Last Friday found me at Zone 7 in Mbuya for Brian Mugenyi and his ‘Jazzeuphoria’.
Heineken were the title sponsors of the event and they had quite a simple setup a well-lit stage, a VIP section in the gardens, while the rest of the crowd was at the back. Mugenyi was supposed to be with friends and he chose businessman and former LimitX singer Isaac Rucci and comedian Patrick ‘Salvado’ Idringi.
Rucci played host to the show. The saxophonist, clad in a brown jacket with his signature rugged style, concentrated mostly on hits from his Dawn album, which he is set to release next year.
He thrilled fans with his version of Radio and Weasel’s Kuku, which, I must say, even the duo should give him a pat on the back for. Using the same tune, he changed the melody, giving it a more distinct sound. The ladies loved Stop Playing and Tonight.
Then on the rendition of Alicia Keys’ My Boo, he excited the audience by taking the microphone and actually singing.
“People feel much more entertained when they hear you sing so, that is why I had to break the mould and give them a good time. It is all about the versatility of the material,” he told The Observer.
Salvado came on stage but recycled jokes Eric Omondi did at Africa Laughs season II, just the other week. It was Rucci who had the crowd going he took the audience back to the Limit X days, doing J.E.S.U.S, Malaika and I am The Way.
The crowd danced along and next month, the beer makers have lined up Michael Kitanda.
Source : The Observer