Many Jazz and music lovers will remember Saturday 8th of October as legendary English reggae musician, Maxi Priest lived up to the pre-event hype when he put up a memorable performance at the 9th Annual Nile Gold Jazz & Soul Safari held the Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The show which was being held at the Cricket Oval for the first time attracted a mammoth crowd and kicked off as early as 6:00PM. Revellers received free bottles of Nile Gold at the entrance and and the party got started with some DJ Mixes as the partiers settled down.
It was Afrigo band’s Moses Matovu who alongside Saxophonist Michael Kitanda and Tonny Senkebejje who kicked off the liev performances with the new session introduced for local talent. This was epic as they performed their classic songs that got the crowd grooving. Lilian Mbabazi representing the ‘new generation also joined them as they performed “Empissa Zzo” and many in the crowd sang along when Lilian did ‘Vitamin’
When that particular session was done, it was now time for Jazz as Jackiem Joyner and Lin Roundtree produced some magical combinations with the saxophone and trumpet respectively. With the Jazz fun base growing every year, even the appreciation of Jazz music evidently is growing too.
However the movement of the night arrived at about 10:30 some delay as the crowd patiently waited for Maxi Priest to step on stage. Some were already chanting Maxi Maxi, Maxi and their call was answered as the legenday record chat topper finally stepped on stage dressed in a colourful combination of blue shirt, sleeveless coat and shorts with a red hat and red shoes. He took the crowd down memory lane with classic hits ”, “Close To You”, “House Call”, “If I Gave My Heart To You”, “Crazy love’ “Wild World. ”, “Holiday” and “A Little Bit Longer as the fans could not resist the urge to dance. They stayed on their feet most of the time and sang along.
The 9th edition of Nile Gold Jazz and Soul Safari which was sponsored by Nile Gold, Jazz FM, KLM, Sheraton Hotel, NBS Tv among others, then closed at a few minutes to 1:00am with many still yearning for more.