Part II Photo Gallery | Uganda Martyrs Day Reception – At The Burlington Marriott Hotel.

Posted June 5, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 43,532 views


It was a night of great entertainment, glamour, Busutis, Kanzus and a sumptuous dinner following the Uganda’s Martyrs Day Church Celebration. In a break with tradition, this year’s reception saw a more orderly atmosphere right from the entrance were vendors exhibited their products to the main stage were the DJs, Touch N’ Soul Band and the Traditional Cultural dancers were stationed. This year also saw two Mcees as Ms. Angela Ssemukutu and Mr. Joseph Mukasa Nsubuga did their best to welcome and keep their dinner guests entertained.

First on stage was the Touch N’ Soul Band that played some old skool and popular oldies hits. The Band was led by Mr. Julius Juuko though there was evidence of missing vocalists perhaps owing from the group’s split up. But musically they were still a formidable force as he engaged some experienced instrumentalists on drums, Keyboards, rhythm guitar and Bass.

Next on stage was the ensemble that included some Caucasians  who played Uganda’s traditional instruments to near perfection. This group also wore traditional Uganda Kitenge outfits. They were closely followed by Cultural traditional dancers from New York State led by Puis Bugembe and assisted by Mr. Lawrence Kiwanuka. This troupe and their dancers did not disappoint performing dances from the Ankole and Buganda to the jubilation of many guests some of who joint them on stage. Then came the Catholic priest who also doubles as a gospel musician playing some modern gospel music that also had many on their feet as he worship God through his gospel music. Other perfomances featured included the Carolinas and a Children’s choir.

The light moment of the night came when Charles ‘Zonto’ Muvawala introduced his skit on what would happen when we get to Heaven on Judgement Day. He was particular able to draw the crowd into uncontrolled laughter when it came for Joseph Kibwetere the former Cult leader accused of mass murder of more than 1000 followers came to enter heaven and he was denied.

The most outstanding community organisers were also recognised for their mobilisation work within the community. This part was presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Waswa youth leader at UCCAB. The raffle this year saw three products entered into the draw these included a First Prize of an Apple IPAD, Color Printer and an Alarm Clock. The three winners were able to claim their prizes and recieve a blessing from the Chief guest.

Others speakers included Mr. Henry Ndawula the Chairman of the Uganda Catholic Cultural Association of Boston who presented a brief report about the association, recognised the various Catholic leaders present including the representatives from the Catholic Arch diocese of Boston. He also recognised the individual Ugandan associations present, church leaders from other faiths present and the various sponsors for this year’s event that included Moneygram, Dish Network, UNAA, UNAA Times now Uganda Diaspora News, Radio Ugandan Boston, Multi Professional Consultants, Malaika Clothing, Ttabamiruka Boston, Karibu
Restaurant, Indian Market, Mr. Sam Kiwanuka of ReMaxx, KAT FAM, and the Boston Arch Diocese.

Soon after his speech the Chairman then invited the beloved Pastor at St Mary’s Parish, Father Michael Nolan to welcome the Chief guest at this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations Bishop Egidio Nkaijanabwo to make his remarks before offering final blessing of the evening.

It was then turn for the Djs to spin the wheels of steel as people danced into the night. After what was quite a satisfying meal accompanied by dessert and some great Coffee. Overall about 500 pilgrims attended the well organised incident free event save for some complaints from a few people who felt that the price set at $100 dollars was somewhat on the higher side for what many believe is meant to be a spiritual pilgrimage commemorating the Uganda Martyrs Day!

Ugandan Diaspora News Now brings you the Reception highlights in Pictures. All Photos by Ronnie Mayanja.

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    1.The Caucasian musical group was from Connecticut called Echo Uganda and they are not led by Pius Bugembe/Kiwanuka Lawrence.

    2.The Dancing group and the Drummers are the Uganda Catholic Youth of Boston-
    (The Karolines from Karoli Lwanga accroname) Led by Jackie Tabingwa Asst Youth Leader UCCB.

    3. The Young girls singers are the Junior Karolines led by Miss Gloria Namatovu Music Director.

    4The Priest Singer is Fr Ssenfuma Don Michael the Youth Chaplain,Masaka Diocese now in Alabama on a Youth Pastrol Visit

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