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Giovanni Kiyingi

Giovanni Kiyingi

The basics
About
Gender male
Birth June 3, 1991
The details
Biography

Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is a Ugandan folk singer-songwriter and world music artist. He is known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the local Ugandan fiddle (endingidi), akogo, adungu, guitar, harmonica, flute, djembe, calabash, congas, drums, maracas, and many others. He was one of the Ugandan artists chosen to welcome Pope Francis to Uganda at Kololo on 27 November 2015. His skill as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and performer have won him invitations to perform at major music festivals and co-operative events both in Uganda and the rest of the world.

Personal life

He is fond of African fashion styles, dressing in kangas and Kitenge.

Giovanni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University. During his interview with Chimpreports, Kiyingi confirmed that he quit school for a year to concentrate on music.

Discography

Albums

Amakondeere

  • Released: 2016
  • Format: CD
  • Writer: Giovanni Kiyingi
  • Bonus tracks: 2
  • Singles: Amakondeere

Joy of an African (Esanyu ly'omufilika)

  • Released: 2010
  • Format: CD
  • Writer: Giovanni Kiyingi
  • Tracks: Joy of an African(Esanyu ly'omufilika), Ssegamwenge,Asante, Omwana W'afilika, Ekyaalo Mpala, Ekibbobo, Kanyimbe, Omukisa Omulala, Omumuli, Naasiwa Mukange
  • Bonus tracks: 2
  • Singles: Joy of an African(Esanyu ly'omufilika), Omwana W'afilika

Live performances

Kiyingi has performed at large music festivals across Africa and the rest of the world alongside performers like Kora Award winner Suzan Kerunen, multiple award winner Maurice Kirya, Myco Ouma, Jemimah Sanyu, Jude Mugerwa, Kinobe Herbert at Pearl Rhythm Festival 2012, Okello Lawrence and Joel Sebunjo at DOADOA 2014, Brian Mugenyi at Utam Festival in Kenya in 2015, the father of ethno jazz Mulatu Astatke at Jazz Village Ethiopia, Harry Lwanga, Ssali Muserebende, Kenya's Makadem, Afrigo Band, and Ssarabi band. He has performed at festivals such as the Bayimba International Festival, Milege World Music Festival, Santuri Safari Projects, Kenyatta University Cultural Exchange, DOADOA, Irimba Cultural Festival, Arusha – Tanzania, headlined at Utam Festival – Kenya and Laba Festival of the arts in 2015, African Jazz Village, Sondeka Festival in Kenya.

From early 2016, Kiyingi toured Africa and Europe and was set to perform at Blankets and Wine festival in September at Lugogo

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