Kampala is a hub of activity especially mid year with the social calendar overflowing with fun and exciting events.
Saturday August 17 was one of those days that saw Kampala partiers flock the Lugogo Hockey Grounds to watch Nigerian star Mayorkun and East Africa’s fimest acts perform at the Afro-fusion festival dubbed ‘East Meets West.’
The event was a delightful mixed bag of Nigerian and East African musicians going head to head in an epic showdown that got revelers on their feet.
Kenya’s Wendy,the first act of the night did justice to the crowd who had waited for the performances long enough for the performances to start.
Amidst the noise that was coming from Kyadondo Rugby grounds that had pitted Zambia’s loss to Uganda Rugby Cranes,the singer paved way for yet another special happiness as she perfomed some of her songs including; ‘Calling’ and ‘On my on’ among others.
“Ladies and gentlemen,thank you for coming for the show tonight,My name is Wendy from Kenya,I am a singer,songwriter and a producer; an upcoming producer to be exact.
I always try new things and I decided to do the song I am going to perform next called ‘on my own,because I love being on myself and not letting anyone else dictate on what I should or not do,” said the singer before proceeding to perform the song.
Uganda’s Irene Ntale sang her heart out performing her smash hits including ‘Go Down’, ‘Gwe Aliko’, ‘Stamina Daddy’ and ‘Omukwano Gwekiro’ as her loyal fans sung along and the band effortlessly in support.
Singer John Blaq who has no problem being called ‘African bwoy,’ was the fans favorite whose control of the crowd left many in amazement with his performance.
Upon stepping on stage, the revelers who were scattered and seemed not to care alot being near the main stage,were seen struggling to go right infront so as to be near the ‘Obudai’ hit maker.
He performed some of his hit tracks including ‘Tukwatagane,’ Obubadi and ‘Do Dat.’
Other stars who equally delivered their best performances included; Larum from Kenya and oxlade among others.
“We have a long standing relationship with music as Johnnie Walker but this year is a little different because we are focusing on indigenous talent by promoting our local events,” said Roger Agamba, International Spirits Brand Manager at UBL.
Aside from the musical performances, the event also included cultural presentations with opportunities given to fashion vendors, food vendors, arts & craft stalls,cultural exhibitions and cool DJ mixes from the day’s spin masters including DJ Simples and DJ Teyi.