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Even the drizzle could not hold the crowd back

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th February 2010 03:00 AM

FOR any artiste holding a launch concert this season, there’s a looming possibility of rain. This could mean the difference between no turn-up at all, a low turn and humongus turn up of revelers. Most of them would rather stay home than get soaked in the name of fun.

FOR any artiste holding a launch concert this season, there’s a looming possibility of rain. This could mean the difference between no turn-up at all, a low turn and humongus turn up of revelers. Most of them would rather stay home than get soaked in the name of fun.

By Joseph Ssemutooke

FOR any artiste holding a launch concert this season, there’s a looming possibility of rain. This could mean the difference between no turn-up at all, a low turn and humongus turn up of revelers. Most of them would rather stay home than get soaked in the name of fun.

So when the drizzle held steady for most of last Friday evening , Mesach Semakula had reason to worry. He was launching his album, Taliyo, at Hotel Africana People’s Space.

Yet, far from failing a considerable turn up at Mesach’s album launch concert, the unfavourable weather simply proved the singer indomitable; a man whose fans will brave the worst to be with him.

Hundreds defied the drizzle and cold, parting with sh20,000 and sh50,000 to
fill the general seating areas and VIP sections respectively to capacity.

Although there was no rain, at Calendar Rest House, where the singer performed the next evening, the case was no different, with your typical Eagles Production Band fans jamming the comparatively smaller gardens in hordes.

At Africana, the first performances kicked off just before 9:00pm, with Rachael K, Dr. Tee, Eagles Productions’ Stecia Mayanja, Geofrey Lutaaya and others warming the stage up. The man of the night then appeared to serve the main course.

Rachael K, was impressive, holding her own with two Luganda songs and wowing the crowd while at it.
Mesach took to the stage just a few minutes before 11:00pm, flanked by a full live band.

He started off serving his fans random previous hits such as Abakazi Abaguma, Sigwe Onsimila, Kankutendereze. He punctuated this with tracks from the new album, one at a time.

While performing Ntongo, (a rendition of Kadongo Kamu veteran Dan Mugula’s 70s hit) Ssemakula invited the old-timer himself to join him on stage.

There was no better way to pay tribute to Dan Mugula. He also performed Mu Bya Love with Desire Luzinda. In between his performances, Mesach invited Bobi Wine and Ragga Dee for brief performances.

In a final marathon performance, Mesach sang the most popular of his songs from the new album, including Wassa, Taliyo and the 2008 hit Njagala Nyimibire Omutanda.

Silk Events’ new sound and lighting equipment provided a perfect platform for the singers, with the live vocal performances coming through unblemished and the new lighting effects providing an unprecedented vista of stage art to compliment the sound. MTN sponsored the show.






Even the drizzle could not hold the crowd back

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