.
And for any further information and data about Maestro Muyinda, please don't hesitate to contact Maria directly thus:
Maria Frances Nannemba Muyinda - Managing Director / Developer MUYINDA TRADITIONAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE / SCHOOL KANYANYA VILLAGE, MILE 5, GAYAZA ROAD P.O.BOX 16309 KAMPALA UGANDA Or via this Website
Maestro Muyinda, we, your beneficiaries and admirers, on our part we pledge to dutifully always treasure and promote your legacy for the benefit of humankind - trying to, as it were, reciprocate your very outstanding contribution to the Arts - Worldwide.
Evalisto Muyinda whose almost contageous inviting smile, welcoming dramatic gestures and words full of love, charm, encouragement and above all with a burning desire to, with enthusiasm, help, assist and serve people of all stratas, was an internationally renowned and acknowledged musician hailing from Buganda, Uganda. He, at the age of 12 years, was apprenticed to the Kabaka's court under tulerage of famous Temiseo Mukasa, where he picked interest in playing and making of African traditional instruments like, Xylophones(Amadinda), Tube fiddle(Endingidi), Lyre harp (Entongooli), Bow-harp(Ennanga), Flute(Endere) and Drums(Engoma). He faithfully and loyaly served his Kabakas up to his demise in October 1993.
In 1991 he developed the idea of starting a music school for the young who would eventually succeed his talent, and this school is now under the able management of his heiress Maria Frances Nannemba Muyinda. Maria Nannemba is a chip of the old block. In fact when you, with interest, scrutinise her demeanour, actually you get convinced she is the old block itself.
Maria Muyinda with devoted assistance of her young sister Nakale Muyinda an accomplished dancer herself, is determined to develop her father's aspirations for the school to greater heights, especially in training the youth, boys and girls, to be able to make music instruments, play them, thereafter and thereby promoting culture and creating employment. Sharing of talents for mutual benefit being the yardstick cum bottom-line thereof.
He, Evalisto Muyinda, as a long serving performer, traveled extensively to USA, Germany. Japan, Holland, Russia, Austria, France and for duty, visited almost all the African countries. This saw him become lecturer, consultant and tutor to Universities and the world's renowned researchers of the likes of Dr Gerhard Kubik of Viena University, Dr Louis Anderson of the University of California, Dr Durban, Dr Nattier Jaques from Montreal, Dr Andrew Tracy from South Africa, Dr Tamusuza Christofer Kizza (earlier on Muyinda's successful apprentice and Dr Mayinja from Makerere have utilised Muyinda's services and acumen in their quest for relevant academic development.
Muyinda was a great inspiration to many musicians who perfected their music skills through him as apprentices and colleagues. I would love to mention the likes of Tereza Kisolo, Hudson Nawambira Kiyaga, Omuseenene Masembe, George Ntokota and Muyimbwa Ekimmonde as some of his accomplished contemporaries who benefited from his benevolent guidance. They all, in unison, confess that they owe their professional and career success to Evalisto Muyinda's UNEQUALLED STATURE AS A GENEROUS, BIG HEARTED ALL ROUND MUSIC MAESTRO.