Cindy Sanyu, Maro, Sheebah Karungi and Salvado among others who had their events before this week should be bragging about serving a living God. After booking venues by paying a certain percentage of money and paying off other expenses like service providers, the spread of the coronavirus that started from China almost a month ago and has now reached East Africa did so, just after they had successful events. The coronavirus pandemic has forced President Museveni to partially lock down some places and put a hold on activities that involve large crowds.
The statement was made by the President on Wednesday evening when he addressed the nation on the coronavirus epidemic and measures to take to prevent the virus from entering Uganda since the country hasn’t registered any cases yet.
One of the directives was to stop gatherings for 32 days. Gatherings included church services, Juma prayers, concerts, sports events, hanging out in cinemas and bars among other events starting March 20, 2020.
Even before President Museveni said that there will not be any gatherings, some sponsors and organisers of major events had decided to postpone the events until further notice although some have already set later dates for when the events will happen. Here are some events that have been affected.
Sprout Africa who are the organisers of the annual ‘Tugende Mukikadde’ event that was slated to take place at Kampala Serena Hotel on April 4 postponed it to June 6 at the same venue. According to Patrick Shuben, one of the organisers of the event, the concert was pushed to June 6 by MTN and Stanbic bank who were some of the main sponsors.
The Eddy Kenzo Festival
After extensively advertising ‘The Eddy Kenzo Festival’ organized by Luba Events, the statement made by the President came at the time when Eddy Kenzo and his team were living in denial. “If we die we die but no one is going to cancel the Eddy Kenzo Festival,” one of the people on the organizing team said. He also said at the time, that the only reason they would call off the show is if the government makes a statement about not holding shows. It seems he spoke into being because just a few days later, the President made the orders.
The festival that was meant to take place next Saturday will not happen since it is a gathering that was looking at attracting more than 10,000 people at Kololo Airstrip. Neither Kenzo nor Luba Events have stated another date for the festival.
In a live video, Eddy Kenzo said that it is not bad that the shows were cancelled because, for him and the nation, safety comes first. “We are in debt and sponsors had already invested heavily in the festival but the festival will happen after all this is done and maybe it was God’s grace to give us time to do a mega show,” Kenzo said. He added that they are going to double efforts to put up a memorable show and ended by asking everyone to stay at home so we all come out from the lockdown healthy.
The Hymn Experience
‘The Hymn Experience, both a public and church gathering that was slated for April 10 at Kampala Serena Hotel has also been affected. After the President’s address, Masrob Events who were the organisers decided to push the show to May 16 at the same venue.
Kent and Flosso Voltage Music Live in Concert
The Music duo of Kent and Flosso who are also known as Voltage Music on Tuesday posted a statement on their Facebook page saying that their three shows have been postponed till further notice.
The duo was set to hold their first-ever show on April 17, 2020, at UMA Multipurpose Hall with follow-up shows on April 18 and 19. Ghost media, the organiser of their show came out and said that the concert will still happen at a later date that will be communicated soon.
Pop Night at Guvnor
Toniks, Deejay SlickStuart, and Roja were supposed to be in Club Guvnor on Friday but since the President of Uganda ordered that discos should be locked down, this was not possible. The lockdown, therefore, means Club Guvnor will be closed and the Ciroc Pop Night event shall not take place. . The show that will be moved to a later date will not only include DJ Slick Stuart and Roja but also DJ Bryan, Selector Jay, Baby Luv, and Dash.
Comedy Store Tour
Alex Muhangi’s comedy besides doing weekly comedy shows had announced a comedy store tour. The tour was meant to move in the major towns of Uganda with major comedians and artistes. Among the regions that were meant to host the Comedy Store events were Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, Masaka, Jinja and Fort portal among others. Earlier this week, Muhangi came out and called off all the show including the weekly show on his social media pages.
Fun Factory at 10
Legendary comedy group Fun Factory marked 10 years of comedy ever since they left Theatre Factory. Instead of celebrating on their anniversary date (January 05, 2020), they decided to push it to April 09, 2020, since there were several comedy shows lined up.
According to Hannington Bugingo, the show didn’t happen in January because there were many comedy events in line and as the head of The Ugandan Comedy Association (TUCA), they secured April 9, 2020, as the date. Before they knew it, we were attacked by the Coronavirus pandemic and as a group, they sat down and moved the show to June 8 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Uganda-France Friendship week
Uganda-France Friendship week has for many years been organized in Uganda, it always falls in the last month of March. This year’s Friendship week was supposed to be headlined by a soccer game between Uganda Cranes Legends and International Legends.
The football game was meant to be climaxed a concert but like the rest has been cancelled because of coronavirus. The cancellation of all the activities of the Uganda France Friendship week was announced by the organiser Balaam Barugahare in a long Facebook post.