The enormous popularity of local artistes was evident at Masaka Recreation Grounds on Sunday.
Nile Special and MTN put together a music festival entitled Tunakesa (over-night gala) featuring Eagleâ€™s Production and other top singers.
Although the show was supposed to kick off at 4:30pm, the commotion started way before 12:00 noon.
Thousands of fans pushed and agitatedly tugged at each other while fighting for tickets. The stadium was filled to capacity by about 25,000 fans.
Although Eagleâ€™s Production members are not known for energetic performances (the type calculated to work up audiences), the magic in their lyrics does it all.
After a few performances, Ronald Mayinja (who pulled off quite some show-stopping dance moves) leapt on stage. From the thunderous applause that greeted him, it was easy to tell the crowd was already charged.
After Obasinga Nyo and Doreen, the crowd could not hold it any longer.
They surged forth and everything went haywire! It took a lot of prompting from the singer and the Police to restore order. Amid the stampede, people fainted and babies had to be tossed up on the stage to survive!
Messarch Semakula and Paulo Kafeero, who spent the longest time on stage, were the stars of the night.
Kafeero greatly excited the crowd. From Akasanke through to Dipo Nazigala, the audience was truly captivated.
Semakula was greeted with hysterical shrieks and launched straight into Abantu Bekengere.
His performance of Kankutendereze, the immensely popular new Gospel song was also dramatic. He had everyone down on their knees waving in exaltation of the Almighty.
Through Tukwegomba Bangi, Kulika Baby, Abakazi Abaguma, Yesimye to Onsulirira Nyo, Sigweâ€™Onsimira was by far the crowd favourite.
Haruna Mubiru, Geoffrey Lutaaya, Fred Serugga, Catherine Kusasira, Irene Namatovu, Abdul Mulaasi and members of Kulabako Guitar Singers also performed.
The only snag was that Jose Chameleone did not show up as had been expected. Fortunately there no complaints from the crowd.
Eagleâ€™s Production fans faint at show in Masaka