By Nathan Atiluk
Kemiyondo Coutinho, a Ugandan actress and writer gave Ugandan local music and art lovers the weekend of their lives when she hosted and held the 3rd Season of her contemporary art event, Akadope. Kemiyondo began this initiative to promote local Ugandan artists and talent.
The event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, was well attended and featured soul music, dance, poetry performances, an art exhibition, food and lots of Uganda Waragi cocktails.
The well-stocked bar was open all day – and was fully packed. The cocktails, which flowed in plenty matched the ‘Akadope’ theme with their unique names – Kololo Sunset, UG Passion, UG Co-Wife 1 and Ug Co-Wife 2 among others. The guests kept going for more. The food items on the menu were also mouthwatering – a real weekend treat for the music lovers.
Over 30 artists performed at the 2-day event, with the format being changed up a bit to feature collabos. The pairing up of male and female artists brought along its own unique flair. Some of the notable performances were Kajanjalo by Truth and Sandra Suubi, Naki by Kenneth Mugabi and Shiffah Musisi and Tutuuse by Essie and Ruyonga. The highlight though was the Kikiga Dance that was performed by Haka Mukiga and Akello. This one had the entire audience on their feet.
During the musical performance breaks, DJs Kas Baby and Chapat kept the guests entertained with their exciting selection that had the crowd chanting praises every so often.Following a successful event, Kemiyondo promised that Akadope would be returning in August and September this year.