The ‘Lockdown’, organisers had said is ‘an artistic engagement in a public entertainment spot – be it hotel or bar.’ A brainchild of Mavuno Church, the Lockdown is aimed at providing alternative entertainment with a positive message. The crowd that filled the Primrose Hall at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Friday hoped for that. And they were not disappointed; maybe a little. The show kicked off with Afrie, who was followed by Naava Grey who lasted about 45 minutes. By then, revellers were still trickling in. And they did not miss Pompi’s performance.
Born Chaka Nyathando, the gospel musician from Zambia has been active in the music industry for over a decade. No wonder he did not disappoint during the 13-song performance. Nonstop! He had the ladies ‘drooling’ and the men nodding their heads in approval. Some dared to dance. At 9pm, as he exited the stage, comedienne Anne Kansime joked about ‘how when you sing along to his music, you wonder whether it is him you are praising or God.’
Dressed in black and white combo pants and shirt, Mtukudzi stepped on stage at 10.10pm, guitar strapped around his neck. He was accompanied by two guitarists, a drummer, a pianist and female backup singer. His trademark husky voice made every other musician before him look amateurish. The ultimate showman, Mtukudzi’s experience was on show- from ‘Ndezvineita Ukudzwe’, throughout his performance of ‘Neria’ and ‘Madiro’, among others. Tuku, as he is fondly known, is ‘considered Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.’
Source: Daily Monitor.