The Observer (Kampala)

12 February 2013

Uganda: Mampi Spellbound By Entebbe Reception

Mampi Mirriam Mukape, she of the Swilili fame, jetted into Uganda on Monday morning and promised Ugandans the show of the century.

She was welcomed into the country by Bobi Wine, with whom she has a trending collabo, and KT Promotions' Jimmy Sserwadda, Musa Kavuma and Edward Ssendikadiwa.

Mampi was driven by Bobi Wine in a convoy that had sponsors' vehicles for Moonberg lager, Lifeguard condoms and another string of cars led by 20 bikers in a stretch of over 300 metres.

"We have been to Namibia, Malaysia and Malawi, but we have never been welcomed like this. The bikes were so special, we enjoyed every moment from the airport and we are to pay back by giving nothing but the best," Mampi said later.

Her manager, Victoria Chembe, echoed her boss's words, saying the reception made them feel at home.

"The bikes made the difference and we enjoyed them so much," said Chembe, adding that they had already been mersmerised by postings on Twitter and Facebook.

Mampi, who has three albums -Your Love, Chikondi Fever and Natural Born - will be performing at Hotel Africana tomorrow, Valentine's Day, and at Resort Beach Entebbe on Sunday. She has vowed to exhaust her potential come D-day.

"I am not good at talking but good at singing and dancing, so people should expect to see the best," said Mampi who headed straight for rehearsals with Big 5 band.

The singer was last year a housemate in the Big Brother Africa reality show and by the time she exited the house, she was nicknamed by housemates and fans 'Thunder Thighs', due to her amazing dance skills.

About Raga Dee

Mampi had no comment about Raga Dee, who allegedly plagiarized her Swilili song to come up with Swititi, and passed the question on to her manager.

"We are here for the show and since February is a month of love and we are here to make love and we want everyone to be in love...," said Chembe, who added that it didn't mean they had forgiven him.

Raga Dee recently said it was Mampi who owed him an apology, because he did the song after consulting her and she thought the Luganda version would popularize her version better. Gates open at 7pm on Thursday.

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