Neptunez band’s saxophone lead performer, Herbert Kiggundu, aka Herbert Rock has left the band to pursue a solo career.
The 30-year-old saxophonist, who has been with Neptunez band since 2014, is set to launch his eight-track album titled, Saxo in the City- a collection of his own pieces of music and songs by various local artistes such as Agatako, Ndagukunda, Agasaza, Nyaruguru, Yanumye, Agasaza, and Indoro.
Joseph Abitegeka has replaced Herbert Rock as the new saxophonist in the band. Herbert Rock says being a solo saxophonist is a dream come true.
“Saxophone playing is still a new thing in this country and now that I have someone in the band to step into my shoes, I can do it on my own. My goal is to make people fall in love with the saxophone instrument as very many people do not understand what jazz is all about. I want to do what they understand better in my own way,” he says
The band’s director Remmy Lubega told The New Times that Herbert’s decision to go solo is an indication of the fast growing music industry and promised to support him as is the custom of the band.
“Herbert has been an outstanding figure because of the saxophone instrument that is unique in the market. Growing in the music industry is our goal and it is what we are here to do. We are proud of him and we are supporting his album launch in October as is the custom of the Netunez,” he said.
Herbert becomes the third member to leave the band after the lead female vocalist Masha Davids Mukalazi and afro beat singer Elion Victory.
The band was formed in May 2014 by Lubega and it plays various genres of music such as jazz, zouk, reggae and Afro.