The Heat bar in Mbarara was painted purple last weekend as the Purple Party landed in the land of milk and ghee. It was the second of the regional parties after the Jinja party that was held in March. Mbarara was on fire-a purple fire. It turns out people have been waiting for a long time and the massive turn up said it all. The queue was long. Both the ordinary and the VIP section were packed to capacity. The venue was too small for them. The plus for the revelers was that they queued and partied peacefully otherwise it would have not been such a memorable experience. According to the brain behind the event, NTV’s Douglas Lwanga, the tours are meant to kill two birds with one stone; to drum up hype for the fifth edition happening n December as usual and also to bring the party to the people ho have not been able to attend the Kampala editions.
“We have a very huge following upcountry but it is hard for the people to travel and attend the annual event in Kampala. So we are taking the party to them. The turn-ups are expected to be massive as evidenced in Mbarara,” he said. Plans are underway to take the event to Fort Portal and Gulu before the finale in December.
The event always has two high points; the red carpet moments revelers arrive donning their best purple outfits or any other colours plus the stage performances. The red carpet could be the most vibrant since the event started. The Mbarara dwellers must have bought every purple outfit in the town’s shelves for the event. The comical side was the poses for the camera. Some were seen sitting on the red carpet for a photo moment. Through out his years as a TV host, Lwanga has made enough contacts and can have a host of musicians at any of his events. This time he called on the services of Exodus, Beenie Gunter, Karo Sovie, Shine Omukiga, Ziza Bafana and Winne Nwagi among others. Gifted Music Group (GMG) one of the event’s partners also had the acts under their label taking to the stage. Exodus preached Jesus and gave the west a feel of his new song, Be Happy. Karo Sovie and Ziza did their collabo So Fresh as the dancehall star delivered with his energetic performance to the satisfaction of the revelers who had been screaming his name all night till he came on towards 3am. DJ Shiru was left in charge, spinning the discs till morning.
Here are some photos from the event