Concerts that wowed Ugandans in 2013

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By Edgar R. Batte

Posted  Monday, December 30   2013 at  02:00

In Summary

2013 had its fair share of concerts from the newcomers like Rema, to the international stars like Konshens and Alaine. Edgar R. Batte looks at some of the concerts that rocked Kampala.


Myko Ouma’s Season 2 two-day concert

Myko Ouma put up some of the biggest concerts this year, dubbed Myko Ouma Season 2, in September. It was a unique concert because unlike the usual one-day concerts his was a two-day music experience.

At this concert music lovers were excited at the stage performance of Iryn Namubiru and Juliana Kanyomozi, the duo that rocked as I-Jay in 2000 but have since pursued solo projects which fans interpreted as a break-up.

Ouma was at his finest proving he still holds his forte as a gifted guitarist. He performed 17 songs to an audience that was composed of his usual fans and musical friends. On stage he collaborated with Isaiah Katumwa with whom he did Tayinza Kundekawo Yesu. He had his moment with Samuel Bakka, pianist Pragmo Jude Kiracho with whom he performed Kombolewa, Maurice Kirya with whom he did Ugandan Girl, plus saxophone player Brian Mugyenyi with whom he did Smile and Kuku.

Keith Sweat at Nile Gold Jazz Safari

Veteran American Rhythm and blues star Keith Sweat was the main stage performer at this year’s Nile Gold Jazz and Soul Safari this October. The artistes credited for inventing New Jack Swing put up an engaging performance that lasted three hours.

Fans enjoyed Sweat’s stage presence as he sang songs like Twisted, Nobody, I’m Ready, Just A Touch of Love, and the crowd favourite Make it Last Forever, that got many revellers on their feet
The beauty is that Sweat was free, unlike the other international stars that have come to town. Several times he left stage and came to dance with his fans and kept asking them if they were enjoying the show.

The show went on past midnight which is unusual for shows at Kampala Serena Hotel. Revelers were also entertained by prolific saxophonist Tom Braxton, ingenious trumpet player Michael ‘Patches’ Stewart, passionate drummer John Blackwell and guitar maestro Charlie Singleton.

Jose Chameleone live in Badilisha concert

In April Chameleone was on stage, live in the Badilisha concert at Kyadondo Rugby Club. Unlike his previous annual concerts, he made this concert an East African affair and invited Tanzania’s Professor Jay, Kenya’s Redsan and Rwanda’s Jean Paul Samputu and General Samba. Chameleone, the self-styled music doctor, said that his dream is to change the course of the region’s music direction for something more fruitfully challenging.

Perhaps one of his dreams is to end his bickering with fellow musicians. As proof of this, he sang some songs of some of his musical nemeses like Radio & Weasel’s Bread & Butter who he has recently made up with, then Bebe Cool’s Kasepiki and Bobi Wine’s Wendi. He walked his fans through his musical journey that spans over 15 years. One of the outstanding highlights was his stage entry, dressed as an astronaut.

Battle of Champions – Bebe Cool vs Goodlyfe

After four years of a war of words, both verbally and in songs, Bebe Cool and Goodlyfe took to the stage to determine the winner in what was dubbed the ‘Battle of Champions’ music show.
They attracted a full house and the artistes proved to each other that they are have good stage presence to attract the numbers in terms of fans. This was all at Kyadondo Rugby Club.
After the battle, the subsequent news was that both Bebe Cool and Goodlyfe made up, putting their differences behind them and are now friends. In fact they were live in concert, together, on Boxing Day at Kiwatule Recreation Centre.

Konshens and Alaine

In August, Jamaica stars Alaine and Konshens were in Kampala. This was at Lugogo Cricket Oval where the two artistes put up performances. However, before each took to the stage, it was a bad experience for the revellers accessing the grounds. There was commotion as organisers and the security failed to manage entrances to the venue.

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