The Club Mega Fest that took place at Namboole stadium Saturday was announced the ‘biggest concert of the year’ by Club beer, the sponsors of the event.
And it may be a while before we see the crowds that thronged to Namboole – for a music show. Club beer had flown in Shaggy, Burna Boy, Patra and South African duo Mafikizolo, promising to have them on stage.
However, this ‘biggest concert’ turned out to be otherwise. Though the Kampala party animals had been eager with ear-to-ear smiles all along, getting to Namboole stadium that Saturday was different. First, getting to the VIP parking lot was a sort of cat-and-mouse game and many people actually went home because of being trounced around by police officers.
NTV’s Edwin Katamba aka MC Kats did a good job hyping up the crowd and getting them dancing. But music was the reason the patrons were here in their thousands and, despite the hitches outside, party eventually got underway. The local artistes did well enough.
Big Eye got the crowd off its feet and onto the pitch with his Physically Fit hit. Maro had an awesome performance doing Am Not A Star, Mubbi Bubbi and Kyokoba. Khalifa AgaNaga rocked the crowd as well with his Ndabirawa. Cindy came on with Amateeka and Selecta. Golden band entertained with the key acts Maureen Nantume, Stecia Mayanja, Catherine Kusasira, Ronald Mayinja and Mesach Ssemakula, giving the fans value for their money. Raga Dee showed that he is relevant in the industry and his well-choreographed performance was amazing.
Gravity Omutujju did his Winner single. Pallaso and Sheebah showed why they are the artistes that are rocking 2014 with their collabo Go Down Low and Mudongo. Fille also gave the crowd a short performance. Bebe Cool with his Gagamel band did the best job performing most of his hit singles. Comedians Salvado and Aleku came onstage when the crowd was already tired due to the constant delays.
But the real big attraction were international acts they were the real reason people paid money to be at Namboole when it was not the Uganda Cranes on show.
Backstage had its share of drama, with hardly any floor manager to align the performers. But trust Ugandans to have a party regardless. They did warm up to Patra, who was the first on stage.
At 42, she came donned in a see-through dress that left nothing to imagination. She just gave the crowd 15 minutes and went off. It was past midnight when Shaggy came onstage. It may have taken a bit of time to set up for him but he rocked the crowd through his hit songs of the last 15 years.
Some of the other artistes were not very impressed. Burna Boy threatened not to go onstage. After lengthy convincing, he did, but the crowd was tired, being in the wee hours of the morning. As for Mafikizolo, they complained that they ‘couldn’t handle such unprofessionalism’ and refused to take to the stage.
The crowd might have missed them, but they probably missed being part of the biggest concert of the year.
Source : The Observer