Despite the unforgettable Bebe Cool incident when he was booed and chased off stage by what seemed like angry Bobi Wine fans, Ugandans witnessed and were part of one of the best shows in recent years at Lugogo Cricket Oval courtesy of Jamaican star Tarrus Riley.
With gates open as early as 4pm, dubbed Swangz All-star Concert, the event had a number of local singers lined up to curtain raise including; Madoxx Ssematimba, Vinka, Winnie Nwagi, Michael Ross, Navio, Ykee Benda, Apass, Vampino, Viboyo, The Mith, Mun*G, Maurice Kirya, Ziggy Dee, Weasel, Aziz Azion and of course Bebe Cool among others.
However, as expected, the most waited performance was by Jamaican reggae-dancehall superstar Tarrus Riley.
He stepped on stage at exactly 10:57pm and gave the audience a performance worth their money for over an hour.
Clad in all black, Tarrus Riley was welcomed by ear shuttering cheers from the audience as he emerged on stage saying, “Kampala am so humbled to be here, thank you for the love.” before opening his performance with his 2008 hit ‘Gimmie Likkle one drop’.
He was backed up by the BlakSoil band of Dean Fraser and Koriq.
Rastafarian outfits, colors and flags could not go unnoticed in the audience that thronged the venue in thousands.
The visibly excited crown sang along to most of Tarrus Riley’s songs as police tried to restrain eager fans who got get past the barriers for an up-close moment with the superstar.
Tarrus told security to be calm and let fans reach him saying, “Please leave them it is OK.”
At some point, Tarrus also gave chance to Vampino and Mr. Mosh to share the same stage with him.
“Uganda is the third country for me to come to; I have been to Kenya, Zimbabwe and now here but Uganda is special among them all,” Tarrus stated.
He went on praising the beauty of Uganda, the source of the Nile and the breath taking scenery, “Uganda is indeed the pearl of Africa,” he exclaimed.
His ‘Just the way you are’ marked the climax of the show as he had to perform it twice due to ‘public’ demand.
Tarrus performed his other songs including; ‘She’s loyal’, ‘Why don’t you come over’, ‘My day’, Sorry is a sorry word’ ‘Come ova’ and ‘Don’t come back’ which he concluded with a few minutes past midnight.
The singer indeed wowed and gave the audience an impressive performance just as he had promised prior to the concert day.