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    Traditional Ugandan music graces Anjali this weekend

    A whole new concert experience is coming to Tucson.

    “”It’s going to be very intimate, it’s going to be very deep spiritually,”” said Kinobe, the guest artist performing with Kalumba, a Tucson group promoting healing through music. Kinobe, a Ugandan native, has been playing traditional African drums since he was a young boy.

    Kinobe spent much of his childhood near a traditional palace where music is constantly played as a practice for ceremonies, weddings and other functions, he said.

    “”In a way, it is part of my spiritual past and cultural heritage,”” Kinobe said.

    For the upcoming show, the performers will explore traditional Ugandan music through instruments including kalimbas, also known as African thumb pianos, the kora, a harp from West Africa, and traditional drums. The music has a very natural feel, filled with light tones from the plucking instruments and graceful, foreign lyrics.

    The concert will be an experience that most people have never received before. One reason is the type of music.

    “”The music is unique and I don’t know of anyone else who is playing these instruments,”” said Martin Klabunde, director of Kalumba. “”These instruments are rare outside of Uganda.””

    The Kalumba concert will also offer more than music for recreational enjoyment.

    “”There’s a deeper intention,”” Klabunde said. “”What we’re trying to do is infuse the music with energy. It’s played for healing.””

    “”It’s a different kind of concert,”” he added.

    The Kalumba concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Anjali, 330 E. Seventh Street. Admission is $18 by pre-paid ticket or $22 at the door.

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