American R&B singer may be something of a bye-gone in many countries, but that did not matter much to the thousands of Ugandans whop paid a whopping sh170,000 to attend the 6th Jazz safari at Serena Victoria Hall on Friday night.
Coming off a tiring tour in Germany, the singer only arrived in the country on Friday morning and in the evening had to perform,.
He said it himself how tired he was and how his voice was not at its best, and that when he is well he will come back and dance more and sing better.
What mattered to the standing room-only crowd was that he did the songs they knew and loved, and that he did. From Just Got Paid, to I want her, Just a Touch, and eventually to Twisted, he gave the crowd what they wanted, and a bit more.
But first there was jazz, and the John Blackwell Project warmed up the night very well.
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Not many Ugandans are really into jazz, but their performance was well received, and the applause they got at the end seemed genuine, rather the polite one jazz artists usually get from a Ugandan crowd.
There were reports that Sweat is currently on a sort of a world tour, and that could have been the reason his voice was really something to write home about.
But the people who bought the highest priced tickets ever sold in the country did not complain, and everybody went home happy.
Sweat was also happy to leave the next morning, as the concert scheduled for Nairobi on Saturday night had been called off by the promoters due the terrorist attack late last month on the Westgate Mall.