I sure hope your weekend went well because mine put the extreme in extremely well and unless you were in the places I was, then yours did not go as awesome as mine did. I promise.. JUST take my word for it.
Well Friday night was fun, after my very painfully (due to the work outs) and yet very awesome salsa class with the Latin Flavor group at the National theatre I headed to Alliance Francaise for the Contemporary night where I was served with amazing performances from different contemporary dances like Oscar, Walter Ruva and so on but just to name a few.
Now if you have ever fought a losing battle against your own personal demons, and have never given up despite the pain, the loss, the struggle, the bleakness and the total loss of will that is bound to follow a losing a fight, this RRRRRRRHH piece choreographed by Catherine Nakaweesa would have spoken volumes to you and I assure you, you would have appreciated the genius of her mind, and if you are as sentimental as I am you would have watched the dancers, Robert and Brovin move and all you would see is yourself and your demons….. well you needed to be there to see what I feel.
An artist, a real one, does not have to jump and scream for an audience to be entertained!!! And this I learned from the AKELLO UNVEILING show at Pyramids on Saturday. MAN OH MAN!! I have attended shows and gone places, but this was the MOTHER. Ya’ll people from Gulu need to celebrate your northern soil for bringing forth the Gem Akello is. Speaking of which there were these printed T Shirts and one of them read, “GOD IS FROM GULU” and honestly I was inclined to believe that God is indeed from Gulu for with people like Akello coming from there, then God has to be from there.
THERE IS THE GULU GEM DO HER THING!!!
Any ways before Akello did her thing, we had to first appreciate the genius of the KAWA Acapela Quartet, a group of four church boys who are definitely going on men in the near future given the bass that was their voice…. Amazing performance to classic gospel music.
Then came the amazing guitarist and voice mogul. OK I know I say that I don’t scream at musicians you know that groupie kind of screaming, but I will gladly be a groupie for this dude, man I cant wait to see the NAKI video. I swear to God I have forgotten his name but believe you me by the time he was done singing, you and I would be in the same boat!! I just officially call him NAKI now. Cause seriously, who wouldn’t not after the way way he sang the hell out of that song.
You know, when you unveil a bride and your breath gets stuck in your throat because she is like really really beautiful…you all married saps (and I mean this in a totally good way) know the feeling. Anyway, now imagine unveiling a bride who is like 150% above standard beauty, and saying that will still be an understatement for I swear to God Akello took the stage with a band that had a perfect bled of western and African percussion and all I could think was I am in 15th century Africa. Then Akello sang and I was definitely not in 21st century Africa where you know singing is some dread locked dude jumping and screaming on stage. (LETS EXCLUDE BOBI WINE HERE, I LOVE THE DUDE AND HE CAN SCREAM AND DREAD ALL HE WANTS) or some scantily dressed girl or “woman” gyrating around and beating us pictures. (SO YES I AM A PRUDE).
As if I wasn’t already having maximum fun already, Akello, and for this I will always love you, brought my personal favourite.. no hate here guys to ya’ll who sang but this guy, knows what he is doing….I mean he is seasoned in stage and performance and believe you me he didn’t disappoint, and I swear I know his name…SAMUEL IBANDA. The first time I heard him Sing, I forgot his name too. he was like waayy too good, and this time around I just sat there dumb struck and watched him do his thing. You might say that it was all about the Luo culture and the Bantu might feel slighted a bit but trust me the Bantu have never been better represented. SO NICE.. that’s the song he sang. (and not the one of David Lutalo) this is a way better different song, was a band percussion blend and Sam can dance Masoga people… like i said you really needed to be there!!! Ayy Sam! Well you had me there, But then again, when have you not!!
We were then treated to the best Gospel song of the year buy Lexi…..this guy. sorry but these guys were too good i just forgot their names.
And to round it off our gem took the stage again sang songs amazingly like ayyyy oh mamme.(THIS IS NOT A SONG TITLE, I REPEAT NOT A SONG TITLE, JUST AND EXCLAMATION) with our troupe dancers, Aludah the DJ didn’t fail to please with his 90’s music…maaann people are old!! I didn’t know these songs and some audience people like Micheal Ross and Daniel Omara ( the MC/ Events coordinator and humour specialist as he insisted we call him) knew these songs lyric to lyric which makes me think the only reason I enjoyed this so much is because am probably old in the head. I mean all people my age were off beating people pictures and watching dreadlocked guys scream in hoarse voices on stage. (TASTE AND PREFERENCES: THAT’S GOD’D FAULT)
Anyways let these say the rest
Some might say that in a rich culturally gifted country like Uganda, only a few genres of culture were represented, however just think this..with the continued degradation of culture from all over Uganda, despite the richness, it is fading out, the new generation, which is sadly being taught by the generations before it who are supposed to know better, is less concerned about culture and are busy promoting everything that has nothing to do with Africa. A parent will sooner take a child to learn a violin or cello before he takes them to learn an Adungu or xylophone. So when a few come up and present a culture show that is Luo based I will stand behind them despite my Bantu origin. I am not against western music, but I say don’t 100% replace our Traditional drum with the DRUMS!!! And by the way that was the beauty of the UNVEILING show, It was a perfect blend and balance between our tradition and that from the west.
SO BIG UPS TO AKELLO, HER ORGANIZERS, THOSE WHO PERFOMED AND TO ALL WHO MANAGED TO SEE THIS!!
And for those who didn’t, well “WHAT YOU DON’T SEE” is here for you!!! and will always be.
LOVE LOVE LOVE