The Observer (Kampala)

16 December 2012

Uganda: Something New, Something Old At Phat Fest

The 2012 Phat Fest lived up to its billing of knitting decades of gospel music together.

Long-lost gospel musicians such as Limit X, First Love and Fiona Mukasa, were part of the gospel musicians that graced the Friday show at Kyadondo rugby grounds. They performed alongside fresh gospel artistes such as Ruyonga, Tamba and Beth Mugisha.

This made the show a real fusion of old and new gospel music.

The annual event organized by Power Fm was celebrating 50 years of gospel music in Uganda. Wearing a shiny golden top, knee-high boots with matching jeans and a shimmering Jacket, complete with a black hat, Fiona Mukasa made a lasting impression on the youthful crowd.

She sent the crowd dancing as she took them down memory lane with some of her hits like Bisuule, I Will Dance For The Lord and Mweyambise, a song she credits for her musical success. Her gentle, catchy dance moves were something to behold. She also introduced her latest album, Power.

Maurice Kirya didn't fall short of expectations as he wowed with his Angels Carry Me, Misubbaawa, and Don't Wanna Fight, among others. He left the heated-up crowd to Ruyonga's hip hop joints such as Battle Cry, Pesa and Bategeeze that sent the crowd stomping the yard.

The party was halted for about twenty minutes when power suddenly went out, shortly before a cold, heavy drizzle dispersed the crowd briefly. Daddy Owen, a Kenyan gospel artiste, reignited the crowd as the weather and power allied with him to give the crowd a fair end to the show.

His hit song, Kobina, got the crowd in an excited mood once again. He was later joined by Deno, a visually impaired Kenyan gospel artiste with whom he did an inspirational song, Mbona. Limit X shook the crowd with their hit songs J.E.S.U.S and Malibongwe. They also performed many of their songs that took fans back in time.

Other musicians who performed at the show include Pure Souls, Soul Five, Jackie Ssenyonjo, S4J and Myko Ouma, who treated the crowd to his instrumentals that testified his guitar prowess on pieces like Feliz Navidad and his own creation, Paradise.

However, the crowd was furious with Fenon Events that did not hastily respond to the power cut and wasted stage time. Musicians such as Exodus (Igwe), Coopy Bly, Morgan Isaac, Mac Elvis and a few others that the crowd had geared up for, could not perform.

"I was so eager to dance to Igwe... Kale show ensaze [what a loss]," remarked one Exodus fan.

The crowd's discontent did not go unnoticed; organizers promised an after-party sometime next year to make up for this disappointment.

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