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Kampala Dispatch | The Club Megafest Highlights and Stage Photos As Witnessed In Nambole!

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Posted September 21, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 5,428 views

     

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By Ronnie Mayanja — On Saturday September 20th I had the rare opportunity to be among the VIPs invited to attend the first Club – Megafest event that was supposed to be the biggest draw of the year at Nambole Stadium.  In as far as the crowd was concerned it attracted a sizable crowd for a first event. I had arrived early about 6pm to witness history as the very first music festival was about to go down in Kampala. However by 11pm I had not experienced the spark performance of the Megafest and was beginning to zone out!

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Nile Breweries did their thing in as far as branding Club across the stadium and all the major city billboards. The buzz continued on social media,  radio and television stations across the city and Kibo Media and the AD agencies should be credited.  Expected to perform on this the very first Club Megafest were four international artists accompanied by our leading local acts. Shaggy, Patra, Bana Boy, Mafikizolo were in the house according to Emcee mentions but by the time I left Mafikizolo a South Africa group had not appeared on stage even after being announced continually by the event Emcees. Then came the national and Buganda anthems that were played at-least 3 times according to my count a sign perhaps that the fest lacked a clear event or stage manager!

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Here is what I liked – On arrival the security apparatus was in place with both JATT and Counter Terrorism Police blanketing the stadium to prevent any surprise attacks. Although the fest starting earlier in the day Nambole was a hive of activity well into the night.

The organizers did well to cater for the VIPs treating them to food and drink throughout the evening. I can only speak for this crowd because that is where I was stationed for the larger part of evening. Because the stage was far off and sound poor in this area, the V-VIP crowd decided to enjoy the drinks in the bar area that was set up inside the foyer of the VIP lounge.

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However what disappointed me was the extended periods of inactivity on stage and the poor sound system that made it quite impossible to enjoy the live entertainment. Patra particularly kept asking for her mic levels to be turned up and abruptly left the stage a sign perhaps that she was frustrated and did not want to strain given the glitches in sound. This state of affairs however only improved when Shaggy took to the stage. Shaggy’s energy was contagious although he appeared on stage after midnight his cross-over appeal was quite evident as he performed his timeless classics to the jubilation of many revelers.

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Locally it was Bebe Cool’s Nkola Byafaayo performance that saved the day along with artists like Gravity Omutujju, Sheba, Pallaso and Dr. Hildermann according to what I saw. Other performances were quite average to say the least while others I had missed earlier in the day. The evening Emcees and Comedians too were not on form as they lacked new material and this was evident leading to continuous booing from the revelers many of who had waited long hours to check out some of their favorite artists.

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What the organizers had failed to achieve on stage the DJs made up through their club music mixes that kept some of the revelers energized and in a party mood throughout the evening despite the unexplained extended periods of inactivity.

But for a first of-course Fenon delivered on the lighting and stage build up but they fell short in as far as the outdoor sound system was concerned. Perhaps employing scouts among the crowds especially in the VIP and overflow sections would have helped the sound team determine the areas to improve. The stage location needed to be centered as a way to help sound distribution among revelers in a stadium setting.

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I left around 1am while Shaggy’s performance was still going on and cannot say how the evening ended. However I am yet to come to terms with the concert promoters approach of always pushing the best and major headliners toward or past midnight.  It was apparent though that local artists have now overtaken their foreign counterparts in popularity based on some of the reactions I saw when crowd favorites were played by both DJs and when the local artists took to the stage.

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The Club Megafest has potential to grow if planned better next time and if hiccups like sound, artist and time management on stage are avoided. Please note this is not an official concert review but rather our analysis of what Ugandan Diaspora news witnessed from our vantage point.

Perhaps the Nile Gold Jazz safari will deliver where the Club Megafest has fallen short! Ugandan Diaspora News now presents a few of the kodak moments as captured by our lenses from Nambole stadium all photos appear courtesy of Ronnie Mayanja.


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