The contemporary monthly gathering, A Ka Dope held its last edition of the year on Sunday at the Square. Specially themed #FundaySunday, the ‘picnic’ style event attracted music and art enthusiasts who spent Sunday evening sipping on Uganda Waragi cocktails while enjoying performances from a line-up of talented and undiscovered contemporary artists.
On the line-up were performances by artists like Manzi, Sanyu Valentino who performed his latest, Leero; Pelinda, Ntinda Boys and Congolese band, R’Afrika. In between the music performances, Rapper Wake real names Mugoda Good Gordons, who is also a part of Ruyonga’s Hidden Empire did what he does best – fusing his poetry with instrumentation. Most notable were three of his poems: The Key, a poem about the struggle to find employment; and 256 in honor of his love for Uganda. His third exciting poem was dedicated to his favorite ‘rolex’ supplier in Wandegeya. The five-minute piece that had the delicacy lovers in the house cheering the artist on, culminated in some sort of debate over who the best rolex maker in Kampala was!
The highlight of the night was saxophonist, Michael Kitanda and A Ka Dope band’s beautifully-done rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing – a sensational reminder of the festive season that is at hand. Their other renditions of Sheebah Karungi’s Farmer, Chameleone’s Bomboclat and Geo Steady’s Owooma were testimony of how talented they are.
The event has made a name for itself this year as a platform for music and arts enthusiasts to discover little known unconventional Ugandan talent and we can only hope next year will be even bigger and better.