25 September 2012

Uganda: Chandiru, Dj Apeman Rock Nkozi

Photo: Uganda videos
Jackie Chandiru

Over the weekend, Jackie Chandiru, Gift of Kaddo, Big Trill, DJ Apeman and DJ Baby Love, among other city party animals, descended on Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, taking the party to the students. The event, dubbed Club Campus Rage, at Ivy's gardens got a lukewarm reception from the students - at least according to Yours Truly. Campusers have made us believe that anything is enough reason to party and the organisers gave them more than enough reason.

With the above lineup, plus sound and lighting by Fennon, everything seemed set for a blazing party. But that was not the case. The students seemed cold. The sausage guy is the one that gave me an insight.

"These people are used to free promotions," he said. That was before he told me that the timing was kind of bad because Nkozi was hosting a big wedding. All the students were there. In my mind, I could not help but wonder, "Would they rather attend a wedding over a well-organised event with some top Ugandan musicians?"

What kind of university students are these? Slowly but surely they started trickling in and Gift of Kaddo was ready to perform. He is known to do his thing for the ladies, but not these ones.

They refused to sing along or even dance with him. Not even his mellow voice on Traffic Man could do the trick. It was time for adieus with a joke about his perfume being too strong for the ladies. Maybe or maybe not. They may be just tired -bakoowu.

Then Baboon Forest's Big Trill hit the stage with some free styles, Straka Money and the crowd's favourite - Push Harder. This one got them warmed up. The rapper part of the only sexy baboons in the world had set the stage for Jackie Chandiru.

Perhaps her energy and danceable songs did the trick. With her queen dancers, Jackie was fire through Agassi, Gold Digger, Don't Call His Phone, Overdose and my personal favourite, Shamim.

She then performed a couple of songs she recorded with Blu3. Finally the chicks (some with fine legs by the way) had come to life. It's the dance moves that they displayed on Ladies Night that proved to us that these people could be city born and they had, indeed, watched some TV.

Otherwise, I had got the impression that we had brought an uptown party to village belles. These got some winning all-access passes to the Sean Paul show slated for November.

After Chandiru, DJ Apeman took over the wheels of steel and rocked till the wee hours of the morning. Getting such a crowd hyped onto the dance floor could only be done by the video mixes of the Silverback himself.

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