HIS visit has truly been overdue. Tanzanian Bongo flava crooner Mr. Nice (Lucas Mkenda), 24, was supposed to have been here earlier this year as part of the Obsessionsâ€™ maiden album launch.
His visit has truly been overdue. Tanzanian Bongo flava crooner Mr. Nice (Lucas Mkenda), 24, was supposed to have been here earlier this year as part of the Obsessionsâ€™ maiden album launch. That launch was postponed because, apparently, he could not be here. There was talk of him having been attacked by thugs.
However, now Something Entertainment, a Nairobi-based promotions company, in conjunction with Blue Triple A Ltd, which manages Mr. Nice now promises Ugandans will indeed watch the Tanzanian singer come next month.
The singer is slated to perform in Kampala on May 9 at Nakivubo and on May 10 (at a venue yet to be decided upon). He will also hold a show in Mbarara. The fee has not yet been finalised either.
â€œI have never performed in Uganda but I will definitely give them a great show,â€ Mr. Nice is quoted as saying in a release by Something Entertain-ment.
Geoffrey Opio, a marketing executive for the company in Uganda says the event will coincide with the launch of a new entertainment magazine called The Entertainer, which will dwell on entertainment issues in East Africa. The magazine was launched in Nairobi on February 13 at Safari Park hotels. Jose Chameleone graced the event.
Mr. Niceâ€™s songs, Fagilia and Kidali Po, off his latest album Rafiki, endeared him to many Ugandan music fans and indeed made him a tour de force in East Africa. He is also famous for his new dance style taken from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The dance, which has become a favourite in dance halls throughout the region, is a modification of Congolese dance routines where dancers swing their hips and legs.
Meanwhile, Pidson Kareire writes that Kikulacho, one of the six tracks on his album Rafiki, keeps crowds in nightclubs and other entertainment quarters on their toes. Kikulacho has become a household tune, alongside other tracks on the album like Fagilia, Demu wako, Mbona, Rafiki and first Lady.
The lyrics, Kikulacho Kinguoni Mwakoâ€¦â€¦. Rafiki yako ndiye adui wako unaye kula pamoja naye are a Swahili proverb for; what eats you is within your dress. Meaning the source of your problems is those close to you.
Ali Mwanje of A.K.M Music Centre, Ben Kiwanuka Street in Kampala says Mr. Niceâ€™s Kikulacho is â€œhot stuff. and nice to listen to.
The Swahili singer uses takeu style to spice up his music. His songs have garnered air play on East African Television and Kampalaâ€™s FMs. Its success has something to do with impressionism; the upbeat Swahili style drives fans mad.
Mr. Nice Brings â€˜Fagiliaâ€™