It was an evening of drinking, Nyam-ing, dancing and kissing. It had rained a bit in the afternoon, setting a good atmosphere for all the said activities. Especially the last one.
Photos: Kampala partygoers Roast and Rhyme to Reggae classics
This past Sunday the 17th edition of the Roast and Rhyme festival was held at Jahazi Pier, Munyonyo, and as always, a kissing competition was thrown in the mix to spice up the proceedings.
Music producer Vince Musisi, the emcee, announced the competition at 6:51pm, and asked Bebe Cool and his wife, Zuena Kirema, to set the momentum. They obliged, sending revelers into cheers.
Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), through its brand Bell Lager, was the main sponsor of this edition of the picnic dubbed Reggae-Ragga Nyam Nyam.
So, with Bell Lager and other UBL products helping send inhibitions down the throats, it was effortless for the other couples to participate once Cool and Kirema set the tone.
The energy was also high thanks to the tempting roasted meat.
There was even a cook-off that was organised at 5:26pm, and three participants -- two ladies and a gentleman -- were given 20 minutes to prepare something with Bell Lager among the ingredients. A lady won.
Meanwhile, as all these activities happened, there were music interludes, with deejays playing bouncy reggae songs, including classics like Footprints by T.O.K., Wild World by Maxi Priest, Smile Jamaica (Chronixx and Silly Walks Movement), Wine For Me (Popcaan), Gimmie Likkle One Drop ( Tarrus Riley), Shoulder Back (Redsan), Spin Mi (Alaine) and Iron Lion Zion (Bob Marley and the Wailers).
The Double Black Band, which performed in the hour of six, warmed up the audience for musicians, who hit the stage at 7:13pm, starting with Rickman Manrick.
The band renditioned new and old songs, with Mbuzi Nente, the groovy hit by Grenade Official & Tg Billz, and Chupa Ku Chupa, the reggae tune by A Pass getting the most excitement out of the revelers.
The soggy surface from the rain and the cold atmosphere didn't deter the fashion-forward, as revelers rocked white kicks and chics sported thigh-high shorts and cleavages were gorgeously displayed.
Away from reggae, partygoers danced to Jam by Starboy, Fire Dancer by Winnie Nwagi, Sitya Danger (Alien Skin), Sheebah Karungi's Muwe, Ta Ta Ta (Bayani), Bedroom Bully (Busy Signal), Balo Balo (Mudra Viral) and Soundgasm( Rema).
At 7:13, Manrick hit the stage with Tusimbudde, making almost everyone stand up to dance. When he transitioned to Nakyi, the excitement could be felt everywhere. Next was Bango, then Tunyumirwe, followed by Hangover – his collabo with Avion King, and he ended with Enjoyment on which he features Eddy Kenzo.
Dancehall sensation Queen Bella sparked some memories, arriving on stage at 7:34pm with her smash hit Dancing, and then ended with Faasi. She did only two songs.
Nutty Neithan started performing at 7:41 with Body to Body, then switched to Omunyo. He had the audience eating out of his hands when he introduced Bakuwe Kyonywa, which was followed by another banger titled Kwata Chupa and the ending was smooth and fiesty with Walk to Work.
Madoxx Sematimba, who was the headlining act, hit the stage at 8:25pm with Ddembe. There was a long ad-filled break between him and Neithan. The audience had sort of cooled down, so he had to do a bit of work to reignite that liveliness. Sematimba sang Okabilaki, Irene, Munakyalo, Kankulage, Nakatude and Namagembe.
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