Twaweza Makes Mbale Stop

It was work as usual, but there was a new bounce in many steps as patrons geared up for the Twaweza Ni Sisi concert at Indian Jam. Twaweza is Kiswahili for “we are able” while Ni Sisi means “it is us”. According to their programme officer Deus Mukalazi, “We are different from NGOs and our enterprise is to have people make the change themselves”.

The 10-year-old citizen initiative focuses on large scale change in East Africa. The organization also thought that the best way to get their message to the people was by using musicians as their ambassadors. They started their tour in Masaka last week, then Mbarara and Mbale was the next stop.

As a way of attracting many people to the event, the concerts are free of charge. Fenon Records handled the production and they have cemented themselves as a power house in event management and execution. The stage was wonderfully lit with LCD screens, and the more the sound blazed, the more fans trekked in.

Despite an earlier downpour, the fans came in big numbers and comedian Kekele opened the show. He cracked up the crowd and to my surprise, he was fluent in Lugishu. Gravity Omutujju came on stage amid cheers from the crowd, doing some of his newer songs, although he was given a short time on stage.

Rocky Giant showed that he still had what it takes, with his song, Nkyalimu. Big Music president, Big Eye, struggled to cheer up the crowd, but it loved Irene Ntale and her Love Letter and Politricks.

It was the last acts, however, that really had the crowd grooving Santana with his hit single Oyogera Bubi, Vampino with Siika and Coco Finger with My Miss. The tour continues to Lira this Friday and winds up in Kampala at kabaka’s beach Munyonyo, on March 30.

Source : The Observer

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