The Living Music Foundation Staff
Disan kato – Director
I am Disan. Husband, father, and musician. I play the piano, guitar, drums, and am a trained singer.
I grew up orphaned due to HIV, losing both parents at a young age. Life was not easy. Luckily I had good Samaritans come into my life who enabled me to get through school, where my musical talents were identified and I chose to develop them. Since then I have dedicated my life to transforming lives through music; composing music that touches the lives of many, training youths to play instruments and sing, forming my own band! Music has transformed my story, so we started the Living Music Foundation to reach out to other young people facing difficulties.
Atuhwere Babrah -administrator
I currently perform vocals, and take care of the administrative side of the organisation.
I grew up in a humble family with 8 siblings, where we struggled to pay for school fees.
My passion for music is what led me to join the Living Music Foundation. Through music I have been able to become self reliant, build my self esteem, and of course it has brought joy to my life! Long live LMF, I hope it can change other lives as it has surely changed mine.
Ayebare Jean -Vocals
Hey! I joined the band as Disan trained me to be a singer during university. Music is really important to me. Through performing and LMF, I have gained self esteem, and been able to stay encouraged even when I may have felt hopeless in other areas of life. I have made friends locally and internationally, creating a sense of belonging for myself within the music community. Music has given me an amazing and productive way to spend my leisure time, I hope to inspire others through LMF.
Nyamwija Patience – Vocals
I am Patience,
My main hobbies are singing, dancing, swimming, and travelling!
Since high school I’ve been passionate about music and have studied many different aspects, even earning a number of awards. I am particularly active in my Church choir, and also have been a music and dance trainer for a long time.
Music and performing is what I love doing, I am so thankful to be able to do this everyday. LMF is a wonderful organisation for making such activities accessible to those who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to learn music. It does so much for your personal development, as well as the joy of those around you!
Franklin kashera – Drums
Joliot Kasamoy – Guitars
A Pharmacist by profession, Joliot now a refugee in Uganda attached to Kyaaka refugee camp, narrowly escaped from the war torn Congo, together with his family.
Equally a highly skilled musician Joliot popularly known as Jojo loves guitars, and has a strong passion for kids with whom he shares his skills a lot.
When Jojo came to Mbarara, he took advantage of available opportunities at LMF, that he has since served as an instructor at LMF and a lead guitarist at Vessels Band, from which he earns a living as well as supporting his family in the camp.
My hobbies are playing music, swimming and travelling. I also love Sound. I never knew my father, and I struggled to stay in school relying on my mother’s relatives after she died.
During high school, I met Disan who introduced me to music and taught me the Bass Guitar! I love music so much because it has transformed my life.
After learning Bass, I have performed in many places and later gained skills in Sound Engineering. I can support myself and my family.
At LMF I love to share music skills and transform some lives.