The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Nantongo Surprises Her Critics

Last Friday singer Sophie Nantongo proved to critics that she was a true diva by putting up a wonderful performance against all odds.

The singer, who stormed the stage at 9:40pm dressed in a long purple dress before changing thrice, did ten songs starting with Binyuma and ended the first session with Love Science. With the good sound from XL events, she looked very calm though in the first two songs the instrumentalists, Big 5, were off the hook before bouncing back in subsequent appearances.

The big turn-up had already defied those Muslim critics calling for boycott of Nantongo's show. Being a Friday, most women revellers came dressed in hijab, and when Nantongo went into the audience to give her hubby, Sam Ssimbwa, a hug, everyone went crazy as even those in the VIP wing left their seats to cheer in support. The cheering energised her as she went through the audience greeting her fans.

The message was clear that all the women in attendance were in support of her. A visibly shy Ssimbwa put his head down as all cameras turned on him, but he later gained courage -storming the stage to dance to his dedication Love Super. He later came back as the show was winding up to dance to Akagiiko at midnight.

"She is innocent. If the marriage was not working out, Sophie had to move on. So, those indicting her are ignorant about marriage," said Sarah Kabenge, who was the show's stage manager.

Her fellow female artistes gave her support as they performed for free. Angela Kalule, who is expecting a baby, left her bed to come and give Nantongo support. And so did Catherine Kusasira, Hindu Asha, Donna, Rebecca Jjingo and Maureen Nantume. They all did songs that either dissed men or supported women causes.

Mesach Ssemakula, Bebe Cool and Triplets Uganda also did songs that supported women like Kyalimpa and Kabirinage.

"Whenever I see someone who has gone through my hands having such a big crowd like this, I feel so honoured. No one has powers to one's destiny except God. So, Sophie, stay firm, you will overcome all these troubles," said Mesach.

Karim Ssaava and Swahaba Kasujja took some time off to pray for Nantongo and all those wishing her bad to soften their hearts. The show ended at 12:30am with a one Aisha of Aisha Entertainment buying the CD at Shs 5m, Ssimbwa at Shs 2m and Angella Kalule at Shs 200,000.

"Thanks for coming in big numbers; you have ashamed those against me and thanks for fighting and always being on my side," Nantongo said as she left the stage.

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