The Cranes Band to reunite at ‘Nyege Nyege’ Festival​

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The surviving members of the 70's Cranes band are set for a reunion

By Paul Waiswa

This year the legendary Cranes Band , Uganda’s most popular 1970s teenage band will be reuniting at the festival for a reunion performance.

The cranes band is responsible for giving birth to Afrigo Band which is still the country’s number one and long serving band.

Nyege Nyege, the East Africa’s most celebrated festival has returned and the long anticipated four-day event is slated to take place from 5th to 8th September at Nile Discovery Beach, Jinja. Unlike the previous editions, the event organizers have decided to add a new twist to the festival.

Founded by Tony Senkebejje, Sam Kawuma and Clyde Mayanja, the Cranes produced 37 records and 33 albums, the band split into two; Cranes and Afrigo Black Power, which was later, renamed as Afrigo Band with Moses Matovu and Jeff Sewava as bandleaders.

Back in the day, the Cranes had a radio show called Top Ten Hits where their songs where played. It is well-known for hit songs such as Njatulira, Jay Beera Mwesigwa, Anne wange, Monica, Marcelinah and many more.

The five surviving members that recently reformed as the cranes are all in their late sixties and still dominate the music scene in Uganda with their respective bands Afrigo and Simba Sounds Band. Both bands have recorded more than 25 albums.

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