Dancehall and Reggae artiste Apass was at his comic best mixing humour and live music performances at the Roast and Rhyme Reggae edition yesterday.
Apass, real name Alexander Bagonza was one of the headlining artistes for the first edition of this year’s series of Roast and Rhyme picnic parties held at Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo.
Known for his wild dancehall tunes and social media comedy, Apass who refers to himself as ‘Teacher’ decided to commence a class session at the shores of Lake Victoria as Reggae lovers danced and laughed at the same time to his jokes. He kept ‘lecturing ‘them with the help of his ‘assistant’ a sexy queen dancer whose body parts were always in constant rebellion working at different intervals.
She would shake one bum while the other stays fixed in the same position as the boobs defy the law of gravity in a one-two combination to the delight of the excited revelers. All this as the boss teacher kept appreciating her for a good job done in the ‘booty class’ while ticking off songs from the play list.
Dressed in a bright lime green beach costume, the very flexible dancer showcased weird dance moves and even climbed very high on the frames that support the stage to dance and display more skills of part movements to the amazement of the crowd.
With an extravagant line up of block buster hits, the lanky singer made a selection of his top hits and served them red-hot Reggae style as backed by the ever reliant and vibrant Janzi band.
Songs like ‘Tuliku Bigere, ‘Wuuyo’, Chupa Ku Chupa , Nkwagala ‘Didadada’among others and ended with the latest ’Guli Wano’ before ushering in African boy Aya Baas John Bloq.
Although his stage presence has often been questioned by his critics, Blaq made up with his rich deep voice that easily penetrated into the thick crowd vibrating like a lions roar in the jungle. It forced a few giggles and wriggles here and there among the skimpily dressed slay queens at the front who have become the trade mark of this event.
With little or no time, Blaq went straight to business and only performed his popular songs like ‘Obubadi’, ‘Do Dat’ ‘Tukwatagane’ and ‘Romantic’ still with full back-up support from Janzi Band before welcoming Emperor Orlando who turned back the clock with ‘Sirika Yo Baby’ and ‘Nankonkona’ bringing back some sweet memories form 90’s.
Janzi Band finally got their space to do what they do best; spraying music from across the globe in record speed covering almost all genres. And boy they make it look so easy.
As usual, this edition was also well attended and Swangz Avenue the organisers of the event were on point with their lineup and stage settings, at least going by the crowd’s response. The icing on the cake was the ‘unveiling’ of their new talent Azaawi who also showcased her vocal abilities with a live band.
Azaawi’s song ‘Quinamino’ has already received a massive airplay and was appreciated by the crowd. She surely is one for the future that Swangz has to nurture and guard jealously.
Roast and Rhyme which is sponsored by Bell Jamz returns on June 2nd 2020 and Chano8 as usual will keep you updated.