Music concerts continue to displace cricket games at Lugogo Cricket Oval as the sports grounds hosted yet another show at the weekend – this time Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage.
Last Friday, Tiwa was in Uganda for her second concert here, an all-female affair organised to empower female artistes.
The concert featured Cindy, Winnie Nwagi, Vinka, Karole Kasita, Laika, Lamu, and Sandra Nansambu, alongside DJs Alisha and Zato who put a creative mix of good tunes for the crowd as they waited for Tiwa. The show was hosted by Sheila Salta and Miss Deedan.
Gates opened as early as 4 pm and despite a steady downpour later that evening, Tiwa fans flocked to the cricket oval in impressive numbers that left the Nigerian teary with emotion.
The place was filled to capacity and performances started at 8:30 pm with Jowy Landa, Laika, Lamu, Sandra Suubi, Karole Kasita, Vinka, Cindy, Nwagi, and the DJs.
Organized by Talent Africa Group, the show’s highlight for me was Nwagi and Karole Kasita, who put on a great show. Kasita did justice to her songs including Balance, Yaka, Nywamu, and Gal A Bubble, among others.
As for Winnie Nwagi, I can confidently say she is currently Uganda’s greatest female entertainer when it comes to live performances. With her singing, dance moves, stage presence, engagement with the audience...surely the Kwata Essimu singer has proven many Ugandans wrong.
Cindy came on stage and performed only two songs Copycat and Boom Party, leaving the stage to main act Tiwa. Tiwa, 42, is known for spearheading equality and fair space for women’s voices, as well as advocating against gender-based violence.
She had promised Ugandans an amazing show and, rain or shine, that is what she gave her fans, even joining them under the open skies to dance and sing along to her songs. Even when she performed songs from her relatively new album, she was pleasantly shocked when Ugandans sang along word for word, in the pouring rain.
“I was here seven years ago and I was pregnant with my first child whom you see up there on stage and I thank God for him because I’m a spiritual person and I thank him for the blessings in my life,” Tiwa said mid-performance.
She performed All Over, Kele Kele, Wanted, Looku Looku, Attention, Park Well, Dangerous Love, Overloading, No Wahala, Koroba, and closed it with her trending collabo with Brandy, Somebody’s Son.