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Lillian Mbabazi’s home-coming

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th March 2011 03:00 AM

FORMER Blu 3 singer Lilian Mbabazi made a memorable comeback when she treated her fans to a free live show at Fuego Restaurant in downtown Kabalagala recently alongside her new band, The Sundowners.

FORMER Blu 3 singer Lilian Mbabazi made a memorable comeback when she treated her fans to a free live show at Fuego Restaurant in downtown Kabalagala recently alongside her new band, The Sundowners.

By Duncan Kushaba
FORMER Blu 3 singer Lilian Mbabazi made a memorable comeback when she treated her fans to a free live show at Fuego Restaurant in downtown Kabalagala recently alongside her new band, The Sundowners.

Meant to be her maiden comeback show from a long maternity leave, she pulled it off without a lilliputian trace of baby stress.

Sponsored by Talent 256, her management team under Aly Alhibai, the show was absolutely startling save for the smoking beauties who puffed on their cigars everywhere and the amorous white folks with their black girls in the dark corners canoodling.

From humble beginnings in Kigali and Kampala’s dusty alleys, Lilian seems to have introduced herself fully as a solo artiste to the vacillating Kampala crowd with mellifluous melodies in Vitamin, her duet with Weasel and her latest Kwaito tune in Kawa.

Her manager, Magaja Kakwanzi, says Lilian is the best vocally gifted female artiste in Uganda as her voice sounded even better live.

The show commenced around 8:00pm with The Sundowners clad in black Kawa T-Shirts playing some of the most dazzling sounds I last heard at a Milege concert.

Band leader and bass guitarist Harry Lwanga got the band in tune with the mostly white crowd that danced along. One Paul was awesome on the keys and Joel, the lead guitarist reminded me of Carlos Santana.

The drummer, Abaasa looked like a member of Nickelback. It is always nice to see a beautiful woman singing and truly Charity and Sheilla, the lead vocalists made my evening. But that was not all, as I caressed my bottle of water, the altruistic and vivacious Lilian stepped on stage.

Lilian started off sampling a couple of songs from Tina Turner like At Last, Indie Arie and Bob Marley which the Sundowners did justice.

She did a few Blu 3 famous hits like Nsanyuka Nawe and the MTVBase chart topper Where You Are which saw rapper Navio jump on stage when Lilian asked who could be her Mowzey Radio.

The One8 superstar gave the song a twist that sounded far much better than the original as he dropped his Raw lyrics therein. People stamped their feet on the green and well kempt gardens like they were paid to.

Then she unleashed her exotic new single produced by Benon of Swangz called So In Love. It was good but not the kind of song that the typical Ugandan music fan will fall in love with. Then came Kawa.

Now this is a song that will get you squirming no matter what. On the album is another song Kankutwale which is fairy nice as well.

I was disappointed though as the show ended without her singing Vitamin. I dare say, Lilian is actually ready for the Ugandan erratic market.

Lillian Mbabazi’s home-coming

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