Dancehall star Sean Paul rocks Kampala

Monday November 12 2012

Sean Paul performs backed up by one of his queen dancers.

Sean Paul performs backed up by one of his queen dancers. PHOTO BY EDDIOE CHICCO 

By Isaac Ssejjombwe

Despite the heavy down pour prior to the concert, Jamaican born-US based artist Sean Paul lived to the expectation of many music lovers that attended his concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval last Friday evening.

Many had predicted that the concert would end up being another flop just like Sisqo’s show but the spell was broken by the mammoth crowd that graced the She doesn’t mind singer’s concert.Gates were open as early as 3:00pm and by 10:00pm; the general area as well as the VIP gates were still jammed with hundreds of music lovers who wanted to access the show.

Vampino, Moze Radio and Weasel, Young Mulo and Chameleon started off the performances but it was Young Mulo who got the show hyped up as the audience joined him to sing what Emcee Kats crowned the best song this year Tebakusobola.

Apart from excitement from Young Mulo’s performance, the crowd was amply warmed up by the disc master DJ Shiru alongside Mcees Kats, Salvado and Ntv’s Robin Kisti.
Sean Paul, clad in a black leather jacket, black shirt, black jeans, black sneakers with a white stripe and black shades took to the stage at 10:45pm and fired up the cold night with his popular hits as the crowd screamed ecstatically.

His line up began with songs like Get busy, Give it up to me, Got to love you, How Deep is your love in which he features Kelly Rowland, Gimme the Light, Make it clap, Like Glue, We be Burning, Hold on, Sexy Ponkey, No woman no Cry, Never Gonna be the Same Again, Ever Blazing, Hold my Hand, She doesn’t Mind among others and wrapped up with Temperature, which he did twice to people’s satisfaction.

Unlike his previous visits to Uganda back then, Sean Paul this time round travelled with his own band, backup singers, DJ and dancers. Sean Paul was on stage for one hour and 15 minutes and did most of his tracks, especially those familiar to his fans.
It was different from the usual international artistes performances that last 30 minutes and leave out songs that the crowd is acquainted to.

However, during the show Sean Paul came off as merely a musician and not a performer neither an entertainer. He went through his songs like he was reading through a manuscript. He didn’t interact with the audience, a thing that other artistes, especially Jamaicans do.

Silk Events also contributed to the lows of the concert as their sound was out of proportion throughout the entire concert. But none the less, like the Ugandans we are when it is party time, we do have fun no matter the circumstances.

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