If you thought organising an album launch for the first time was easy, you need a chat with Henry Ssekyanzi, aka Nince Henry, who last Friday launched his first album, Mpola Mpola, at Garden City rooftop.
He might be shrewd with the pen, famed for writing songs like Iryn Namubiru’s Begombeko, Maureen Kabasita’s Kasengejja, Bebe Cool’s Minzani, Rema Nalumansi’s Oli Wange, and Bobi Wine’s Tubebayonjo, among others, but on his new path as a singer, he still has some work to do if he is to build his own fan base.
There were several empty seats in the VIP section and enough space for everyone to dance in the ordinary section. In fact, it was common seeing guests stretching their legs onto the empty chairs. Still, a fair number of ladies turned up in show of solidarity.
The show was meant to start at 6pm, but it was delayed until 9pm as the organisers kept the hopes alive for more people. As time went by, it sank down that Nince Henry wouldn’t fill up the rooftop, and instead the organisers rolled off the concert with little-known artistes such as Maro, Daniel Kawesa and Dan Flavour.
The revellers were barely moved. The night’s emcee Esco did all they could to salvage the show, helped by comedians like Godi Godi and Teacher Teacher, both presenters at Bukedde radio, who tried harder to bring a smile on people’s faces.
“You have refused to fill the venue; you want the artiste to curse you?” they joked, prompting an uproar from the crowd.
But it was not until gospel artiste Pastor Wilson Bugembe stepped on stage at 10pm that life set in. One could easily interpret the passion with which people welcomed Bugembe to mean everyone had given their lives to Jesus. He sang Bilibabitya before crooning half of his new hit single Mpangira Akawala and inviting people for his coming show at Equatoria parking venue.
He then left the stage for an army of artistes: Swangez Avenue’s Viboyo and Vampino, Omulangira Suuna and Fantom of the Ompalula fame, among others. But it was singer Rema who proved she was still popular despite quitting Bebe Cool’s Gagamel group. She brought revellers to their feet with her hit single Kukaliba.
The man of the night, Nince Henry, took to the stage at midnight. Dressed in an all-white suit, he looked contended with his small but moderate crowd.
“I am a songwriter and a singer,” he started.
“I want to take you through my four-year journey in the industry. When I looked at you people who have come to support me, I wanted to cry [because] I asked myself what I should do for you.”
With UB5 band on the instruments, he started by doing songs he has written for other artistes as a way of showing his music journey. He then embarked on his own songs like Cinderella, Taata W’omuntu, Mali Yangu, Sikyakaba and Nsuubiza.
Nince Henry then auctioned his album and was able to raise some good money from people like former Finance Minister Syda Bbumba and Nile Breweries’ Shem Ssemambo, among others.
He capped up the show at 1:20am with the Mpola Mpola song, which is popular especially among ladies. The song calls on men to treat women with a lot of respect and care. In the end, it was such a nice performance and the singer will hopefully attract a full house next time.