The wait and what many on Social Media call FOMO (fear of missing out) on the G Way organized charity concert was high. This was further heightened by the fact that the concert date had been moved forward to Easter Sunday. The fact that Easter Season often has many activities and concerts did not prevent the Serena Hotel Victoria hall from being two-thirds full of the audience that couldn’t wait for the concert to begin.
Nduwayo Noah was the first singer to step onto the stage when Comedian Pablo made the first few remarks and said an opening prayer. This was then followed by a performance from Benjaah Edwards who sung his “I am Here” urban Contemporary Gospel song. The night was now in full gear and he was followed closely by Loyce a worshiper as well as Jremiah who sung “Undisputed Love.”
The Proclaim Children’s Choir with two girls taking the lead roles and backups set to their left and right gave us all a reason to celebrate their talent. Theirs was a song that makes you remind yourself on occasion that indeed they were children but whose talent is one to look out for. We are also informed that they have a concert coming up soon. We will share details soon.
One of the major highlights of the day came with a performance from General Verse who stage gimmicks and energy together with the ragga style of delivery took the whole of Victoria Hall to high levels of excitement and cheering. As if that wasn’t enough, Exodus whose music is loved within the Christian and mainstream circles came on to the stage. He sung an acapella of Prophecy, revealed of a Video for Party Leo collaboration with Kenyan Singer Ringtone and close with a performance of the same song.
The other major highlight of the evening before the G Way performances was Anthony Faulkner, an RnB and soul Singer all the way from Houston Texas. He performed three of his songs. Anthony Faulkner is an artist we got to know after the “Faith” song that he did together with G Way. He spoke of feeling the need to here in Uganda to help in the cause that the G Way singing group was taking part in.
The moment we had all been waiting for was the G Way grand entrance to the Serena Hotel Victoria Hall stage that was beautiful done by the Fenon Events team. Accompanied by a live band, and some of the G Way gentlemen set offstage but at the front of the hall, they sung their maiden hit, Makondere which catapulted them to stardom.
Their performance, African dance choreography, vocal blend by the backups and Cooper taking the lead role on most of the songs was nothing short of excellent. They sung Sibiwuliranga, African Way (with Rapper Ruyonga joining them and causing the crowd to get into a wild frenzy), Faith, with Anthony Faulkner, among other song.
When Uganda’s powerful Vocalist Naava Grey was introduced and led up the stage, she was greeted with shouts of joy as Cooper sung his first verse in the song “One In A Million.” She then did what she does best and that is blow us all away with her angelic voice. She was great at successful making all of us thank God for who He is. In fact, we couldn’t help but hope and pray for another collaboration and/complete crossover. (I sense, some of you have already joined us in saying Amen to that prayer .)
What followed the first session of the G Way performance was a fundraising session led by Pastor and wife to Robert Kayanja, Jessica Kayanja. It was a very successful event that saw many give in cash, medical supplies and pledges from both the corporates and Musicians alike. Levixone joined Cooper and G Way to sing a collaboration that is yet to be released, the G Way sung a new song entitled, Mapamboli, Charmant Mushaga also performed a song with his guitar, and Comfort did her first solo act. We can only tell you that you should wait for this song. When it is released, it will bless many hearts. The title is “I’m a Believer,” and during the concert she told of how many told her she could only succeed in her music career as a secular artiste, she however took a stand and re-echoes that message in the song that drove her to tears at the concert.
It had been a long night,we had danced, laughed, sung, given, and just before we could all leave, the G Way sung their smash hit single, “Big God.” The event was a great success and more than two-thirds of the house was full and managed to raise funds towards the cause. We share this in our previous interview. Check it out. With that we were done and ready to hit the road.
Picture Credit: Sanyuka Photography (Except Anthony Faulkner and Naava Grey Pictures.)