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Tribute to the life of Christopher Kato - a ballroom wizard
26 Feb 2012 12:52 AM
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Tribute to the life of Christopher Kato - a ballroom wizard
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At 87 years, he could still twist his body on the dance floor with the excitement of a rebellious teenager. His love for the Latin-style ballroom dances and his sleek performance endeared him to the millions of people who’ve seen performances over the years.

Christopher Kato started ballroom dancing in the mid 1940’s when he was a teenager. After honing his skills, he went on to represent Uganda at many international ballroom festivals, in addition to entertaining dignitaries visiting the country.

According to Moses Matovu of Afrigo Band, Kato was among the selected Ugandan artists that performed to a huge audience on the very first Uganda Independence Day celebrations on October 9, 1962. 

At the time of his death early this month, Kato was a music instructor offering free ballroom dances, twice a week, to many dance enthusiasts. He was planning his farewell country tour named ‘Kato-tour’.  Kato died of malaria at is home in Luweero district.  Rest in peace.

Christopher Kato

 

Follow Hillary Muheebwa, our Kampala-based editor, journalist and documentary producer, on Twitter or visit his site: www.nhillfilms.com

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Updated: 26 Feb 2012 01:36 AM
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