This year, Bebe Cool decided to dedicate his Tondeka Ekiwatule concert to creating awareness about Tuberculosis, but his fans who had come to see him perform were disappointed that he came on stage after midnight.
Last year, Bebe Cool stepped up his humanitarian drive by setting up the Amber Heart Foundation to which he dedicated 60 per cent of proceeds from his Golden Heart and Tondeka Ekiwatule concerts. The foundation aids children with heart complications and from that particular drive, 10 children underwent successful operations in India.
This year, the Gagamel boss was named Tuberculosis ambassador and he received a grant of Shs1.4b to create awareness so it was no surprise that his 2019 edition of Tondeka Ekiwatule which happened on Boxing Day focused on TB.
The show was a sell-out as revellers started streaming in at 10am. Besides creating awareness about the disease, there were health workers from Kampala Capital City Authority screening revellers for the disease.
“Tuberculosis is not witchcraft, it is killing so many innocent Ugandans. And we have decided to open a war against TB,” Bebe Cool said midway his performance.
The singer had stepped on stage a few minutes after midnight, time many people found too late. In fact there were revellers who could not wait long, and decided to leave before his performance, which featured mostly his old songs such as ‘Kasepiki’, ‘Coccidiosis’, ‘Ki Ekiganye’, ‘Love You Everyday’ and of course some of his new ones.
Before him, there were performances from Grenade, Cindy, Levixione, Recho Rey, Karole Kasita, Fik Fameica, Daddy Andre, Lydia Jazmine, Allan Hendrix, B2C, Aziz Azion and Spice Diana as well as comedians Madrat & Chico, Mariachi and Salvado. It was, however, Eddy Kenzo who received the best reception from the audience.
“I am a supporter of Moses Bebe Cool Ssali and the Gagamel Crew, a proud Silent Majority fan but let us agree that last night, Eddie Kenzo put up a better show than Bebe,” said one of the revellers.
This assessment was perhaps based on Kenzo’s engagement of the crowd, choice of songs; Dagala, Nice and Lovely, Mbilo Mbilo, Ogenda Kunzisa, Super Power, Zigido, Zivuga, Bibawo and his latest crowd puller, Semyekozo, which drove the revellers wild.
He ended his time on stage by calling out People Power supporters who attended the show to be united.
“A person who couldn’t speak English two years ago is fluent now. Someone from the street is now an international artiste. God is good because everything happens for a reason. If you are supporting People Power, no problem,” he said.