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Speke Resort hosts Ugandan Rising Stars of Afro-Soul

Each Sunday, Speke Resort offers entertainment by the lakeside for only 3,000 UGX entry, and this past weekend the resort hosted five young Ugandan, Afro-Soul singer-songwriters for “Sunday Soul at Speke.”

Ruparelia Group teamed up with Whitehead Communications to showcase these rising local stars, who gathered at the Lakeside Grill with their acoustic guitars, keyboard and bongo drums for set after set of calming, soul-refreshing soul music.

Performances started with The Body of Brian, a skilled cover artist who has recently started popping up at events like Alliance Française’s Fête de la Musique.

Next was J.C. Muyonjo, another little known Ugandan singer-guitarist whose sweet voice has found its niche at low key events like So Far Kampala.

Afrie – a lovable, young, Ugandan vocalist, pianist and songwriter – then took the stage with her quirky humour and keyboard skills, and the crowd must have been full of her fans, as they sang along with her songs Askari and Mulala. Artists were accompanied by percussionists Ejuku and Roland.

After a short DJ break, Amaru serenaded the audience with love songs as she strum on her guitar an the sun went down.

The show closed with Kenneth Mugabi, who put up a great performance of Naki and a few other of his new songs, which had the audience asking for encore after encore. 4040’s Esther Kalenzi even joined Kenneth Mugabi on stage at the end to revel in his performance, up close and personal!

The crowd was just right: over a thousand people showed up and spread out comfortably, enjoying food and drinks along with the live music and a refreshing breeze off Lake Victoria. The kids also had a good time jumping on bouncy castles and blowing bubbles while their parents enjoyed the music.

Meanwhile, right next door, Roast n Rhyme attracted a large crowd, so between both events, the traffic to Munyonyo and back was not kidding, but the trip was well worth it.

Unlike other parts of Kampala, it did not rain at all in Munyonyo, and those who came to Speke definitely got their money’s worth. Only 3k for such a luxuriously soul-refreshing afternoon at Speke Resort is an opportunity not to be missed – every Sunday. Next week, Janzi Band will play by Speke Lakeside Grill.

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