Last Friday, The Ebonies treated their guests to a red-carpet affair as they premiered their new production, Amaanyi G’omuhabati, at their home Theatre La Bonita.
Guests, included the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Prince David Wasajja, Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, Juma Seiko and Mukasa Mbidde, among others, had the feel of the cool reception.
Part of the road was blocked to give the guests a VIP treatment as The Ebonies stars arrived in ‘customised’ cars escorted by bikers and dancers. When it got to the stage, fans were treated to a whole new generation of songs composed by the drama group.
Backed by a live band, The Ebonies belted out songs such as Manvuuli, Nimechoka, Operation Ngambo, Busy Bee, My Story and Maama Yo, among others. These were performed by the group’s seasoned stars as well as the new generation of vocalists such as Hil D, Nico Jay, Charlotte Kalungi and Little P.
Among the seasoned stars were Sam Bagenda [Dr Bbosa], Fauziah Nakiboneka, Paul Jjingo, Juliet Underwood Kalema, Nsubuga Mayombwe, Haddy Sengo, Charles Muluuta, Victoria Nakabuye, David Kute, Mariam Bukenya, Bison Katantazi, Jordan Lukenge, Ryan Kaliisa and Zahara Ndagga, who amazed the audience with their drama skills and vocal ability.
The play rotates around people and how they treat their lovers. It is a cocktail of music, dance and drama, and it is probably The Ebonies’ best production ever.
“The time invested in its production and rehearsals make it the best play we have produced of recent,” said Bagenda.
“Little girls fall for looks and swagg, bitches fall for money, and real women fall for love and loyalty. So, if you wanna know what your woman fell for, come and see it in our new production Amaanyi G’omuhabati.”
For Jjingo, The Ebonies doing music alongside drama is nothing strange.
“As a matter of fact, The Ebonies kicked off as a music ensemble and revolutionised live band music in Uganda, over thirty years ago and later added drama on the menu,” he said, citing their previous productions such as That’s Life Mwattu, Bibaawo, A la Carte, Kyekyo, Life Kyeki and OMG, among others.
The play is still running throughout the Easter holidays.
Source : The Observer