Theatre & Cinema
Ebonies thrill in UK, Dubai acts
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
The Ebonies put up a memorable music and drama experience in a production titled Ensabatula. This was the group’s first performance in UK and Dubai in more than 20 years.
“We last held a show in London in 1990, the other visits we have made there were really holiday trips,” Sam Bagenda alias Bbosa, one of the pioneers of the group, explained.
The Ebonies performed alongside performers Bobi Wine, Catherine Kusasira, Ragga Dee and Faridah Walden.
It is in this production that The Ebonies are tracing back their original scripts from way back in the 1970s when they performed live on stage. The outfit, which started out in the 1970s, was originally a musical group.
So, memories are coming alive on stage as the group, with their popular old songs like Twalina Omukwano Negufa to which the deceased star, Jimmy Katumba, owed his fame, capping on his baritone voice as well.
“This is the first time we are performing these songs in a very long time. This show is specially performed for this audience and we are performing it specially for this crowd,” Bagenda added. The group performed at one of the biggest theatres called Royal Regency Theatre, in London Manor Park in East London. This is an area with a big Ugandan audience.
The theatre’s manager, Golden Walker, said the audience The Ebonies attracted was one of the largest recorded.
In attendance were former secretary general in Buganda Kingdom Lukiiko (parliament) Reverend Dan Kimbugwe Kajumba, former vice president Gilbert Baalibaseka Bukenya, among others.
The Ebonies’ second show was in Dubai at The Lodge Hall.
On return, local fans of the group will have a chance to watch this exciting show on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 this month at Theatre La Bonita.