Afrigo Band: Early years The roots of the Afrigo Band lie in The Cranes. The Cranes were one of Uganda's most popular bands of the sixties and early seventies. In 1974, after the release of their hit album 'Ten Hits', the band broke up due to internal disputes. Some former band members including Moses Matovu formed Afriraha Band, whose name was changed to Afrigo [Africa go forward] in August 1975. The other seven band members were Jeff Ssewava, Charles Ssekyanzi, Paulo Sserumaga, Paddy Nsubuga, Fred Luyombya, Anthony Kyeyune and Geoffrey Kizito. With the exception of Matovu and Jeff Ssewava, who now lives in Germany, all members of the initial line-up have since passed away. Officially, the band was launched on November 1, 1975, after they were invited to play at the Bat Valley bar/restaurant, later Little Flowers in Bombo Road, Kampala. After some time, the Afrigo Band was invited by Tendo kabanda, the manager of Cape Town Villas, to perform at his popular waterfront establishment on Lake Victoria.
A prominent fan One Sunday, the then President Idi Amin heard the band playing in Cape Town Villas and was immediately charmed by their music. Shortly after this first meeting, a representative of the president offered the Afrigo Band to become his personal house band, a request that obviously could not be turned down. From 1976, the Afrigo Band was under contract to the President and its members received a fixed monthly salary. The band performed in Cape Town Villas until Amin was deposed as president in April 1979.
|1971: Idi Amin playing the accordeon|
Starting all over again
|February 6 2022 Afrigo live at Forest Park Kampala|