Uganda’s veteran singer, Halima Namakula, and the East African Party have combined efforts to bring U.S Hip-hop diva, Ms Triniti to perform on the New Year’s Eve.
With both Namakula and the East African Party teaming up for the first time, the party is set be to super heaven, exploding with great performances, as party goers will be ushered into the New Year in style.
“It’s my first time in Rwanda and the purpose for my visit is to bring Ms Triniti to grace the New Year,” Namakura said.
The “Kimbewo” star, commonly referred to as the “The Mother of Ugandan artists”, has been promoting international artists including K-Ci & JoJo, Beenie Man, Joe and Sean Paul in the region and beyond.
Triniti Bhaguandas, 32, a.k.a Ms Triniti, is a reggae fusion singer-songwriter, who mixes dancehall, reggae and pop genres.
She will perform alongside Uganda’s Rock and R&B singer, Rachael K, who featured in the ‘Oh Africa’ 2010 World Cup song with American superstars Akon and Keri Hilson. Rachael K is daughter to Namakula.
Speaking to The New Times, Namakula said that the local music industry lacks something catchy which is why she chose Ms. Triniti, who she described as a mover and shaker to jazz up the event.
The 50-year-old artist owns a recording company called No-End Entertainment which promotes upcoming artists and produces for established musicians in Uganda. She is the founder of Beat FM radio and a founding member of WAWI, a non profit making organisation which helps Ugandans to access education and health care.
Alex Karangwa, a local events’ promoter working with the East African Party, named some of the local artists who will perform at the concert, as Tom Close, Kitoko, Shanel and Miss JoJo.
Karangwa also expressed his concern about the issue of the police breaking up concerts without notice.
“This is really affecting us in the business, as well as our sponsors and fans,” he said, citing a case at the Halloween Party, when security personnel stormed Scenario Grand Hotel, the venue, and stopped the party.
“…such scenes send a bad image of our country because foreign artists might go with a wrong impression that Rwanda is not safe,” Karangwa added.
Meanwhile, the East African Party promised to ensure that the party is successful.