White Party Versus Arab Money

December is usually party packed, with Ugandans in the diaspora back home on a spending spree. And last week, there were several of these parties around town.

Among them was South Africa-based Ivan Ssemwanga, Chuni and King Lawrence’s homecoming code-named “Rich Gang in Town”, which was held at Club Rouge.

But most eyes were on socialites Zarinah Tlale alias Zari’s “All White Party” at Guvnor and Judith Heard alongside her friend Sue Ochola’s “Arab Money Party” at Cayenne. It was the much- anticipated battle of the titans because these sisters have had their own battles over almost everything in life.

With a sex tape that got Kampala talking for weeks, Zari shipped in Tanzania’s award- winning artiste Diamond. And it worked miracles for her because it was a full house. Singer Jose Chameleone, who earlier in the day had the “One Million One Man” concert at the Kampala Serena hotel, shunned Heard’s party, choosing to instead attend Zari’s.

And so did most of Chameleone’s guests, who had turned up at the concert clad in white, a sign that they were headed for the white party thereafter. Heard and Ochola on the other hand felt the pinch of holding their party on a day which had four other well-publicised shows.

The party was poorly attended, attracting some upcoming artistes who were dressed to emulate the Arab rich. In one corner, you would bump into Atlas De African, who happened to be a birthday boy and on the other Exodus, yes, the born again dude.

For a party where guests paid Shs 70,000, one wondered why the organisers didn’t throw in some music performances in the mix. Ochola, however, argued that the party was designed to be an exclusive event with a unique audience and experience. So, they chose Tina Gabo, a belly dancer from South Africa to entertain guests with her dances, of course, with the help from DJ Ape Man and Kid Afrik from Boston.

Source : The Observer

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