A very wet and chilly weather did not deter revellers as the determined lot still turned up in big numbers for the 10th edition of the Roast And Rhyme picnic on Sunday at Jahazi Pier.
With heavy rains pummeling most of Kampala and neighbouring places earlier on, the Lake shores were one of the most affected as Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo, the venue for the party, was reduced to a combination of sticky mud and free-flowing rain water that left the grass soggy and dump.
However, trust Kampala party animals to show up come rain or shine, as they eventually poured in later in the evening after a very slow start.
On the menu as usual was plenty of Nyama Choma while on stage, were the story tellers narrating their life experiences in musical form supported by sweet melodies from a live band.
At the centre of it all, was veteran singer Jose Chameleone who decided to bring his A game as if to prove a point as a statement to the new generation artistes that he is still a force to reckon with in the industry despite joining politics lately.
Chameleone took the crowd down memory lane with some of his super hits of back then when he was just starting his career, to those that made him a darling in the whole of East Africa for close to 2 decades.
Dressed in a Kitenge suit with multi coloured flowery accessories flowing freely, Chameleone went straight to business unleashing hit after hit that he churned out in successive years from the likes of ‘Mama Mia’, ‘Mama Rhoda’,’ Kipepeo,’ ‘Jamila’, ‘Kuma Obwesigwa’, ‘Dorotia’ among others. Although some of the millennial slay queens had no idea how massive these hits were, they danced all the same.
When Chameleone finally got to some of his more recent songs like ‘Badilisha’, ‘Valu Valu’, ‘Mateeka’ and’ Wale Wale’, the mood was already set.
And talking of mood, Chameleone was joined by his younger brother Weasel for a few of their collaborations with ‘Bomboclat’ driving the crowd to cloud 9 as they sang along and danced like their lives depended on it.
The event organised by Swangz Avenue and sponsored by Bell Jamz takes place thrice a year and presents Ugandans with the opportunity to enjoy lots of meat and drinks while they enjoy live music by the lakeside along the banks of Late Victoria in Munyonyo.
The event also presents a platform for talented young Ugandan artists to showcase their work while giving a chance for veterans whose music has taken a down turn to make a comeback.
While commenting about the party, Francis Kirabira, the brand manager for Bell Lager, said, “As you know, Bell Lager is the biggest supporter of Ugandan music and we are beyond honoured and humbled because the people braved the rain and the mud to show support for Ugandan artists. The Bell Jamz platform aims to recognize and support these talented artists and we will continue to provide the very best of musical experiences.”
Before Chameleone rocked, young singers Jiovani Kiyingi , Tamba and Sam Kimera also took to the stage to showcase their wonderful talents, and later, comedian Salvado Idringi held the crowd with plenty of jokes after which he sang a number of reggae songs backed up by the band led by Mycko Ouma and friends.
The surprise act of the night was by Red Banton, who went through most of his great hits like ‘Noonya Money’, with the crowd singing along to every word.
Roast and Rhyme is a picnic-style event held by the shores of Lake Victoria with lots of space for a barbeque underlined by great live music. The event brings together all categories of people, including children, who were catered for with bouncing castles and a camel for rides.