A crisp clear sound beamed out of Guvnor whenever the door swung open as I waited to be cleared by the bouncers.
It was the sound of that timeless classic Solome, which was done so many years ago by one of Uganda's music legends, Peterson Tusubira Mutebi. Cliff Keys Mutebi was already on stage to fill his father's space among the legends. It was 10:20pm and I had already missed one performance by Peter Bazanye aka Rude Boy Devoh.
But if you have come for the legends night, then a performance by youthful Rude Boy isn't one that will worry you because he usually does reggae renditions like I Wanna Know and Coco D'rasta, which you can easily enjoy with the Barbed Wire Thong performing in Club Venom. But for the legends night, it is about music veterans taking us back in the day. This was the third of its kind ever since the night started last year.
The headliner this time round was Sweden-based Uganda musician Sammy Kasule, joining his contemporaries Moses Matovu, Frank Mbalire, Tony Senkebejje and Eddy Ganja on stage. Who wouldn't love to listen to such a lineup?
Guests, who parted with Shs 30,000, had their dancing shoes on, and you could see eagerness written all over their faces. Afrigo band's Joanita Kawalya first took us down memory lane with her father Eclas Kawalya's Suzanna, Minzani and her own Tony, before Matovu with his trademark 'Papa Moi saxophone' showed us where their influence came from, with Baluti.
Meanwhile, Kasule watched the proceedings from his seat in the newly-refurbished wing of Guvnor 40+. However, when Mbalire chipped in with Sirikusuula [popularly known as Ndikwambala Ng'ekooti], Kasule couldn't stay seated anymore.
In a gleaming shirt with a cowboy hat, he walked to the stage, grabbed the shakers and backed Mbalire. He then displaced Charles Busuulwa Ssekamate on the bass guitar to provide those incredible bass tunes for Mbalire, something that got renowned guitarist Myko Ouma speaking.
"Rumour has it that he is going to redefine the way we play the bass guitar," Ouma whispered to us as he moved closer to the stage.
And, indeed, Kasule brought out his other life as a bassist; his unique guitar will get you hooked with those many strings. Yet even as his fingers surfed the strings, the singer exhibited vocal virtuosity doing his all-time hit Ekitoobero, which got everyone singing along. When he did Asante, one could not help but think about Don Canta (RIP), who had perfectly filled up Kasule's shoes in Afrigo.
Asante actually got Julianna Kanyomozi, who was in a reserved area with the likes of Judith Heard and her husband, Zari and Ivan Ssemwanga, and singer Exodus, on her feet to give a standing ovation to Kasule. Kasule then left the stage to Simba Sound's Tony Ssenkebejje, belting out Jukira, Aliva Wa and Eyali Akwagala. Ganja then took the mantle to do Anifa, a song that propelled Hope Mukasa to the stage to sing backup.
It was already midnight and the dance floor was already full with some famous feet, such as those of Buganda's information minister, Charles Peter Mayiga. Kasule returned with Twejukanye and that long-awaited hit, Ozze. The latter is so good and timeless, but it felt different done live by its composer, and you could see everyone singing along.
Ozze opened up the love session that saw Mbalire follow it up with Bamuleete. Again this one saw Hope Mukasa and his former bandmate at Mixed Talents, Steven Nsubuga, doing the backup. By the time Ssenkebejje did the all-time Luganda slow hit Twali Twagalana, couples had already paired up on the dance floor in a slow dance.
The legends paid tribute to Tony Ssengo (RIP) by playing Ye ki Kyetunoonya.
Due to popular demand, Kasule wound up the show with Ekitoobero at about 2am, handing over the action to the DJ who straight away continued the party with Sina Makosa.
Being a Women's day eve, there was no need to rush home as the party continued until the wee hours. The next ball is slated for June.