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Welcome the year 2006 with pomp

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th December 2005 03:00 AM

It has been a year of eye-opening scenarios, overwhelming feats and invigorating drama. However, it has now come to an end. The big question though is how will the last moments of the year 2005 be celebrated and remembered?

It has been a year of eye-opening scenarios, overwhelming feats and invigorating drama. However, it has now come to an end. The big question though is how will the last moments of the year 2005 be celebrated and remembered?

By Roger Mugisha
and Pidson Kareire

It has been a year of eye-opening scenarios, overwhelming feats and invigorating drama. However, it has now come to an end. The big question though is how will the last moments of the year 2005 be celebrated and remembered?
The list of party spots is immense and below are some of the fun-filled places that will be worth visiting on the New Year’s Eve.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel
Wrapping up 2005 will be momentous at the Sheraton Hotel, especially with their highly billed End of Year Extravaganza concert which will be in their plush gardens.
The concert will not only be graced by some of the most sought after Ugandan stars but it has also drawn Kenyan stars. The likes of Redsan (famous for Chicken Song), the funky Kleptomaniacs with their hit single Swing Swing and the bona fide Ogopa Djs will be there on the 31st.
The Ugandan ensemble will include Peter Miles, Jose Chameleon, Ngoni of the Digi fame, Sweet Kid of Kankutwale, Obsessions ultimate nightmare, the Kombat dancers, KS Alpha, Priscilla Kalibbala, Benon and Vamposs. Beat FM, Capital FM, Kenya Airways and Rinsar Motel are the sponsors of the event.
True to Sheraton tradition, there will be an intermittent volley of fireworks, lighting the sky. Entrance fee is sh10,000.

Blue Africa and Blue Bar
When it comes to a variety of artistes, Blue Africa is the place to be on new year’s eve. The list includes Chameleon, Ragga Dee, Emperor Orlando, Michael Ross, Butcha Man, Chagga, Mosh and Ngoni, Sam and Betty Gombya, Grace Nakalema, General Mega Dee, Tool man and Eclipse dancers.


With the entrance fee of sh10,000, one will also be able to enjoy fireworks on a strategically set stage to catch all the action.

La Rouge Club
With barely a year on the nightclub scene, La Rouge is still going strong and steady in their quest to offer quality entertainment.
The Ice White New Year’s party will set back La Rouge guests by sh20,000, but will have a complimentary glass of champagne upon entrance, snacks and entertainment. As derived from the name, this party will demand for a dress code of purely white and the sky is the limit to the amount of creativity that showgoers will unleash.

Club Silk and Royale
The industrial Area-based discotheque will be in a whole different array of entertainment on new year’s eve. The discotheque will hold a two-year’s night with the presence of the highly acclaimed disc jockey and turn-table maestro from Nairobi, Kenya, DJ Pinye. Giant projectors will be set up around the club so that no one misses the action. The dress code is expected to be fancy, deluxe and exciting.

Didi’s World Auditorium
Uganda’s only amusement park, Didi’s World at Kansanga will host a show to usher in the new year, dubbed ‘Ekivvulu Bye Bye 2005’ on Saturday.
The show slated for 6:00pm will feature Kampala’s top musicians like Juliana Kanyomozi, Ragga Dee and the Blue*3.
Others include Jungle Beat Crew members led by danger man Mosh, Ngoni, Dorothy Bukirwa and Rocky Giant.
The fireworks show is an annual celebration organised by Didi’s World for its fans. However, the park’s general manager, Ruth Lubwama, says this time, fans will get extra services as they wait to usher in the New Year in style at midnight.
“ For the first time, fans will not suffer from extra cost. They will enjoy free entertainment and get free rides,” she said.
Entrance into the auditorium is sh5,000.
There will be a disco from morning to morning.

Lubiri Mengo
The winner of the famous Ganda cultural quiz contest, Omuzira mu Bazira, is to be crowned at Kabaka’s palace in Mengo on Saturday, December 31. Several entertainment and sporting activities will take place that day, starting 8:00am.
They include ostrich and camel racing, motor sprint and a big musical concert dubbed ‘The greatest of 2005.’
Artistes to perform at the concert include Mesach Ssemakula, Ragga Dee, Bebe Cool, Julianna Kanyomozi, Sheila Nvannungi, Jose Chameleone and comedian Kayibanda.
Fireworks display will rock the Nile Beer-sponsored event. There will be VIP tables at sh350,000.

Ndeere Centre
The centre will host a special family show on Saturday, December 31.

Cooper Theatre
On the New Year’s eve, the Diamonds’ Ensemble will be back at Cooper Theatre with their play, Maswanku, while the Diamonds’ Productions will be at Lubiri, Mengo. Entrance fee is sh10,000.

Hotel International
Uncork the bubbly in the hotel’s gardens with DJ Bali & DJ Morris for an “East vs. West” - Indian, Western and African Music. The show will have a dinner buffet and a complimentary bottle of wine for sh30,000 adults and sh15,000 kids. For those seeking accommodation, the hotel is offering sh60,000 for single and sh100,000 for a double on Half Board basis.

Hotel Diplomate
At the domineering Hotel Diplomate, there will be an African-Asian buffet that will run into the New Year. However, the city will come to a standstill at the Viewpoint restaurant in the hotel, which holds one of the most spectacular views of the city. Entrance into the Viewpoint and Diplomate will be free.

Gaba Beach
For sh5,000 at the beach sands of Gaba, music aficionados will be treated to a show by the Eagles Production led by Mesach Semakula of the Kankutendereze fame, Ronald Mayinja and Catherine Kusasira. On the menu, there will be the seasonal tilapia whole fish going for sh10,000 and sh12,000.

Jajja Asanansi, Nansana
Mariam Ndagire and her Trends Band will perform at Jjajja Asanansi on New Year’s Day. The show will also feature Ssaava Karim Nsubuga (Mabette).

Sharing Youth Centre
Dr. Bbosa and other Ebonies actors will stage their play, Obnoxious Abomination Mbukuuli at Sharing Youth Centre, Nsambya, on January 1.

Welcome the year 2006 with pomp

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