The Observer (Kampala)

20 May 2014

Uganda: Bye-Bye Eagles Production

This Sunday at Ggaba beach is the last day members of the defunct Eagles Production will share a stage in a show dubbed Bye-bye Eagles.

They have held three shows so far at Kyengera, Colline hotel Mukono and Freedom City last Sunday. The three shows organized by Balaam Barugahara to recover money the defunct band owes him in contracts, were characterized by pleading for support and justifying the status quo.

At Kyengera, Golden band's Mesach Ssemakula pleaded with the audience to support them as they have been doing and he requested them not to get involved in their misunderstandings.

"For you our supporters please remain neutral; we are brothers, we have been with Lutaaya for over 20 years. Our children call us uncle and one day we shall sort ourselves out. So, just support your favourite artiste and leave this to us," said Ssemakula.

"No one should ever tell you that we are happy for the falling of Eagles; we are walking with wounds in our hearts but we celebrate working together for that long. It's a milestone," he added.

At Freedom City on Sunday, De Nu Eagles' Geoffrey Lutaaya echoed Ssemakula when he said he is too old to insult anyone over business issues.

"What I know is that music has to go on," said Lutaaya.

He also assured his fans he is recruiting new singers and that if he ever fails, fans should chase him off the stage by force. Golden band's Fred Sseruga did not mince words, however. He attacked those trying to bring them down and vowed that they would fight back musically.

Promoter Barugahara had sued the band for not fulfilling their contractual obligations with him while still Eagles Production. He had even threatened to sabotage their Easter shows until they came to an understanding to hold four shows for him.

"It has been nice working with these guys and getting close to them has taught me a lesson. Mesach is very flexible while Lutaaya and Ronald Mayinja are a bit reserved," Barugahara said. Whether Barugahara will recover his Shs 108m is yet to be seen, however; only the Kyengera show had a respectable crowd. The Mukono and Freedom City shows did not get the expected crowds; so, the promoter needs to work hard for the Sunday show.

Changes rocked the group of popular singers at the beginning of the year, which saw Lutaaya and his wife Irene Namatovu leave to form De Nu Eagles. The rest of the crew rebranded as Golden Production, also recruiting Dr Hilderman for better effect.

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