The talk of town in the music industry has been on Eddy Kenzo ever since he brought home the BET International Viewer’s Choice award and this prompted him to bring forward is Mbilo Mbilo concert which was initially scheduled for end of September.
The hype has been building and last night was the day of reckoning as Uganda’s ‘International artiste’ was to finally gauge his stand among the elites of the trade at home having tasted success on the continental and global scene with tours all over the world.
There were huge expectations from the local community and media fraternity as evidenced by the presence of the big number of journalists both local and foreign who came to witness the break through artiste who has made history by being the first winner of the BET(Category) he won in East Africa.
And also as expected, there were a big number of fans who turned up from different parts of the world including local celebrities, socialites corporate and Big Talent followers with U.S Ambassador to Uganda Scott H. DeLisi leading a huge contingent of excited American fans who danced throughout the concert.
The attendance was good though parts of the Parking yard remained empty and most fans kept time as the gates were already cleared by 8:30Pm. And with curtain raisers taking to stage to warm up the floor, Airtel Uganda who are the official sponsors of the Mbili Mbilo concert took time off to give out some freebies and announced Kenzo as their official Brand Ambassador for all upcoming projects and campaigns.
Kenzo dressed in White and Gold then hit the stage at around 10.00pm backed up by a live band that also had talented Congolese-born guitar maestro Charmant Mushaga in the mix churning some impressive tunes in the lead role.
He started his performance with an introduction tune and ‘Be Happy’ before doing songs like ‘Zivuga’, ‘Sole na Ngatto’ ,’Kaserengeto’ and ’So lovely’ among others in the first session.
He then did songs like ‘Numbe’, ‘Zoom Zoom’,’ Kirikiri dance’, ‘Tonkoya’, ‘Superpower’, ‘Sumbusa and ‘Bolingo’ in second session as things got heated up in the third session where Kenzo was joined on stage by his lively dancers and the Ghetto kids who excited the crowd.
By the time Kenzo came back on stage after a break, artistes like Khalifa Aganaga, Gravitty Omittujju and King Saha had joined in the fun with a few performances of their own after which Kenya’s Amani and Tanzania’s Ommy Dimpoz joined Kenzo on stage in an East Africa-connect to sing ‘Sina Makosa’ which has become some kind of East African anthem.
Kenzo then did some of his most popular and recent songs like ‘Stress free’, ‘Ogenda Kunziza’, ‘Maria Rosa’, ‘Kamungulize’, ‘Zigido’ and ‘Stamina’ after which his baby Mama Rema came on stage with queen dancers.
“I would like to thank everyone for turning up for the concert. Thank you for supporting Tata Aamal” she said at the end of her performance.
Ghetto president Bobi Wine then sent the crowd into an overdose of ecstasy when he stepped on stage with vice president Nubian Lee and claimed he saw Kenzo grow up from having one shirt and one pair of shoes to an international superstar.
Kenzo then concluded his performances with ‘Shake your body’, ‘Mbuuza’, ‘Nze Asinga’, ’Nice and Lovely’, ‘Jambole’, block buster hit song ‘Sitya loss’ and the concert theme song ‘Mbilo Mbilo’ before closing a few minutes past midnight.