11 December 2012

Uganda: Masaka Gets Early Christmas Fete

Last weekend, Masaka town was treated to an early Christmas party with most major musicians showcasing in this southern town. On Saturday, Eagles Production put up a massive show at Maria Flo where the band showed that despite all the waves that are trying to push them out of business, they are still a force to reckon with.

By 9pm there was hardly any space at Maria Flo and the show went on up to 3am. The following day, it was Ekibbitu kya Radio Buddu and still Masaka Recreation ground was filled to capacity.

The Buddu FM annual fete attracted many musicians and entrance was free. Jonah Kyeyune, a director at the radio, said there is no reason to charge someone you are thanking.

Among the many musicians who performed were Pastor Wilson Bugembe, Mesach Ssemakula, Catherine Kusasira, Irene Namatovu, Eddy Kenzo, Fred Ssebbaale, Gerald Kiweewa, David Lutalo, Big Eye, Aziz Azion, Mathias Walukagga and Kream Productions, among others. But the fireworks, which went off at 9pm, scared lots of people, some of whom hid in the nearby bush for some minutes - they thought it was an attack.

"At least I had a chance of attending a Kampala radio fete but none beats the one of Buddu. The organisation is second to none and the musicians give it all...," remarked Asiat Namuddu, who works with Afrika Point in Nyendo.

As the music rocked, some fans concentrated on the drinks and the unscrupulous ones used the occasion to try and pinch people's possessions but police worked tirelessly to restrain them.

"I don't even know who has been on stage and who has not, but at least I know how many bottles I have downed since I came at 11am," said a Faith Nantongo who came all the way from Kampala to enjoy the Masaka breeze.

The gates that were opened on Sunday at 6am closed on Monday 6am with most people going straight to their workplaces.

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