The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Atal Serves Music Instead of Fashion Show

They say the best is saved for last, and with a fashion industry starved of real talent, Club Silk chose industry veteran Stella Atal to wind up their monthly fashion shows.

The 34-year-old was on top of her game last year, showcasing at international fashion weeks, plus scooping the Best African Designer award in the Africa Collection awards held in Cameroon in 2010. And last Thursday, fashion enthusiasts awaited her return to Club Silk's monthly fashion shows 20 months since she last showcased there.

The last time she brought the house down and so the patrons expected the same; unfortunately, it was not to be. Instead of having a fashion show, it turned out to be more of a musical concert.

MC Persie kicked off the show by calling out a singer called Nem-say who did a song, Neighbour, before Persie called up Carol, who apart from having a good body and being able to wriggle it, could not sing even if her life depended on it. After their boring stint, it was time for the real show but Atal served us byoya bya nswa; it was like watching a repeat of her last year's show.

She started with recycled wear like she used last year and it being a little bit Afrocentric, there was nothing to it. And just when we were getting into the mood of fashion, another unknown singer, Jamie Hoods, jumped on stage. After him, Fusion band's Shamim also had the chance to suck the life out of the patrons.

At least the next collection, Sunshine, lit up people's minds. The dresses could really be a hit for someone stepping out on those casual nights. But the smiles were wiped off our faces again, with another musical interlude, this time with Chosen. And going by his performance, he had better patch things up with Walden, because she clearly left with the magic their single, Pressure Ya Love, unleashed.

Mr Woods at least tried to pump some life back into the audience with his Akaama. Atal wound up with her old school collection and that was the bomb. But Atal had very few designs and the models were not top-notch.

Then Oscar Muwonge came on stage and reminded the patrons why he should stick to songwriting other than singing. Lyrical G came on to finish the show and yes, dude still raps; I thought he had been knocked off the musical radar.

And that is how Stella Atal closed Silk's fashion year; with a musical concert punctuated with fashion show interludes. Yawn.

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