Afrigo still a force to reckon with
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
Left to their own individual devices, Moses Matovu with a saxophone, Tony Senkebejje, Frank Mbalire, Eddie Ganja and Sammy Kasule strapped to their guitars, the four men proved they are certainly formidable performers. It was a moment of going down the memory lane of music in Uganda on October 8 at the Legends Ball at Guvnor.
In a purely Afro-folk style, their show was consistently exciting from start to finish.
The quartet also did without many of the usual totems of big stage extravaganzas; there were no firecrackers, no second stage and no ramps extending into the crowd. Nor were there dancers, save for the members of the eight-piece band and, of course, the hundreds of fans who packed the house and sang along to every rhyme from back-in-the day hits in Congolese, Luganda and some pop oldies.
Kick-starting the show was Tony Senkebejje with one of the old times favourites, Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, before he played his very own song, Eyali Akwagala. Mayambala Sekassi, an old time radio broadcaster at Radio One, came next with his classic I push It In and the audience was sent into waves of excitement as they couldn’t resist but dance along.
The show featured all tempos, including slow love songs from Sammy Kasule with the ladies’ favourite, Aniffa and Frank Mbalire with Ndikusanga. Mistral Moses Matovu did not disappoint as he also reminded fans of the Congolese music that rocked Uganda back then just before he played one of his own, Nantongo.
The show went on throughout the night, having all the musicians playing their music to the satisfaction of their loyal fans.
Superstars frequently team up for shared stages, but this was truly a case of legends sharing the stage, resulting in a unique and special evening and making a strong case for the best concert to start one’s independence celebrations.