As has always been the norm and promise of Roast and Rhyme to unearth new and old or faded talent, the 6th edition was no different as the organised mixed it up well and on point. The 6th edition dubbed Reggae and Ragga Nyama Fest went down on Sunday at their usual Jahazi Pier home in Munyonyo.
Known for mostly unearthing fresh talent, this time round the organisers surprised fans by bring to life long-forgotten artistes who did not only heighten the excitement as surprise artistes, but also threw in the oomph in the already frenzied crowd by performing exceptionally well.
Although Henry Tigan, Sizzaman and Rabadaba were on the official list of performers announced earlier, it was however completely-forgotten singer Ziggy Dee who got the biggest cheer and reception as he was given an opportunity to wind down the clock back to when this all started with Eno Mic ya Zigggy Dee which was one of East Africa’s best hits of the early 90’s.
A lot has been written about Ziggy Dee’s life outside of music with some sections of media even reporting that he had died in Tanzania. However, the singer who has now faded badly is still loved by his fans and older generation of Ugandan music lovers who were part of his ‘good old days’. He was even requested to re-do ‘Eno Mic’ after sampling ‘suunda’ song as the fans jumped up and down with joy and excitement while the ‘slay queens’ simply twarked on as they displayed their best assets.
Before Ziggy Dee real names Adam Mutyaba made his surprise cameo appearance, another faded star Sizza Man of the ‘Angella’ fame also came back to life with another energetic performance as he went live with popular songs like ‘Angella’,’ Mafaranga’and ‘Lusama’.
“We have always promised to bring you best and also unearth both fresh and also old talent for you to enjoy. Today is testament to this promise and we will continue with this tradition right here at Roast And Rhyme”. Said Swnagz Avenues’ Benon Mugumbya
It was however, Henry Tigan whose come-back looked more powerful as he got the whole crowd dancing and singing along to his old Raggae tunes like Abogezi, Lwaki Oninza, Emilanga and classics Tombadala . From the way Tigan was carrying himself on stage and the reception he got it was clear he still has the juices running inside the now chubby body as fans seem to be know all his songs.
With all the forgotten stars threatening to steal all the shine, the youngsters were not about to give them the chance as they also gave a good account of themselves with Binnie Ganter and Rabadaba in particular representing the Ragga and dancehall artistes with more lively performances.
There was also the emotional moment where Goodlyfe fallen singer Radio was remembered as Janzi band and a selection of singers sang his songs. Other stars who spiced up the event included the Bruno K, Myco Ouma, Qwela Band and Tshaka Mayanja’s Roots Warriors. The event organised by Swangz Avenue returns on July 1st with the Soul on Strings edition.