Let me get this out of the way first. To all of my American friends, today is election day. Please be sure to get out and vote. Just do it.
Yesterday was a great day here in Uganda. It was extremely beautiful. After having breakfast, I went to band rehearsal with Maurice. They have a studio where they jam. I have to give props to the band members. Roy “The Drum Machine”, Sam on bass, and Nicholas who tickles the keyboard. I was blown away by the professionalism of these guys. I’m a witness to musical greatness. These guys produce sounds that are magical. Tonight they all leave for a huge concert in Chad.
We went to a special restaurant in Kampala for lunch. The owner of Antonio’s is a big fan of Maurice. There is a large poster of Maurice in the the restaurant. People recognize him wherever he goes. He was approached in the restaurant and on the streets by fans. It’s pretty cool to know a superstar like Maurice. He really is going to go places with his talents and personality. I encourage everyone to get on the Maurice train. His music is available on iTunes.
Ugandan Musician Maurice Kirya
The best part of yesterday was spending the evening with Maurice’s family. His mother fed me well. I talked with his father about important issues in Uganda. I especially enjoyed time with the children of his family. I loved hearing the laughter of Kirya and Aliyah. These two young ones are so curious and energetic. I performed my icebreaker illusions of the “separated thumb” and the “straw through the head”. Even the adults got a good laugh from my performance. I got to hold the youngest of the family, Jacob. He’s the son of Maurice’s brother Elvis. Maurice comes from a very musical family. Two of his brothers, Alex and Elvis, are also professional musicians. They are respectively known as Saba Saba and Vamposs.
Last night I slept very well. There was a massive rain storm that happened during the night. The rain came down like waterfalls and there were constant flashes of lightning and the rumbling of thunder. It was actually quite soothing. It is those storms that make Uganda so lush and abundant. This morning the sun has appeared and the skies are blue. I get to spend another day being blessed by Africa.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power there will be peace”.
Go and make it a great day!