By Dickson Ndugwa
It was a case of rolling back the years, when Kenyan acts Wyre and Juacali performed at the East African Meat Carnival.
For the crowd in attendance, especially those weaned on the early 2000’s music, Wyre, a one- time member of the East African Bashment Crew with Bebe Cool and Nazizi, rolled back the years with songs like Nakupenda Pia, Kingston Girl, She Say Dat among others.
For Jua Cali, it was the Genge rap that had the Kenyans in attendance bobbing and bouncing to his beats. The predominantly Ugandan crowd in attendance warmed up to performances from Ugandan acts like Fik Fameica, Winnie Nwagi, Ssuna Ben. Irene Ntale.
For an event of that magnitude, you felt organizers will have to redo their homework better to attract larger crowds. Everything seemed on point. From the sound, the performances to the delicacies paired with Nile Special.
The entrance fee of sh40,000 and sh120,000 (which came with meat skewers) was deemed too exorbitant to the average Ugandan. Many openly grumbled. There was also a feeling that the pre-event hype wasn’t enough to hype crowds. By 10:00Pm, people sauntered out of the venue.