The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Lwanga's Purple Party Shows Bebe's Mature Side

When Douglas Lwanga hosted the end-of-year Katogo Purple party in 2012, it was considered a one-off.

Lwanga, then presenter of the famous Katogo music show on Record TV, managed to attract artistes, promoters and show sponsors. But still, the do was declared a lucky punch since it shared a date with the Mavado and Chris Martin concert where the duo was a no-show.

Getting into the second edition of the party last Saturday at Bulldog bar in Wandegeya, a lot had changed. Not only has Lwanga crossed to NTV, the entry fee has doubled to Shs 10,000. And it was a test for him to prove the success of the first party was no fluke.

The red-carpet event kicked off on a low note since the lights were off, which killed the VIP feel since many people did not get a chance to pose for our lenses. But when the lights were sorted, the show came to life with all the exciting, creative, exceptional and some grumpy outfits coming into play; seems they all heeded the memo that suggested they wear purple.

The red carpet is the most interesting part of the show; it is the only place where photojournalists are treated like demi-gods; the girls give you all the killer poses and the bonus of leaning over you to view the snaps on the digital screen.

It is that part where you gaze at a celebrity in an all-white outfit and wonder whether they actually understand what the colour purple is. This year, the misfits were few though there were many men dressed in pink; some concluded that the poor souls mistook the colour for light purple. Really?

Inside the club, the numbers were growing steadily though far from the inaugural party's insanely thick crowd. It looked like an electronic media reunion with Hot 100's Esco, WBS' Luzze Anderson, MC Kats, Dembe's Kasuku and Record TV's Jaxta, among others.

Early performances were by little-known upcoming artistes, many we may never see perform anywhere again. The surprise performance, however, was by NTV Akawungeezi reporter Dean Lubowa Ssewava.

I guess even Lwanga knew nothing about his co-worker's singing talent. Then the stage was left for Big Eye, who wowed with his Oleede Bukuti (Already Booked), Rema and Kenzo, who performed back-to-back amidst cheers.

The highlight of the night, however, was Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine sharing the stage - at least for three seconds. As Bebe started to perform, Bobi and his group decided to use the stage en route to their seats.

But Bebe just went on like nothing had happened, thanked Lwanga for promoting local music without bias and also preached unity. After making up with the Goodlyfe's Radio and Weasel, Bebe seems to still be in a reconciliatory mood. Even when he performed Coccidiosis, he avoided the line about Bobi's boat.

Bobi is still bitter, though. When he got the mic, it was to trash Bebe with diss songs such as By Far and Mr Katala. He also rapped him for opposing the anti-homosexuality bill.

The night's other performances included Grace Nakimera, Leilah Kayondo, Khalifah, Chizzo, Aziz Azion, Maro, Baboon Forest and Swangz Avenue, whose Sheebah Karungi showed up in a skirt and bra.

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