The on-and-off Sean Kingston concert in Kampala is turning out to be a serious disturbance to local artistes and many show organisers.
More than five local artistes have had to move their launch dates for more than once due to the Kingston saga as they fear to put their events on the same weekend as the international stars’ show, which has been in the balance ever since he was involved in a nasty jet sky accident.
Iryn Namubiru seems to be the most affected artiste because this is her third time to change. Her manager Thaddeus Mubiru told us that the original date for Namubiru’s Birowozo launch was July 29 but they moved it to September 16 fearing to collide with Kingston. But Talent Africa and Club Beer have since moved the Kingston concert to September 16 forcing Namubiru to settle for October 14.
Meanwhile, Coco Finger is still trying to locate a new date in October for his Party Animal concert. His manager Emma Carlos Mulondo told us that their plan is to hold their concert right after Sean Kingston. Coco was due to hold the concert in August but Kingston’s shift in date means he does too.
Meanwhile, Jose Chameleone seems unshaken and he is set to hold his on September 2. His manager Sam Mukasa said, “We can change because someone else is wandering through dates.”
Thursday, April 14, 2011
When us ordinary mortals desire a respite, we think of Aero Beach, Lido and the likes but Moneybags Meddie Ssentongo is definitely not our class; he goes to the US.
The flamboyant chap has lined up a two-week work-holiday in Uncle Sam’s land stating that he “needed a short break” off the social scene in Uganda.
We managed to get hold of him after landing in New York this week and he also mentioned doing business in the states.
“I’m here to rest, to oversee my businesses here and also shop for new equipment for my construction company Electrolax General Contractors,” he said adding that he will also attend a conference in Los Angeles where he is set to meet donors who will contribute to his charity project Mutima Gwa Gwanga.
“There are so many people willing to help or even invest in Uganda but they don’t have anyone to talk to and encourage them,” he said. “I’m here to connect Uganda to these people. My goal has and will always remain helping Ugandans, especially the youth to develop.”
Meanwhile, we also managed to get some of Meddie’s pictures in New York as he chilled with his business associates.
Desire Luzinda must be having black spots on her knees and ankles; she spent weeks on her knees praying for Al-Haji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala when he was admitted at IHK with food poisoning.
The Nnina Omwami singer spilt the beans to us as we engaged her into a candid conversation over the weekend on the CELEB SHED show on UBC TV.
“I prayed day and night, every day,” she said with a beaming smile. “He is fine now and now I know prayers worked.”
But Desire said she never went to the hospital though.
“I would so much wanted to be by his side at the hospital bed but paparazzi,” she added. “I know, if my picture at the bedside was published the whole story would have changed from him being hospitalized to something else – and I wasn’t just ready to draw that kind of attention.”
Desire had maintained her statement that she is “just” good friends with the outgoing mayor although highlighting the fact that they both share a lot.
Bebe Cool insists the Chaka Demus and Pliers show is still on, only that the date has changed.
The Big Size singer says that the Jamaican legendary duo will perform in Kampala on Christmas Day. He says that the pair’s trip to Uganda this Easter fell through due to unforeseeable problems stressing that he even has a video clip of Chaka Demus and Pliers explaining and apologising for the change in their Ugandan concert.
Meanwhile, as we speak Bebe has released adverts announcing that the Bend Over singers RDX will be in Kampala on Easter instead. He even has a clip of the “dirty dance” singers promising a wonderful show to Ugandans.
The shows will remain as planned; with one at Resort Beach on Sunday before moving to Kiwatule for the family show on Sunday.
Hands crossed, folks!