On Saturday 30th April, the greater part of Kampala received heavy showers but that did not prevent many from turning up for The Beat Connect. King Wesley, a Spirit Fm radio show host, Events MC and self-pronounced King of Radio had organized what many were led to believe would be the best Christian celebration. In all honesty, the organizers outdid themselves in venue choice, stage setup, and; they go down in history for collecting 30 artistes in one place. Uganda, Burundi and Kenya were all represented. The later by Sawqi, a Ugandan-based Kenyan hype-master.
For all the time that we were there, the event delivered on the artistes, crowd-warming session led by dancer, poet and Fm J show host Paul Selah. The night’s best performances were by Groove Awards nominated Christo Fabulous, Lyll Mykk of the Wrong Number fame (although, I must add that, this writer was a bit disappointed by Roger Kent’s vocals on this particular day), Zabuli, JK Shine, G Way, Seku Martin (who thrilled the crowd for a reason we cannot mention here), Andrea Presson, Blox Musta, Fortune Spice, Phila, among others.
Other impressive musicians were Daisy Ejang who stepped onto the stage with a glittering dress. Levixone joined her to get the crowd worked up. Sami K performed his Full Hundred song and then followed it with one of our favorite from him, Beautiful. We were introduced to Lena Price a lady capable of giving both Zabuli and JK Shine a run for their money in terms of energy on stage. The dance moves can only be described as special – for lack of better words.
Halfway into the event, King Wesley who was obviously dressed for the part came onto the stage to make a few (not so few actually) remarks and introduced the Ug Extra Awards which will be presented to musicians with the highest audio downloads. Our sentiments were; now musicians will have bragging rights when they win the award. Of course, he invited his co-presenter Natal Diane with whom they present the morning show on Spirit Fm. For all the support, King Wesley declared in the multitude of listeners that he would work only for Spirit Fm. The radio station did much to put this party together.
Again, as promised, there was Nyama Choma (roasted beef) and a drink for all those who had paid their shillings to enter The Heights at Centenary Park for Dancy Dancy, Beat Connect. Overall, there was too much clean fun for all the people that came in and neighboring handout spots at Centenary Park. Ours was the better party. We only wish the event had started on time and perhaps an improvement on sound-production for the next one. However, nothing stopped us from having a great time.
Pictures By Jackie Katanga