Club Lines Up the Best

The Club beer-powered event will be the first of its kind in Uganda with four renowned international artistes on one stage with top local musicians. Felix Eupal profiles the visiting artistes.

Shaggy

The 46-year-old Jamaican-American reggae fusion singer and DJ is no stranger to Uganda, having performed here twice. Shaggy is best known for his hit singles Bombastic, It Wasn’t Me and Angel. Real name Orville Richard Burrell, Shaggy at the age of 18, moved with his family from Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York.

His first hit in 1993, Oh Carolina, was a dancehall remake of a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers, which appeared in the film Sliver. The same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope’s hip hop album The Unreleased Project. He is much loved in Uganda and his fans never seem to tire of him.

Mafikizolo

The South African group originally consisted of three members Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza and Tebogo Madingoane (who died in a road shooting in 2004). In 1997, they released their first album, and self-titled it as Mafikizolo then their second album called Music Revolution in 1999. In 2000 they had the best-selling album Gate Crashers.

In 2002, they released Sibongile which means “We are thankful” in Zulu, after surviving a motor accident. After this album awards the group won many and started to perform internationally. But on Valentine’s day 2004, Madingoane was shot and killed after a heated argument with another driver in traffic.

After mourning the death of their friend and partner, the remaining duo decided to keep the name of the group. They released three albums Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Six Mabone. After their last album in 2008, the duo decided to go solo. Theo released I Am, as a way of revealing his own identity, while Nhlanhla released two albums, Inguquko (Change), and Lingcinga Zam (My Thoughts).

In 2010, the duo decided to reunite in order to do a continuation to their last album Six Mabone, and to be recognized as their fans have known them to be. In Uganda, they are best-known for their groovy hit, Ndihamba Nawe.

Patra

I am crossing my fingers that despite being 42, Dorothy Smith aka Patra will wear those signature daisy dukes and ‘twerk’ it. She first made an impression on the US charts as a featured singer on the Shabba Ranks song, Family Affair, which reached number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994.

Her discography boasts a number of famous dancehall songs like Worker Man, Romantic Call and Pull Up To The Bumper.

Burna Boy

Everything this 23-year-old Nigerian touches turns to gold. He is what the Americans rappers call “money in the bank”. Real name Damini Ogulu, he grew up in River State, and later relocated to Lagos .

On May 31, 2012, Burna Boy released a single titled Like To Party which saw his rise to prominence. It made him an overnight success, and his latest single Tonight rates him among the most expensive artistes to book in Africa.

Additional reporting from the internet

Source : The Observer

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