Opira Morise Kato – Daudi Okello & Jildo Irwa

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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Opira Morise Kato: Opira Morise Kato: “This song is about two Ugandan martyrs from our Acholi-tribe. Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa were two young catechists from northern Uganda at the beginning of the 20th century. While on a mission in Paimol, intruders threatened to kill Daudi and Jildo if they wouldn’t give up teaching catechism. They replied that they would never stop teaching and were immediately killed with spears. Daudi died at the age of 16, Jildo was 12 years old. They both died in 1918 and were beatified in 2002. We remember them on the 3rd of June. This is a song I made as a tribute to them, it’s really a gospel song.”

Opira sings in Acholi-language and plays on a traditional Ugandan instrument called ‘Adungu’. He made this acoustic instrument into an electrical one. With some built-in pickups (out of an old radio) powered by batteries and two Sony HiFi speakers, he is good to go!

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