The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Kingsley and Phila Host Listeners' Party

Kingsley and Phila, the Ugandan gospel music duo, hosted their fans to a listeners' party on Sunday at Calvary chapel Kampala. Forget the fact that they had not won the award in the reggae category at the Olive Gospel Music awards the previous night.

Like the dreadlocked Kingsley put it on Saturday evening at Serena, "We don't see doing music as a competition but as a mission."

So, the mission was continued on Sunday in Fire Fall Listeners, party, with saw many gospel artistes in the house. The stage was graced by Coopy Bly, Holy Keane Amooti, Mac Elvis, Levixione, Straight Eloquent, Richard Kaweesa, Minista Sami K, Benon Mugumbya, Crystal Fabulous, Robin San, Lil Mykk, and Morgan Isaac.

Benon and Tickie Tah are in studio recording an album and we got to hear Unshakeable, one of their singles. Sulphuric Deejays' Awor, Peruz, Stef and Twonjex took care of the sound. If the kind of unity being displayed by the gospel artistes continues like that, the industry is destined for big things.

Fire Fall is the duo's second album and it has 18 songs. If you are into gospel dance hall, reggae and roots, this is undoubtedly the album for you. Zion Daughter, Jah Rise and African Song are getting a lot of rotation on Christian radio stations.

Listening to the album makes you wonder whether Mutebi William (Kingsley) and Kaweesa Phillip (Phila) are Ugandans, because the message is delivered in patois.

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