When Roast and Rhyme had just started about three years ago, the organizers used to announce the headlining acts before the day of the event. However, a few editions later, they decided to make the event more about the experience than the performances. This made it stand out from other events and has helped it grow edition after another.
The event that held its first edition this year happened on Sunday at Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo. The turn up was massive as it was announced that the show had sold out by 5 pm yet cars were still lined up from the Munyonyo roundabout up to Auto Spa.
Once inside, people were engaged in different activities like meat and maize roasting, while sipping on a Bell Lager as they enjoying performances from artistes like Ras B Ssali and Janzi Band during the day while on the other side, children were having a good time in the play area while being supervised by their parents.
Being the Reggae Ragga edition, there was anticipation on who the headlining acts would be between A Pass, John Blaq and Emperor Orlando but at the end of the evening, that didn’t matter as revellers got their money’s worth. They got more than they thought as the new Swangz Avenue signee Azawie made her entry onto the big stage with a surprise performance. She did ‘Quinamino’, ‘Repeat it’ and ‘Couple up’ cover by Konshens before bidding farewell.
A Pass then took to the stage and clad in a white suit, he did justice to his performance because it was both interactive and entertaining. He did songs like ‘Tuli Kubigere’, ‘Didadada’, ‘Wuuyo’, ‘Chup ku Chupa’, ‘Guli wano’, ‘Nkwagala’, ‘Oruso’, ‘Mariana ‘and ‘Turn Up D’vibe’ among others.
Immediately after his performance, John Blaq followed and he was welcomed with cheers. This was motivational enough for many to consider him the best performer of the night. He blended well with the live band and his execution to all his songs was deserving.
This was perhaps a continuation of his dominance last year. ‘Obubadi’, ‘Do Dat’, ‘Tukwatagane’, ‘Ebyalagibwa’, ‘Mama Bulamu’, ‘Nekwatako’ and ‘Makanika’ among others were the songs he performed before he invited Emperor Orlando who only did two songs. ‘Silikawo Baby’ and ‘Nakonkona’.
The last performance of the night came in from Janzi Band and Deejay Mercy Pro who took the night away with covers and mixes.