The news of Ginuwine coming to Uganda was greeted with glee. His music portfolio was enough to catapult his concert to the “must-attend” category.
From the moment he was announced as the headlining act of the Johnnie Walker Soul Safari, lovers of the 1990s R&B scene couldn’t wait to get the tickets. And as soon as he appeared on stage last weekend, it was easy to understand why.
Instantly, Speke Resort Munyonyo Lakeside was transformed; the audience’s hearts willingly surrendered to be taken captive by the silky voice of a man who has 20 years’ practice at doing good music.
It was a proper throwback to good, old R&B and soul. The concert was a reminder of just how gifted Ginuwine is and Saturday’s show will no doubt go down as one of the most memorable by an international artiste visiting Uganda in recent times.
Ginuwine’s curtain-raisers had served the right kind of warm-up for the good things ahead: Kenneth Mugabi, Aziz Azion, Tonya Ayenda and Naava Grey all took turns serenading a full house.
Then Ginuwine appeared on stage and all hell broke loose – in a nice way. Soon, the paying audience had turned into the American star’s backup vocalists, singing along as he belted out some of his most famous tunes, including the crowd favourites, Same Ol’ G, Pony, and Differences.
Jazz Safari founder and concert organiser Tshaka Mayanja was at a loss for words.
“I have been to many shows in my life but this one is up there among the best. Simply magnificent,” he said.
Not one person in the crowd would dare to disagree.