The Observer (Kampala)

3 February 2013

Uganda: Cindy Passes Her First Test, Barely

It was a great test for Cinderella Sanyu aka Cindy whose very first show in her music career was threatened by a low turnout.

By 9pm, there were less than 100 people with the VIP almost empty. But when the show kicked off at 9:30pm with Shamim of Maisha dancers whose single Jukira Gyova rocked the audience, the numbers began growing slowly. Empress, Flavor, Desire Luzinda, Aziz Azion, Producer Washington, Sheba Kalungi, all curtain raised, but it was former Tusker Project Fame's Sharon and GNL's Baboon Forest who lifted the show.

Their energetic performances were like calling out people. Within 30 minutes, Kati Kati grounds on Lugogo Bypass had gained some momentum. At 11pm, Cindy wrapped her body in a white outfit and hit the stage with Mungu Bwasalawo. After the song, she unwrapped herself to remain in a dress too short that even a kindergarten kid would fit in.

"Two hours back, I was backstage in tears, looking at empty seats and asking myself where the people are. But thank God, you have finally come," said a jovial Cindy.

In her first session, she did tracks like Mbikooye, Ayokyayokya, One and Only, Love, Party and Side Dish before she came back to be joined by Lillian Mbabazi and Jackie Chandiru to bring back the memories of their Blu*3 days.

Dressed like they used to way back -all in black, the trio did songs like Strong Woman and Kankyakyankye that made them a household name before they split to chess their solo dreams. Cindy was fired from the group in 2008 and was replaced by Mya but things did not move on as expected - the group continued fading until it met its final death.

"I am so proud of Cindy. It takes more than physical strength to put this together. You are a big girl now and we are here for you," Chandiru wrote on her Facebook wall before she stormed stage.

Lillian also assured Cindy: "You thought you could do this without us? That was a joke. We are here and here to stay together."

Cindy, who did three sessions, wound up her show with Brenda Fassie's The Lord Is My Shepherd, Mama, Total Satisfaction and Amateeka and unlike shows that are usually stopped by police past midnight, Cindy's show went on till 1am.

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