The Observer (Kampala)

9 October 2012

Uganda: Fashion - What Not to Wear At Concerts

opinion

I had the misfortune of covering Jamaican dance hall maestro Konshens when he was in town last week.

Misfortune I call it because I have never been so humiliated and embarrassed for something I had to pay Shs 60,000. We were pushed, showed, beaten, stepped on and everything bad.

Anyway, while I was there I noticed that I have been lagging behind while Kampala got naked. Uganda's girls literally walk naked these days. My eyes fell out of the sockets when I saw them - they have no ounce of shame walking around in their knickers; YES, KNICKERS, and a vest probably thanks to model Doreen Kabarebe who graced the papers recently with her derriere for all to see.

Girls, if you are going for a concert at grounds like Kyadondo Rugby grounds where the floor is wet, muddy and not hard concrete, leave stiletto heels at home. You honestly cannot walk with those things on grass and you know it. Stick to wedges if you want to wear heels.

Besides, you are going to spend the whole show standing up and then we will have the misfortune of seeing you limping away. And again if it is cold weather, what's the point of walking around naked? Mpozi smartness knows no weather?

Okay, okay, I get it. But then please don't shake like a bloated chicken when you start feeling cold. Stick to jeans and a plain tee shirt. That is official concert wear all over the world. No one notices what you are wearing because it is too crowded.

And when there is a stampede, a bomb scare or anything that will scare you into a sprint, you surely cannot run in heels or in clothes that are too tight. Like it happened when there was a stampede at Koshens.

Sweetie, you cannot run, you will only break your legs and have your clothes ripped. Save the fashion show for clubs or bars and not the outdoor shows.

You're welcome.

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