The organizers of the Katogo end-of-year party that took place on December 29 must have underestimated their show's crowd-pulling ability.
The show, dubbed purple party, attracted a massive number of fans. By 7pm, Bulldog Wandegeya had filled to the brim yet more people were still queuing for this red-carpet event. You may call it a blessing from the postponed Mavado and Chris Martin show; the purple party was the only notable event of the night.
Fans lined up for photo opportunities with Record TV's Katogo host, Douglas Lwanga; some simply wanted to touch him. A clearly overwhelmed Douglas thanked MC Kats for encouraging him when he was just starting out. Katogo invited all the rivalling music camps to the event. Firebase, Leone Island, Gagamel and the Goodlyfe crews were interestingly all at the function. Peacefully.
Douglas' show focuses on music, interviewing most musicians in the industry. The event gave a string of upcoming artistes - Rema, Magla, Big Chief, Babi Jay - a chance to perform, although it was new kid on the block, Young Mulo, who left some patrons beautifully intoxicated.
Dr Hilderman and Papa Cidy were also at Bulldog. Record TV staff were also present to support their own. ?Bebe Cool, Mun*G, Eddy Kenzo, Big Eye, as well as gospel artistes Morgan Isaac and Coopy Bly performed at the party.
"I hustled to get a TV presenter to host me on their shows in vain. When I talked to Douglas... he scheduled me into that week's programme," said Khalifa of the Aganaga fame.
Others such as Hindu Asha, Da Icon and Reef were simply part of the crowd since the time could not accommodate all artistes present. Patrons tried to keep it purple but it was the dude in the purple kanzu that mesmerized most.
It is not clear whether Douglas will host more purple parties like this, but this may go down as the best-attended gathering in the history of Bulldog.