10 March 2013

Uganda: Chris Evans in Steady Climb

This, after pulling off another thriller at Hotel Equatoria's parking lot last Friday. Launching for a second time after a successful Mulungi launch that coincided with Jose Chameleone's Valu Valu launch last year, Evans tried so much to live up to his fans' billing. When he came on stage at 10pm, many where yearning for him, although singers like Ronald Mayinja and Mesach Ssemakula had set the ground.

The audience might not have matched the one of last year, but so many things changed like the stage and sound, which were done like those for an international artistes' concerts, thanks to Silk Events. Unlike other artistes who change clothes several times, Evans used his break to have a glass of water and returned on stage in the same clothes.

"Who told you that everyaone has to change? Those are mentalities you people put in your head. It is only music that I can change, not clothes," Evans responded to his manager Geoffrey Kayemba Ssolo.

"What if I appear on stage very smart and give my audience lousy music; will they leave praising my clothing or cursing my music?"

Evans, who has eight singles including Ow'ekisa, Rihanna, Kankole Byenkola, Ndikusasulaki, Abafumbo and Mulungi, did five songs on his first appearance before leaving the interval for Bobi Wine, Lady Mariam, Aziz Azion, Haruna Mubiru, Bebe Cool and Rema. Although some of the curtain-raisers tried to steal the show, they could not beat the main man who came back on stage at 11:30pm to do three more songs after Sarah Nkonge had bought the CD at Shs 500,000.

The show that had Sarah Kabenge as the stage manager, ended at midnight, leaving party animals perplexed.

"It is still early now; what next?" asked a lady who remained behind to dance to the DJ's music.

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