Music Doctor Jose Chameleone cemented his position as East Africa’s finest musician.
He for the second consecutive time held an overwhelmingly soldout concert at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
For those that think Valu Valu Live and Battle of Champions between Bobi Wine and Bebe Cool last year were gigantic, you must re-think your positions after what happened yestreday.
Badilisha Live Concert was overpoweringly successful with thousands of fans in attendance. The performances were equally good.
By 10:00pm, Kyadondo Rugby Grounds had been filled to the beam. For the fact, Badilisha Live was more successful that ‘The Konshens in Kampala concert’ held at the same venue last year.
And to nail it all, Jose Chameleone used Badilisha concert to preach love among not only Ugandan but East African musicians. He proved this by performing songs by other musicians as sign that he loves East African music.
The songs he performed included Kigeugeu by Jaguar, Mukama by Judith Babirye, Bread and Butter by Moses Radio and Weasel TV, Kasepiki by Bebe Cool and Wendi by Bobi Wine. These kept the fans excited as Chameleone sang versus after versus of the songs perfectly.
Bobi Wine who was seated in the VIP section could not hide his joy on seeing Chameleone performing Wendi.
The Badilisha star called upon musicians to end the biff/fights and live in love and peace.
He used the concert to remind the audience that his younger brother Weasel and friend Moses Radio were launching in two weeks and needed massive support.
“Radio and Weasel will be launching Obudde album at Hotel Africana very soon. They need your support. Let a number big enough to fill Hotel Africana go and support them.”
At the show, Chameleone also introduced a new musician who he described as the best talent for 2013. Success Kayemba is the new kid on the bock and has already recorded a song with his music mentor.
Chameleone’s music friends Jean Paul Samputu and Massamba from Rwanda were in the house and performed. The two described Jose Chameleone as the ‘chairman of all East African musicians’.
Red Sun straight from Kenya graced the concert and sampled about six of his best songs to the amusement of the fans. Red Sun described Chameleone as a longtime friend who he met thirteen years ago. Red Sun re-affirmed that Chameleone is one of the very best musicians the East African region has ever produced.
However, it was Professor J straight from Tanzania who stole the show much more. When he joined Chameleone on stage, the fans ran riot. They together performed their collaboration Siviyo Ndiviyo that mashed up the audience. The fans could not hide their excitement to seeing Professor J doing his thing with Jose Chameleone.
Professor J then performed two more songs that equally thrilled the crowd. His energy and ability to do strong free style music continues to keep him as one of the very best.
The show ended at just a few minutes past mid night. This is in accordance to the new Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) rules that prohibit events in public open spaces to exceed mid-night.
Before Chameleone stepped on stage at a few minutes past 10:00pm, a group of Ugandan musicians had already performed. These included Navio, Sir Mathias Walukaga, Exodus, Ronald Mayanja, Coco Finger, Big Eye and Big Chief, Gravity Omutujju, King Saha, Papa Cidy, AK47 and entire Leone Island Music Empire.
Badilisha Live Concert was proudly sponsored by Bell Lager and Mirinda Apple among others. Balaam Enterprises were the organizers while Uganda Police was in charge of security. The show had a number of MCs that included Afande Kerekere and MC Kats.
However, even though Silk Events put up a great stage and lighting, it were the itches in the microphones that kept a section of fans disappointed.
One of the two wireless microphones that were being used by musicians was always low, frustrating musicians' performances. For unknown reasons, the stage and production managers could not replace it from the start to the end.
All in all, Badilisha was with no doubt a very successful concert. The fans got value for money with Chameleone performing over forty songs.
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