YKee Benda finally receives blessings and his prayers were finally answered as ‘Singa Concert’ doesn’t flop as predicted by many so called music analysts.
After close to four months of intense pressure emanating from the rigors of organizing a concert; which involves search for sponsorship, rehearsals, publicity and ticket sales, a completely worn out Ykee Benda was finally relieved after his concert got the much-sort event crowd last night at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Ykee Benda real names Tugume Wycliffe, seemed to have bitten more than he could chew when he announced last November that he would be hosting his maiden concert dubbed ‘Singa Concert’ at Kampala Serena Hotel. His critics immediately jumped on the ‘it will flop’ band wagon basing on the fact that he is still young in the filed for only for the budding Chemical Engineer, only to prove them wrong last night “Because I had a dream and pursued it” as put in his own words.
Coming from a religious background, Benda dedicated all his preparations for the event to God where he even announced publically that he would abstain from sex and also refrain from so many ‘earthly acts’. He recently crowned it with a prayer session organized by his family and friends just a few days to D-Day.
He personally moved door to door drumming up hype for the concert as he tried to sell VIP tables and tickets to the event. He was constantly updating followers on social media and even engaged in scuffles with some particularly fellow artiste APass although the fight ended after he apologized just 3 days to the event.
So when D-Day arrived yesterday, all was set and he had done his part and with his belief and faith left the rest to the almighty.
So, after receiving back stage updates from his team that, Sereena conference Hall was almost full to capacity, a delighted Benda then emerged on stage at about 9:00pm dressed in all-white attire accompanied by dancers dressed in matching attire as he started it off with ‘Onabaayo’ and then the original ‘Farmer.’
However, the ‘Kireka Boy’ as he affectionately refers to himself, was overcome by emotions and constantly broke down into tears as he could not hold back his excitement and spent most of the time ‘thanking God and everyone else who made it possible’ for the event to succeed.
He was shortly joined by the ‘Smallest Rapper’ Feffe Bussi who gave him a breather to get composed again. The king of free style did not disappoint as he did his thing going about the business with the smoothness of a snake as he glided among the revelers picking a few common personalities along the way and throwing in one or two hilarious lines.
Katikiro of Buganda Owek Charles Peter Mayiga who was the chief guest did not survive the rapper’s light jibes as did Gagamel boss Bebe Cool, Lydia Jasmine Rajeev Rupareia and a few recognizable names in the crowd.
After this frenzied session, Benda returns, dressed as an Angle with wings to symbolize his take off stage where he is now flying after following his dreams. “This represents imperfection and hard work. It means you can achieve your dreams when you work for them. I dedicate this to my father who believed in me” He said before singing ‘Mama’ on bended knees for his dear mother.
This emotional moment was crowned when he joined them at the VIP table and gave them a warm embrace hugging them tightly as more tears streamed off his cheeks.
After performing a combination of slow songs like ‘Angel’, ‘Diana’ and ‘Superman’ Rema Namakula joined in for ‘Whistle’ before concluding this session done on bar stools with ‘Touch My Body’
The next session was of Raggae dedicated to the late Moze Radio where Benda sang some of the late’s songs followed by covers from Bob Marley. Although he seemed to struggle with this genre on the vocals, his artificial dreadlocks complimented the theme well though.
It was now time to go back to the roots as Benda emerges like some powerful African king carried shoulder high on a ‘Royal Seat’ by mugged guards as he performs some cultural dances accompanied by waist-wriggling girls before acknowledging his sponsors and singing the concert theme song ‘Singa’ in an Afro-soul rhythm as Joseph Sax who had just completed a breath-taking Afro-Jazz session with Mycho Ouma added in the Jazz touches.
By this time the fatigue had taken its toll on the young musician who kept on going though because he hadn’t performed his hit songs and yet it was way past midnight. He shouldered on just like the Gladiator he turned into and concluded with songs like ‘Muna Kampala’, ‘Amina’, ‘Eva’, ‘Kwiso Bando’ and ‘Happy people’ before bidding farewell at exactly 1AM.
Just like the impressive costume department, Steve Jean had done a good job with production and other acts like the sooth Ray, Afrie, Spring Gents and Gospel singer Levixone brought in some much-needed energy at the end to help out the tiring YKee Bender a man so tender.