Green Light stadium in Arua district was action- packed on Friday night. But no. Onduparaka Football Club was not playing one of their usually-sold-out matches.
This time round, it was the Club Mega Fest edition that attracted a full house for a night of action on and off the main stage. The atmosphere felt like being at a football match.
A very big number of revelers were wearing the home team jersey, including the host, comedian Salvado Idringi, who even carried the club’s green and white flag. Every act that came on stage opened with “Onduparka Oyee!!!” receiving a resounding response from the audience.
By the end of the night, what stood out was that the people of Arua do not only support their home football team, but also all of their home-grown talent.
Dance troupes and tens of singers opened the performances. Free Boy, Big Mo, Otolu Vegas and Simple Freddo are some of those that represented. It didn’t matter whether the performance was on point or not, a round of applause was assured at the end.
However, the lack of female performers was evident. None graced the stage. DJ Andy was the sole player of the wheels of steel at the event while Solid band accompanied the live performances. Andy has respectable skills.
The “Kampala musicians’” session was kicked off by Gravity Omutujju who seemed visibly tired from the eight-hour or so drive from the capital. He performed like he was on a rush to return to his hotel room for some sleep or back on the road.
Roden Y of Kabako fame brought his mad style stage performance before giving way for Khalifa Aganaga. Aganaga is back like he never left with a new look and a trending song in Guddi Gudde featuring Radio and Weasel.
The only lady to hit the stage was Sheebah Karungi who opened with one of her breakthrough hits Ice Cream before the songs that made her a big name in 2016 including Wadawa and Farmer. Jose Chameleone closed the night of fun towards 2am, giving a live performance alongside Solid band.