Qwela Junction Brings the House Down

Not many people dare to hold concerts on Sundays because Kampala party animals usually party on Friday and Saturday, and sleep through Sunday.

But that wasn’t the case for the Qwela band and its ninth edition of the Qwela Junction. Qwela band lined up the best guitarists in the country to showcase their skills Myko Ouma, Ian Busingye, Charmant Mushaga, and Kaz Kasozi were on stage.

Kampala Serena hotel’s Victoria hall was the venue fans kept time, and Qwela kept it simple. Urban TV and former Big Brother contestant Denzel Mwiyeretsi was the MC of the evening and if there were a competition for MCs, he would fare better he kept it simple and let the artistes do their thing.

They all took us back in time with their old tunes, with Charmant strumming the stings best. Not even the fact that Charmant had just stepped off a plane from Abidjan that dampened his mood he was fast, furious and the concert’s maestro.

The show would have been an ordinary one had they not given special attention to the guitar. On one side of the stage, Busingye, Charmant and Kaz stood with their electric guitars and then Ouma blended in with the acoustic guitar.

They challenged one another to cheers from the crowd. Maurice Kirya, who was the guest artiste of the evening, came on towards the climax, armed with a guitar and he performed his new single, Busabala, to the delight of the fans. It is hard to talk about the show’s highlights without mentioning Salome that girl can sing!

Guests at Serena

Her vocal range is simply immaculate and if that performance was a marketing gig for her May 1 show, she already has a full house.

Then there was that Qwela performance with Kenneth Mugabi of Sikyagenda Mugabi is immensely talented. He plays at least three instruments and is also a great vocalist. Not that he steals Joe Kihirimbanyi’s music, but the way his voice weaved in and out of the heavy instrumentation was simply soothing. They then went on to blend – acoustic and bass electronic guitar almost sounding metallic, rock-like stuff.

That Mugabi performance was meant to close the show, but the group gave encores for more than 30 minutes as we refused to budge.

Source : The Observer


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