The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Ragga Dee Unplugs,responds to Mampi

By now you know how much storm Mampi's upcoming concert in Kampala has caused to veteran singer Ragga Dee. But who says the veteran singer is about to relent.

Last Thursday, Ragga Dee dusted himself and stood up to clear the air surrounding growing allegations that he plagiarized the Big Brother star's single Swililili to Switititi.

"It's Mampi who asked me to make a remix for the original song so as to market it in Uganda," Ragga Dee said.

"She owes me gratitude for the massive success of her song."

This was at Silk Lounge as the singer opened the year of the club's monthly theme night -unplugged -where he became the first singer to be unplugged this year. He assured his fans that whatever the press has been spreading is nothing but a lie.

"I have better songs than Switititi. I can't stoop that low," he bragged.

Well, with the words from the horse's mouth, what more can we say? Perhaps we will only demand for a written agreement since issues of copyright demand so. Otherwise, back to the unplugged concert, I can sum it up that like wine; Ragga Dee keeps getting better with age. He is such a stage performer whose shoes are yet to be filled.

In his trademark buggy jeans, a loose white striped short-sleeved shirt - with matching sneakers, which I am afraid to say wasn't smart enough, he hit the stage and started unplugging hit after hit. With the great articulate backup from fast-raising all-boys band, Barbed Wire Thong, he opened the show with Basoma, a hit that dismisses the fallacy that musicians are illiterate.

He unleashed long-forgotten hits like Bamusakata, Sili muyaye, Oyagala cash, Ndigida, Letter O and others hits that sent the crowd shaking. His long dreadlocks kept bouncing along to his hilarious dance moves as he fed the already-exhilarated crowd with his music dating as far back as the early 90s.

A Mzungu reveller who could not contain the music anymore when Ragga Dee started his famous Stranger song, joined in on stage and danced while singing along much to the enjoyment of the crowd. The show, which many revellers admitted was better than his previous unplugged shows, was punctuated by acrobatic moves from two performers who did breathtaking performances alongside the music maestro in their lime green one-piece costumes adorned with aquamarine patches.

The "loud speaker", as he referred to himself in an interview with Club Silk management, offloaded music right from 10:30pm till 12:30pm with a short break at exactly midnight to give the emcee a chance to pass on birthday regards to Nile Breweries' Shem Ssemambo who was conspicuously present in the house.

He later returned to wind up the show with his latest release, Tickle Me, in the lovers' rock genre. Silk Lounge was filled to capacity - it was as if the crowd was standing in solidarity with the embattled singer.

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