Rachel Magoola – Resilience: Songs of Uganda (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 43:04 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: World, Afrobeat
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‘Resilience: Songs of Uganda’ marks the return of Ugandan luminary Rachel Magoola as one of her nation’s influential voices and most celebrated musical artists. ‘Resilience’ is Magoola’s seventh solo release and has been eagerly anticipated.
Rachel has long been a prominent figure in contemporary Ugandan culture, from her time with the legendary Afrigo Band through to her lauded philanthropical and charitable work. She now makes her triumphant return to the solo music scene with an album that highlights the hardships the Ugandan nation has endured, and celebrates its people’s tenacity and ability to bounce back from adversity.
Comprised of tracks inspired by Uganda’s culture and history, Rachel weaves her original material and collaborative efforts with interpretations of traditional Ugandan songs, giving the listener an authentic, upbeat experience. While the songs mainly have a high-tempo, sunny sound, at times, this contrasts deeply with the profound and powerful message Magoola imparts through her lyrics. All tied together with the sounds of native instruments from the various regions of the country, ‘Resilience: Songs of Uganda’ will make you want to dance, and give you insight into the struggles Ugandan people continue to face.
A life-long believer in helping others, Rachel’s long-standing humanitarian efforts culminated earlier this year, with her election as an Honourable Member of Uganda’s Parliament representing her local Bugweri District. However, her compassion expands beyond the confines of a single platform. While she fights for others on the political stage, we can be grateful for her return to the music world. She continues to educate and entertain with her unique style, vibrant vocals, and poignant storytelling.
‘Resilience: Songs of Uganda’ showcases her passion for equality, empowerment and education of the young. It highlights the strength of the Ugandan people and how, despite every tribulation they and their homeland faces, they remain proud and irrepressible.
A small example of the resolute nature shared with her people, Rachel Magoola recorded this enlightening album against the backdrop of the Covid crisis. For the nation of Uganda, a global pandemic is proving to be just another fork in the road of resilience.
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