By Kalungi Kabuye
There were some people who did not think that Juliana Kanyomozi would pull off her concert on Friday. There were many things against her: she had not had a show for almost six years. She also had not had a major hit for all that time; and her concert was not that well promoted, going by Kampala standards.
But all those fears were thrown out of the window when she took to the stage at about 8:30pm Friday night. There were no preamble, so curtain raiser, and no Emcee foaming at the mouth trying to keep the crowd’s attention while the main artists was doing whatever they do backstage before they come on stage hours later.
The lights went out, the keyboard struck a note, and there was Juliana centre stage going straight into her hit Nabikoowa. Right from that moment the crowd was on its feet, and they almost did not sit down the entire two and half hours of the show. She had them from hello, as it is said, and she did not let them go for a single minute.
There had been other fears that people, apart from a few die-hards, had forgotten about Juliana, and that sh100,000 was too high for a local musician, but they forgot to tell the thousands that packed Serena’s Victoria Hall. Even the rarely used gallery as overflowing with people.
She went through the whole repertoire of her songs, and had a few gust artists along, including Moses Matovu, with whom she did the duet Guttuke. Myko Ouma, who seems to be everywhere these days, also had his moment and showed his loyal following is growing by the day.
There was no let-up in the tempo, even when Juliana went to change, which she did three times. The gaps were well filled with Ouma and Brian Mugenyi, a saxophonist prodigy of sorts.
She may not have had a concert for six years, but Juliana has not lost any of her magic; if at all she has raised the level a notch higher than the local concerts we are used to. We only hope not to wait six years before she has another concert.