The newly formed Busia County Government Standing Band made its debut in style on Saturday when it thrilled county leaders and the provincial administration during the national tree planting day at Benga University in Butula Sub County.
The patriotic, luhya and lingala songs captured the mood of the dignitaries present including County Commissioner Michael Tialal, County Executive Committee Members Dr Isaac Alukwe, Prof Grephas Opata, Leonard Obimbira, Chief Officers Omoto Oundo , Maurice Odundo, Lydia Nabwire and Butula MP Joseph Oyula among others who got off their seats for a jig.
Chairman County Assembly committee for Culture, youth, sports and Social Services Patrick Obuya lauded the live band for the excellent job, barely a week after its formation.
” I was not there when the equipment were procured, but considering the inherent benefits my committee had to push for it. We are now seeing the fruits of our efforts,” he said.
The county hired the services of Music Instructor (Band and Choir) Apollo Eshuchi and Ben Mukabwa, the Tambach Teachers College Fine Art Lecturer and Band Trainer to help in the band’s formation.
Mukabwa, the founder of Jamnazi Africa and Eshuchi said they want to brand Busia to reflect the real talents that abound in the border county.
Culture, Tourism and Social Services Chief Officer Moses Weunda said their main aim of starting the County Standing Band is to make it a reference point for all counties and the East African region.