The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Nile Gold Jazz Safari Brings Regina Belle

Last year when Tshaka Mayanja and his Nile Gold Jazz Safari brought big jazz names to Kampala, Serena hotel's Victoria hall witnessed some legendary performances from Gerald Albright, Serena Albright, Howard Hewett and Jermaine Paul in Tribute to the Legends.

Then when Mayanja intimated that he would recreate the success this year, the cynics thought otherwise.

"With my experience, I have learnt that it is better to have one concert in a year. Then you give it all you have so that it is a full house and others are even locked out," Mayanja retorted.

To ensure that the success is replicated, Mayanja held an awareness fete for the concert at Serena's Turaco hall on Wednesday. The glamorous night, which had smart ushers and beautiful static models, was sponsored by Nile Breweries and British Airways.

"We wanted to incorporate fashion with jazz because they both flow hand in hand. We were also tasked with making the cocktail launch different," explained Elizabeth Mbabazi of Joram Modelling agency.

As the drinks flowed with Mayanja's Black Roots Unlimited band treating the guests to wonderful tunes, the guests were eager to know who is lined up this year. And, hold your breath, it will be award-winning jazz diva Regina Belle and Marion Meadows. They will be here on October 5.

Gerald Albright will also be returning with his daughter Serena and so will music producer Mo Pleasure. They will be joined by Tony Monrelle (vocals), Victoria Theodore and Daniel Moore (yeyboards/vocals). Rocardo Jordan (drums), Rick Watford (lead guitar) and Del Monte will also perform. Last year the concert supported 75 disadvantaged women under the Rotary Club of Sese Basoka Kwavula Group. This year, Mayanja said the proceeds will go to the Rotary Cancer Ward at Nsambya hospital.

"We shall pay tribute to the music of the world's greatest music family - the Jacksons - and legendary diva Whitney Houston," said Mayanja.

Tickets will go for Shs 150,000 and Shs 250,000 for the VIP

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