The Roast And Rhyme is slowly taking over the outdoor events with a picnic set-ups as the number of revellers keep growing each edition. Something also witnessed in the 5th edition dubbed Souls on Strings that happened yesterday at the usual home at Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo Kampala.
However, top on the agenda of the event’s program list is always unearthing and nurturing musical talent, something they have done consistently and fairly well as they gained experience along the way. Artistes like Kaz Kasozi, Mighty San and Kenneth Mugabi among others have benefited along the way.
Last night was not different as Mercy Bero and the Urban Culture were given an opportunity to showcase what they got and did quite well with Mercy particularly impressive as she belted some covers and even her own original compositions with natural ease like a real star. She is surely one for the future if Swangz Avenue the organisers of the event keep tabs with her.
The Urban Culture led by Josh were not too bad as well as they energetically rolled off their Reggae vibes to the delight of the audience that seems to grow by the day.
As usual, while the Slay queens sauntered in the venue glad in their colourful picnic-themed outfits complete with large hats and sun glasses, the air along the Lake Victoria shores was always filled with roast and friend Nyama Choma with the vendors busy trying to beat the time for performances to kickoff in the hot October sun.
As new talent was being unearthed, another ‘lost’ one was being revived in the form of veteran singer Kabuye Semboga who got the crowd grooving with some classics as the fans got on their feet singing and dancing. He did some of his popular songs like ‘Onyambanga’, ‘Fahima’ and Ebisaanyi in which Bruno K one of the new talented kids on the block joined him on stage to performa together .
As the parents and adults were having a blast with the performances, roasting or shopping in the newly introduced market at the beach, the kids were enjoying and having their own fun in their play area with a variety of games and camel rides.
Kiovani Kiyingi and Janzi Band leader James Sewa did some rare instrumental compositions before the likes of Myco Ouma, Steve Keys, Janzi Band and Maurice Kirya rounded the evening’s performances with a mixture of vigour and valour at the event sponsored by Bell Lager, Coca Cola and Radio City among others.