Last Saturday was yet another historical moment for Uganda’s best and oldest band Afrigo when Kenyan former Prime Minister and seasoned politician Raila Odinga made a guest appearance at their Royal Ball concert which took place at Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Ball Room on Saturday.
Although the Kabaka of Buganda was expected as chief guest, he did not make it to the show and was represented by the Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga who was accompanied by his counterpart from Busoga, Dr. Joseph Muvawala Nsekera and other members of the royal family. Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Mrs. Nakiwala Florence Kiyingi was also in attendance alongside other government dignitaries.
The Katikiro delivered the Kabaka’s message to the excited crowd and thanked Afrigo for being good examples to the Ugandan people by their professionalism in the 41 years of music. He said the Kabaka was very happy for Afrigo for showing resilience, hard work and discipline in the work.
However, the flamboyant former Kenyan Prime Minister stole the Uganda Waragi-sponsored show when he was introduced deep in the show as one of Afrigo band’s long time diehard fans and supporter from Kenya. He alongside Tanzanian businessman Jackson Pemba were invited on stage to receive a bouquet of flowers and greet the revellers who had turned up in big numbers for the royal do.
He thanked Afrigo for doing good music and staying focussed and consistent for all these years.
““I asked my friend (Mike Mukula) to show me the Kampala by night and here I am. When we were young, Uganda used to be the best happening place in the region. Many people came to party in Uganda and have fan before the period of war changed things.. Those were the times i fell in love with Afrigo and since then i have never forgotten the band. Please keep it up” Raila speaking in a mixture of Kiswahili and English said to the cheering crowd.
Afrigo band led by veteran Moses Matovu now celebrating over 41 years in the music industry, put up a lively and colourful performance playing a mixture of their old and recent songs as well as displaying continuity by giving a chance to the young talents in Rude Boy Devo and Eddie Yawe. Most of the dignitaries including the Katikiro danced and mingled freely with other guests.
The fans cheered and danced throughout as the likes of Moses Matovu, Joanita Kawalya, Rachael Magoola and Herman Ssewanyana among others did their thing.