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I Wish

by Ganda Boys & Kate Dressed Up

A new collaboration with American singer, Kate Dressed Up — a heartfelt Indie acoustic song fused with African lyricism and soul, sparse & haunting, lyrics speak to many generations
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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American Indie folk artist Katie Miller features beautifully here for her first single as Kate Dressed Up. The track “I Wish” is a brand new collaboration with London-based Ganda Boys, a humanitarian music group, with Ugandan/pan-African musical roots, who help raise global awareness to crises happening in Uganda, including the refugee crisis in Europe: • see the Ganda Boys "The Forgotten People" song, supported by 21 GRAMMY artists:

Miller met the group at the The Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park NY, where they were both performing. The collaboration started with Katie’s original, “Intro Song” and was expanded and embellished by the Ganda Boys soulful vocals to create the folk-fusion piece they call “I Wish.”

She explains the meaning behind the song, saying….. “It is about always wanting to find a place where you feel at peace or always wanting to finding somewhere where you feel comfortable. You realize that that’s not always something that is obtainable, but there’s ways to find peace that are not what you expect and there’s way to come to peace with things that are not perfect……… You can search and search but maybe the thing that is going to make you happy is right in front or you just have to see things differently.”

Both parties worked for many months and across the Atlantic Ocean to create the single; they even self-produced a music video together, which you can watch here:

“I Wish” is a beautiful arrangement of delicate guitar chords and piano, with a fusion of English and Luganda lyrics (the Ganda Boys are from Uganda, living in the UK) to create a heart-warming single. Craig Pruess (founder member of the Ganda Boys) plays piano, created the fusion arrangement, mixed and produced the track. Denis Mugagga sings the lead voice and Daniel Sewagudde contributes his signature silky, gorgeous harmony singing.

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The GANDA BOYS first met in 2008 during their collaboration on the BBC-TV drama series MOSES JONES - a music driven story about black African immigrants in London facing intimidation and violence from their own people. It follows the story of musician and singer, Soloman, who has a storming rock, funk, soul and Afrobeat band, as he comes to terms with the harsh realities of former feuds and politics from the home country in Africa spilling over onto the streets of London. The London Metro newspaper wrote that “Moses Jones pulses to the sound of probably the best soundtrack of the year.” The original soundtrack score, which featured live performances and songs by the Ganda Boys, was nominated for both a British Academy Award and Royal Television Society Award for Best Original Soundtrack.

Craig Pruess, an American established in the UK as a feature film composer (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice), chart record producer and arranger (Massive Attack, Cliff Richard, Bond, Def Leppard) and world musician, was nominated as composer for MOSES JONES. Denis Mugagga and Daniel Sewagudde, Ugandan singers formerly well known in Africa with their group, DaTwinz, became involved in advising the BBC for the series and then worked with Craig in writing the four featured and performed songs filmed in the MOSES JONES episodes. A tight and funky band of Ugandan, Ghanaian, Nigerian and Jamaican musicians was put together for the filming days, and an authentic London African club, the Afrigo, was constructed from scratch for the shoot, all within the walls of Hornsey Town Hall, north London. Then, 200 black extras were brought in for the two days filming, and when the new songs started, the place went wild!

This lit the spark for what would become the vibrant, contagious sound of the GANDA BOYS. After MOSES JONES, Craig, Denis and Dan formed the band and have continued writing and recording together, completing their debut album, “The War of Love”, within six months, and their second album "Africa" for 2012 release. They have performed headlining concerts at some of Europe's prestigious concert venues, including the London O2 Arena, the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, London's huge Kensington Olympia, and even the Houses of Parliament, London, in October 2011, three months after performing at the huge World Culture Festival at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. After performing for the Queen of Uganda in London in July 2011, she said that the Ganda Boys were helping to put Ugandan music firmly on the international map. Indeed, massive radio play over the national airwaves in Uganda which began during 2011 has confirmed this. In 2013, the Ganda Boys performed a headlining national concert in Kampala, Uganda, in the presence of the Nnabagereka, Queen of Buganda, and senior members of the Ugandan central government, with 1,500 enthusiastic concert goers dancing in the packed hall for their encore of beloved hit songs. This was quickly followed by the release of the 3rd Ganda Boys album, "Mountains of the Moon". In 2014, they performed in front of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Fairfield Halls, London, and then started a series of USA concerts from Hollywood to the United Nations headquarters in New York, where they were invited to perform due to their contribution to the humanitarian cause of refugees in Uganda and in Europe. (see their "The Forgotten People" song, supported by 21 GRAMMY artists: )

Through their humanitarian and charitable work on the ground in Uganda, The GANDA BOYS are founders and managers of the Ganda Foundation, creating films and documentaries for raising awareness of some of the dire conditions existing in the Third World, encouraging people to donate and participate as part of their European charity concerts.



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