Congolese rumba maestro General Defao brought back the memories with an energetic performance at the Lingala Night that happened on Friday at Sheraton Hotel Gardens. The music general who is popular for songs like ‘Amour Scolaire,’ ’Sala Noki’, ‘Animation’ and ‘Famille Kikuta’that got people grooving in the 90’s and early 2000’s rocked it once again live as he turned back the clock with a performance to remember.
Despite a low turn up, the acts were in high spirits straight from the DJ mixes by Yannick & DJ Rodriguez and others who kept the stage lively with Lingala music as the revellers streamed in. Most of the sat at the VIP tent enjoying the Congolese music as they sipped drinks and had some bites.
The official evening’s proceedings were kick-started by a fashion show displaying the best of African wear from Congo. The fashion event which was a showcase of Congolese fashion and the Le Sapuers lifestyle – the society of elegant persons of the Congo was by SHOMI Africa Designs & DAX Couture where colourful outfits were displayed by models.
When it was time for the real action, Charmant Mushaga, a Ugandan-based Congolese guitar maestro and singer came on stage with his friends alongside the energetic band. Rogatien Milord then led the singing of the Congolese national anthem with signalled it was action time at around 10.30pm.
He then stepped forward and performed his original composition ‘Trust’ that carries a heavy inspirational message before concluding with Papa Wemba’s ‘Rail on’ in memory of the great Congolese vocalist who passed on last year.
That set the stage for Charmant Mushaga himself who increased the tempo with ‘Zangalewa’ a 1986 hit song which was originally sung by a Makossa group from Cameroon originally named Golden Sounds. The popular tune is mostly used in sports activities for morale boosting and also by bands for marching but Charmant aka Shalma made it his own and spiced it up with his melodic guitar rhythms.
Charmant then concluded his session with ‘Demi Amor’ before paving the way for the man of the night La General Defao who came on stage dressed in all Black and his trade mark bling bling and a red flower headgear. He went straight to business with ‘Animation’ as his voice sounded crisp and fresh just like it was in the 90’s despite his advanced age.
He even outdid himself with the energetic dancing that brought life to the crowd mostly comprising high profile party goers who enjoyed rumba & Zouk music that was very popular in Uganda in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Also present were representatives from the Congolese Embassy in Uganda led by the Congolese Ambassador who could not resist a dance as they showered Defao with cash.
Defao then performed his other popular songs ‘Famille Kiluta’, ‘Mboka ya Diogene’ before taking a break to change into a gangster look and returning with the arguably his biggest song ever ‘Amour Scolaire’ and Madilu Sytem’s ‘Nzele’ and Agence Courage and concluding with ‘Sala Noki’ as the show concluded late in the night.
This particular edition of Lingala Night was specifically dedicated to charity in support of New Beginnings Foundation Ugandans as fans of Congolese music celebrate end of year sponsored by Nile special,SKPR, www.chano8.com, Total Uganda, NBS TV, Events Warehouse, Sheraton Kampala Hote, Rwenzori,Dax Couture among others.