It is now written in history that ‘musician Bebe Cool became the first local artiste to host the Head of State at a concert‘. Yes, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni finally fulfilled his promise and attended self-proclaimed music Big Size’s long awaited ‘Golden Heart Concert’ that took place at Kololo Airstrip last Friday the 3rd of August.
Amid tight security, Mr Museveni stepped in at a few minutes to midnight in the middle of Bebe Cool’s performance (he was performing his banger titled ‘Kabulengane’ to be exact). This was followed by the playing of the national and East African anthems and later Bebe resumed performing
The charity concert which was aimed at raising funds to fly out 5 children to India for special treatment was well attended and to be honest, the crowd we saw at Kololo was not going to fit in Serena Hotel’s Victoria Hall which is the reason he shifted his concert to the spacious Kololo
Kicking off his performance at exactly 14 minutes past 10 PM, Bebe started off his energetic performance with songs like ‘Ki Ekiganye’, ‘Ndi Wuwo’, ‘Batidemu’, ‘Nananana’, ‘18 and Over’, ‘Nasalawo’ alongside long-time friend and singer Chizo, ‘I Do’, ‘Tofayo’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Love you Every day’, leaving the stage for his son Allan Hendrick who was followed by Fik Fameica as he took a short break
He came back in second round with ‘Bampangula’,‘Bogolako’, ‘Coccidiosis’ ‘Tomalira Budde’, ‘Cuss Cuss’ ‘Kasepiki’ and as he perfomed ‘Kabulengane’, the president stepped in . The crowd’s attention first shifted to Museveni’s arrival but later Bebe resumed with ‘Go Mama’ and re did ‘Kabulengane’ alongside Kiganda culture dancers with whom he danced with as the crowd cheered him on
This session was followed with the president’s address. He took to the platform to talk to the excited crowd and in his speech, he admitted that he loves Bebe Cool music
“I love Ugandan musicians especially Bebe Cool because they are preserving our cultures through their cultural songs. In fact I would like the western worlds to embrace these songs,” Mr Museveni said
Ragga artiste Dj Micheal was also given stage to showcase before Bebe did his last round that saw him perform songs that that excited the crowd the more with songs like ‘Fire Anthem’, ‘Azina Aseka’, one more touch, ‘Want It’, ‘Mbozi Zamalwa’, ‘Katono’ and finally ‘Up and Whine’.
Bebe Cool however broke the Kampala City Council’s rule of all outdoor events to end by midnight. The concert ended at 2 AM but this could be because the chief guest was Museveni
All in all, the concert was a success, as all the Ug Shs 5 million tables were all occupied. There just a few seats which were unoccupied in the ordinary section where revellers were paying 100,000