Douglas Lwanga’s TV career has grown steadily from his days at Record TV (Katogo) to where he is right now – NTV’s The Beat.
The same can be said of the event he put together three years ago to celebrate Ugandan music, musicians and fans. The third edition of the Purple Party took place on Saturday evening at Club Venom in Kabalagala.
It was a great move to shift the location from Bull Dog in Wandegeya to a better venue, since this is the party that closes the year happening the Saturday after Christmas.
The numbers that turned up on Saturday showed that even the side of Venom known as Beach Bar is not enough for the numbers this gig attracts. It was full house, again. The venue had been partitioned, but the regular section was full by midnight and the VIP side had only a few seats left.
By then, only the upcoming musicians had performed. That is expected for an event that attracts an endless list of Uganda’s musicians from the top names such as Bebe Cool to the lost ones like Bella or K.S Alpha and the little-known ones that do not really mention their names well enough for the crowd to remember.
The red carpet event did not have the popular faces you meet at events if you are a regular, but they tried their best to fit in the day’s dress code -purple. Others chose to stand out and really stuck out like sore thumbs. For example, Robin Kisti arrived in a white and black dress, Zuena wore a little pink number, while basketball player Flavia Oketcho thought she was going to the all-black-party.
Gospel singers Levixone Lala and Daisy Ejang who arrived hand-in-hand rocked on that red carpet, while Ahumuza Bryan took things a notch higher by tinting his hair purple.
The stage moments worth remembering were Bebe Cool’s performance, after which Lwanga stepped in to appreciate the support. Then came Bobi Wine, Ziza Bafana and Aziz Azion among others. Around 3am, the party relocated from the Beach Bar to inside the club and went on till morning.
Source : The Observer