Kool sound stirs Kampala

East African Business Week - - ENTERTAINMENT -

KAMPALA, UGANDA--THE Kool and The Gang per­for­mance in Kampala re­cently eas­ily passes for the con­cert of the year 2016 writes EDI­SON OLOUCH.

The event ticked all the boxes; the lo­ca­tion at Kololo Airstrip, am­ple park­ing space, the au­di­ence com­pris­ing the old folks and mil­len­ni­als, the set-up by Silk Events – , the sound and light­ing all came to­gether to give the show the oomph and cre­dence it de­served.

To top it all off, the VIP sec­tion at the event ex­uded el­e­gance, class and lead­ing chief ex­ec­u­tives from top com­pa­nies dot­ted the nu­mer­ous well laid ta­bles.

And to en­hance the classy set­ting was John­nie Walker Black La­bel the drink of choice, in an event much touted by Uganda Brew­eries, a sub­sidiary of Di­a­geo.

The event was in­deed one, if not the big­gest disco themed pro­duc­tion in Uganda’s re­cent past.

Kool & The Gang had promised to give Ugan­dans an epic show and go­ing by the re­cep­tion of the au­di­ence, they in­deed lived up to that prom­ise. Folks vis­i­bly en­joyed go­ing back mem­ory to lis­ten to those great hits of the past.

From the mo­ment the evening’s an­nounc­ers; Val Oke­cho and Isaac Rucci said the Gang was com­ing up, it was all sys­tems go.

Ac­tu­ally, more than half of the VIP edged closer to the stage, danc­ing and singing along to the songs that made the band pop­u­lar back in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

It was a sight to marvel as ex­ec­u­tives; Hans Paulsen of Vivo En­ergy, Am­bas­sador Waswa Birigwa and his wife Yogi, Uganda Brew­eries Lim­ited (UBL) Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mark Ocitti en­gaged in a mini-dance off of sorts. Who won the duel, only they know be­cause mo­ments later, they all re­turned to sip away at their Black La­bels.

The line up of songs that the Amer­i­can funk, rhythm and blues band per­formed was equally im­pres­sive; Fresh, Cel­e­bra­tion, Cher­ish, Fresh, Jun­gle Boo­gie, Joanna, Too Hot, Lets Go Danc­ing, Sum­mer Mad­ness, Get Down On It and Ladies Night.

Lois Aber, the John­nie Walker Brand Man­ager at UBL was equally in up­beat mood say­ing; “This is a his­toric night in Uganda’s en­ter­tain­ment cir­cles. John­nie Walker is proud to have been part of this elec­tric night that will for long live in the mem­o­ries of ev­ery­one who at­tended.”

The Kool and The Gang Live in Kampala Con­cert was also spon­sored by Tusker Malt Lager, Tal­ent Africa, Silk Events, among oth­ers.

GET DOWN ON IT: All deco­rum was left in the of­fice as fans spent more time on their feet, singing along and show­ing some amaz­ing dance steps.

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