When he came to Uganda to perform at the Swangz Avenue all-stars concert on August 31, Tarrus Riley was hardly noticed, despite that he was the headlining artist for the night.
His performance was overshadowed by Ugandan singer Bebe Cool’s incident in which he was chased off the stage by rowdy revelers.
Amid the fracas, Riley had something good to say about Uganda.
The Jamaican singer has released a new song titled Uganda.
Produced by Swangz Avenue and Jukeboxx, the song’s video captures moments from his trip to the source of the Nile in Jinja, clad in a Uganda Cranes jersey.
Addressing journalists upon arrival in the country, the singer had said the only thing he knew about Uganda was the Nile. He then tasked Tshaka Mayanja to ensure he tours before returning to his home country, Jamaica.
“To be honest I don’t know any Ugandan artistes and what I know in Uganda is the Nile, and Tshaka Mayanja is to be blamed if he doesn’t take me there” Tarrus Riley said.
Here is what fans are saying about ‘Uganda’
Nanfi Nagenda Lubogo: Fantastic! Beautiful love letter to Uganda. Ham you are a visionary. I remember those days back in the day when you talked about your vision. So good to see how you have positively influenced music in Uganda. Good on you for staying the course and believing in your cause. Today’s musicians owe you a debt of gratitude. Proud of you my brother.
Mzee Nsereko: I don’t know how Government people think about this but this simple work can go a long way in promoting Uganda’s tourism industry, much more than where they spend billions of money. Would be strategic to engage artists rather than ridicule them as having nothing to offer. I can imagine there was no single coin of public resources invested in this but will yield greater public benefits
Patrick Idringi Salvado: This has made me cry, great job guys.. Great job
Sebidde Kiryowa: Wow! This is simply mind-blowing. We need more of this to promote our country