Saturday was a day worth remembering for lovers of ‘good music’ across East Africa as the award winning Kenyan band Sauti Sol rocked Kampala. The quartet (Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and guitarist Polycarp Otieno) performing for the first time in Uganda, were eagerly awaited as the anticipation reached boiling point with fans getting impatient at the Kampala Serena Hotel
Matters were made worse as organizers kept the jittery fans waiting with curtain raisers who dragged their performances unnecessarily longer. Maurce Kirya in particular was the guilty star who became a victim of abuses and boos because he hanged on too long on stage and got the audience irritated as some shouted ‘We want Sauti Sol’ while others chanted BET winner Eddy Kenzo’s name perhaps to pass a message across that he is now the ‘big bull’ in the music kraal.
Although there was a slight delay at the beginning of the event, the curtain raisers did a commendable job with RnB stars like Michael Ross and Allan Toniks surprising the audience with good performances characterized with energetic dance moves.
It was however 90’s outfit Swahili Nation who got the crowd charged and emotional as they did some of their old school classic music. The full house crowd joined them in singing some of the top songs like Pole, Hakuna Matata, Gansta love, So hot, dancing with somebody and many more word for word. Crowd favorite Charlie King (Real names Charles Todwong) who has sang with the UK based boys for a long time now pulled some serious melodies that got the crowd groovy.
And after a long delay that got the MCs in trouble with the fans, the long awaited moment came as Sauti Sol finally entered stage and straight away kicked off their one-and-half non-stop performances with songs like like ‘Still the One’, Awinja, ’Coming Home’ ‘Money Lover’, ‘Nishike’
When the group had a chance to interact with the crowd, lead singer Baraza said they had come to Kampala to get wives as Ugandan girls are very beautiful and lovely. However, the touching song ‘Nerea’ that is against abortion got many people teary as they sang along with Polycarp Otieno plucking the magical tunes on his guitar.
The crowd then joined the Sura Yako dance craze with the crew showing them the simple steps as they followed about three times till when the show close to 1:30AM when they closed.
All in all, it was a superb performance from the group worth the hype and money as magnificent stage coordination, costume and vocals all on point complimented by their creative ’Utake’ dance moves that left the fans looking satisfied. Check out the photos below