Seby Ntege

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Seby Ntege is a singer and songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda.

Seby is a master of half a dozen folkloric instruments, including the akogo thumb piano, endongo lyre, adungu harp, and the one stringed fiddle called endingidi. Born into a musical household, Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13, introducing him early to the international stage and touring neighbouring African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer. Relocating to London in his twenties Seby quickly gained respect as an ambassador of traditional Ugandan music, whilst his musical curiosity soon led to fruitful collaborations with various celebrated artists notably going on tour as part of acclaimed Gambian Kora player Sona Jobarteh Band. In 2018 gathering a multicultural band around him, Seby distilled this journey into a highly autobiographical album that would showcase his virtuosity as a musician. Described by Seby as “a musical memoir of 15 years of living in the UK” the album Five Notes (2018) relates all that Seby has learnt - the five notes of the album's title referencing both the five note pentatonic scale in which Ugandan instruments are tuned, and the autobiographical content of the songs. Picked up by A World In London's DJ Ritu and championed by BBC Radio 3's Max Reinhardt via BBC Introducing in 2018, Five Notes received praise on BBC World Service, Resonance FM and BBC London, leading to live appearances at several prestigious festivals including WOMAD, Latitude festivals, Bayimba International festival Uganda and a 10 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England. Seby is currently back in studio with a new album anticipated to be out in November 2020.

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Ntwala - live at Rich Mix, September 2016
Seby Ntege & Band Live 2018 Album five notes tour
Seby Ntege & Band - Babirye Omulongo (Rehearsal)

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Seby Ntege & Band Live 2018 Album five notes tour
Seby Ntege & Band Womad festival 2018 highlights
Seby Ntege - MEMORIES NEW VIC 2018
Seby Ntege & Band - Babirye Omulongo (Rehearsal)
Ntwala - live at Rich Mix, September 2016
Seby Ntege - Maria Swahili Live at Richmix London sept 2016

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